Creative Diversity Partner - Disability Lead

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Job Reference: BBC/TP/1241156/50682
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Salary: 0.00 - 0.00
Closing Date: 24/11/2020
Job Category: HR & Internal Communications
BBC Region / Division: Human Resources
BBC Business Unit: HR - Workforce Diversity
Location: UK - Flexible (with travel required)

Package Description

Band: E 
Contract type: Permanent, Full time 
Location: UK - Flexible (with travel required)

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Job Introduction

The Creative Diversity Unit is responsible for improving the quantity and quality of the BBC’s portrayal of diverse and often under-represented lives and stories.  We develop big picture strategies and offer on-the-ground support to creative leaders, commissioning teams, partner production companies, and on- and off-air talent. 

We are there to ensure that their representation is fair and authentic across the board, and also to encourage them to find the best, most diverse narratives and characters to reflect and represent the breadth and richness of the UK population and beyond.

We believe that difference matters, and that we can only be our creative best if we include everyone, truly embracing and fostering our diversity – of background, thought and experience.

The Creative Diversity Lead – Disability will have the responsibility for achieving our vision and objectives in the field of disability representation and portrayal, working closely with internal creative leaders, as well as partner production companies and the freelance community, and various industry stakeholders and external interest groups.

Main Responsibilities

The role will promote an integrative, collaborative approach to ensuring the BBC’s output not only fairly and authentically represents disabled people and their lives, but also pushes boundaries when it comes to the portrayal of disability and the subsequent impact on wider society. 

Reporting to the Head of Creative Diversity, the role will work closely with creatives at every level as well as other D&I professionals across the BBC and beyond, to create a culture where at every stage, creatives have both the confidence to include disability as a part of everyday life, and also the vision to embrace it sensitively as a creative opportunity. 

Related work will include, but is not limited to:

  • setting and implementing high level strategies, developing the BBC’s vision for disability representation, measuring the impact of progress, and sharing success.  This includes contributing towards the delivery of the BBC’s £100m Creativity Diversity Fund and 20% diverse workforce targets
  • upskilling creative leaders when it comes to disability insight and understanding, supporting and giving them the confidence to deliver on BBC strategies for disability portrayal
  • ensuring communication to external creative partners such as agents, production companies, and other suppliers, regarding expectations around disability representation
  • networking with and supporting on- and off-screen disabled talent, and facilitating them to make connections with one another, to the greater good of the wider industry.  In particular, building strong contacts among the freelance disabled production community to gather intelligence around any barriers and then advocate for their needs and experiences
  • working closely with specific productions to ensure the quality and optimize the impact of their disability portrayal – whether it be incidental, integrated or landmark
  • proactively spotting opportunities for improvement among BBC channels, platforms, genres or productions when it comes to disability representation and supporting teams to achieve that improvement
  • leveraging internal relationships and collaborating closely with the network of experienced disabled editorial talent already working successfully and impactfully within the BBC.  This will include working with those with similar responsibilities for disability portrayal across other divisions within the BBC, to ensure a consistent and robust approach.
  • keeping across the needs and expectations of disabled audiences and interest groups, and reflecting those back to the BBC and its partners
  • setting industry-wide standards for authentic disability portrayal, and providing thought leadership to progress the disability agenda
  • representing the BBC within the broadcast industry and beyond when it comes to telling stories around disability and championing disabled talent. This will include participation on panels and public discussions on behalf of the BBC, as well as on air and online

Are you the right candidate?

  • Professional with experience of driving disability representation in broadcast media or other Arts organisations in the UK and beyond
  • Experience in nurturing and developing both on- and off-screen disabled talent, including involvement in diversity-related schemes and initiatives
  • A highly collaborative approach, with strong existing contacts among experts in disability portrayal across the broadcast industry with whom they can partner and together become change-makers for the disability agenda
  • Programme-making experience and proven editorial judgement
  • Good understanding of the commissioning and production process from the point of view of both the broadcaster and the supplier
  • Good knowledge of BBC Diversity & Inclusion policies and strategies
  • Strong strategic and planning skills
  • Ability to gather and analyse data, turn it into action
  • A proven track record in inspiring and influencing others, working sensitively with tact, diplomacy and tenacity to unpick complex situations and ensure positive outcomes
  • Strong communication skills, including the confidence to have difficult conversations and to challenge others
  • Ability to  develop constructive and positive relationships that encourage creativity and collaboration
  • Capacity to represent the BBC externally and on public platforms

If this sounds like you, even if you don't tick all the boxes, we'd love to hear from you!

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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