Programme Officer - Sport/Culture

£27041 - £32910
16 Nov 2021
28 Nov 2021
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

Coventry City Council is the 9th biggest city in England and has ambitious plans to grow its economy, reputation and quality of life, including by the delivery of the title UK City of Culture in 2021 and Commonwealth Games 2022.

The Council’s Business Investment and Culture service has a remit for economic development, inward investment, sustainability, culture, sport, tourism and events.  The team we are recruiting to is responsible for a range of functions, including: 

  • Delivery of festivals and major events
  • Delivery of the Sport and Cultural strategies within the City
  • Increasing participation in Sport, Physical Activity, Culture and Heritage
  • Management of the fourteenth century St Mary’s Guildhall.  

It is an enthusiastic group of largely specialist officers with responsibility for strategy, funding and project delivery across its sections.  It has expanded significantly, taking on new staff to develop and deliver activities stimulated by the title of UK City of Culture in 2021 and being a host of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

We’re a small team of experts with a passion for participation, looking for two Programme Officers to help support a variety of exciting projects, one post to support Sport, Physical Activity and Wellbeing and one post to support Culture, Heritage and Arts for a 12 month fixed term contract. 

The Programme Officers will support the service in key strategic programmes and projects including UK City of Culture 2021, Commonwealth Games 2022, Go CV, Grant Funded Programmes, Strategic Partnerships, Public Art and Sports Development Activation.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape and support cultural/sports development and successfully leave a lasting legacy following UK City of Culture 2021 and Commonwealth Games 2022.

This is a full time, fixed term contract for 12 months

Who are we looking for?

If you have a background in supporting sport or cultural development and can demonstrate an understanding of the role that physical activity or arts and heritage have in shaping a great place to live, work and visit, this could be for you! 

We have a busy workload so you will need to have a flexible approach, knowledge of the appropriate sector and ability work well as part of a team.

If you would like to find out more about the Sport Programme Officer role, please contact Jon Hunt at for an informal discussion.

If you would like to find out more about the Culture Programme Officer role, please contact Alice Kirk at for an informal discussion.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): Monday 6th or Tuesday 7th December

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

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