Researcher – BAME Expert Programme, BBC Academy

Job Introduction

We are recruiting a Researcher to join the innovative BBC Academy BAME Expert Programme on a 6 month fixed term contract to be based in London, Birmingham or Salford. For more details about the BAME Expert Programme please visit:

You’ll find working in the BBC Academy both challenging and highly rewarding. In such a dynamic environment, we take pride in being central to the BBC’s mission to be the most creative organisation in the world; delivering content that achieves the highest possible journalistic, creative, production and technology standards.

The BBC Academy aims to put training and development at the heart of the broadcasting industry by equipping both BBC staff and freelancers with the skills they need. The four colleges within the Academy – the Colleges of Journalism, Production, Technology and Leadership – with the Centre for Technology, allow the BBC to deliver dynamic and innovative training and development, focusing on core skills, values and specialisms in each area.

Role Responsibility

To research and liaise with potential and actual participants in the programme, ensuring that both the Expert Presenters and the key industry figures participating in each event are drawn from as wide a range of backgrounds and specialisms as possible.

To work with key stakeholders in the business (both inside and outside the BBC) to determine areas of expertise where there is a shortage of BAME presenters and to assist with designing a selection process to address this.

To take responsibility for the longlisting and shortlisting processes and to be the first point of contact for applicants.

To make judgements based on experience to balance creative and editorial aspirations with financial and resource constraints and advise the team accordingly.

To liaise with the Academy scheduling and co-ordination teams around planning, scheduling and setting up the event days, recording attendance, procurement of resources, contracting of artists/freelancers and reporting.

To compile and maintain information and statistics relating to the programme, particularly in relation to numbers of applicants trained, subsequent media appearances and information about their ongoing careers.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a proven track record in research for content production or of research on projects and/or events. You will also have excellent planning, organisational and time management skills.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also needed along with experience of successfully planning complex projects.

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.

Package Description

Grade 5