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Country Director

Job details

British Councli
21 Nov 2019
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage


3 years | Location: Auckland or Wellington | Salary: PayBand 8 | Deadline for Applications: 21 November 2019 (23.59 UK time)

This is a great opportunity to lead the development and delivery of 3-year Country Plan for New Zealand, ensuring it meets the required cultural relations, business and operational objectives and is appropriately aligned to wider corporate strategies. This local appointment  is being advertised internally within the British Council, and externally.

The British Council has a strong profile in New Zealand’s cultural and education sectors and a reputation for delivering high-quality cutting-edge opportunities for emerging leaders in the country’s increasingly-diverse communities.

The Director will look at how New Zealand’s culture is changing with increased migration from the Pacific and from East and South Asia, as well as the changing national narrative around Māori culture. These factors and the strengthening focus on trade with China, and China’s increasing influence in the Pacific, creates opportunities to reposition New Zealand-UK relationships around themes of shared cultural diversity and global mobility.

You will use existing and new networks in cultural, civil society, politics, government and business to understand and articulate the landscape of contemporary New Zealand and the changing nature of the historically close New Zealand-UK relationship.

You will be responsible for defining strategy and managing the overall British Council narrative and brand, and growing partnerships and other funding opportunities in New Zealand.

You will represent the organisation and lead the New Zealand country team. As a member of the East Asia Regional Leadership Team, you will contribute to the development and delivery of regional strategy, leadership, policy and decision making.


You will bring along experience of identifying and successfully pursuing significant partnerships to deliver opportunities in line with strategy, as well as track record in business development and management of senior external relationships and partners.

You will understand ‘cultural relations’ and how this is delivered effectively,  and knowledge of the contemporary cultural and education assets of the UK. You also need to have intercultural fluency and willingness to learn about Te Ao Māori.

For Role Profile and the British Council Behaviours please email: EA.Recruitment@britishcouncil.org.sg

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.

All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.


The British Council is a full member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and has achieved Level 1 Child Safe Certification. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989 and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks including criminal record checks, in line with legal requirements.

How to apply

Email: EA.Recruitment@britishcouncil.org.sg by November 21 2019 (23.59 UK time)

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British Council

1 Nov 2019