Work with Creative and Cultural Skills: Head of Partnerships, Northern Ireland

Permanent, 22.5 hours a week (FTE 37.5)

£36,000 pa pro rata, 25 days annual leave pa pro rata, employer pension contribution

Closing date: Monday 28th February at 9am

Location: Virtual office / Home based, NI

Applications via the Applied website

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As a UK-wide Charity, this role enables Creative & Cultural Skills to deliver a programme of work in NI. The role includes developing and investing in relationships with sector employers, key funders, industry stakeholders and the education sector. The post holder will help us to develop future opportunities through those relationships with a view to increasing sector engagement in the Charity’s core mission and related income streams. They will hold responsibility for leading on NI specific projects.

Who we are

We are the UK wide agency that opens pathways for those that aspire or could aspire to have meaningful and sustainable careers in the creative industries.

By doing so we support the creative industries to have the workforce they need so that they can thrive and deliver benefit to their communities and audiences.

Our policy priority is to work particularly to support people from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged communities into careers in the creative and cultural industries, and we especially focus on those at the start of their careers, in the 16 – 24 year old age groups.

What we do

We use our voice clearly, wisely, and effectively to influence skills policy and effect change in the context of our core purpose, across all four nations of the UK.

We play a critical role in ensuring young people are aware of the career opportunities open to them across the creative and cultural industries.

We work directly with educators, particularly providers of vocational education, to ensure young people can develop the skills they need to be successful in those careers.

And we work with employers across the cultural sector, supporting them to create open, inclusive, and fair work opportunities for all young people regardless of background, previous educational achievement, or personal circumstance.

We keep the principles of fairness, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of all our work, and we campaign and influence to ensure that our sector increasingly does so in its workforce practices.

Our work in Northern Ireland

Through our partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we’re currently delivering our full Fair Access Sector Support Programme for creative and cultural businesses based in NI, free of charge. Designed to empower employers to adopt inclusive and lawful recruitment practices which support sector growth and develop a more diverse range of talent, the programme covers a range of topics across digital training sessions and is supplemented by bespoke 1:1 advice sessions. The Fair Access Sector Support programme seeks to sustain and develop the inclusive workforce development practices established through our recent NI Creative Employment Programme, which worked directly with employers and young people to create new paid internship job opportunities for young people aged 16-24.

Things you need to know

We are a small, fully virtual team, with average income of c. £1.25m pa. Our CEO joined us in November 2020 and our Chair was appointed in February 2020, so we are in the midst of an exciting time of evolution and development.

We are deeply committed to diversity, inclusion and equity. These sit at the heart of our work, and we are passionate advocates for fair, inclusive working practices within our sector. But we still have work to do ourselves internally, and we are looking for candidates who understand that journey, will support our commitment and add value to our work in this area through their own values and experiences.

If there is anything else we can do to make the application or interview process more accessible for you, please let us know – there is a specific opportunity for you to outline this in your application.

Dates for your diary

  • Closing date: 9am, Monday 28th February
  • Shortlisting: W/c 28th February
  • Interviews: Thursday 10th March (via Zoom)

Application process

As part of our commitment to an inclusive recruitment process we are using the Applied platform to gather applications. Please apply via the Applied website and follow the prompts.

You will be asked to upload your CV as part of the process. This will not be reviewed until after the initial shortlisting process has been completed.

If you are successful in the process and we offer you the role we will ask you to provide details of two referees prior to confirmation of employment.

Any questions?

If there is anything you would like to know about the role, the organisation or the application process please email and we’ll be happy to help.

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