EC4A, London (Hybrid)
£32,000 - £37,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Partnerships Manager

Purpose: The Education and Employers charity’s flagship programme Inspiring the Future connects tens of thousands of volunteers from the world of work to state schools across the country to inspire the next generation. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead on managing relationships with our major charity partnerships including Bank of America, Health Education England (NHS Ambassadors) and Maritime UK.               

Reports to: Director of Operations & Programmes

Location: We have a central London office but are open to flexibility on location / hybrid working provided the successful applicant can attend London offices once or twice a week.

Remuneration: £32k - £37k (depending on experience) 

Additional Terms: Excellent package including 30 days paid holiday, exclusive of Statutory Holiday; competitive pension scheme; a staff volunteering allowance of up to 5 days; additional family friendly benefits including enhancements to Statutory Payments; and training and development opportunities. More details here

Appointment Terms: Permanent – Full time. 


About Education and Employers/ Inspiring the Future

Education and Employers is a UK-based charity launched in 2009 which aims to “provide young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential”. The charity believes that every young person in our country, wherever they live, whatever their parents or carers’ circumstances, should have the chance to meet a diverse range of volunteers, hear first-hand about jobs and the world of work and be aware of range of opportunities open to them in their future lives.

Underpinning the charity’s work are our values: Inspiring, Inclusive, Innovative, Impactful, Integrity

The charity runs the programme Inspiring the Future (and Primary Futures for primary schools) connecting state schools to a diverse range of volunteers from the world of work for both in-person and virtual activities. Inspiring the Future is internationally recognised and works with a range of partners from central and local government to FTSE 100 companies and entrepreneurs. It has been featured on ITV, BBC, OECD the World Economic Forum. We also run Inspiring Governance the free governor recruitment and support service. This Department for Education funded service aims to get highly skilled volunteers to serve as governors in some of the most disadvantaged schools in England and in so doing help raise educational achievement.


The role

Working closely with the senior management team and colleagues across the organisation, the successful candidate will be leading on the account management of our major employer partnerships. Key partnerships with employers and professional associations from across the world of work are integral to the work we do as an organisation, contributing not only towards our reputation and network but also recruitment of volunteers for our programmes, delivery of campaigns and projects as well as funding.

We are looking for an experienced relationship manager to support our partnerships with Bank of America (BofA), lead corporate supporter of Inspiring the Future, Health Education England (HEE) major funder of the NHS Ambassador programme and other funded partners including Maritime UK, Amazon Web Services, BP and others. The role focuses on supporting the organisations to ensure effective, successful, well-established partnerships and providing a key point of liaison.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop a strong network of contacts within partner organisations including attending their offices as appropriate. They will also work with colleagues in mobilising partner employees to volunteer their time to support students through Inspiring the Future and related programmes, planning and coordination of bespoke employee engagement sessions with groups of students and developing appropriate projects and resources.

This role also provides a fantastic opportunity to develop significant skills both within the not-for-profit and corporate sectors through the partnership work.

Our charity aims to tackle the ingrained stereotypical views that children often have about the jobs people do based on their gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background. As such we are keen to ensure our own workforce is diverse and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for jobs with us.


Key accountabilities

Relationship/Account management

  • Take responsibility for the stewardship of major partners covering any particular projects, initiatives and campaigns as directed, ensuring they receive a positive experience of working with the charity, and have experienced the benefits of a mutually beneficially partnership, all with the aim of extending the relationship including opportunities for fundraising.
  • Successfully deliver the high value corporate partnerships with BofA, HEE, Maritime UK, BP and others. Ensuring that outcomes are appropriately measured and we meet all KPIs agreed.
  • Maintain a strong personal network and high personal visibility across partner organisations to promote Inspiring the Future and Inspiring Governance to maximise employee engagement; acting as the principal point of contact for Inspiring the Future and Inspiring Governance enquiries from employees.
  • Work with each organisation to engage their employees with Inspiring the Future and other programmes including Inspiring Governance
  • Promote the partnership internally within each partner organisation as appropriate, using internal newsletters, video, intranet, direct mailings and case studies to recruit new employee volunteers and celebrate engagement.
  • Working with the Special Events Lead to plan and deliver volunteering opportunities virtually and, as appropriate, in person in sites and schools across the UK. Inviting local school groups to meet volunteers to gain career insights; provide creative opportunities for departments and employee networks.
  • Produce and disseminate guidance, and provide necessary resources, for employees taking part in Inspiring the Future volunteer events including presenting at ‘lunch and learn’ events with employees.
  • Working alongside the Salesforce Manager to regularly conduct reporting for funded partners to measure progress and impact, analysing their volunteer data and school engagement activity and tying this into conversations around decision making/future planning.
  • Working with the Director of Operations and Programmes to produce annual partner reports showcasing the partnership.


Strategic Planning

  • Supporting the development of strategic plans for partnerships to deliver upon the aims of the partnership, ensuring the charity’s Senior Management team are kept up to date with programme and plans to secure funding in the next cycle.
  • Reviewing and enhancing resources and materials for employer engagement.
  • Liaising with the Head of Inspiring Governance Programme - Employer & Volunteer Engagement to ensure that activities are complementary
  • Keep up to date with current corporate issues, sector research and fundraising trends.
  • Support the Business Development Manager in developing new employer bids and pitches and onboarding any new corporate partners.


Line Management

  • Line Management of the Special Events Lead who organises and facilitates showcase activities across partnerships.
  • Fostering a strong team environment including regular meetings, performance development reviews
  • Ensuring appropriate training is delivered for staff necessary for their roles



  • Other ad hoc administrative tasks to support the team as needed


Person specification

Skills/ Knowledge/ Expertise


  • Experience in successful relationship management - of managing multi-stakeholder relationships and programme management. Ability to engage confidently, articulately and sensitively with stakeholders and partners at a range of levels of seniority up to and including board level
  • Excellent, planning, prioritisation, time management, and organisational skills in order to effectively manage multi-faceted projects to agreed timescales, deadlines and budgets
  • Polished presentation skills, adapting to different audiences and opportunities and including the ability to speak to research finding and create effective presentations.
  • Excellent written communication skills. Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Understanding of the corporate social responsibility landscape and knowledge and interest in the education and / or employment sector
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent knowledge and practical application of Microsoft office tools


  • A passion for supporting young people in realising their potential
  • Knowledge of the education and employment sectors including careers support for young people and corporate social responsibility agendas
  • Experience of working in a small team
  • Understanding of risk management and data protection


Personal Attributes

  • Uphold our charity’s values - Inspiring, Inclusive, Innovative, Impactful, Integrity
  • Flexible – responsive to changing operational context and new opportunities
  • Team Player: working collaboratively and flexibly to achieve outcomes and is keen to add value to the organisation’s culture and ethos
  • Able to undertake some occasional work in the evenings and at weekends
  • Able to travel in the UK if required



  • Able to undertake some occasional work in the evenings and at weekends
  • Able to travel in the UK if required


Application process

The Education and Employers charity values having a diverse workforce.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. We offer a range of inclusive employment and family friendly policies as well as flexible working arrangements in order to support staff from different backgrounds. 

The closing date for applications is 9pm on Sunday 17th July 2022.  Interviews will take place online in the week beginning 25th July. 

Please note we will only consider applications with both a CV and covering letter and applications will only be accepted from those with the right to work in the UK with a valid passport/visa. 

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be considered under any circumstances. 

The Charity is fully committed to safeguarding those in our care. We plan our recruitment processes to ensure effective timelines for any required vetting processes such as enhanced DBS, qualification, reference and identity checks. The Charity also ensures that each staff member is appropriately trained for their duties with a comprehensive induction process on commencement. 

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Refreshed on: 08 July 2022
Closed date: 17 July 2022 at 09:00
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