Edinburgh
£38,250-£45,000 pa + excellent benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children and fights child poverty? Join us as Senior Partnership and Practice Manager to lead a portfolio of partnerships and projects to find new ways to reduce the impact of poverty on families and on children in early childhood in Scotland.

At Save the Children we believe every child has the right their basic needs being met, and to receive love, encouragement and help which enables them to reach their full potential. But poverty – families not having enough money to live on – prevents this from being a reality for more than 1 in 4 children in Scotland every year.

Not having enough money brings stress and anxiety for parents and children. Poverty can mean not getting to enjoy the same carefree, fun, joyous childhoods as others, and can create barriers for children to reach their full potential. The link between poverty, low income and children’s development in early childhood is deep and stubborn. We want to share learning and find new ways to break that link and support children and families.

Our vision is a society free of poverty, where every child grows up in a family with enough money to live with dignity; that cherishes childhoods and supports every child to reach their full potential; and where every child is empowered to shape the world around them in communities, policy making and services.

No one organisation can tackle a problem of this scale alone. That’s why we work with many others – including children, young people, parents, partners, community groups, schools and local organisations working with families – to fight for families to have the money they need and reduce the harm that poverty and inequality causes to children.

This role is in the Scotland team which is part of the UK Impact department. Our work in Scotland is focussed on reducing the number of children growing up in poverty and working to reduce the impact of poverty on children’s development in early childhood. This is a varied role, which will involve helping oversee the delivery of our strategy in Scotland, collaborating with others within and outside of our organisation, developing new and innovative partnerships and supporting and developing a small team.

As Senior Partnership and Practice Manager (Poverty and Early Years) you will create and oversee a portfolio of projects and partnerships that generate insight, learning and evidence on reducing the impact of poverty on children’s development in the early years and use this to influence policy and practice change. You will identify opportunities to develop new practice development projects and share learning across networks, forge new and innovative strategic partnerships and networks based on your understanding of the landscape we’re operating in and your working knowledge of early childhood development and supporting families.  You will ensure children, young people and families are empowered to work with us to deliver this work. You will support and develop a small team to achieve our goals.

In addition, you will

  • Work with fundraising colleagues to develop funding proposals, build relationships with funders and oversee delivery of funding commitments
  • Put the safety and wellbeing of children and young people first and ensure work is delivering in line with agreed legal, regulatory, quality and ethical requirements and standards
  • Be positive, resilient, a strong team player with an empowering and collaborative leadership style and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have outstanding communication skills with the ability to synthesise information for a range of audiences

To be successful you will be committed to improving the lives of children and families and have experience of engaging children, young people and families and supporting them to share their experiences, and of co-developing approaches with them. You’ll have demonstrable experience of developing and overseeing a range of projects and programmes and identifying and sustaining strategic relationships and partnerships. You’ll have a working knowledge and understanding and practical experience of the policy and practice landscape. You’ll have excellent interpersonal skills, strong emotional intelligence and experience of empowering and setting direction for a small team. You’ll bring a learning and innovation mindset to your work.

As a large organisation with a competitive interview process, we know it can be daunting. We are here to help you through the process and support you to do your best, and are really interested in hearing from people with a range of transferable skills and experiences.  

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure. 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

If you share our belief in the power of children, join the fight. It takes relentless determination, creativity, and a commitment to real change. Because every child should be able to make their mark on their world and help to build a better future. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Closing date: 17th August 2021. Interviews: 26th and 27th August 2021.

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Posted on: 23 July 2021
Closed date: 17 August 2021
Job ref: 5492
Tags: Management, Project Management