Head of Cultural Protection – Civil Service Vacancies

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Job Description:

Arts, Heritage and Tourism directorate (AHT) has lead responsibility within DCMS for arts, museums and galleries, libraries, cultural property, tourism, heritage and international cultural diplomacy and the Government Art Collection. Spend on these sectors accounts for nearly two thirds of the total DCMS budget.
Our levers to deliver policy objectives for these sectors include statutory responsibilities (eg: listing and scheduling historic buildings and monuments), sponsorship of 26 Arms Length Bodies (eg: Arts Council England) and delivery of our own programmes (eg: Festival UK 2022, Cultural Development Fund)
This is an exciting opportunity to work on a complex and fast-paced portfolio, leading on the cultural protection agenda across both DCMS and wider Government.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The role includes leading DCMS’ flagship Cultural Protection Fund, which supports efforts to protect cultural heritage at risk from conflict, instability and climate change, and, as part of this, development of the Government’s cultural protection policy agenda.
  • Building on the programme’s recent successes, you will lead the development and implementation of the Fund’s strategy for the next three years and will work closely with Ministers, the teams across DCMS, senior stakeholders within the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the British Council and the wider cultural protection sector.
  • The successful candidate will have knowledge & experience in the international development agenda or cultural protection in an international context, as well as evidence of developing, leading and delivering impactful programmes with an international context.
  • You will have strong engagement expertise with the ability to develop relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • You will be a team player with experience of leading a team, creating a culture of inclusivity, and able to develop engaging and accessible communications.
  • Knowledge of and field experience relating to human rights, humanitarian law or cultural protection in, fragile/conflict affected States is desirable but not essential. Must be willing to get developed vetting security clearance

Job Requirements:

  • Well-developed policy and strategic analysis skills to provide constructive policy challenge and fresh ideas;
  • The ability to work at pace where necessary, driving progress in the face of a range of competing views and priorities and being calm and resilient in pressurized situations; and
  • Experience of leading diverse and inclusive teams, including contributing to the wider corporate leadership of an organization;
  • Experience of working with senior stakeholders and with press and communications colleagues;
  • Experience of working collaboratively with and through others across team and departmental boundaries to achieve collective outcomes;
  • Excellent communication skills: a track record of effective influencing and developing strong working relationships with a range of partners and organizations including at a senior level.
  • Programme Management and Delivery expertise – practical experience (ideally in an international context) of developing, delivering and leading programmes and projects;

Job Details:

Company: Civil Service

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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