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  • Everybody's Gone to The Rapture and Pokemon Go

The games world is on fire: British game Everybody's Gone To The Rapture (left) and global hit Pokemon Go (right)

Closing date Friday 19 August 2016

In an exciting new development for the British Council’s Arts programme, we are about to fully immerse ourselves in the world of games and interactive – and we’re looking for someone to help us take the plunge.

British Council is the UK’s cultural relations agency – we build trust between people in the UK and people everywhere else – and a big part of that programme involves the arts and creative industries.

Sitting jointly between our very active Film and Creative Economy teams, we’re now looking for someone to join us as a Programme Manager to help us kick-start a long-term relationship with games and interactive media sectors, to develop a programme to support and internationalise the UK’s players, and to foster an environment which encourages creative collaboration with international peers.

If this is you, you’ll be responsible for developing the British Council’s role as broker for the sector internationally; you’ll be an advocate, specifically bridging the perceived divide between games and the broader arts; and you’ll work to further the British Council’s role as a policy shaper, promoting the recognition and support of games and interactive media as vectors of British art and culture.

This is a fantastically exciting opportunity to activate the British Council’s games portfolio; to explore how new interactive process like VR and AR overlap and intersect with conventional art forms; and to champion the dynamism of the UK’s games and interactive sectors on the world stage.

We need someone with in-depth knowledge of the contemporary UK games and interactive landscape, the ability to make critical judgements across different genres, and the enthusiasm to explore the ways these rapidly evolving forms can play an ongoing part in the British Council’s cultural relations mission.

You’ll have an excellent network of current contacts across the UK Games and interactive sectors and a track record of delivering gaming and interactive projects at varying scales internationally.

This is a permanent full time position and an opportunity to work alongside two strong creative teams. Ideally you will be based in either our Manchester or Cardiff offices - although there is an opportunity to home-work from anywhere in the UK using either of these offices as your notional home base.

Salary range is £25,503-32,142 with a full package of benefits including generous pension, 32 days holiday etc.

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Deadline for application is 5pm, Friday 19 August.

(Interviews will take place on 1 & 2 September).