British Council - Literature Co-ordinator

Jobs Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Location: London; Department: Arts; Job Category: 2-year, fixed-term contract; Pay Band: 6 (£19,370 - 23,795)

The Organisation
The British Council was founded to create 'a friendly knowledge and understanding' between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK's international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Arts
Our UK Arts team 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 Team
In the Literature team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary literature sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working with literature within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership writers and other literature professionals to build relationships between the reading, writing and publishing communities in the UK and around the world.

The Opportunity
We have an excellent opportunity for a Literature Co-ordinator to provide administrative support, project assistance and professional sector liaison, making efficient use of processes and systems to ensure the smooth running and satisfactory delivery of the Literature team's work.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge and experience:
Experience of office administration: for example, organising travel, finance, mailbox, events and diary management.
Knowledge of and interest in the UK Literature sector and a wide range of contemporary UK writing.

Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:
Successfully prioritise workload in order to balance the competing demands of a busy split-site team.
Working effectively with a range of administrative systems to write contracts, manage travel bookings and other project-related logistics to ensure the smooth running of cultural relations programmes.
Maintaining detailed, up-to-date records of contacts and activity to support literature programming and evaluation.
Represent the Literature team at professional events across the UK and feed back to the team to support the development of programmes and partnerships.

Equality Comment and Equality of Opportunity (UK)
Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council's work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.

Generous pension
32 days annual leave
Flexible working policy
Childcare vouchers
Season ticket loan

The closing date is 10 August 2017 at 23:59 UK time, and we are looking to schedule the interviews on 31 August and 1 September.

Further details here.

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