Arts Council England Programme Lead

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Julie’s Bicycle is looking for a proactive individual who is excited to lead and shape the Arts Council’s Environmental Programme and who will enjoy the combination of strategy (helping to identify environmental and sector priorities), management (i.e., project and people) and delivery (e.g. content development, training, consultancy).

This is an exciting opportunity to join an ambitious organisation working at the intersection of culture and climate.

The Arts Council England Programme Lead manages the planning and delivery of Julie’s Bicycle’s partnership with the Arts Council. The post-holder will work alongside the Director and Managing Director of Julie’s Bicycle on the strategic planning of the programme. They will manage a small team and all activities within the programme as well as deliver key elements.

The Programme Lead is the key point of liaison with colleagues at Arts Council England, managing relationships across the organisation and ensuring the programme meets its KPIs and communications objectives.


Strategy and Relationship Management

  • Overall programme planning and strategic development of the ACE Programme, supported by the Director of Julie’s Bicycle and the Senior Management Team.
  • Management of 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
    – 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.


Must haves…

  • 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

Nice to haves….

  • 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

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Julie's Bicycle


Arts Council England Programme Lead


Friday 23rd April 2021


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