Cultural Partnerships and Education Officer

Contract type
6 month fixed term contract (maternity cover)
Post number
Communities and Environment
Civic Centre and some remote working
10 (under review)
£30,953 - £32,133 per annum, plus market addition of up to £3,000 per annum (pro rata)
37.5 hours per week (banking 30 minutes per week to be used towards the shut down between Christmas and New Year)
Closing date
Interview date
To be confirmed

As Cultural Partnerships and Education Officer you will play a key role in the development of the arts and cultural sector within Harlow.  This will be done by leading Harlow Creates which is the Local Cultural Education Partnership.  You will develop and manage strategic and operational relationships with key stakeholders on a local, regional and national level.

A key part of the role during the period of the contract will be to deliver exciting live projects including Our Community, Our Environment where you will work closely with Harlow Art Trust, over 20 education establishments, more than 10 creative practitioners, and other stakeholders to reach in excess of 2,000 children and young people.  You will also deliver school holiday provision and be responsible for meeting obligations of a partnership between the Council and Royal Opera House such as delivering a programme of Continuing Professional Development for the sector and educators.  

The post holder will play a key role in increasing engagement in the arts by Harlow residents through supporting the sector and residents to develop increased choice and opportunities that are as diverse as the town’s population.   You will be responsible for all parts of service delivery including planning, delivery, and monitoring and evaluation.

The successful candidate is expected to have experience of producing and coordinating programmes of activity across art, culture, and heritage including working within the creative education sector.  You will also be passionate about how the sector can improve broader outcomes for residents of Harlow as well as working with potential audiences experiencing inequality who may be less likely to engage in the arts.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with high levels of creativity and the ability to take an idea from concept to delivery.  Excellent organisational skills will be required, and you will have excellent motivation skills with the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders including but not limited to local, regional and national arts organisations, education providers, cross sector strategic partners and internal departments. 

You will be expected to work flexibly and autonomously as required by the work programme whilst contributing to the work of the wider team.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Chris Purvis, Senior Community Health and Wellbeing and Culture Officer on 07718 696 150


Our policies support our employees by enabling a positive work/life balance including flexible working where possible.  In addition to this, the Council offers many excellent employee benefits which include, pension scheme, generous annual leave entitlement, health and wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programme and development opportunities.

Harlow Council is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  People with disabilities will be offered an interview where they meet the Essential Criteria on the Employee Profile.

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