British Council China

Director Arts, China

Location: Beijing, China
Salary: Senior Management & Professionals Pay Band

In East Asia, we have a very strong arts team of 60 people in the region, of which more half has been recently recruited from the sector.

We deliver our countries’ shared agendas for international, innovative and inclusive growth, building opportunities, partnerships and trust across our education and creative sectors. The Arts are at the core of the delivery of the East Asia strategy.

You will represent the British Council as a recognised, credible authority to external stakeholders and audiences. You will build and maintain external networks to optimize partnership potential, providing professional advice to the UK about the Chinese cultural sector and vice-versa, to maximize the potential and success of international exchange

As a member of the China Leadership Team, you will contribute to the China country strategy

As a member of the China Leadership Team, you will contribute to the China country strategy, and deliver to a shared audience for our work in arts, education and English. You will develop and maintain strong networks which enable opportunity-spotting and effective brokering of collaborations with the arts sectors and relevant government departments through effective account management, both directly, through the dispersed arts teams, and in collaboration with the arts team in the UK.

As a diplomatic post in China, you will fully engage with the wider UK agenda in China, identifying opportunities that deliver against our arts strategy, our overall China strategy, and which may benefit the wider UK-China relationship in education, trade and development.

You will lead a dispersed arts team across China in implementing culture change and ensure staff have sufficient capacity and training to implement project management to required standards.

You will ensure that agreed activity is designed and delivered according to best project management practice, with clear targets for short and long term impact and appropriate evaluation in place.

What we are looking for:

You will bring along proven experience in a leadership role in the arts - leading an arts organisation, institution or international projects of scale with a track record in partnership-building and complex relationship management. You should have a substantial network of professional contacts across art forms and sectors, ideally in the UK and in China. Experience of engaging with audiences digitally will be essential. You will have an understanding and appreciation of current arts trends and practices in both China and the UK to be successful in this role. Chinese language proficiency will be desirable.

To apply:

Please find full details and apply online here

Closing date: 16th June 2019

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