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British Council

Archived: Literature Coordinator

The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work cultural relations.

In the Literature Team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary literature sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working with literature within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with writers and other literature professionals to build relationships between the reading, writing and publishing communities in the UK and around the world.


We have an excellent opportunity for a Literature Coordinator to support the development of the London Book Fair Poland Market Focus Cultural Programme for 2017 and the British Council’s literature programme in Europe. The successful candidate will provide administrative support, project assistance and professional sector liaison, making efficient use of processes and systems to ensure the smooth running and satisfactory delivery of the various programmes.

Some of the main duties include:

·        Working with multi-location teams to support development and delivery of the London Book Fair Poland Market Focus Cultural Programme and the literature programme in Europe.

·        Maintaining good relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders.

·        Providing financial and administrative support including travel and visa bookings, management of purchase orders and invoice processing and contract management on a day-to-day basis.

·        Gathering, creating, uploading and maintaining digital programme content on British Council web and social media platforms.

We require the successful candidate to have a good knowledge of and interest in contemporary British literature. They will have experience of office administration for example organising travel, finance, events and diary management. They will have good written and verbal skills, be able to organise own work and plan ahead for a team, be proficient in the use of office software and social media platforms and have experience of communicating regularly with stakeholders, customers and partners.

You will have a pre-existing independent right to work and live in the UK without restrictions.

This is a maternity cover appointment. The successful candidate will need to be available to take up this post as soon as possible.

For a full job description and details on how to apply, please visit the website.

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before 20 March 2016 at 23:59 UK Time. We aim to interview for this role on 29/30 March 2016. 

Competitive salary
Generous pension
32 days annual leave
Season ticket loan
Childcare vouchers
Flexible working
Cycling scheme


Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.  All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.