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- Senior International Policy Advisor - Arts, UK

Senior International Policy Advisor - Arts

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

Reference number:1559050

Salary:£32,152 - £37,877

Location:100 Parliament Street, City of Westminster, London SW1A 2BQ

Job description

Are you interested in working on a high profile area that will be crucial to the UK’s future as it exits the EU? The Department for Culture, Media and Sport holds responsibility for some of the UK’s most interesting and growing service sectors including the arts, media and creative industries, telecoms, data and digital technology.

One of the Department’s key aims is to ensure the widest possible engagement with the very best arts and culture through effective public investment. In an international context this includes promoting the conditions for UK participation and collaboration with EU and international partners in touring, co-productions and artistic residences across a range of art forms including visual art, dance, music, theatre, literature and combined arts.

Each of these roles will provide input on a range of policies to support these sectors following the UK’s exit from the European Union. These include developing the thinking around the future international strategy for these important sectors, developing policies for funding, international trade and movement of people and objects across borders for international cultural activities. Key to this will be developing excellent relationships with an incredibly diverse and fascinating range of companies and organisations and working closely with them to ensure you fully understand their issues and perspectives and can feed these into policy development.

As a relatively small department with an influential and varied policy portfolio, policy officials in DCMS have a high degree of responsibility and closer involvement with ministers and senior officials than in larger departments. The work is regularly challenging and offers post holders opportunities to work at a senior and influential level less easily found in larger departments.

Responsibilities for these roles include:

Proactively working with colleagues engaged with exiting the European Union to inform and develop requirements and to ensure that DCMS priorities are fed into the UK negotiating strategy for EU Exit and future trade deals.

Researching and representing departmental priorities in the arts and culture sectors to develop an international arts strategy which can maximise the impact of the UK Arts sector internationally.

Developing knowledge of how the arts and cultural sectors are currently funded and looking at alternative and innovative proposals to support these sectors after Brexit.

Working with Arms’ Length Bodies and cultural organisations to build an evidence base and make robust arguments for cultural investment and policy interventions.

Developing a detailed specialist knowledge of the skills needs and workforce of the arts and culture sectors; proactively working with cross government stakeholders including the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) and Home Office to develop new immigration policy which can respond to the international dimensions of arts and cultural organisations.

Proactively working with cross government stakeholders including DExEU and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to develop new arrangements and border controls for touring equipment used by the arts and culture sectors.

Developing a detailed specialist knowledge of trade policy, developing a detailed analysis of key emerging markets for the arts and taking ownership of departmental priorities in international trade and investment for the arts and cultural sectors.

Providing regular advice to colleagues and Ministers on these issues (including drafting high quality briefings and submissions).


Person specification

Successful applicants will need to display the following essential skills for this post:

Delivering complex and interconnected priorities and/or projects that make a real difference to your organisation and its customers.

Delivering timely and clearly communicated policy analysis in a fast-paced environment, working across team and organisational boundaries.

Working quickly and accurately to deliver a range of outputs, from ministerial asks at short notice to more considered policy analysis to input into work on the UK’s exit from the EU.

Building effective relationships with a range of stakeholders and colleagues to galvanise efforts around a common outcome, delivering your objectives with and through others.

Developing or drafting strategies that reflect multiple policy objectives and have been informed by stakeholder engagement.

Developing or implementing funding policy in the arts or a comparable area of public investment.

Working independently as well as across team and organisational boundaries - you will have a high degree of autonomy within this role and will be required to proactively lead and drive forward work in these areas.

An inspiring, confident and empowering approach.

A keen interest or experience in the arts and cultural sectors would be advantageous but not essential, as would EU or international experience.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
•Delivering at pace
•Making effective decisions
•Collaborating and partnering
•Leading and communicating
•Seeing the big picture

Civil Service Competency Framework   



 Civil Service pension schemes     may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check    .

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration     requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules    .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

An initial sift based on competency 1 may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered.

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete three online tests (Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Situational Judgement test). You must be successful at each stage to progress to the next test.

The test is taken online and we will send you an invitation and will provide full instructions on how to complete the test, for further guidance please refer to test guidance below.

If invited to interview you will be asked to give a short presentation. Shortlisted candidates will be given details of this in advance.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth     and European Economic Area (EEA)     and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here    .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code     sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles    .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Matt Payne
0207 211 2855

Online test instructions

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is Midnight on the 2nd of November.

Sift/interview dates and location

To be confirmed

Further information

Successful applicants from OGD's will be appointed on inward loan and subject to the terms of the agreed inward loan agreement.

This role is full time. However, applicants who do, or wish to, work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply. The preferred working pattern may or may not be available. You should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

To reflect the lead the department takes on digital policy, the Prime Minister has recently agreed a departmental name change and DCMS is now the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We are working to update CS Jobs to reflect this change, but candidates should note that correspondence from the department, including employment contracts for instance, will be issued in our new name
Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional


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Job posted on 11 October 2017.

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