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London, Greater London
£60,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

We are looking for a skilled and dedicated person for an excellent opportunity to lead a new directorate at our ground-breaking charity.

Making The Leap is a small and innovative social justice charity that aims to make a big difference. From direct delivery, to advocacy and leadership, we refuse to stay in our lane and believe passionately that those we exist to serve have the right to be anything they want to be. To say that this is an exciting time for the organisation would be an understatement, as our incredible funders, donors, partners and supporters have given us the chance to move to the next level, and have further influence and delivery nationally.

The shared soul of the organisation is to be passionate about helping young people from less-advantaged backgrounds; build up other charities and community groups and want to partner with them or support them; want to work with businesses and organisations to get things done; and care deeply about addressing racial inequity generally (and anti-Blackness in particular). The people here work hard, are good at what they do, and for so many it is ‘home’, with an average tenure of 11 years.

The organisation has a number of strands: core Making The Leap; the UK Social Mobility Awards; the Social Mobility Podcast and our brand new initiative Black Charity Leaders. Your remit would be directly with the first three strands and those in your team will offer support to the fourth.

Location - Kensal Green, London

Due to Covid-19 and the current situation, the role is temporarily home-based.

The Role

The Director of Strategy and Performance will lead a new directorate and have responsibility for four areas within the organisation: Innovation, Impact, Communications and Policy. They will be contributing to, implementing and monitoring delivery of the organisation’s strategic plan. The candidate will also be responsible for generating income that will cover the costs of their directorate.



  • Lead a digital transformation in the existing operation; including, but not limited to, the introduction of a user-friendly CRM system to collect, view, share and analyse information easily
  • Identify and facilitate the creation of new programmes and initiatives
  • Identify new sources of income for the charity
  • Develop new partnerships that benefit Making The Leap and allow us to further our ambitions


  • Review the organisation’s performance methodologies and, where appropriate, identify and adopt new ones to better measure the effectiveness, outcomes, and impact of the organisation’s work
  • Responsible for the collection, management, analysis and synthesis of impact data, past and present in order to produce key insights to inform multiple audiences
  • Maintain, facilitate and enable the development of (further) best practice across Making The Leap
  • Contribute to the evaluation of impact strategies
  • Oversee the production of an annual evaluation/impact report
  • Build and maintain effective external relations to promote the ideas of Making The Leap and increase the organisation’s influence and reach to relevant audiences


  • Oversee consistent communications and promotions across all the organisation’s programmes
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for all the organisation’s strands


  • Oversee policy and research that supports the aims and the different strands of the organisation’s activities
  • Research and develop new advocacy initiatives


  • Contributing to, implementing and monitoring delivery of the organisation’s strategic plan
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relations with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Coach, develop and line-manage a high-performance team including the Head of Policy and Head of Marketing & Communications
  • Represent the organisation at all times, including in stakeholder meetings and speaking events


Experience of:

  • At least five years senior level experience of leading a function
  • A track record of leading a high performing and impactful team
  • Contributing to, implementing and monitoring the organisational strategy
  • Identifying and enacting opportunities to grow income from a variety of sources
  • Developing relationships and engagement with senior level stakeholders
  • Identifying and delivering areas for changes, both internally and externally
  • Successfully working with CRM, web-based software and processes

Skills and knowledge:

  • A good understanding and experience of social mobility, charity and race equity
  • Able to advocate for and deliver effective policy change
  • Excellent verbal and written communicator; able to synthesise wide-ranging ideas and recommendations
  • Lead and manage a team to deliver across their full remit and build knowledge in key areas,
  • Able to create a culture of accountability, collaboration and empowerment
  • Excellent organisation and project management skills

Personal attributes:

  • Willingness to join the organisation’s shared soul
  • Passionate about enabling social change and supporting young people to achieve the best from life
  • A purpose-driven mindset and commitment to an ethical approach
  • Proactive, self-starter with the energy and drive to identify and deliver areas for change
  • Professional, approachable and compassionate
  • A flexible attitude with a curious mindset and ability to keep learning
  • A problem-solver, able to solve and engage in long-term, strategic thinking and organisational planning

Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Nest Pension Scheme: 8% contribution (5% non-contributory)

If you wish to be considered, please apply via CharityJob with your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this position and why you want to work for Making The Leap. The covering letter is your opportunity to talk yourself into an interview: please use it.

*Please note: Any application that does not include a covering letter will not be considered.

Dependent on the prevailing Government advice, if possible the interviews may take place in person.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

More about Making The Leap
Making The Leap

Making The Leap is a well-established social mobility charity committed to helping young people realise their full potential.  We have hel... Read more

Posted on: 13 January 2021
Closing date: 15 February 2021
Job ref: Director S&P
Tags: Senior Management

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