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Knowledge Coordinator

We are looking for an exceptional Knowledge Team Coordinator to provide high quality, cross-team support that helps us deliver our policy and advocacy work, raises the profile of our research and evidence, assists on upskilling programmes, and supports our engagement events with our Design Council Expert network.

The Coordinator will need to be passionate about the power of design, committed to Design for Planet, action-orientated, with great administrative skills in a range of platforms.

About the role

The Coordinator will:

  • Support the team organise meetings, events and activity around research, policy and our Design Council Expert network
  • Create research summaries and policy briefings that support our advocacy work
  • Support the team to build and maintain strong relationships with key government and industry champions
  • Make sure all Knowledge team accounts, contacts and interactions are up-to-date in the CRM
  • Provide accurate and timely financial administration of the Knowledge Team budget
  • Create reports as required on the activity of the team as it matches the annual Delivery Plan
  • Provide administrative support to the Knowledge Team as needed, monitoring mailboxes & forwarding messages, answering calls and updating the Intranet page
  • Support and providing cover for other Team Coordinators as needed
  • Actively contribute to our work and reports on Impact, Quality and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as required

Skills & Experience

  • Graduate or equivalent worked experience in the creative industries, design; and/or policy, research, public affairs; and/or project management.
  • Experience of conducting desk research and a good understanding of qualitative and quantitative research
  • Understanding and/or proven interest in policy and how organisations influence change at a national level
  • Excellent communication skills, time-management and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in an agile environment, to be proactive and fast-paced while always ensuring results are achieved
  • Diplomatic, able to act with confidence and integrity in all situations
  • Passionate about impact. 
  • Passionate about quality.
  • Passionate about design that improves people’s lives. 

Our values and behaviours

  • Boundless Curiosity. Dynamic scoping of new ideas and best working practices to create and demonstrate impact. 
  • Inspire Possibility. Brilliant team and project leadership so we clearly communicate the value and impact of design. 
  • Powerful Together. Role modelling how to get the best out of everyone so we all maximise our contribution to Design for Planet.

Corporate responsibilities

  • Proactively identify and manage risks and financial controls in relation to the Design Council and your specific area of responsibility.
  • Comply with the Design Council’s operational policies and procedures including financial and risk management, project management and evaluation processes, brand guidelines, GDPR, information security and internal health and safety policy.


Please submit your application by 26 July 2024.



Please email Ishbel Allotey, HR Manager if you have questions about the role.

The Design Council is fully committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation.  We welcome applications from everyone who meets the criteria.  If you need any additional support, please do send in an early alert to our email address below.​


  • Salary: £26,000+
  • Reporting to: Senior Advocacy and Policy Manager
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Closing date: 26 July 2024