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Culture & Engagement Officer
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/22/211622
  • Published: Thu 15/09/2022, 18:19 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/10/2022, 18:19 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time, Weekends
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, 2 week timetable - alternate Saturdays
  • Salary: £24,920 - £27,661
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Across the County of Central Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire

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Culture & Engagement Officer

Team: Leisure, Libraries and Countryside
Salary: £24,920 - £27,661 per annum pro rata
Hours: Full time 37 hours per week or 2 x part-time posts

Contract Type: Hybrid - Permanent

Job Family:  Providing CBG 8

Location:  Working from home and any CBC offices, including Priory House, Shefford. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role 
Closing Date: Sunday 16th October 2022

Interview Date: w/c 24th October 2022  This will take place via Microsoft Teams. This software is free for users.  If there is an issue with accessing this technology, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements prior to the interview.


About Us:

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.  

As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.  

This is a great time to join us on our journey. 


About the role:

We are looking for either one full-time or two part-time individuals who have a sound knowledge of and experience in communication, multitasking, event management and planning.

Key elements of the role include:

  • Coordinate a comprehensive Programme for children and young people (CYP) /Schools across CBC cultural assets e.g. Libraries, Theatres, and Open Spaces.
  • Produce evidenced based strategic plan for developing CYP/Schools offer across CBC (include measuring and presenting on evaluation and impact against plan).
  • Help develop the cultural offer for CYP/schools across all of Central Bedfordshire by working with partners / collaborating (e.g. schools, cultural providers, town Councils, Open Spaces, Charities and internally Children’s Services (Children’s Centres) Public Health, School Improvement.
  • (In Partnership) Help develop infrastructure that supports arts and cultural offer for CYP/Schools.
  • Design and deliver/Coordinate a comprehensive education and culture programme across Central Bedfordshire. (Including creating /supporting a programme across CBC-owned cultural assets Theatres, Libraries and Open spaces).
  • Developing partnerships and collaborations internally and externally to support the delivery of cultural education work e.g. External schools cultural organisations, Internal Children’s Services, and Public Health but not exclusively). 
  • Strengthening existing provision.
  • Introducing new initiatives, where gaps have been identified. 
  • Audience Development - Footfall and awareness: raise awareness of the cultural education offer across CBC assets Libraries venues to build and sustain numbers of children, young people, families, and schools engaging with the offer. 
  • Work with/support the development of an LCEP. 
  • Explore and implement ways to bring out, culture and heritage (in the education setting, particularly schools that cannot visit – help them to access culture). 

If you have experience interacting with a wide range of people, particularly those within the education sector, and communicating across various channels with diverse audiences; can support income generation, events, and activities, and if you are flexible and solution-focused, this might be the job for you.

If you have a GNVQ level 4 (or equivalent), you will have experience and the ability to work with both internal and external partners, local community groups, businesses, the public, and volunteers. We encourage you to apply.

Join our team and help us to deliver a vibrant and high-quality service by contributing to service strategies and supporting the continued modernisation and transformation of the service.


You must be able to work flexibly, and from other council buildings if required. The post works on a two-week timetable, including alternate Saturdays.

What we can offer you:

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:

  • Hybrid working arrangements as appropriate. We recognise the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work most efficiently. As a hybrid worker, you will be able to work from home with access to any CBC location.
  • A £250 one-off hybrid worker payment, helping you achieve a safe and suitable workspace at home
  • Support to work from abroad for up to a month a year where appropriate
  • Generous family-friendly policies and practices
  • A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
  • Staff network and support groups
  • Annual leave allowance of 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
  • An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
  • Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role-specific training is also available
  • Access to discounts from local and national retailers

Central Bedfordshire Council has its vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

We aspire to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working patterns as part of the application process.


You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Culture & Engagement Officer Recruitment Pack 


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Rechelle Dua at or call 0300 300 4987. 


For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at 


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community. 

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. 

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