British Council - Programme Coordinator

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

About Arts:

Our Arts team in the UK works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK. We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in.

The Opportunity: 

We are looking for a Programme Coordinator on a fixed term basis until March 2020, that will be based in London.

The purpose of the role is to support the development and delivery of the UK-Russia Year of Music 2019, an ambitious year-long programme, and Future Culture, a large-scale client-funded programme in the field of cultural leadership in Russia.

The main areas of focus for the role, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating programme development, delivery and evaluation together with colleagues in the Arts team in the UK and in Russia, to ensure these are delivered to time, budget and quality.

  • Coordinating logistical support, including contracts, Russian visas and travel arrangements, for UK artists, consultants and experts participating in the UK-Russia Year of Music and the Future Culture programme

  • Responding knowledgeably and professionally to enquiries about the UK-Russia Year of Music

  • Financial support in line with British Council standards,such as processing payments in SAP.

What we require of the successful candidate:

  • Experience of working in or good understanding of cultural management and creative industries sectors

  • Experience of collaborative working across organisations and coordinating projects in a busy office environment.

  • Experience of finance management

  • Experience of communicating regularly with stakeholder and customers.

  • Able to organise and prioritise own work

  • Displays good written and verbal skills

  • Understanding of and commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion

  • Familiarity with the music scene in the UK and/or Russia.