To work with the Director Mexico and London-based team on the management of all aspects of the UK Mexico Year of Culture in order to develop and deliver an effective, high quality programme of activity. 


Reference number Head of UK Mexico 2015
Location Mexico City
Salary Local Pay Band 8/E
Duration Until April 2016
Working hours Core working hours 8:00 to 15:30
Closing date Thursday 20 March 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.



- To build a high profile and durable model of arts, education and scientific involvement between Mexico and the UK.

- To create opportunities for all sectors in the UK to strengthen existing partnerships with Mexico.

- To create new commercial, cultural and educational opportunities between the UK and Mexico

- To ensure that the UK becomes a partner of best choice for Mexican cultural producers, educationalists, trade and policy makers.

- To demonstrate to governments the impact and effectiveness of arts, education and science as a catalyst for change within individuals, communities and nations.


Curatorial Ambition

Context, purpose and themes of UK in Mexico 2015

Mexico and the UK are well placed together to influence the changing relationship between Europe and the Americas, as major players in their own geopolitical spheres and as cultural leaders in the Spanish- and English-speaking worlds.

The purpose of UK Mexico 2015’s British Council programme is to give an already strong and dynamic relationship greater depth. In the arts, education and science we will make connections, especially between young people in both countries, which increase their understanding of the contemporary realities of Mexico and the UK and the opportunities to work together, breaking down stereotypes and outmoded assumptions on both sides. This objective is shared with  Mexico in the UK programme.

The British Council will organize the UK in Mexico programme around themes with which the target audiences can readily identify:


New perspectives

Emerging artistic talent from the UK, hitherto unknown or little known in Mexico, will be an important feature of the programme. New work by emerging or more established artists will complement - and contrast with - new interpretations of classics. We will also encourage connections with emerging artistic talent and innovative practice in Mexico.



In both countries there is a political commitment to widening access to cultural and educational opportunities. The UK in Mexico programme will embrace diversity and question different kinds of marginalisation. Alongside other creative responses to prejudice and exclusion, arts and disability will be a special feature of the programme because UK experience in this field is so distinctive.


Our future

We will explore how culture relates to the natural, social and economic environment in the pursuit of a safer, healthier and more viable future. The creative economy, innovative design practice and artistic enquiry as well as the UK’s educational and scientific experience will be central to this theme.


UK in Mexico will include performances and exhibitions as well as different kinds of encounters, debates and exchanges. Digital media will communicate the programme and also be an integral part of the content. The main programme themes suggest that making use of public space will be important for wider audiences to experience and reflect on the transformative power of the arts, education and science.


Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:


General management and coordination


- Serve as main point of contact for all Mexican stakeholders across all elements of programme

- Represent British Council at Mexico and UK 2015 programme boards, working and steering groups

- Work closely with UK Mexico 2015 working groups, to ensure that the British Council programme is a significant, integral and effective part of the larger programme

- Work with Head of Arts and Head of Education, Mexico to develop new projects with Mexican partners for UK Mexico 2015

- Coordinate the work of British Council Arts, English and Education and Society in order to ensure the effective design and delivery of projects, with appropriate resources and  effective project management in place in the relevant business units

-Manage a team delivering the maintenance, expansion and monitoring of Mexico UK communication and PR campaigns in Mexico

Manage a team developing and then supporting key relationships with sponsors in Mexico

- Manage evaluation methods and reports

- Manage central budgets for Mexico UK in the British Council



Key relationships:


- Country Director British Council Mexico, Programme Director Owner

- Director Festival and Seasons UK

- British Council Director Arts and Director Education UK

- British Council Art form and Education Directors, Art Form and Education advisors and Regional Arts and Education Leads

- Relevant Mexican and UK stakeholders (Government, trade, tourism etc..)

- Communications and PR teams in the UK and Mexico

- Arts, education, society and education institutions and professionals in Mexico elected as Mexico UK 2015 partners

- Advisory and working groups

- Programme Board

- The FCO in Mexico e.g. the Ambassador (Chair of the UK in Mexico Programme Board)


Other important features or requirements of the job
(e.g. travel, unsocial/evening hours, restrictions on employment etc)

-Occasional travel to the UK and travel within Mexico

- Some travel and evening working in Mexico to meet arts and education professionals

-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.


The British Council in an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all candidates who meet the essential criteria.

The British Council believes that all children have potential and that every child matters – everywhere in the world. The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC 1989

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