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Executive Assistant

Job title          Executive Assistant

Salary             £26,000 - £28,000

Reporting to             Head of People

Working with            Executive Director   

Full time, permanent contract

Office based


About the role

This is a new role at the heart of the Crafts Council working directly with the Executive Director and Head of People and with the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Senior Management Team to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. You will be energetic, acting on your own initiative and able to deal maturely and appropriately with confidential matters. You will be joining a friendly team of passionate craft enthusiasts helping run an organisation which is entering an exciting phase of activity with the opening of a new public space and the launch of our 50th anniversary.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Act as point of contact internally and externally; and provide administrative support to the Executive Director including handling enquiries, email management and agenda planning for Senior Management team meetings.
  • Co-ordinate and plan the diary, schedule and itineraries for the Executive Director including national and international travel.
  • Liaise between the Executive Director and Chair of the Board and Trustees ensuring timely and efficient flow of information between them
  • Manage the arrangements and papers for Board meetings and relevant Committees
  • Maintain accurate records of expenditure raising purchase orders etc
  • Keep records and files up to date and archive when necessary.

Human Resources

  • Participate in recruitment efforts including posting job adverts; collating applications; scheduling interviews; ensuring right to work and reference checks are completed and serving as a point person for recruitment queries
  • Support the Head of People with welcoming new employees to the organisation and coordinating induction schedules
  • Complete general HR paperwork and maintain personnel records in line with data protection
  • Facilitate our benefits package and process requests in a timely manner
  • Administer the leaver’s process; such as confirmation of resignation, confirmation of outstanding holiday, track fixed term contract end dates, co-ordinate exit conversations  
  • Provide note taking support for the Head of People at formal HR meetings
  • Facilitate learning and development requests; book attendees on training sessions, distribute joining information, etc.
  • Uphold our HR open door policy and, in partnership with the Senior Management Team promote a positive employee culture


  • Promote the highest level of customer service at all times
  • Assist in developing and maintaining effective team work across the Crafts Council
  • Be flexible within the broad remit of the post
  • Continuously seek ways to improve personal, team and business performance
  • Attend and participate in the Crafts Council performance, development and training programmes
  • Ensure that you comply with all Health and Safety regulations and safe working practice as required by current legislation and the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and practices
  • Understand the importance of Equality & Diversity in the work place.

This position will include some limited evening and weekend work during key events and Board meetings

Job Description and Person Specification

How to Apply:

Please send to HR@craftscouncil.org.uk:

  • Your CV. 
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.
  • A Supporting Statement explaining what attracts you to this role at the Crafts Council.  Provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the job requirements, specifically outlining your previous producing or event management experience

Please use the following title for your email:  Application for Executive Assistant – {name}

Deadline for applications – Wednesday 9th October 2019

The Crafts Council is committed to equal opportunities in recruitment and employment and embraces diversity of all kinds.  We aim to remove unconscious bias from our recruitment process, and applicants will not be excluded on the grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race, marital status, disability, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

Touring and Loans Manager

Touring and Loans Manager

Islington, London

Full Time

Salary Scale (Officer)          £27,500 -£30,500

We are seeking a highly organised and motivated individual to join the Exhibitions and Collections Team and continue to build on and develop the Crafts Council’s successful Touring Exhibitions and Loan Programmes.

Key areas of the role include:

Develop new partnerships within the creative and cultural sectors with the aim of maintaining the expanding the network of venues for Crafts Council Collection Loans and Touring Exhibition Programme.
Co-ordinate the collation and dissemination of data, evaluation and information relating to the Crafts Council Exhibition programme.
Promote and co-ordinate Collection loan initiatives;
Promote and co-ordinate all aspects of the Crafts Council Touring Exhibition Programme
Ensure the successful installation of touring exhibitions.
Work closely with Keeper of Collections on storage management needs
Assess appropriateness of venues requesting loans

Reporting to the Head of Exhibitions and Collections, and working closely with all Exhibitions & Collections colleagues and external stakeholders, the Touring and Loans Manager contributes to, and helps deliver on, key strategic objectives across our programme comprising Loans and Touring Exhibitions, venue partnerships, and audience development.

Job Description & Person Specification 

How to Apply

Please send to HR@craftscouncil.org.uk:

  • Your CV.  
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.
  • A Supporting Statement explaining what attracts you to work at the Crafts Council.  Provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the job requirements.

Please use the following title for your email:  Application for Touring & Loans Manager – {name}

Applications need to be received by 25th September 2019 and candidates must be available for interview during the week of 14th October 2019. 

Crafts Council is an equal opportunities employer. 

To apply for the role, you must be eligible to work in the UK.  Crafts Council is not a sponsoring organisation.

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