Regional Director of Arts SSA
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Position : Regional Director of Arts SSA

Company : British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work in two ways directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities.

We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK.

These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Regional Director of Arts SSA

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 and education. 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.

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. T
  • he 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.
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    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 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
  • Further Information

  • Pay Band SMP (Senior Management Professional)
  • Contract Type 2-year Fixed Term Contract
  • Location Flexible across British Council office in SSA
  • Requirements The role may include occasional travel within the country, region or internationally
  • Eligibility - Candidates for this role must have a natural right to work in this location and would normally already be based in the location.
  • Closing Date June 26, 2022 (23 : 59 South Africa Time)
  • A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

    Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

    The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do.

    We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.

    All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status.

    We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

    The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

    We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

  • Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed;
  • these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

    Please note : Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website.

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    Emails with supporting statements and CV / Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.

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