As announced by the Director-General this summer, the BBC is offering six places on the ‘BBC Senior Leadership Programme: Executive Level in association with ‘The Clore Leadership Programme’ – specifically for talented leaders from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups. This programme is part of the BBC’s commitment to support the development of people from BAME backgrounds and to encourage their participation in the senior leadership of the broadcast industry.
For candidates working within and outside the BBC.
The BBC are offering six places on the ‘BBC Senior Leadership Programme in association with Clore Leadership’ – a 12 month training and development programme, starting in January 2015, for talented individuals with some leadership experience and who have a demonstrable reputation for creativity, vision, strategic thinking, collaboration and the potential to progress to senior leader level.
Successful candidates will:
- undertake a 12 month training placement with one of the BBC’s board members: Tim Davie (CEO, BBCW), James Purnell (Director, Strategy and Digital), Anne Bulford (Director, Finance and Business), Danny Cohen (Director, TV), James Harding (Director, News) or Tony Hall (Director-General);
- receive personalised leadership development through participation in The Clore Leadership Short Course/or Fellowship Programme and the BBC’s College of Leadership courses.
NB. This is a full-time development programme and a training allowance will be provided that will reflect the level of commitment that the programme requires.
In addition to this, two of the six candidates will be offered a Clore Fellowship in 2015/16. This will include further training of up to seven months, including a three month training placement in a UK organisation very different from the BBC.
Ideal candidates will:
- be from a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic background;
- have demonstrable experience leading projects or teams, either within an organisation or working independently. At the BBC, this means leaders who are at grade 9 and above. People at this grade will have some experience of leadership in managing teams and/or complex projects in roles such as Editor, Series Producer or Business Partner.
- be able to share examples of using a collaborative approach to leadership and decision-making;
- demonstrate their ability to think analytically in order to make effective decisions;
- be able to share examples of their commitment to both self-development and the development of others;
- will be able to demonstrate their ability to influence and persuade people to drive a project or a team forward; and
- be able to demonstrate how they use creativity to change/drive a project or team.
All candidates for the BBC Senior Leadership Development Programme in association with Clore Leadership – Executive Level are expected to have some understanding of the BBC’s strategic aims and ambitions along with an appreciation of changing technology and working practices across the broadcasting industry and will be assessed for ability and/or potential in the following BBC & Clore Leadership criteria:
- Leadership and decision making / Builds a climate of trust with project or programme teams and all other stakeholders.
- Providing direction through change / be open to change and responds flexibly to new challenges.
- Strategic thinking / potential to identify a vision along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal, and evaluate situations, decisions and issues in the short, medium and long term.
- Communication – / potential to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
- Influencing and persuading /potential to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
- Creative Thinking /potential to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
- Analytical thinking / potential to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Is able to understand commercial imperatives and trading relationships.
- Planning and organising /potential to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking account all relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resource requirements
- Managing relationships and working with authority / potential to build and maintain effective relationships with a range of people understanding their needs and goals; respecting and understanding the diversity of audiences and workforces in the broadcast industry. Shows sensitivity and tact. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
- Flexibility/ potential to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or accept changes in one’s own organisation or requirements.
- Resilience – ability and/or potential to manage personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, set-backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to tasks or problems that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.