Cultural Affairs Program Manager (Vacancy Reference: 18/75)

Open To:
All Interested Candidates / All Sources

Position Title:
Cultural Affairs Program Manager


Opening Date:
September 10, 2018

Closing Date:
September 24, 2018

Work Hours:
Full-time, 40 hours/week

Without prior U.S. Government experience – £47,782 gross starting salary per annum, (consisting of: basic salary £42,169, London weighting £2,100 and bonus £3,513).

With prior U.S. Government experience – £51,437 gross starting salary per annum, (consisting of: basic salary £45,543, London weighting £2,100 and bonus £3,794).

Performance Related Pay System
Pension Scheme
BUPA Membership
Employee Assistance Program
Season Ticket Loan
Generous Annual Leave & Sick Leave
Paid Public Holidays (U.K. & U.S.)


Up to Grade FP 05 (Final Grade and Salary to be confirmed by Washington based on applicant’s qualifications and prior work experience).


We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a Program Manager to join the U.S. Embassy London’s Cultural Affairs Office. This will be a fast paced and high pressure career opportunity where you will play an integral part in managing all aspects of public and cultural programs designed to improve the image of the U.S. in the U.K.

Creativity and meticulous planning are key attributes you will need to have to do the job. It is a role that will vary from day to day – from organizing academic conferences, exhibitions, performances, guest speaker events and receptions – to advising the Ambassador and senior officials on where the Embassy should be positioned in the U.K.’s cultural, political, economic and educational worlds. Are you fully au fait with U.K. and U.S. academic, political, business, social and cultural influencers? You will be called upon to utilize your professional contacts of key stakeholders within these sectors while at the same time cultivate new partnerships with U.K. Government ministers, well-known artists and senior academics.

Your portfolio is extensive and will also include taking charge of all administrative aspects of the position. You will manage information-gathering; draft and write program reports, action memos, briefing memos and advisory opinions for the Ambassador and other senior officials and advise contact organizations on developing funding requests which are targeted to meet Embassy goals.

This career opportunity promises to be varied and challenging. On occasion, we will require a flexible approach to working overtime outside of regular work hours (weekends, evenings and public holidays).

Interested? Then we would like to hear from you!

The following qualifications are also required. It is very important that you address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item in your application and resume/CV. This will help you in our short listing process.


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

A Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Languages, Communications, Arts, Public Relations, Government, Political Science, International Relations, Foreign Affairs, Advertising, Journalism, Communications, Public Affairs, Business or an equivalent qualification is required.

Previous experience to include first-hand knowledge of UK academic, political, social and cultural systems as either a Private Secretary, a Senior Advisor, a Senior Researcher, a Program Officer, or a Senior Office Manager in a government, political, public relations, strategic communications, event management, public engagement or grants administration work environment; this work is to have included significant public engagement/outreach within the UK – interacting with a range of personnel to include at the senior stakeholder level, public relations, external relations, special advisory or in a similar high level public engagement capacity is required.

Being fluent in English is required.

Must have an authoritative and extensive detailed knowledge of the U.K.’s political, academic, cultural, social structures as well as leading figures and key officials to include an extensive working knowledge of the key stakeholders and influencers within such groups.  Knowledge of U.S. political, academic, economic and social systems.  An in-depth knowledge of social media and prevailing trends in communication and social interaction is required.

A flexible approach to working outside of regular work hours. Good office skills to include project management, budget management and navigating database systems. A proactive approach to problem solving and contingency planning. Excellent judgement skills and exceptional client care skills. Must also have the ability to:

  • Work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Organize and prioritize your workload to meet deadlines
  • Build strong and lasting working relationships/partnerships with a range of internal and external contacts to include at the Senior Stakeholder level
  • Develop your already extensive network of contacts in academic, political, cultural, society and commercial settings in the U.K.
  • Draft reports, briefing memos and advisory opinions that are accurate, concise and timely
  • Negotiate with partner organizations and take forward projects to a successful conclusion


Interested candidates for this vacancy MUST submit the following for consideration of their application:

  • The London DS0174 Application Form – This is our preferred form of application, as it aims to focus the candidate on the essential criteria of an advertised vacancy.


Please reference our instructions on how to complete the UAE/DS-0174 form.

You must ALSO include the following information in your application for employment:

  • Your current curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Evidence of your legal right to work in the U.K. such as a copy of your passport biographical page, work visa page and, or, birth certificate. Please do not send originals by mail. Copies are acceptable. Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide, prior to interview, original documentation in support of their legal right to work in the U.K.
  • Evidence of Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) Preference (such as a copy of your sponsor’s orders), if applicable. Please do not send originals by mail. Copies are acceptable.


Submitting your Application
As an environmentally aware employer, our preference is for you to submit your application by email to

Please ensure documents are in Microsoft Word and/or Adobe Acrobat. JPEG, TIFF or SkyDrive files will not be accepted and your application will be determined invalid.  Similarly, if your application exceeds 5MB, your application will be determined invalid.

Alternatively, your application can be mailed to:

The Human Resources & Development (HRD) Office
Embassy of the United States of America
33 Nine Elms Lane
SW11 7US