Saturday, October 7, 2017

View Vacancy - Head of Public Diplomacy: Events, Visits and Projects (INTERNAL VACANCY)

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Job Category
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory
Public Diplomacy

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
To lead the newly integrated BCG and UKMIS public diplomacy team to design and deliver our programme of events, visits and special projects. The jobholder will provide strategic direction to the team, directly leading on event design and delivery, and supervise 2 members of staff (B3 visits officer and A2 support officer). The jobholder will also lead special projects for the BCG, for example, planning and delivering our programme of activities to improve gender equality in the economy. The jobholder will have an external representational role, negotiating partnerships and developing external networks to deliver our programme.

Duties & Repsonsibilities [sic]:
  • Lead on the design, planning and delivery of the visits and events programme for the BCG and the UK Mission to the UN in line with the Government’s priorities, working in collaboration with subject matter experts across both Missions;
  • Develop public diplomacy strategy to deliver key objectives through a variety of high impact and well-timed activities throughout the year, including delivering HMG’s overarching international objectives. This requires strategic thinking, a good network and engagement with policy experts, identifying opportunities and proactive planning.
  • Ensuring the effective delivery by the NY Events Team of all UKMIS and BCG visits and events programme, including generating visit programme ideas and thematic content for events, overseeing liaison with external partners and venues, negotiation, management of event logistics, forecasting budgets and invoicing;
  • Lead the team to deliver the extensive UNGA visits and events programme, including visit logistics for the PM, Cabinet Ministers and Junior Ministers as well as their official entourage (up to 80 people), and event delivery for all UK-led side events (which can be between 5-15), drawing on temporary UNGA staff as resource.
  • Responsible for the delegated budget (BCG) for PPA and Events team including profiling event and visit spend and matching resources to priority objectives, contract negotiations, procurement, and following of Purchase-to-Pay processes in line with FCO policies to ensure delivery of Value for Money;
  • For the BCG, liaise with internal and network teams to develop and facilitate delivery of an Income Generation plan;
  • For the BCG, coordinate public diplomacy initiatives that support British values, culture and the UK-US special relationship;
  • Manage BCG’s relationships with NY-based US foundations, cultural organisations, external partners and event venues; Oversee delivery of logistical support for Ministerial visits to New York;
  • Manage a team of 3, including the New York Visits Officer and the Political, Press & Public Affairs Administrative Assistant, who supports the delivery of events and visits.

Essential qualifications and experience
Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy Network may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.

Required competencies

Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally

Application deadline
12 October 2017

C4 (L)

Type of Position

Working hours per week

N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories

United States

Location (City)
New York

Type of Post

British Consulate General

Number of vacancies

Starting yearly salary (USD)

Start Date
4 December 2017

Other benefits and conditions of employment
The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

Individuals who are Green Card holders, UK/US dual citizens, and non US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Additional information
Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 12 October 2017. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as required. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Internal candidates must inform the Head of Group before applying.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local American employment law.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or other category protected by law

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