The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded primarily by the licence fee that is paid by UK households.
To help the BBC represent the whole of the UK in its output, the Director-General has announced a series of bold initiatives. One such initiative is a commitment that by 2017 it’s our ambition to quadruple on-air portrayal of people with disabilities.
In this crucial role, you will work across the BBC to support the improved programming, commissioning and portrayal of disabled people and their communities, whilst championing disabled talent and disability related production projects.
Working to the Director BBC Academy and with the Head of Diversity as a member of the Corporate Diversity Group you will use high level influencing and persuading skills to encourage authentic and realistic portrayal of disability and disabled talent in all of our content.
You will become a champion of the portrayal of disabled people, including actors, presenters, reporters, contributors and experts. You will be the ‘go to’ person on the subject, supporting programme makers, development teams and commissioners alike, ensuring the right talent is utilised in the right way.
Managing budgets for projects and outputs related to the portrayal of disabled people on air is also key, ensuring that these are delivered within their limits and offer value for money for licence fee payers. And you will monitor and report on the success of this approach for all concerned.
The Ideal Candidate
You will be an inspiring and persuasive individual who has a thorough understanding of disability and is passionate about disability portrayal. You’ll understand the complex nature of the environment you will be working within and will lead and challenge, in order to secure the right outcomes.
In order to succeed, you will bring:
- An understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing the BBC’s output
- Expert knowledge and understanding of disability, equality legislation and its application in a broadcast environment
- Demonstrable experience of organisational leadership; proactive with the ability to challenge and hold senior leaders to account
- Experience of managing people, including matrix management of teams and resources
- Strong editorial understanding and creativity, evidenced by original and innovative ideas for content and practical experience of production
- Track record for successfully delivering diversity on air in a multi-media broadcast environment.
- Excellent communication skills and a naturally authentic manner when addressing sensitive diversity issues
- Collaborative and persuasive style, demonstrating an energetic and enthusiastic action focused approach to getting things done.
About the Company
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.