United Kingdom
£45,000 - £65,000 per year
Contract, Part-time, Full-time
Job description


  • Manage our projects - be the day to day lead on all our projects, driving them forward, liaising with our partners and ensuring we exceed expectations. You’ll also work with our finance team (who will support you with tracking time/costs involved in projects, invoicing)
  • Core support for our Partnerships Director (Becky Rea) - be Becky’s right hand person, a thought partner and the doer that gets the work done
  • Research and analysis - follow your nose, investigate areas of interest surrounding our partners and their challenges, hold the detail of useful background content to bring nuance to our approach
  • Proposal writing - help write creative and compelling proposals for our partners, listen for the real questions and identify the need, understand if and how we can best support them, hold the responsible leadership lens over everything we do and keep us on track for impact  
  • Managing core relationships - add value as our main point of contact for our partnerships work, liaise with all stakeholders including EAs, our Fellows and senior leadership
  • Workshop delivery - prepare and help deliver workshops and events, this may include playing a facilitation role, preparing supporting materials and post event outputs, and leading event coordination and logistics
  • Keep us looking up and out - look ahead to map our activity, keep your finger on the pulse across the Institute for opportunities to collaborate more deeply with partners


  • Salary: £45-65k, based on experience
  • Type: Our priority is to get the right person – so we could structure it as either a full or part-time role
  • Length: 12 month contract for maternity cover, from early/mid-September 2020


  • Private health insurance with Vitality Pension allowance (5% matched contribution)
  • Lots of opportunities for development
  • Generous holiday allowance – and a sensible approach to flexible working
  • Working for an organisation where we take our values and purpose seriously, and work hard to practice what we ‘preach’
  • An intense but fun working environment, where everyone is enthusiastic about their job (as well as things outside it)


  • Our office is in Clerkenwell – next to Barbican and Farringdon stations
  • Under government guidelines, we are currently working remotely, making extensive use of zoom. We have currently committed to remote working until September, when we will review this based on government advice


  • First round interviews will take place on 9th and 10th July. Let us know if this is a problem
  • You’ll need any relevant Visas/Work Permits


We don’t expect you to have ALL the following but hopefully this gives you a sense of what would enable you to thrive in this role and in our team.


  • Want to help grow our team, not just babysit a role 
  • Are brilliant at building relationships
  • Read the room, listen deeply, and are confident enough to work directly with senior leaders across very different sectors
  • Care deeply about building a better world, and helping large organisations better live their values and ‘walk the talk’
  • Have strong proposal writing skills, ready to turn high level concepts into coherent and compelling proposals
  • Are a natural collaborator, working across our dispersed network of our team, facilitators and Fellows to maximise our impact
  • Are comfortable working to tight deadlines, and thrive under pressure
  • Are adaptable and able to manage competing priorities, flexible enough to manage regularly changing priorities, whilst not losing focus on our longer-term projects
  • Are a completer, a finisher and all over the details, able to to zoom out and see the big picture and then quickly to zoom back in to deliver on time and to a high quality 
  • Have experience of successfully leading change in organisations or wider society and/or leadership development
  • Would love to help grow a successful social enterprise with big ambitions to have a meaningful impact on the world


  • Thrive in a small and highly collaborative team
  • Are energised by diverse opportunities, with no day exactly like the next
  • Enjoy being part of lively debates about the big issues facing society one minute and the lay-out of a room the next
  • Are fascinated by different organisations and sectors, and would enjoy working with some of the UK’s most influential institutions


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Refreshed on: 28 June 2020
Closed date: 06 July 2020
Tags: Project Management, Advocacy