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Deputy Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

Requisition ID:  25259

London, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Mar-2023


Salary: £71,005.00 - £72,780.00 + opportunity to discuss a market supplement up to the value of £5,000 + London Weighting Allowance of £4,000  per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: [[Sunday 23rd April 2023]]


The Role

Are you passionate about the Creative Industries and want to be part of a growing research and policy centre that is transforming their prospects right across the nations and regions of the UK?  Then we want to hear from you…………… 


​​The ​Creative PEC working in partnership with Newcastle University​ and the RSA​ is recruiting for a Deputy Director based at RSA House in London. 


Joining the team at an exciting time as it embarks on a phase of significant growth, you will report to the Creative PEC’s Director and will have oversight of the day-to-day delivery of the PEC’s Policy work, Communications and Operations, through line management and coaching of the Heads of three teams: Policy, Communications, and Operations.  You will need to liaise confidently with a wide range of stakeholders at senior levels in policy, industry and academia as well as work closely with the Head of Operations and Finance & Administration Manager in overseeing the design and implementation of business processes and managing the financial operations of the Creative PEC, including timely management of finances, forecasting and reporting. 


You will be expected to represent the Creative PEC in public fora, media and publications and so we are looking for someone with a track record of outstanding communication and presentation skills to fulfil this opportunity. 


Since its inception in 2018, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded Creative PEC has succeeded in bringing about a step change in the quantity and quality of evidence available to UK policymakers seeking to support growth in the creative industries. We are delighted to announce funding for a further five yrs has been awarded and in the next phase, commencing in June 2023, The PEC will grow the evidence base further, addressing industry and government’s current priorities for the creative industries including those set out in strategy documents such as the forthcoming Sector Vision, while at the same time advancing research into the longer-term challenges and opportunities facing the sector. 


For more information about the Creative PEC, please click here


For this role we encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing team; we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of the UK population. 


This is an open-ended opportunity subject to further funding beyond the five-year AHRC grant being secured and on a full-time basis. 

We will be holding an open day​​ on Tuesday 11 April 2023 where we would like to invite candidates the opportunity to talk to ​​​​the Creative PEC’s Director, Hasan Bakhshi about the role in advance of our application closing date, please contact ​​​​to arrange a suitable time.  We are able to offer both in person and virtual appointment times. 


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and cover letter, following the link at the bottom. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role detailed in ‘The person’ section 


For informal enquiries regarding the role, please contact ​Simon Budgen​ at: 


Key Accountabilities 

  • Reporting to the Creative PEC’s Director, you will have oversight of the day-to-day delivery of the Creative PEC’s Policy work, Communications and Operations, through line management and coaching of the Heads of three teams: Policy, Communications, and Operations  

  • Deputise for the Director on the Creative PEC’s Senior Management Team on areas falling outside the responsibility of the Creative PEC’s Research Director, including management decisions within the central team, and engagement with the AHRC, the Creative PEC’s Oversight Board at Newcastle University and the Advisory Board 

  • Contribute to strategic decision-making within the Creative PEC’s central team, located across the Creative PEC’s southern hub at RSA House in London and northern hub at Newcastle University, working closely with the Director and Research Director   

  • Represent the Creative PEC in public forums, media and publications 

  • Build a team culture which supports collaboration, cross-team working and training and development 

  • Oversee the financial operations of the Creative PEC, including timely management of finances, forecasting and reporting, working closely with the Head of Operations and Finance & Administration Manager  

  • Oversee the working of the Creative PEC’s Global Creative Economy Council – a high-profile international forum of creative economy experts debating global creative economy issues, supported by the Creative PEC and the British Council  

  • Refresh the Creative PEC’s Engagement Strategy based on a stakeholder mapping, bringing together the Creative PEC’s Network Manager and other key personnel within the central team, the RSA and consortium partners 

  • Develop an Events Strategy for the Creative PEC, working closely with the Head of Communications, the Network Manager, the RSA and consortium partners, encompassing and building on existing commitments 

  • Work with Head of Communications and their team to review and refresh the Creative PEC’s digital strategy   

  • Review and refresh the Creative PEC’s Impact Measurement Framework, consulting stakeholders within the Creative PEC’s central team, consortium partners and our principal audiences 

  • Review, develop and manage the Creative PEC’s network of Industry Champions which inform the Creative PEC’s understanding of industry priorities and is a key dissemination channel for PEC research and policy work  

  • Directly advise policymakers using research published by the Creative PEC and others.  


The Person 

  • Demonstrable understanding of policy development and decision-making processes: you will have had extensive experience of working in government, a think tank or in government relations 

  • Experience of managing teams in high-pressure, complex environments where producing work to tight deadlines is important 

  • You will have had experience of coaching managers or team leaders, or will be looking to gain such experience in this role  

  • The ability to liaise confidently with a wide range of stakeholders at senior levels in policy and in the private and third sectors  

  • Outstanding communication skills, including preparation and delivery of presentations and introducing and chairing public events 

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to produce high-quality briefings, reports and media pieces  

  • Experience of writing for a general audience, including for example blogging and working with social media  

  • Confidence in working with advanced quantitative and qualitative research and evidence  

  • Excellent attention to detail, high standards of accuracy and a focus on delivery  

  • You will need a high degree of proficiency in public policy gained through professional experience. 




  • An excellent first degree, and postgraduate qualification is desirable.  




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We are committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 25259