Director of Literature at the British Council
London: Indefinite post
Salary: £47,000 per annum plus London Market Allowance of £3,300 per annum
An attractive benefits package including 32 days’ leave, Civil Service Pension arrangements and benefits from a range of family-friendly policies
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our purpose is to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increase appreciation for the UK’s creative ideas and achievements.
Our arts programme lives and breathes the aspiration to inspire to transform lives – to offer creative artists, participants and audiences across the world life-changing and life-enhancing experiences. Our catalyst is the UK’s profound cultural and artistic strength and diversity. We believe a direct experience of the arts contributes vitally to the development of society, shared prosperity and mutual attraction which strengthens cultural relations through inspiration that results from:
• The exchange of new and challenging ideas.
• The expression and sharing of emotions.
• The exploration of difficult issues.
• The increased understanding of diversity and other people’s cultures.
• The realisation through exchange of individual creative potential.
The Director Literature will identify and build partnerships with authors, agents, publishers, festivals and others across the UK. Using these they will work with our teams globally to design and deliver mutually beneficial exchanges and collaborations, ensuring that literature work is a prominent part of our global offer.
You will be a leader with excellent people skills and with experience of working at a senior level in the UK literature sector. You will have a detailed knowledge of the sector and a broad network of contacts derived from that, who turn to you for help and advice. You’ll have an understanding of the opportunities and benefits of international collaboration for the sector and for the UK and a track record of achievement, working with small and large organisations.
Please visit www.britishcouncil.org/about/jobs
Start date: April 2013
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 5 March 2013