Arts Manager, Brazil

Date: 19 May 2023

Location: Sao Paulo, Americas, BR, Brazil

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.


Salary: R$6,062
Contract Type: Indefinite
Location: Sao Paulo

Right to Work Requirements: Right to Work in Brazil. The British Council is not able to support or sponsor work visa applications.

Closing Date: advert will close on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 23:59 Colombia time.


Role Purpose

Join our team as an Arts Manager and embark on an exciting journey of creativity and cultural enrichment! As a key collaborator, you will work closely with the Head of Arts, playing a vital role in implementing captivating activities in the country. Your efforts will be directed towards unleashing the potential of the Arts, amplifying its impact through our distinguished global programmes: Culture Connects, Spotlights on Culture, Creative Economy, and Arts Responds to Global Challenges.


In this dynamic role, you will be part of a dedicated and talented team in the country, working hand in hand with sector partners and stakeholders to shape a thriving artistic ecosystem. We prioritize building robust relationships, not only within the local context but also across our expansive global arts network. This means you'll have countless opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals, sharing insights and innovations, as we collectively contribute to the global arts landscape.


If you have a passion for the Arts, a talent for relationship-building, experience managing projects, and a desire to make a meaningful impact, then this role is perfect for you. Join us and become a driving force behind the transformative power of creativity, fostering connections, and addressing global challenges through the Arts. Your journey awaits!


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following

  • Provides specialist input and design to help ensure activities under the Arts global programmes are relevant to the Arts and creative industry sectors in country.
  • Actively collaborates with colleagues in Arts global teams on programmes
  • Uses digital platforms and technological advancements to improve efficiency, impact and quality of activity design and delivery
  • Incorporates specific actions to address equality, diversity and inclusion priorities in programme delivery 
  • Uses their own knowledge of the country’s arts and creative industries, intelligence and insight from other sector partners, to support the implementation of global arts programmes that meet the specific needs of the country while also providing value to UK arts and creative industry organisations.    
  • Through ongoing relationships with Global arts colleagues, builds and maintains good understanding of UK arts and creative industry sector priorities.
  • Identifies opportunities for the UK Arts sector to work in and collaborate with peers in country
  • Undertaking programme-specific data collection as needed, working with colleagues to identify indicators and tools for data collection, quality assuring, and undertaking analysis.
  • Has relationships with delivery partners and stakeholders within country and is able to procure services and contract delivery partners.
  • Holds suppliers to account for delivering against contract.
  • Build strong internal relationships and networks
  • Responsible for internal and client, procurement, contracting, compliance, and reporting
  • Ensure sound financial planning, working closely with finance teams to ensure British Council and client financial year plans are up to date. 
  • Ensure accurate and timely monthly (re)forecasting is in place, by running regular reports in the SAP system on actuals, monitoring outstanding purchase orders, reviewing commitments, analysing and commenting on reasons for variances to plan and recommending corrective actions.
  • Monitoring monthly finances, including correct expenditure.


Requirements of the role

  • Good knowledge and understanding of current trends and practices in at least one sector of the arts and creative industries in the country
  • Experience of working on national arts/ creative industry projects
  • C1 Portuguese
  • B2 English or equivalent


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.


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