Arts Engagement Coordinator Vacancy

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Recruitment Information for Arts Engagement Coordinator based at Birmingham Education Partnership

TitleArts Engagement Coordinator
Based atThe Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) office in Digbeth, Birmingham
Reports toJohn Garrett, Director of Operations
Works withThe BEP team, the BEP Arts School Improvement Lead, the Arts Connect team, the steering groups of the arts networks, learning leads from Birmingham arts and cultural organisations and the wider school community.
ContractFixed term contract for duration of grant period (end of July 2020).
Salary£21 – £27.5k Pro rata, depending on experience
Hours16 hours per week, term time only
Holidays25 days pro rata plus public holidays


This post is fully funded by Arts Connect but will be employed by Birmingham Education Partnership.

BEP and Arts Connect are building on their partnership to improve children and young people’s academic, social and civic outcomes through arts and culture. This role will sit within the BEP team to provide organisational and development support to the work of the specialist teacher networks, develop communications to teachers of the arts opportunities for their staff and pupils, contribute to the knowledge base about arts and culture in Birmingham schools and build great relationships with teachers, senior staff and the arts and cultural sector.

Who might this role suit?

We expect that the successful candidate will bring a strong commitment to developing arts and cultural education opportunities for young people, especially those with least access. You’ll have a particular interest and experience in working with schools and their staff and a good knowledge of the city and its arts and cultural organisations. You’ll be an excellent organiser and skilled in communicating and promoting a CPD and arts offers to staff, often acting as the first point of contact for outside companies wanting to promote offers to city schools.

Within BEP you will work closely with the BEP Arts School Improvement Lead to the ensure that the work undertaken by this post holder to deliver BEP Arts offers to schools and to engage with isolated schools and are coordinated with your work. You will also work closely with the Arts Connect team, meeting regularly to plan and review and feedback on progress.

You’ll have the ability to build and sustain relationships and be a great advocate for children and young people’s entitlement to a rich arts and cultural life, from the early years to secondary and including special education.  The role would suit someone who enjoys working in a collegiate way with different teams, in creating connections and in providing a high quality of service and support to make a material impact to the lives of young people.

 The following information will give you background to the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) Arts Connect and the Arts Engagement Coordinator.

Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP)

Birmingham Education Partnership is a charity formed by Birmingham Headteachers to ensure that all children have a deeply good academic, social and civic education. It seeks to ensure that no school is left isolated, schools support each other, and that all schools have access to a broad range of school improvement support. BEP delivers:

  • School Improvement services on behalf of Birmingham City Council.

And programmes that support:

  • Emotional well-being.
  • Global Education
  • Peer review
  • Sport and PE
  • Careers and enterprise. for more information

Arts Connect

Arts Connect is the Bridge organisation for the West Midlands, funded by the Arts Council of England, and delivered by a consortium of the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham Arts Partnership. Our aim is that all children and young people in the region can access and enjoy a rich and meaningful arts and cultural life.

Its programme is informed by three core principles:

  • engagement with arts and culture can enhance learning and transform lives
  • access to arts and cultural opportunities are unequal and we seek to tackle this inequality
  • embracing diversity – of experience, forms, practice, ideas, viewpoints – is essential to children and young people’s ability to learn about and fully engage with the world, and should therefore be fundamental to an arts and cultural offer

What does Arts Connect do?

We focus on:

  • Supporting the growth of Arts Award for young people and the Artsmark scheme for schools
  • Influencing the quality and breadth of cultural education in schools and their partnerships with the cultural sector and working with teachers to develop their leadership
  • Working with cultural organisations to develop the quality and impact of their offer to children and young people
  • Establishing Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the West Midlands to improve the capacity for joint action between sectors
  • Using our partnership investment funds to attract and grow the level of sustainable resources available for arts and culture with young people
  • Developing opportunities for young people to have a greater say in the cultural offer available to them
  • Supporting initiatives to develop creative careers and pathways into employment
  • Communicating the many and various offers of the region’s arts and cultural organisations for young people and campaigning for the value and benefit of arts engagement

As part of our work with the education sector Arts Connect are funding Arts Engagement Coordinator post at BEP. for more information

For further information

For further information or an informal conversation about this role please contact John Garrett at BEP or on 0121 2850924 or Pepita Hanna or on 0121 446 3204.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering letter which details the applicants suitability for the role to, with the subject header: Arts Engagement Coordinator Vacancy. Applicants should include aspirations, experience, knowledge and skills relevant to the job description and person specification. 


Deadline for applications17.00 Thursday 23rd August
InterviewsThursday 6th September


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