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Programme Officer (CCEP)

About the team we are recruiting to




Coventry City Council is the 9th biggest city in England and has ambitious plans to grow its economy, reputation and quality of life, including by the delivery of the title UK City of Culture in 2021.

The Council’s Business Investment and Culture service has a remit for economic development, inward investment, sustainability, culture, sport, tourism and events.  The team we are recruiting to is responsible for a range of functions, including:      

  • Management of the fourteenth century St Mary’s Guildhall.
  • Supporting the development of arts, culture, heritage and sports opportunities for the benefit of the people of Coventry.
  • Delivery of arts and culture grant programmes

It is a lively group of largely specialist officers with responsibility for strategy, funding and project delivery across its sections.  It has recently expanded significantly, taking on new staff to develop and deliver activities stimulated by the title of UK City of Culture in 2021 and being a host of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

What is the job role?

We are offering an exciting 30 hour per week,  fixed term position for 18 months.


‘Coventry CEP aims to ensure that every child and young person aged 0 to 25 in Coventry has the opportunity to experience arts and cultural learning activities that enable them to flourish, thrive and be optimistic about their futures.’

The Coventry Cultural Education Partnership is an informal ‘professionals’ network of organisations that offer cultural learning opportunities for children and young people between the ages of 0-25 years in Coventry.

The partnership is made up of 120 plus cultural champions from learning providers such as schools, early years and informal education providers and representatives from universities and colleges and the creative and cultural sector including Coventry City of Culture Trust, and our key partners the regional Bridge Arts Connect.  The CCEP works closely with a range of national partners including the Royal Opera House and National Youth Orchestra to benefit children and young people and cultural and educational professionals.


This role will work closely with the Chair of the Coventry Cultural Education Partnership to enhance the arts, heritage and cultural learning offer for children and young people in Coventry, unlocking further investments and providing an ongoing legacy that supports continued impact in the city’s cultural learning sector.  

This will include developing governance and business models to ensure long-term sustainability as well as supporting the delivery and development of CCEP.

The post, and the programmes, are jointly funded by Coventry City Council and Arts Connect. The role will involve planning, delivering, evaluating and reporting on all the aspects of this investment. There is an investment steering group to oversee all aspects of the delivery.


This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?


The Coventry Cultural Education Partnership is dynamic and ambitious, and has a key role in collaborating on the City of Culture, to extend and maintain arts and cultural opportunities for children of Coventry.


We are seeking someone who is energetic, proactive and flexible with the ability to work in a fast paced environment.

We are looking for someone with a background in cultural education, with the skills of project management, to build relationships with stakeholders, manage effective partnerships, support cross-sector training, and the development of pedagogy to advance the cultural education opportunities for professionals, children and young people across the city.


If you are passionate about cultural education with excellent organisation skills, the ability to prioritise and enjoy working in partnership then we’d like to hear from you.


For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interview date(s): 19th March 2021


Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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