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Church Mission Society
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£27,480 to £28,600 per annum depending on experience, and a generous pension scheme contribution
Do you have a passion for Jesus and mission? Are you an excellent administrator with the ability to create order from chaos?
The Wokingham Volunteer Centre
£28,700.00 for 30 hours
Harris Hill Charity Recruitment Specialists
Kings Cross
Ambition Institute
£28,000 per year (plus £3000 London Weighting)
Sported Foundation
£25,000 - £27,000 per year
Lead, shape and deliver external communications, to promote Sported's purpose and connecting our members and volunteers
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Tottenham Hale, Greater London
Whitechapel, Greater London
£50,000 - £60,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

Ada is a ground-breaking college and charity focused on using tech as a tool for social mobility and addressing the diversity and gender gaps in the tech sector.

We have fantastic corporate partners such as Salesforce, King Games, Deloitte, Bank of America and IBM and you would be responsible for these relationships as well as many others. Ada works with partners in a variety of ways from hiring apprentices to volunteering to donating and as Director of External Relations you would be responsible for these partnerships from prospect stage through to stewardship.

We’ve had great success with fundraising, business development and broader stakeholder engagement since opening in September 2016. We are now at an exciting stage of growth as we opened a second campus in 2019 and will open a Manchester campus in 2020. We need your skills and ideas to meet our income targets, manage an increasing portfolio of high-profile relationships and to raise the profile of the college.

We want to shout about the work we are doing and we want you to help us. Your communication skills, your commitment to our mission and your mindset will be vital in helping us grow and will give you the chance to fundamentally impact the diversity and access gaps in the tech sector.

As Director of External Relations you will be responsible for both the high level strategy, including working with the Executive Leadership Team to implement and update the College’s Strategic Plan and, with your team, the daily implementation of:

  • Ada’s fundraising activities including corporate philanthropy, major donors, trusts and foundations and implementing a wider individual giving programme.
  • Business development for our higher and degree level digital apprenticeships
  • Facilitating and managing the extensive volunteering by industry partners in Ada’s sixth form and apprenticeship programme
  • Raising the profile of the college including marketing and communications as well as public speaking and network building
  • Developing, managing and maintaining the College’s online presence including website development and management, PR, e-prospectuses, e-advertising, SEO/SEM, e-forums and similar channels
  • Ensuring the deployment of brand guidelines, including visual identity, imagery and key messages
  • Managing and developing all printed marketing and information materials and displays such as prospectuses, presentations, banners and publications
  • Initiating, leading and managing all market, customer and competitor research on behalf of the College, including developing appropriate feedback channels
  • Defining Ada’s alumni engagement and support strategy

The Director of External Relations also sits on Ada’s Executive Leadership Team and is part of the decision making and direction setting for the college as a whole

About You

Ada is looking for a talented external relations professional with experience of income generation, stakeholder management and communications, who is ready to take the next step in their career as a strategic leader. Working with senior colleagues you will build on the solid partnerships and funding to date and grow our communications activities so that our public profile is worthy of the great things we are doing. Are you:

  • Experienced at building and maintaining strategic partnerships?
  • A great communicator?
  • Skilled at generating income through fundraising and/or business development?
  • Passionate about tech and the opportunities tech can offer to transform lives?
  • A leader with a track record of nurturing high performing teams?

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Income Generation
  • Overall accountability for Ada’s Business Development and Fundraising targets
  • Manage Ada’s existing relationships with business to maintain or increase their contribution to the college through volunteering, apprenticeship programmes and philanthropy
  • Identify and cultivate new partners and stakeholders
  • Steward existing major donors and expand Ada’s major giving programme
  • Write and manage funding applications and impact reporting to corporate donors as well as trusts and foundations.

Profile Raising

  • Define and implement a communications strategy that is integrated across all the distinct parts of the college including the Sixth Form recruitment needs, Apprenticeship recruitment and business development and our social missions.
  • Raise the profile of the College through thought leadership, events, positive press interventions and network building
  • Accountability for Ada’s external communications including social media, newsletters, press releases and website
  • Representing the College at events and meetings, cultivating speaking opportunities and supporting other members of staff and senior leadership to have public engagements
  • Collaborate with colleagues to design and deliver high impact events and activities that benefit our partners and raise the profile of the College and the opportunities for engagement
  • Overseeing and regularly re-evaluating internal and external events including stakeholder receptions, exhibitions, conference appearances and similar
  • Lead on the development of a strategy to build links with College alumni to secure publicity for and loyalty to the College


  • Work with the College’s academic teams to articulate and define volunteering opportunities to share with industry partners.
  • Manage the volunteering process so that all interaction between industry and learners is successfully tracked and safeguarding procedures maintained at all times
  • Working with the Assistant Principal, recruit one on one coaches from Industry partners and individuals for every Ada sixth form student annually.
  • Organise events bringing together Ada’s academic teams and industry to ensure our curriculum and teaching staff remain abreast of industry needs and trends

Other Duties

  • Recruit, support and develop additional team members as the volume of partnerships, donors and communications activities grow
  • Oversee the implementation of Ada’s alumni engagement and support strategy linking it through to wider stakeholder engagement
  • Undertake appropriate professional development to maintain awareness of evolving trends and opportunities for partnerships
  • Play an active role in contributing to Ada’s Executive Leadership Team
  • Undertaking other duties commensurate with the role as directed by the CEO or as delegated by the Chair of the Board.

The right candidate will play a pivotal role in driving the College’s future success and will join at an exciting time in our evolution. We are looking for someone who is engaging, proactive, influential and aligned to our values; someone who will lead change management and who will support and motivate colleagues to be as efficient as possible with their budget, operations and team to drive high performance.

Person Specification

Professional Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level in a relevant discipline or significant compensatory experience
  • Institute of Fundraising and/or digital marketing qualification (desirable not essential)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development

Essential Experience:

  • Proven success in forming, growing and maintaining productive stakeholder relationships
  • Experience of managing multi-faceted partnerships
  • Ability to act entrepreneurially and creatively to cultivate new partnerships that are aligned to the College’s goals and activities
  • A track record of fundraising or eliciting pro bono support
  • Demonstrable written and verbal communications skills
  • Substantial experience of leading and managing a team to deliver high-quality results to deadlines and with conflicting priorities
  • Strong commitment to Ada’s vision and mission; and a strong belief in your capacity to make a positive impact towards them


  • Understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility and its role in business strategy
  • A proven track record of achieving funding through grant applications and individual giving
  • Experience of undertaking high-quality research to identify prospective supporters
  • Experience working in a technology-related field or a passion for technology
  • Event management to a high standard
  • Experience of managing outsourced activities and selecting and managing creative suppliers
  • Familiarity with apprenticeships and the apprenticeship market or the education sector
  • Demonstrable track record of senior leadership in an organisation
  • Experience of marketing planning, positioning strategy and brand management
  • Some knowledge of GDPR laws and compliance
  • Ability to provide advice to senior colleagues on organisation reputational risk and ensure robust crisis management procedures are in place for reputational issues
  • Effective database management
  • Alumni engagement or programme management

Personal Qualities, Aptitudes and Skills:

  • Exceptional relationship building and relationship management skills
  • Exemplary communication skills, including a very high standard of written communication skills and the ability to speak confidently to a range of audiences.
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to assess, prioritise and manage a varied and demanding workload;
  • Commercially minded and strategic
  • Sound judgement and discretion
  • Ability to drive and embed lasting change.

Leadership and Management – the ability to demonstrate:

  • An effective leadership style, aligned to Ada’s values, that inspires confidence in those you lead and encourages others to participate in going above and beyond.
  • Versatility to adapt your leadership style in circumstances where an alternative approach is needed.
  • Strong organisational skills which include the ability to delegate, prioritise and use effective time management.
  • Resilience and motivation to stay positive and focus on key priorities during times of challenge.
  • Effective line management of a range of people – coaching and motivating them to achieve excellent results in their roles.
  • A willingness to work flexibly and if necessary outside of normal working hours.


The successful candidate will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check when appointed to the post.

The postholder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom they come into contact, is to adhere to and ensure compliance with the College’s Safeguarding Policy at all times.

Remuneration and Benefits

Salary: £50-£60k

Selection process: Application; I/Vs with CEO, ELT and Board members.

Hours: Full Time

Holidays: 25 days pro-rata

DBS: All employees undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Pension: Workplace Pension Scheme

Interested parties who seek further information on the role or Ada, are invited to submit a CV, in the first instance, and request a phone call with a member of ELT before submitting a formal application.

Closing date: Monday 16 March, 2020

Start date: June 2020

The job description is designed to outline a range of main duties that may be encountered. It is not designed to be an exhaustive listing of tasks and can be varied in consultation with the post holder in order to reflect changes in the role or needs of the organisation.

Equal opportunities

Ada. National College for Digital Skills recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to its strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the College’s commitment to equality and diversity:

  • To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity;
  • To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential community;
  • To ensure that all employees and prospective employees of the College are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, trans status, socio- economic status or any other irrelevant distinction;
  • To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation; and
  • To promote good relations between individuals from different groups.

Applicants with disabilities

Ada. National College for Digital Skills is keen to increase the number of disabled people it employs. We therefore encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please contact our HR Department.

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Posted on: 24 February 2020
Closing date: 16 March 2020
Tags: Communications, PR,Fundraising

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