Communications and Programmes Officer (UK Branch)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)

Location Central London. This role may require some national and international travel.

Position Full time 35 hours per week

Salary £25,000

Application deadline 18 June 2021


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is an independent charitable foundation established in Portugal in 1956. It is one of the largest European foundations, with headquarters in Lisbon and offices in London (the UK Branch) and Paris. The fundamental purpose of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all through art, charity, science and education. The Foundation is committed to the future, to those most vulnerable, and to the value of culture.

The UK Branch is focused on building coalitions to tackle complex global problems. Based in London, the UK Branch sits at the heart of a world centre for philanthropy which enables us to deliver on the Foundation’s mission using our networks, experience and way of working. We look ahead, thinking globally and acting locally, to create the conditions for change by connecting across borders of all kinds – national, cultural, organisational, disciplinary and social. We prioritise the vulnerable and underserved in the UK and elsewhere.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is looking for a new Communications and Programmes Officer to support our team's work across all three of our programmes. The role would work alongside our programmes focused on the civic role of the arts, valuing the ocean and citizen engagement on climate , as well as supporting the work of our Communications Manager on internal and external communications. 

We look forward to welcoming someone early in their career to our small team, primarily based in our offices in central London once COVID19 restrictions are lifted. The role will provide great experience of working in foundations, while also gaining insight into the arts, climate and the varied cross-section of partners we work with in government and beyond. 

The role

The Communications and Programmes Officer will support the delivery and communication of our programmes.

Specific responsibilities

The following list is intended to provide a flavour of the role and is not exclusive.

  • To help deliver our communications activity
  • To assist in the development of communications and influencing plans and support their delivery
  • To keep the website and Twitter profiles up to date, ensuring they are lively and engaging (in conjunction with the Communications Manager)
  • To assist with writing and sending our quarterly newsletter, and other mass mailings as required, using standard mailer technology
  • To coordinate content producers (editors, designers), ensuring the content meets CGF standards and is signed off by appropriate staff members
  • With appropriate support, to project manage the delivery of key publications such as the annual review, coordinating contributions from designers, copywriters and the wider team
  • To draft communications material such as speeches and blogs for managers or the director.

To support programme development and delivery

  • To prepare grant papers, briefings and partnership agreements
  • To undertake discrete policy and research projects to support programme development and delivery
  • To contribute to the development of strand activities, for example attending learning communities and producing summaries of their discussions
  • To help with organising and coordinating events hosted by CGF as appropriate
  • To attend external meetings, seminars, conferences etc on behalf of CGF, making connections and collecting intelligence from the wider sector.

To provide support to the team at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)

  • To work across the communications, programmes and administration teams helping ensuring co-ordination
  • To help liaise with colleagues in Head Office as necessary
  • To attend and actively take part in monthly team meetings
  • To co-ordinate programmes team meetings and other appropriate meetings, setting dates, preparing agendas and notes etc
  • To answer the phone, door, emails, or greet guests, organising/offering hospitality as necessary
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues taking on other tasks as necessary to ensure the smooth running of the UK Branch.


Reporting to the Communications Manager or one of our Programme Managers, the post holder will be expected to work with a range of colleagues in the UK Branch and overseas, including external organisations.

Please see attached Job Description for a full Person Specification

To apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter of no more than one page by midnight on Friday 18th June to

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