Project Manager – Creative Skills

About the role

London Higher is seeking a theme lead for our growing creative industries work, with strong experience in project management and an interest in engaging with creative industries policy on behalf of our large and diverse membership.

They will oversee a suite of activity around training, employability and promoting the creative sector, which we deliver in conjunction with partners including our higher education members, through two complementary projects: the British Film Industry’s (BFI) Skills Cluster for Metro London, and the Mayor of London’s Creative Skills Academy. The aim of the activities is to support Londoners into education and jobs in the screen industries (that is, into Film/TV, Animation, Games, Visual Effects and related sectors).

The role is also an exciting opportunity to influence policy, as it will champion and advocate for London HE’s role in the creative industries at a regional and national level. The appointed candidate will serve as a policy lead, using knowledge gained from the sector and the projects to develop responses to external events and act as a spokesperson for London Higher and our members on issues relating to the creative industries and creative arts education.

The postholder will be comfortable engaging with a wide range of senior stakeholders. They will be expected to build strong networks across multiple sectors, to ensure the smooth running of our projects and to facilitate wider collaboration between our members and other creative industries partners.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Manage London Higher’s work on the Skills Cluster and Creative Skills Academy programmes. The postholder will provide end-to-end project management for our BFI and Greater London Authority (GLA) work: all aspects from planning, developing and organising the delivery of screen sector employability/training programmes, through to risk management, evaluating their impact and communicating related learnings and outcomes This will entail close partnership work with a range of HEIs across the London Higher membership as well as with employers.
  • Policy and external advocacy for the creative industries. Develop a new strand of the organisation, leading on advocating for the creative industries within London Higher. This will involve understanding the issues the sector is facing, building relationships with those members with ‘creative’ HE provision and championing their work to relevant audiences, such as government, the HE regulator, and sector partners.
  • Raise awareness of our activities amongst target beneficiaries, prospective partners and other stakeholders. Working with London Higher colleagues and the Skills Cluster/Creative Skills Academy teams, to promote London Higher’s creative industries activities through a range of channels.

About you (requirements)

If you feel your skills and experience match the below, we would love to hear from you:

  • Strong experience in project management, working the entire length of the project and working to a project specification;
  • Self-motivated with excellent organisational and planning skills and an agile and flexible approach;
  • Ability to understand the wider public policy environment, identify the motivations and needs of different stakeholders, and the policy issues;
  • Ability to build positive and constructive relationships with London Higher colleagues and externally, with individuals across a range of skills and seniority; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to tailor communications across a range of audiences.

Policy and advocacy experience is not essential but an awareness of, and an interest in, how on-the-ground insights from our project work can inform policy decisions and feed into external communications is highly desirable.

Please download to the Job Application Pack and Job Description for full details.

How to apply:

Please ensure you follow the guidance below when completing and submitting your application:

  • Complete the London Higher Application Form in full;
    • In the statement section, you should address each point on the job specification, providing information, examples and evidence to illustrate how you meet the criteria for the post;
  • Complete an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form;
  • Completed application forms and Equality and Diversity Monitoring forms should be submitted in MS Word format to: by 17:00 on Friday 04 August 2023. We will not be able to consider any applications received after this deadline;

 If you have any questions about the post or wish to discuss the role informally please contact Jenny Wetherill, Chief Operating Officer (

Interviews are scheduled to be held online on 16 and 17 August 2023.

Please download the Job Application Pack for further guidelines on how to apply.

Please note we are unable to accept CV applications.