Relationship Manager

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  • Type of employment

    Permanent Part-time

Established by the Royal Charter in 1971 The Crafts Council is funded by Arts Council England as well as through fundraising and earned income activities. Crafts Council is a national charity for craft that inspires making, empowers learning, and nurtures businesses. They believe that craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals and in doing so will change our world for the better.
In July 2020 Crafts Council held an open meeting to discuss how they could tackle racism and inequality. The meeting showed there was real need for an on-going group and activity to recognise and celebrate Global majority makers and their work. The Global Majority Branch is an informal steering group that has evolved from that conversation.

You should be a FMA member in order to see a full vacancy and apply for the job.

Here's what you'll do

The Role:
You will work forward and build a network for creatives of Black and Asian heritage including but not limited to, people of African or Caribbean heritage; Arabic heritage; Latin American heritage; East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian heritage to collaborate, share information and support each other’s advocacy.
  • Shape, establish and grow a network of Global Majority stakeholders in the UK in consultation with the informal steering group.
  • Work with the Crafts Council staff and steering group to create a programme of activity that celebrates and champions Global Majority craft and design creatives and craft professionals


Main Duties
  • Scope, design, plan and develop a network that supports Global Majority makers and craft professionals across the sector
  • Create a formal steering group and terms of reference for the group and network
  • Coordinate this network developing and delivering a programme of activity in consultation with the group
  • Build the membership, supporting engagement and developing the strategy to maximise opportunities for the network. Ensure that this is embedded within the Crafts Council and the craft community
  • Develop relationships with partner organisations creating initiatives that provide opportunities for the network and its members
  • Identify external trends and best practice which will increase diversity in the craft sector
  • Build a database of contacts and resources for the network and craft sector
  • Set targets for growth and achievement for the first two years

The ideal candidate

You will bring your own knowledge, expertise and lived experience to support both Crafts Council colleagues and the Global Majority stakeholders to create a network that has lasting impact and delivers real change.
  • Extensive knowledge of working within the creative and cultural sector
  • Knowledge and lived experience of the issues facing Global Majority creatives
  • Experience of co-creation working with others to deliver a vision
  • Natural collaborator, confident developing and managing projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to achieve goals and deliver positive results
  • Passionate advocate for addressing anti-racism and inequality through the arts
  • High levels of empathy and sensitivity
  • Confident networker, able to forge, nurture, and maintain relationships and links a person specifications


  • Knowledge of craft, visual arts and design practice
  • Ability to access an extensive network of Global Majority creatives
  • Detail oriented with the ability to conceive, plan and execute projects effectively and on time


They are committed to paying above the London Living Wage, therefore they offer competitive salaries with annual reviews.
Their pension scheme includes generous employer contributions. If you contribute 3%, we’ll contribute 7%.
They appreciate that regular holiday is essential for you to be at your best. Their staff enjoy 25 days of annual leave plus bank holidays. This increases by one day a year (after five years of service).
Sick pay
Crafts Council don’t want you to worry about money while unwell, so they offer a generous sick pay scheme – giving up to 65 days basic pay in any rolling 12-month period.


For scoring purposes, Crafts Council will use the following ratings:
  1. No evidence
  2. Little/some evidence
  3. Good evidence
  4. Excellent evidence


To be invited to interview under their Guaranteed Interview Scheme, applications must meet the minimum criteria for the role.
This is 65% of the shortlisting score across all essential criteria. A minimum of two individuals will assess all applications, they will separately score all answers 1-4. The results are then converted into an overall percentage score and if this is equal to or more than 65% the candidate applying under Guaranteed Interview Scheme is invited to interview. However, candidates scoring 1 in any of the essential criteria will not be invited to interview.

How to apply

All submissions to: contact@fashionminorityalliance.com

To submit applications in an alternative format, or to request information in an alternative format please email recruitment@craftscouncil.org.uk