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  • Posted: Jun 9, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations. We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosper...
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    Regional Director of Arts, SSA

    Contract Type: 2-year Fixed Term Contract
    Pay band: SMP (Senior Management Professional)

    Role Purpose

    • The SSA Regional Director Arts is the most senior representative of Arts in the region, acts as the voice of Arts in the region and represents our regional and global work in Arts and creative industries externally.
    • They lead the development and implementation of complex, high-value, multi-country Arts and Creative Industry programmes funded by British Council grant, other partners or client-funders.
    • The Director Arts will have oversight of a wide range of activities delivered as part of the Arts core offers of Cultural Exchange, Creative Economy and Global Challenges.
    • They will lead a large, dispersed Arts team and manage senior partner and stakeholder relationships.
    • They are an important part of the regional leadership team as well as the Global Arts Leadership Team, and work with and through colleagues globally to influence decision making across the Cultural Engagement Directorate.

    Role Specific Knowledge and Experience
    The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are:

    • Specialist knowledge and understanding of current trends and practices in arts and creative industry in the region 
    • Minimum of 6 years experience of leading impactful high value international arts projects
    • Experience of business development and partnership development - with a focus on arts and culture partnerships with trusts, foundations and institutional funders
    • Demonstrable experience of strategy development and programme building across multiple geographies.

    Desirable Experience:

    • Understanding and appreciation of current arts trends and practices in the UK
    • Previous experience of managing international arts projects in region

    Role Specific Skills:

    • In depth understanding of the arts and creative industries in the region
    • Significant experience of working in/with the arts and/or creative industries at appropriate level 
    • Active and up-to-date network of senior level sector contacts in the region
    • Experience of collaborating effectively with others to develop solutions to issues where there is not an established framework 
    • Experience of leading diverse and dispersed teams and championing inclusion and diversity of thought
    • Ability to analyse relevant equality issues and identify opportunities to address these in the portfolio
    • Experience of developing governance structures establishing and maintaining effective external and internal programme / project governance structures.


    • The role may include occasional travel within the country, region or internationally


    • Candidates for this role must have a natural right to work in this location and would normally already be based in the location.

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