To secure and account manage sponsors and partners for the UK-Mexico Year of Culture 2015 including responsibility for Contract negotiation.


Reference number Head of Fundraising 2015 Mexico
Location Mexico City
Salary Local F
Duration 18 Months with the possibility of Extension
Working hours 8:00 to 15:00
Annual leave 23 Leave days plus Holidays
Closing date Monday 05 May 2014

Role overview

Context and environment:

UK Mexico 2015 Year of Culture:


UK Mexico 2015 will take place in Mexico and in the UK from October 2014 through to the end of 2015 and will showcase new and on-going collaborations between the UK and Mexico in culture, education, science and trade.UK Mexico 2015 is developed in partnership between the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts, and Mexican and UK cultural and education institutions.As part of the overall programme, the British Council will manage and deliver all activity taking place in Mexico under the pillars of Arts and Culture and Education, Science and Innovation as well as coordinate and deliver communications, sponsorship and evaluation strategies (tbc).


UK Mexico 2015 presents a unique opportunity to deepen and strengthen the UK’s existing relationship with Mexico and to build on long-standing foundations of mutual respect and appreciation. Both countries have a long and rich cultural history which continues to inspire innovation and creativity; the programmes we are developing for 2015 and beyond will allow large numbers of people in both countries the chance to explore what this means as we face the challenges of the 21st century.


Mexico has emerged as a major economic and political world power, building strong links across the world, which will define its future global relations.It is essential that Mexico UK 2015 demonstrate the mutual benefits flowing from close ties between the UK and Mexico.


Around the world, the UK as a whole, and London in particular, are perceived as outstanding in the area of culture and creative industries.UK Mexico 2015 seeks to increase engagement with UK cultural, education and scientific institutions, artists, producers, entrepreneurs and academics. 


Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:


New business

-In consultation with the Country Director and the Head of UK Mexico Year of Culture, identify prospects for ‘Founder Partners’ and ‘Event Sponsors’ for the UK-Mexico Year

-Lead on preparing nuanced pitch documents and securing meetings with key corporate prospects

-Lead on securing sponsors for specific events in the programme

-Create sponsorship agreements and ensure the exchange of approved contracts in a timely and efficient manner


Account management

-Drafting and negotiating sponsorship agreements / contracts in consultation with legal advisors

-Lead on the account management and benefits delivery for all sponsors who will be managed from Mexico

-Act as liaison between the sponsors and all relevant British Council departments

-Manage and monitor the invoicing and payment schedules of sponsors

-Manage the delivery of sponsor benefits for sponsors of the UK-Mexico 2015

-Collate and produce evaluation reports for UK-Mexico 2015 sponsors

-Produce management information for senior managers



-Coordinate and manage guest lists for relevant cultivation and sponsor events

-Work with HQ to secure one or two well known public figures to act as 2015 Ambassadors (eg from the world of film and/or TV)



-Work with Private Sector Consultant (Partnerships) to ensure robust legacy planning for a future relationship between British Council and funders

-Work with colleagues, the Mexican Embassy in the UK and the British Embassy in Mexico to ensure there is full transparency regarding individual roles in the fundraising process


Key relationships:



-British Council Mexico country team, Global Partnerships team



-Potential and existing funding partners.

-The British Embassy, Mexico, staff including HMA and others



Other important features or requirements of the job


-Demonstrated understanding of organizational financial reports as well as project and programme budgets

-Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

-This job will require face to face meetings, which may involve international travel, and attendance at events during the evenings and at weekends.

-Strong cross-cultural skills

-Ability to work effectively with tight deadlines in a fast paced environment

-Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

-Excellent presentation skills and customer service attitude



-Proven track record of obtaining corporate and foundation funding

-Ability to operate in Spanish (both written and spoken) at a demanding business and cultural level (equivalent to CEF level C1)

-Ability to operate in English (both written and spoken) at a business level (equivalent to CEF level C1 or IELTS 7 or higher). 

-Relevant University degree

-Right to Work in Mexico. The British Council is not able to support or sponsor work visa applications for Non-Mexicans


*You must provide a clear Federal background check to us prior to signing a contract of employment.


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