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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £40,000 per annum
Fixed term, until March 2023
Company:Julie's Bicycle
Open to all
Apply by:19/05/2021 - 23:59

Arts Council England Programme Lead

If you want to deliver programmes that build environmental literacy and help organisations feel confident to act on climate change, this could be the role for you!

Julie’s Bicycle is a non-profit organisation mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate crisis. Founded by the music industry in 2007 and now working across the arts and culture, JB has partnered with over 2000 organisations in the UK and internationally. Combining cultural and environmental expertise, JB delivers on high impact programmes to meet the climate and ecological crisis head-on. Change culture, culture changes the world

Arts Council England’s Environmental Programme launched in 2012, when it became the first cultural body in the world to make environmental reporting, policies and action plans part of funding agreements. Julie’s Bicycle is the delivery partner for the Arts Council’s Environmental Programme, supporting organisations to meet their funding requirements as well as the Arts Council’s own capacity to drive positive environmental change within the sector. 

Julie’s Bicycle is looking for an Arts Council England Programme Lead. You will manage the planning and delivery of Julie’s Bicycle’s partnership with the Arts Council. You will work alongside the Director and Managing Director of Julie’s Bicycle on the strategic planning of the programme, and manage a small team and all activities within the programme as well as deliver key elements.


Strategy and Relationship Management

  • You will be responsible for overall programme planning and strategic development of the ACE Programme, supported by the Director of Julie’s Bicycle and the Senior Management Team
  • You will manage JB’s relationship with Arts Council England, including providing regular updates and attending steering group meetings

Programme Management and Delivery

  • Project Management of the Programme
  • Hands-on delivery of key aspects of the Programme. This could include: development of information resources and reports for the sector; training (e.g. planning and running webinars and workshops); wider sector support (e.g. consultancy/advisory)
  • Managing the Programme team: line management of the Environmental Sustainability Project Manager and Sustainability Coordinator, and appointment and management of associates, as appropriate and as budget allows
  • Budget management and contract management including liaison with JB’s Finance Manager
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation


  • Working with JB’s Communications & Advocacy Manager and Marketing & Events Manager on the communications and marketing strategy for the Programme
  • Ongoing external advocacy for the programme

Wider Julie’s Bicycle programme

  • Feeding back into, and proactively contributing to the overarching JB vision, aims and strategy
  • Where time allows, contributing to other JB Programmes

Knowledge, Skills, Experience


  • At least 5 years of professional experience in an environmental sustainability role
  • An environmental qualification or demonstrable knowledge in key sustainability topics (this could include: climate science, energy/carbon management, waste management/circular economy, climate policy, justice, nature and biodiversity etc.)
  • Experience of project managing one or more complex projects, ideally projects which have a number of activity strands happening simultaneously
  • Experience of successful partnership working and relationship management
  • Interest in the arts and culture and their role in social/environmental change
  • Strong communication skills e.g. presenting training workshops or similar, producing written content for a non-specialist audience
  • Experience of managing others to deliver activity
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating activity
  • A proactive approach, and ability to work flexibly in a small team


  • Knowledge/experience in climate and/or environmental policy (i.e., local, national, international policy) e.g., Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals
  • Experience of working with arts or cultural organisations
  • Experience of communications, marketing and/or advocacy i.e. publicly talking about and promoting a programme or activity
  • Line management experience
  • Experience of budget development and management

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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