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Talent Development Co-ordinator

Islington, London

Part time – 2.5 days per week

Salary - £10125 - £11500 (FTE £20,250 -£23,000)

This role is a full time job share between two people.  Both work 2.5 days.

The Crafts Council promotes British craft nationally and internationally.  We have been around nearly 50 years.  Our activities are broad and include:

Nurturing the talent of makers.
Working to get craft back on the school curriculum.
Creating inspiring exhibitions.
Showcasing craft and makers.

The Crafts Council is responsible for advancing craft in the UK. We harness the power of craft to:
- Champion new makers
- Empower new making
- Inspire new audiences.

 We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and energetic Talent Development Coordinator to join our passionate team!

Job Outline

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Crafts Council’s Learning and Talent Development Team.  Help support our wide ranging Talent Development programmes.  These programmes support new and established craft makers to develop their practices and businesses.  We are a passionate and friendly team.  We have an exciting portfolio of projects and programmes to get involved in.

A successful candidate will be confident at enabling diverse audiences to engage with our Talent Development programmes.  We are looking for candidates who can be a warm and welcoming first point of contact.  We would like someone who is able to adapt to a fast paced environment and communicate well.

The Crafts Council is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity.  We are keen to receive applications from under-represented groups in contemporary craft.  This includes disabled applicants, and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Reporting to:

Talent Development Manager

Working with:

Talent Development Managers
Learning and Talent Development Team
Communications and Directory team
Crafts Council’s partner organisations

Main Objectives

Co-ordinate and provide administrative support for the Talent Development programmes.  These include:

Hothouse - our flagship programme for new makers.
Professional development workshops.
Our biennial conference.

We aim to:

Deliver to a high standard.
Within budget.
On time.
Working responsively programme needs.
All with excellent customer service.

How to Apply

Job Description  
Person Specification

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 

Send your application to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk by 5pm Deadline: 22 April 2019.  Successful Applicants will need to be free for interview on 30 April 2019.  

To be considered for the role please submit a copy of your CV along with a Supporting Statement and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.  Please explain what attracts you to work at the Crafts Council.  Also provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the job requirements.

Crafts Council is an Equal Opportunites Employer and welcomes applications from all candiates. 

Make Your Future Project Manager (Maternity Cover)


Six month contract commencing May 2019, with the possibility of extension

3 days per week (0.6 FTE)

Salary £26,000 pro rata

Reports to Learning and Participation Manager

Whilst this role is based at the Crafts Council’s London base, we are a national organisation and the job entails travel and overnight stays

Closing date for applications: 10 April

Interviews: 16 and 17 April

Starting week commecing 3 June 2019



Crafts Council believes that craft and making are vital to our society, culture and economy and that all young people should have the opportunity to discover and develop making skills. In 2014 we worked with the sector to produce the education manifesto ‘Our Future in the Making’, outlining the changes that could improve the craft education landscape.

Make Your Future is an innovative learning programme that responds to this agenda, enabling Crafts Council to work closely with schools and partners to reinvigorate craft at Key Stage 3. The project works with Art and DT teachers to develop craft skills and shape innovative STEAM projects that bring new approaches into the classroom.

Make Your Future has worked with schools in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire for the past 3 years and will deliver with a new cohort of schools in Cornwall from September 2019. Alongside these core cohorts we are devising a strategic offer that is open to all schools, educators and craft partners invested in delivering craft education.



This is an exciting opportunity to support and develop a national programme that is bringing innovative craft skills back into the classroom.

You will work closely with Crafts Council’s Learning and Talent Development team to provide maternity cover for the role of Make Your Future Project Manager at a busy time, finalising delivery of the project in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire, including the delivery of student celebration events. You will also work to establish a new cohort of partners and schools in Cornwall.

We are seeking a dynamic, capable project manager with experience of delivering high-quality learning programmes in partnership with schools and other partners, within budget and on time. With excellent organisational and relationship management skills, you will be flexible and comfortable managing a busy workload. The role involves regular national travel and will require overnight stays and working outside of core office hours.



This is a maternity cover contract and is offered for an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension.

Please click here for a full Job description and Person Specification and Crafts Council Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

To apply please send a copy of your CV, Suporting Statement and Equal Opportunities Form to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk by 10 April 2019. 

Interviews will take place 16 and 17 April 2019.

Crafts Council is an Equal Opportunites Employer and welcomes applications from all candiates. 

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