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Job Title:
Head, Public and Cultural Diplomacy

£56,346 per annum

Vacancy type:



Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Closing date for applications:
04-03-2018 At midnight UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Public Diplomacy Counsellor, the Head (Public and Cultural Diplomacy) will promote Canadian culture and creative industries, support advocacy initiatives in line with the mission’s priorities, as well as build and maintain the network of Canadians and Canada-watchers interested in creating synergies to build the Canada brand in the UK.

This position manages the Cultural/Advocacy team and works in collaboration with the Communications unit, other programmes of the Mission and in partnership with UK and Canadian institutions, organisations, government departments and agencies to advance Canada’s foreign policy objectives and to ensure that the cultural program contributes to the achievement of the mission’s objectives in the UK through the arts, cultural and creative industry sectors.

He/she oversees the mission’s cultural and advocacy program and is responsible for developing key strategic partnerships, identifying opportunities for high level networking and implementing the strategy for the delivery of the cultural and advocacy program and public events aimed at raising Canada’s profile in the UK.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened on the essential qualifications below and must demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet these criteria. Only those candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements and demonstrate this clearly within their application will then proceed to the next stage of the process.

Education: A university degree from a recognised university.

• Minimum 7 years of recent* experience in leading/supervising a team with the ability to deliver goals and objectives.

• Minimum 3 years or recent** knowledge and professional experience gained across at least one of the following: arts practice area (music, cinema, dance, cirque, visual arts, theatre, television, literature, emerging arts) and/or partnership development and retention.

*Recent is 7 years within the last 10 years
**Recent is 3 years within the last 7 years

Linguistic Profile: Superior command of the English language is essential, including professional level writing capabilities.

Rated Requirements:
Candidates must also meet the Rated Requirements shown below, which will be assessed through any of the following: cover letter, written test, oral communication, interview and reference checks:

• Project management, including a strong understanding of strategic planning, goal-setting and budget management and results-based performance.
• Build and maintain a network of key contacts
• Ability to assimilate information from numerous sources and distil it in a concise manner.
• Resolve funding challenges through private-sector partnerships or membership
• Ability to collect, synthesize and distribute information to senior-level internal and external clients
• Ability to lead, manage and motivate a team
• Ability to prioritize multiple demands and remain organised
• Excellent presentation and communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong skills in Microsoft Word, web-based research and e-communications

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. Candidates must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their cover letter

• Professional network in the creative sector
• A solid understanding of Canada and its interests in the UK and Europe.
• Ability to work in French
• Ability to use social media tools
• Understanding of change management

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Willing and able to work extended hours as required, late evenings and sometime with little advance notice
• Ability to travel when required

Condition(s) of Employment:
Hours of work will be 37.5 per week, worked Monday to Friday at time to be arranged by the supervisor. Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory employment and character references and the ability to obtain and maintain an Enhanced Reliability security screening (including a criminal record check).
Copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process. Successful candidate must have a valid passport and the required documentation allowing the right to work in the UK. Documentation will be required.

Area of selection:
United Kingdom

Important Notes:
This position is open to candidates currently resident in the UK, who hold current documentation allowing them to work in the UK without restriction, who meet all of the essential requirements stated and whose applications are received by the closing date. Those candidates holding documentation/visas not renewable in the UK such as the Youth Mobility Visa will not be eligible to apply for this position.

The High Commission of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interview nor does it reimburse any relocation costs. The High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work permit applications on behalf of candidates.

The High Commission of Canada is committed to building a diverse workforce.

The High Commission of Canada is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

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