Country Director Netherlands and Belgium at British Council

Region: European Union
Department: Global Network
Job Category: Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band: 8
Local grade: E 2 year fixed term contract with possibility of extension by mutual agreement

Vacancy Description

British Council EU is looking for a visionary leader to take the role of Country Director Netherlands and Belgium.

Role purpose: Lead the British Council’s operations in Netherlands and for Belgium and support the development of a strong bilateral relationship between the UK and the Netherlands and the UK and Belgium in Exams, Education and Culture.

The British Council has been in the Netherlands since 1946 and our role is to increase friendly knowledge and understanding between the Netherlands and the UK. We aim to do this by:

  • Broadening the strong bilateral relationships between partners in the UK and the Netherlands across a number activity areas;
  • Enhancing international opportunities for young Dutch people through offering high quality English language assessment services;
  • Promoting the UK as a reliable partner in culture and education in the context of the UK decision to leave the EU.

The British Council office in Brussels hosts the global EU Affairs team, which manages the British Council’s activities under EU Community programmes. The Brussels office team ensures that the voice of the UK and the British Council is an influential one in policy-making and programme development in the Arts, Education and Society, and English. The focus of the current Belgium team is on examinations (including delivery of exams in Luxembourg) and support to the global management of the EUNIC relationship (Network of EU Cultural Institutes).

We expect Country Director to be a strong and energetic leader. An inspirational manager with excellent communications skills, and innovative ideas for partnerships and business development in the education & culture areas, setting a clear direction for the organisation and making it happen.

Key requirements:

  • Track record of successful leadership;
  • Ability to manage and inspire team through complex change, specifically towards a more sustainable business model;
  • Ability to represent the UK’s values and expertise in local and national forums;
  • Fluent Dutch and English.

Applicants must have a pre-existing right to work in EU. More information about the job you can find in the attached Role Profile, Behaviours and Core skills.

Applications deadline: 23:59 GMT, 23 January, 2018
Interviews: 29/31 January, 2018
Start date: as soon as possible

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and is keen to reflect diversity at every level of the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks, including criminal records checks.

Read more and apply here.


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