View Vacancy - Head of Culture and Sports Diplomacy

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Public Diplomacy

Main purpose of job:
This is a new role created within the British Consulate General in New York will widen and deepen the UK’s impact and influence across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Fairfield County, CT through strengthening our cultural and sports diplomacy effort. New York is a global creative hub and powerhouse for US sports organisations. This role will work with the Consulate General’s senior leadership to develop and deliver a strategy to enhance the UK’s relationships with key cultural and sports stakeholders; deepen existing partnerships; promote British arts, artists and sports; deliver British Government objectives and progress UK national interests through these prisms. This role will sit within the Consulate’s Public Diplomacy team and will need to work across a range of teams and Government Departments, in both the US and the UK, in order to deliver objectives. 

Roles and responsibilities:
1.    Develop and deliver a new cultural and sports diplomacy strategy that progresses and promotes the UK’s commercial, sustainability, innovation and DEI interests, encompassing the most relevant sectors, for example sport, TV/film, music, fashion, art and heritage organisations. 
2.    Design the strategy to be delivered principally from the British Consulate General in New York, but with the ability to extend elsewhere in the British Government’s US Network and replicated in other Consulates as required. 
3.    Map key stakeholders and partners in the world of culture and sport across the New York Consulate region and the UK, mobilising senior leaders and other colleagues to support the active management of these relationships in support of the Consulate’s goals. 
4.    Develop and deliver a year-round programme of high impact activities to celebrate British strengths and achievements and provide a platform for convening industry and thought leaders on topics that align with the Consulate’s priorities. This requires strategic thinking and proactive planning; close working with the Consulate’s communications team to amplify key messages; and an excellent network of stakeholders and awareness of events to be able to spot and create opportunities.
5.    Make maximum use of the GREAT campaign and GREAT Ambassadors to support an innovative approach to culture and sports diplomacy, including identifying additional leaders and role models for consideration to expand the number of GREAT Ambassadors. 
6.    Monitor and report on relevant cultural and sporting activities, including those led by the Consulate, those that receive UK Government funding across the New York region and other partnership-based events. 
7.    Work closely with the Consulate’s communications team to amplify key messages to target audiences, including initiatives like the Consulate’s Arts & Culture Newsletter. 
8.    Work closely with the Department for International Trade’s sports economy team to maximise the commercial angles of the Creative, Media and Sports Economy. 
The US Network offers a unique career opportunity and is committed to supporting its staff through a variety of benefits including generous leave, insurance packages and a highly competitive 401k programme.  It also promotes a culture of flexibility, which enables people to better maintain wellness through an excellent work/life balance approach that encompasses hybrid working, including working from home and flexible hours, where possible.

Essential on arrival: 
•    Experience working in a cultural and/or sports sector, with strong knowledge of contemporary British and US culture and sports. 
•    Excellent team working and networking skills, including proven stakeholder management experience and the ability to develop strong partnerships and relationships with individuals and organisations. 
•    Proven ability to work and deliver at pace, including under pressure. 
•    Clear ability to think strategically and act tactically, to design a strategy and execute activities and events.
•    Demonstrable ability to take the initiative and work across teams to deliver.
•    Proven ability to deliver impactful events and activities. 
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•    Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
•    Ability to horizon scan and spot opportunities and interdependencies.
•    Personal commitment to respect at work and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion

Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at  All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work.  
*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.  "    

•    Experience of working in a government or international setting. 
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Making Effective Decisions, Seeing the Big Picture, Working Together
27 November 2022
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Permanent
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
United States
New York
British Consulate General
9 January 2023

The British Embassy and its US Network is committed to all employee’s ongoing learning and development needs. We offer a comprehensive platform for personalised learning for everything from soft skill development (communciating with impact, handling difficult conversations, time management) to more technical or professional skills necessary to complete your job (software training, formal qualifications etc.).

Requires standard working pattern of Monday – Friday, 40 hours a week. 

The British Embassy and its US Network embraces flexible working where this supports the organisation and the individual. 

The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount. Internal candidates must inform their supervisor before they apply to a different position.

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.

The British Embassy is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and to creating a diverse working environment, free from discrimination, where everyone is included and treated fairly, based on merit alone. We are an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions without regard to race, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other criterion protected by law.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.