How to apply

Completing your application

The application is split into 7 sections and each section must be completed before you submit your application. The experience, skills and interests section of the application form gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the relevant skills and experience you bring to the role. We recommend that you look carefully at the job description and relate your skills and experience to each of the criteria in the person specification. You may also find it useful to visit our main website or regional home pages.

We are committed to the principles of diversity and to help us monitor this, we ask all candidates to complete our short equal opportunities questionnaire. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and be used for reporting purposes only.

The shortlisting process

Once a vacancy has closed, all completed applications will be sent to the panel. We aim to complete shortlisting within 14 days of the vacancy closing. You will be contacted by e-mail informing you of the outcome of your application.

If you are invited to interview, you will receive an SMS text and an email asking you to log on and book your interview slot.

If you are not invited to interview, you will be notified through the e-recruitment system, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback on your application.


Interviews are a 2 way process for us to explore further your suitability for the role and an opportunity for you to expand on the skills and experience outlined in your application.We aim to give candidates at least one weeks' notice of their interview.

As well as an interview, we may ask candidates to undertake an assessment to complement the interview process.

Your invite to interview email will contain all the information you will need for your interview.

After the interview

All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their interview and we aim to do this as soon as possible. However, this can sometimes be a few days after the interviews. Candidates who are unsuccessful at interview stage can receive feedback from their interview.

Data protection notice

Arts Council England will use the information you provide to assess and process your application for employment. If you become an employee, your information will be held on our databases and systems to manage employment issues. Your information may be shared with our third parties who help to maintain our systems. We may have to send your information to countries outside of the European Economic Area for this purpose. If this happens, we will ensure your information is fully protected in line with the Data Protection Legislation.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you, for which we may charge a fee, and the right to ask us to correct any inaccuracies. If you want to see a copy of your information, or you have any questions, please contact the Information Management team by email at or send in your request to Information Management, The Hive, 49 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN.

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