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Deputy Director Arts India

Date: 18-Feb-2021

Location: New Delhi, South Asia, IN

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.

Pay band: 8, Country Appointed
Location: India (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Chennai)
Department: Arts
Contract type: Fixed term contract for 2 years
Closing date and time: 4 March, Thursday, 23:59 

Role Purpose:

To manage multi-year strategic arts programmes with Head Arts programme managers nationally and across areas and platforms; and deputise for the Director Arts India who leads the arts and culture strategy and programmes


Challenges & Accountabilities:

•    Deputy Director Arts will work to manage delivery of the strategic arts programmes in India, reflecting country priorities in terms of geography, partners, audiences, and art forms
•    Communicate with multiple stakeholders internally and externally
•    Support the India and South Asia regional team in programme based planning, leading country staff through the project documentation to approvals process 
•    Ensure that the programme is managed to the highest standards, with appropriate operational plans, Financial control, M&E, Business Development and MarComms 
•    Manage working together across the UK and India Arts colleagues and cities 
•    Seek delivery support from Cultural Engagement and business support functions to ensure programmes are of a high-quality and designed to produce impact 
•    Cultivate a compliance culture to ensure that operational procedures are followed, risk is managed and programmes meet funding criteria 
•    Design systems for data capture and analysis to a) demonstrate impact and success b) identify risk and c) ensure audit compliance


•    Experience and awareness of India culture and British Asian sectors 
•    Leadership of a mid to large-scale international programme including digital projects
•    Demonstrable commitment to Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion
•    Experience of managing publicly funded programmes or high-value contracts and managing complex senior relationships
•    Experience of managing dispersed teams or projects taking place in multiple locations
•    Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
•    Ability to manage compliance processes and work at pace and meet deadlines

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to 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 has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

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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.


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