Senior Policy Officer (Culture)
We are looking for a creative and collaborative person to lead our work on culture – ensuring that we realise the opportunities of the major events in the region, support the cultural sector to recover post-Covid, and put culture at the heart of our delivery activity across the region.
About the team
The role sits within our Strategy and Economy directorate, working in a small team that develops policy on key cross-cutting agendas. The role will report directly to the Head of Policy, and work to support two key regional groups – the Culture Officers Group that brings together Local Authorities and LEPs, and the Cultural Leadership Board that brings together representatives from across the cultural sector.
Who we are
The West Midlands has been one of the most promising regions in England with the fastest growing economy outside London; it has been seen as one of the best places to invest; with improved living standards, regional infrastructure was benefiting from huge investment; a rapid expansion in house building; increasing numbers of apprenticeship starts; construction on HS2 ; and the Battery Industrialisation Centre launched in Coventry. The West Midlands has one of the greatest potentials to grow in 2021 and we are seeking investment in new markets, upskilling our workforce, protecting our environment, strengthening our communities and repositioning the region as a leader in the national economy.
Now more than ever, we need to be innovative and we don’t just return to the old ways of working and living. We already have many of the building blocks in place – we are resetting our thinking, rebuilding our region and reinventing our image as a national leader. In order to do that, we will listen to our communities and deliver change for the better as a result of what we’ve experienced. There is a lot to look forward to – next year the region will host the City of Culture in Coventry; and following that it will be the site of the Commonwealth Games. These are opportunities to showcase our region to the world.
The West Midlands is a region which is resilient and innovative, and WMCA is building the future, with a shared vision of a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands - a fast-growing global force with huge potential and ambition. Everyone who works here plays their part in this success story and we’re all determined to use our unique role to deliver lasting change across our region. Come and join the West Midlands Combined Authority; be part of Building the Future.
In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.
How to apply
Please provide detailed information in your application outlining your suitability for the post and ensure it is submitted by the closing date.
Closing Date: 29th January 2021
Interview/Assessment Date: 10th/11th February 2021
This is a remote working opportunity until a date is agreed for the WMCA workforce to return to our usual place of work at 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham.
Our priority is to keep all our employees safe and well during this time. We will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, and we are doing everything we can to ensure all our employees can enjoy a comfortable remote working space.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer.Supporting documents
Senior Policy Officer - Culture - Role Profile.pdf
WMCA's Benefits Calculator- Senior Policy Officer.pdf