London and Cardiff
18 months FTC
Background Information 2
Who can Apply
Selection Process 3-4
How to Apply
Terms and Conditions 5
The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.
As the UK’s leading cultural relations organisation, the British Council plays a crucial role in
building overseas influence for the UK by developing mutual understanding between peoples,
societies and countries. Our activity and programmes deliver benefits for Britain at home and
The overall turnover in 2009/2010 was £705 million. Two thirds of this is income from
revenue-earned activities and one third from a government grant. We operate at arm’s
length from Government and are governed by a board of trustees. We are registered as a
charity in England and are thus regulated by charity law. We are also a Non Departmental
Public Body (NDPB). Our sponsoring department in Whitehall is the FCO which ensures that
the overseas work contributes fully to the international reputation of the UK. The Foreign
Secretary is responsible to Parliament for the activities of the British Council.
The British Council has unique experience, built up over 75 years, of how to make
relationships succeed. We now enable more than 20 million people both in the UK and in
over 100 countries and territories worldwide to experience the UK’s creativity and to discuss
issues that affect a shared global future. In the process, we enhance international
understanding of the United Kingdom as it is today, and build lasting relationships of mutual
benefit to those who will become the next generation of leaders and influencers in their
countries. In education, science, the arts, English language learning, sport, governance and
human rights, we make the connections to help millions of people make a difference.
How we are governed
The organisation receives strategic direction from a board of trustees. The board elects its
own members with the exception of one, who is nominated by the Secretary of State for
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. All members serve for a term of three years and may
stand for re-election. The executive direction of the British Council is carried out by Martin
Davidson, its Chief Executive and supported by an Executive Board.
The Executive Board
The Executive Board, led by the Chief Executive, is made up of eight interdependent roles:
Director Education and Society, Director Global Human Resources, Director English, Director
Global Network, Chief Financial Officer, Director Arts, Director Corporate HQ and Director
Partnerships and Business Development. This team works closely together to deliver
individual and team goals for the benefit of the organisation.
The British Council Advisory Bodies
Strategies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are each supported by National
Committees. In addition, strategies for our work in the arts, knowledge and information,
education and training, science, engineering and environment, governance, and English
teaching, are each supported by Advisory Committees. The organisation also has an
Advisory Board; this is a policy forum that supports the Board of Trustees and the
organisation by providing perceptions and insights into its work and the context in which it is,
and will be, operating. The Advisory Board meets once a year.
Our performance targets
The British Council operates a performance scorecard. Through it we assess our
performance in a range of dimensions including customer and stakeholder satisfaction, our
reputation, the perceptions of our staff and the impact of our projects.
For more information please visit:
Annual report http://www.britishcouncil.org/new/about-us/annual-reports/
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WHO CAN APPLY
This job is open to anyone who has the legal right to work in the UK. To ensure compliance
with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, we will need proof before appointment to a post in
the UK that you are entitled to work in this country.
Candidates will receive communication after each stage of the selection process, informing
them whether they have been successful or unsuccessful.
The application form is in 3 separate parts: parts 1 and 3 contain personal information and
are confidential documents, which will only be seen by Human Resources; part 2 relates
specifically to the post you are applying for and will be seen by those making selection
decisions. Guidance Notes for completing the Application Form can be found at the bottom of
the Application Form
The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. We guarantee an interview
to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria on their application forms.
The interview will be behaviour based, but will also focus on specialist knowledge and
HOW TO APPLY
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 July 2012 at 0900 hours.
Please return completed applications to UK-Resourcing@britishcouncil.org If you have any
problems downloading the application please email the above address.
Applications should be submitted by the closing date. Applications received after this time
will not be considered. Please do not attach a CV or any other document; they will not be
used to make selection decisions. This is to ensure that all candidates are treated equally.
The application form is available in other formats on request.
If you have any queries regarding the completion of your application, please email UK-
We ask that you complete the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Monitoring Information
within the application form. Provision of this information is voluntary but will assist the
British Council in its commitment to a policy of equal opportunity and the development of
positive policies to promote equal opportunities in employment. Monitoring is recommended
by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and supports us in meeting our legal
We welcome applications from all sections of the community as we believe that a diverse
workforce gives added depth to our work.
We monitor all stages of our recruitment and selection processes to ensure there is no
potential for unjustified discrimination on irrelevant grounds. Our monitoring data is externally
analysed each year, and recommendations are published and acted upon.
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TERMS & CONDITIONS
The posts will be on 18 month fixed term contracts.
We offer an attractive salary and benefits package; in addition a market allowance of £3,300
is available for the London posts. Salary is paid monthly in arrears.
The successful candidate will be eligible to join the Civil Service pension arrangements
unless their contract states otherwise.
We offer the choice of two types of pension:
Nuvos - a defined benefit, government guaranteed, occupational pension scheme that
currently has a 3.5% member contribution rate. The British Council meets the rest of
the cost of the scheme.
Partnership pension account - a stakeholder pension with age related employer
contributions, optional member contributions and additional matching employer
contributions up to 3 per cent of salary.
Colleagues do not have to join the Civil Service pension arrangements and may choose to
opt out. Arrangements can be made for the transfer of pension rights to the Civil Service
Pension arrangements from many other HM Revenue and Customs registered pension
schemes. Full details of these arrangements are available on the CSP website
Successful candidates will be sent an information pack.
Annual leave is earned at the rate of 32 days per calendar year.
The British Council operates a number of schemes that are designed to be of benefit to staff
in the UK, including
Child care vouchers
Flexible working hours
Employee Assistance Programme
Staff restaurants in the London office
Generous maternity and paternity leave
Interest-free season ticket loan.
Some of these benefits have eligibility criteria.
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