Vacancy: Learning & Participation Manager

The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is seeking to appoint a Learning & Participation Manager to lead the development and delivery of innovative learning activity through schools, HE/FE organisations and informal educational establishments and partnerships to drive BCB’s vision and mission.


Our vision: Making change through clay.

Our mission: To develop, sustain and expand innovative ceramics practice and improve lives together with artists and creative communities.



About the role

The Learning & Participation Manager will be joining the team of one of the UK’s leading ceramics organisations. This is an excellent opportunity for an insightful, dynamic and attentive individual, seeking to use their skills and experience to deliver BCB’s values of being bold, accountable, welcoming, significant, grounded, inclusive, connected and collaborative.

Working closely with the Artistic Director/Chief Executive, you will ensure BCB maintains and builds its reputation for creating original and ambitious learning programmes. You will have a proven track record of successfully leading learning activity at a strategic level and be skilled at building relationships. Working on a local, national and international level you will have a committed interest in contemporary visual arts and ceramics. You will also have experience with strategic planning and an enthusiasm for engaging people in the creative and educational potential of clay.




Title: Learning & Participation Manager

Contract: Permanent contract for 0.6 FTE (21 hours per week)

Salary: £20,370 per annum (equivalent to a full time salary of £33,950 per annum)

Reports to: Artistic Director/Chief Executive

Responsible for: Learning Assistant

Location: Based at the BCB office at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

Vacancy closing date: 10am, Tuesday 7 May 2024

Please download the job description for full details of responsibilities and the person specification.



Summary terms and conditions

Annual leave is 35 days per annum pro rata including public holidays. This equates to 21 days per annum including public holidays for 0.6 FTE. The probationary period is six months and the period of notice is two months in writing.




We are committed to ensuring our recruitment process is transparent and accessible. If you have any questions or you require the application pack in an alternative format, please let us know. You can do this by emailing or by calling 07565 861037. Alternative formats are available upon request to ensure they are suitably tailored to support an applicant’s access requirements.

BCB will make reasonable adjustments to the office or working arrangements to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. You are welcome to discuss your access needs with us at any stage in the application process by emailing




To apply for this role, please submit the following by 10am, Tuesday 7 May 2024

  • A letter of application explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role and directly addressing the person specification (maximum of 3 sides)
  • A CV summarising your professional experience and any other relevant information
  • Names and contact details of two employment/professional referees. We will only contact referees upon offer of employment
  • Applicants must also complete the online Diversity and Equality Monitoring Form

Address your application to Clare Wood, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, and send via email to: with ‘BCB Learning & Participation Manager’ in the subject line.

Should you wish to have an informal conversation regarding this opportunity, please contact Clare Wood, Artistic Director/Chief Executive, on Clare will be available to arrange short conversations with potential candidates up to Friday 3 May.




Deadline for receipt of applications: 10am, Tuesday 7 May 2024

Notification of applicants called to interview: by Friday 10 May 2024

Interviews: Thursday 16 or Friday 17 May 2024



Equality and Diversity

We strive to ensure that opportunities to work for BCB are open to all. All job applicants are treated equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, relationship status, pregnancy or any other equality characteristic.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as being Black, Asian, LGBTQIA+, d/Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, from a lower socio-economic background or those with long-term heath conditions as people from these groups are currently underrepresented in the cultural sector.

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