To manage the British Council’s work in Arts maximising our impact, income and business growth and ensuring that our programmes are market-led, aligned with corporate, regional and country planning frameworks.
To develop and implement partnership and external relations strategies with a diverse range of stakeholders, partners and influencers in OPT and UK.
To develop and oversee the implementation of marketing and digital strategies that are consistent with corporate and regional strategies and ambitious in their contribution to impact and outcomes
To mainstream EDI across all our Arts activities.
To improve planning in our Arts Projects and increase British Council’s public profile in OPT.
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 the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with 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. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
Our work in the arts aims to build mutually beneficial relationships between the UK and OPT by developing the capacity of, and our relationships/advocacy with, key networks and cultural institutions with a focus on young people and women, and sustainable connections to the UK. It also aims to support the development of more pluralistic and inclusive societies by enabling access to spaces and platforms where the past, diversity and difference are explored, whether through preserving cultural heritage, participatory and community arts or cultural exchange.
The post holder reports directly to the Deputy Director/Director Programmes and liaise closely with other colleagues based in the Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza offices and the MENA region.
Main opportunities/challenges for this role:
- Build and nurture external stakeholder relationships with arts networks at senior level.
- Deliver projects while dealing with delivery challenges in OPT.
- Manage expectations of multiple stakeholders.
- Working on complex projects.
Strategy and Planning
- Develop and deliver innovative market-led strategy & plan for the Arts programme in OPT, aligned with corporate and regional plans and maximising opportunities for working across the Levant.
- Collaborate with Marketing and Communications colleagues to ensure that the activities generate significant impact, achieve media and digital reach, and meet local and UK partners’ needs
- Build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders in OPT and the UK, creating opportunities for UK Arts organisations to work with OPT and Levant partners and to create programmes.
- Manage the Arts programme efficiently and effectively, working with teams in OPT, across the Levant and in the UK.
- Proposal preparation for new programmes to attract sponsorship from the corporate sector, trusts and foundations.
- Generate planned levels of income for the Arts Programme, both cash and in-kind.
- Act as focal point for Cultural Protection Fund in OPT
Financial Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Plan and manage the budgets for the Arts programme.
- Oversee scorecard, monitoring and evaluation of the Arts programme.
Cross-Sectoral and Regional Working
- Work closely with all local and regional SBU teams and across the Levant, to achieve an integrated approach to product development and delivery.
- Ensure that EDI is mainstreamed in all our Arts activities.
- Manage, inspire and develop a small team, ensuring that they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
- Work to the British Council values and behaviours, incorporating Equality, Diversity and Inclusion into all aspects of the job.
- Deputy Director/Director Programmes, Director OPT; OPT Senior Management team, Programmes team, regional arts colleagues, regional marketing and communications leads; UK arts sector leads.
- Senior contacts in local, UK and international arts, cultural heritage and civil society institutions in OPT, relevant ministries and local bodies, UK artists and organisations engaged in OPT, Levant and MENA, corporates, trusts and foundations, British Consulate General, EUNIC, the media.
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