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The British Council is seeking a Head Society Programs to work as a key member of its  team in Washington DC.

As the UK’s cultural relations organization, the British Council has over 80 years of experience in building trust in communities around the world. For more information, visit


Main opportunities in this role:

  • The development of a strategy for Society in the context of the current global economic, social and political climate.
  • Raise the profile of British Council work in Society in the USA in order to demonstrate the relevance of the UK to the USA in the 21st century and contribute to the strengthening of the transatlantic relationship.
  • The forging of new and the maintenance of existing partnerships and relationships, in order to increase the impact of British Council programs in the USA and across the region.


Duties and Responsibilities:

In line with British Council corporate policy:

  • Work with colleagues in the US and the region and the Society team in the UK to create a focussed and realistic strategy for the US.
  • Identify opportunities in the US for Society work and to develop and deliver programs with US partners.
  • Work closely with the US Partnerships team in order to share opportunities for funders and respond to the interest of funders.
  • Provide market intelligence and create opportunities for the UK Society sector.
  • Explore opportunities for the UK sector in the US.
  • Work with regional colleagues to identify opportunities for collaboration on projects.
  • Effective line management of the Program Coordinator.
  • Effectively manage the Society budget.
  • Contribute to the overall development and implementation of the Country Plan as a member of the Senior Management Team and to work closely with colleagues to ensure that the activity developed by each sector and program area contributes to the over-arching objectives of the operation as a whole.
  • Demonstrate leadership, accountability, determination and commitment to British Council values.
  • Significant and demonstrable experience in Society work.
  • Knowledge of work in this sector in the US and globally.
  • Previous management experience.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.

Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
15 March 2017
Full-time, Permanent
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
British Embassy
15 May 2017

This post offers a strong benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package. 

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local American employment law.

To review the full Role Profile (job description) please check our website at this link:

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 15 March 2017. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Internal candidates must infrom their Head of Group before applying.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

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The British Embassy and its Consulates are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

This opportunity is closed to applications.