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Senior Communities and Skills Manager

Our role as national strategic advisor for design is to champion the value of design and create the enabling conditions in which the design sector can achieve that value. Our current mission, Design for Planet, aims to support the 1.97m strong UK design community to design with the welfare of the planet at its heart.

At the centre of our work is a network of 450+ Design Council Ambassadors and Experts, – leading design experts based across the UK who help us advocate for the design sector, help produce thought-leadership; work with us to deliver our design programmes; and share their collective intelligence to create new tools and resources on best and next design practice with the wider design community.

This is a unique opportunity to curate, shape and lead a new engagement and knowledge-sharing strategy with some of the best designers in the country. This role will be responsible for building and managing our expert and ambassador networks; supporting them to advocate for and help create new knowledge around Design for Planet; and convening regular community of practice workshops, talks, roundtables and events.

In addition, they will be responsible for managing the creation of digital content and learning formats for our new skills and innovation hub. They will commission and produce learning content and thought leadership in a range of formats such as films, podcasts, social media stories, essays, toolkits and resource libraries, to help up-skills designers in new practices, methods and contextual issues that relate to designing for planet.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional relationship builder, community manager and collaborator. You will have a strong sense of how to translate new design practices, skills, tools and methods into accessible learning content in a range of formats and media. You will need an understanding of design, but might be from a related background such as curating, design history, community engagement or learning. You will need excellent communication and facilitation skills.

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  • Salary: £40,000-£45,000
  • Closing date: 28 August 2022