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Creative Diversity & Disability Lead
United Kingdom
Job Title: Creative Diversity & Disability Lead 
Reports to: Head of Creative Diversity 
Department: Creative Diversity
Working pattern: We are open to a discussion on flexible working for this role.
Location: This role can be based from any of these Channel 4 offices; London, Leeds, Bristol or Glasgow but will involve travel when required.
Interviews: We don’t want to keep you waiting, so will be planning to hold the first round of interviews on the 10th & 11th December.  


Channel 4 has a proven commitment to increasing inclusion and diversity within the media industry. Building on its 360 Diversity Charter which launched in 2015, the Channel continually strives to deliver increased representation and inclusion across the business.  

The Creative Diversity team provides leadership to the commissioning team and independent producers to ensure successful implementation of Channel 4’s inclusion and diversity plans, greater representation on and off screen and appropriate compliance with the Equality Act. Ensuring that Channel 4’s content represents and authentically portrays a wide range of voices, backgrounds and experiences from across the UK. The team acts as a frontline unit connected to and in touch with creative communities and emergent companies. The team assists start-ups, regionally based and diverse led companies to ensure greater representation throughout the supply chain. Through the Creative Diversity fund the team collaborate with commissioning editors to support development and pilot projects to make sure that new ideas and talent have the best chance of success


Reporting to the Head of Creative Diversity this role will help to achieve targets laid out in the Channel 4 360 Diversity Charter and meet our Valuable 500 Commitment. This role will develop and deliver the disability focused strategic plans of the Creative Diversity strategy. The role will work closely with independent producers and Commissioning teams within Channel 4 to increase disabled representation on and off screen. Achieving the industry-wide commitment to Double Disability within productions and help increase disabled representation and ensure authentic portrayal on screen will be a priority.

Channel 4 has been awarded the UK television rights to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games and will build on its acclaimed coverage of London 2012 and Rio 2016 which broke UK viewing records for Paralympic sport. London 2012 reached 69 per cent of the population. World Class marketing and disabled presenting and production talent have been at the heart of this success and we aspire to maintain our prized position as a world leader in inclusion and accessibility. This role will create and deliver a strategy that builds on this success for the Paralympics and beyond. Channel 4 is a Disability Confident Leader in a Government-backed scheme which encourages businesses to become better at attracting, recruiting and employing disabled people.

  • To build on Channel 4’s track record for leading on disability through the development of a strategic plan that will deliver on and off screen disability targets.
  • To develop and deliver a strategy for the Paralympics working with relevant genres, training bodies and independent producers to ensure there is growth in numbers and progression for disabled talent working across the Paralympics and related programming.
  • To ensure disability specific plans are integrated into all strategic channel and genre inclusion and diversity plans.
  • To encourage mainstream inclusion of disability across all genres by working alongside commissioning editors to increase awareness, explain and address disability issues.
  • To be an expert advisor across all channels working alongside departments e.g. Commissioning, 4Creative, E4, and Press Office advising on disability issues.
  • To work closely with Channel 4’s head of on screen talent and commissioning heads of department to find and develop disabled talent and find new ways to showcase them.
  • To work closely with relevant internal teams to track disabled production talent and create plans to progress their careers.
  • To work with independent producers, key stakeholders such as Pact, ScreenSkills, ThinkBigger, RTS, BAFTA and the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) to increase awareness of disability issues and increase employment of disabled talent off screen.
  • To work with relevant internal teams on the management of the disability production training scheme, helping with placements in partnership with independent producers and ensuring the careers of trainees are tracked and supported.
  • To identify, advise, support and promote disabled talent via training schemes, mentoring programmes, placements, events, screenings and networking opportunities and one to one career mentoring.
  • To work across all Channel 4 departments to raise awareness of disability as an essential part of a wider inclusion and diversity remit.
  • To help to ensure that the Channel’s commitments and actions contribute significantly to long term, sustained change across the media industry and are reported via Channel 4 and industry reporting requirements such as Ofcom. 
  • To seek out opportunities to collaborate and align with other broadcasters, disability networks and regulators as well as disabled communities to lead a collaborative approach to change.
  • To produce monthly progress updates at a genre and channel level using internal reports and Diamond, the industry’s diversity monitoring tool.
  • To analyse data and reports to provide monthly insights and opportunities for greater progression for disabled talent.
  • To work closely with the Head of Creative Diversity and genre heads to identify projects and disabled talent to support via the Creative Diversity Fund.
  • To work with the Viewer’s Enquiries Editor, Press and Legal on audience feedback regarding disability.
  • To advise on archive content where portrayal or language may be out-dated.
  • To identify and introduce independent production companies led by disabled creatives to Channel 4 to continue to broaden the range of companies that Channel 4 works with and to play a leadership role in identifying new and emergent off-screen diverse creative talent.
  • To be at the forefront of best practices, as well as initiatives emerging from the disability communities. 
  • To represent Channel 4’s vision to external stakeholders and speak at relevant external panels and events.
  • To ensure alignment with Channel 4’s workforce I&D strategy and collaborate to deliver targets. 
  • To deputise for the Head of Creative Diversity as required.

Technical & Professional Skills
  • Extensive inclusion and diversity knowledge and deep understanding and experience of disability in the industry, within the independent production sector. 
  • Experience of delivering disability awareness, inclusion and accessibility projects to ensure greater inclusion.
  • Previous experience of developing and delivering programmes that advance the careers of disabled talent or increase awareness of disability issues 
  • Demonstrable ability to find creative and resourceful solutions to implementing a complex disability and wider inclusion and diversity agenda.
  • Must have demonstrable understanding of and a passion for Channel 4’s remit and 360 Diversity Charter.
  • Experience of embedding disability inclusion firmly and meaningfully within specific projects and the workplace.
  • Must have extensive knowledge, understanding and a passion for the UK’s disabled creative talent and communities.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of recent broadcasting.
  • Communication and influencing skills and a high degree of self-confidence to speak publicly, chair meetings and lead discussions with senior stakeholders on inclusion and diversity issues and lead on latest thinking. 
  • Working with people on - and off - screen who have a range of impairments and conditions
  • Understanding of the nuances of intersectionality 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate experiences, programmes, processes and look for opportunities to make change.
  • Ability to create bespoke disability related solutions and initiatives alongside key independent producers that are in line with their commercial models and within statutory requirements.
  • Excellent working knowledge of UK disability legislation and ability to advise on disability related HR policies and practices
  • Experience of achieving the government's Disability Confident accreditation
  • Must have a thorough understanding of: Commissioning and Scheduling in order to advise producers and commissioning editors on disability related programme proposals and ideas; Corporate Relations in order to get the public service broadcasting message to Ofcom, MPs and other stakeholders; Press, and Marketing 
  • Ability to handle conflicting viewpoints and gain consensus on a regular basis.
  • Continually finding creative ways to engage producers, commissioning editors and casting directors to work with and champion disabled talent on and off screen.
Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
  • The Creative Diversity team works across the UK and this role could be working in a different location to direct line manager so needs to be autonomous and proactively manage communications between Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow and London to ensure continued effectiveness and efficiency.
Relationship Management
  • Proven stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to create and maintain complex, evolving networks and to influence senior industry figures and influence their decision making relating to disability in ways appropriate to their organisations.
  • Ability to connect with a wide range of networks to maintain existing relationships as well as building new ones within commissioning, production and within disabled communities
Business Impact/Strategic Perspective
  • Working with the Head of Creative Diversity and the Commissioning Editors across the UK to deliver increased disabled representation within Channel 4 programmes and help to embed disability inclusion across the broadcast industry.
To complete your application please provide a response to the below application questions, you can upload your response to the application questions as an attachment when submitting your application. This can be attached to your application as a PDF or Word document.  
  1. Please outline how you meet the ‘Essential Experience & Skills’ outlined in the Job Description (Max 500 words)
  2. Please provide a recent example of your personal contribution to impactful I&D change in an organisation. (Max 500 words)
  3. Next year is the Tokyo Paralympics. What would do you think C4 should do onscreen and or offscreen to make to an impact this time? (Max 200 words)
  4. In your opinion how should Channel 4 go about further improving off screen diversity and how would you go about it? (Max 300 words)

There are a million reasons why it’s great to work at Channel 4, here are just a few of the perks for you;
• 26 days annual leave (including a day off for your birthday)
• Company funded Private Medical Insurance
• A generous Group Personal Pension
• Access to our flexible benefits scheme including dental, travel insurance, health screenings and more!
06 Dec 2020
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