London, Greater London
£62,000 per year
Temporary, 8 months (Expected start date: April 2022), Full-time
Job description


We defend, define and change the law to protect the  environment, uphold democracy and ensure no one is left behind.  

Director of Partnerships (Maternity leave cover)

Deadline for applications: 11pm 7 January 2022

About Good Law Project  

Good Law Project’s mission is to achieve change through the law. We  defend, define and change the law to protect the environment, uphold  democracy and ensure no one is left behind. We hold government and others  to account through challenges in the courts, or through campaigning for  positive change.  

We are a small and young organisation, but we have been expanding  quickly, with increasingly prominent and successful legal cases: we had a  primary role in overturning the prorogation of Parliament 21 months ago and have more recently been shining a bright light on the government’s  award of PPE contracts and jobs to their friends and associates. We raise  funds directly from the public for our work in the public interest, and  operate on a not for profit basis. We are brave, honest and decisive – those are Good Law Project’s values. We recognise the value of our employees, individually and collectively.  We entrust our commitment and investment in their welfare. Together, we can make a change.


See our website for more about what we do

We are now looking for maternity cover for our Director of Partnerships.

The full job description, personal specification, Good Law Project values and structure chart is located at the end of this job pack.

You will report to our Executive Director. You can see how the role fits into the current Good Law Project team at the end of this job pack. 

Salary: £62,000 per annum pro rata with generous benefits including enhanced pension contribution, 25 days annual holidays plus public holidays 

Hours: 35 per week over 5 days 

Contract type: fixed term - 8 month maternity cover.  Expected start date: April 2022

The role is advertised as “full-time” however we would be willing to consider flexible options including part time hours. We may be prepared to consider a self- employed consultancy agreement in certain circumstances or a secondment arrangement.


Location: Working in central  London with some flexibility to work from home. Ideally, you should be within reasonable travelling distance of Good Law Project’s London  office.The London office will be your contractual place of work. 


About the role


Good Law Project is a not for profit that uses the law for a better world.  

We are looking for someone who can imagine a future in which discrete  communities cohere around what they have in common and who also has  the skills to bring that world closer. 

We want to extend our reach in civil society through forming, strengthening  and diversifying partnerships and collaborations, all in service of our mission  of using the law for a better world.  

We envisage partnering with organisations who work with communities or on  issues in which we have a shared interest, who have particular operational  strengths Good Law Project lacks, or who deliver functions Good Law  Project would like to promote, including in particular around how the law can  be used to catalyse the desire for a better world. 

The successful applicant will be an experienced and trusted senior  manager, likely in the NGO sector, with a proven track record of managing  and delivering ambitious projects. 


How to apply: Please send us one 3-page document consisting of:

  • your CV (max one page) 

  • your covering letter of no more than two pages outlining:

    • why you are interested in the role

    • how you meet the requirements

    • what motivates you to work at Good Law Project

    • how your skills and experience would make you a suitable candidate for this role

    • include details of two referees

    • Your availability on 19th January 2022


We ask all candidates to send their 3-page document to to the email address shown in the job pack, located on our website using the subject heading, “Director of Partnerships Maternity Cover".  The deadline for application is 11pm 7 January 2022.


Interview details: We intend to hold interviews for short-listed candidates via Zoom on 19 January 2022. If you cannot make this date, please let us know in your covering letter. It’s important that you check your junk mail for emails from Good Law Project as well as your main inbox


Encouragement of equal opportunity: We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and do not  discriminate on the basis of age, disability (physical or learning), LGBT or  relationship status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or  social class. We particularly welcome applications from BAME candidates  and/or those with lived experience of disadvantage.  


Reasonable Adjustments: If there are any reasonable adjustments we could make to help you with the application process please email address shown in the job pack, located on our website


Good Law Project  

Job Description and Person Specification 



Job title: Director of Partnerships - Maternity Cover

Job Purpose: The overall aim of this role is to extend Good Law Project’s reach by developing and implementing partnerships with organisations which are aligned to and have a shared interest in the values and strategy of Good Law Project. 

The post-holder will work with the Good Law Project senior team, Board and external advisors to create an environment in which progressive civil society aligns to deliver functions that Good Law Project would like to foster to enhance our operational strengths and expertise. This includes the development of legal models that promote community involvement and engagement. This work will all be in service of a mission which uses  the law for a better world.  

Reports to: Executive Director of Good Law Project (line manager). 

Responsible for: Line management of a small team (when recruited).

Duties and key responsibilities 

  • Work with other members of the senior management team to implement Good Law Project strategy in this space, including: 

  • Scanning civil society to identify gaps and opportunities in line with Good  Law Project’s interests and mission, and identifying other organisations with whom Good Law Project could develop mutually beneficial relationships

  • Supporting models of collaboration and articulating the circumstances in  which they would be effective

  • Sharing Good Law Project’s offer to and expectations of potential partners

  • Working with the senior management team to develop and adapt Good Law Project’s organisational functions and processes in order to be able to deliver on that offer effectively

  • Manage and develop staff as required  

  • Consult with and report regularly on progress as required  

  • Scope and initiate discussions, and ongoing close liaison, with external civil society actors/groups, in keeping with the models and approaches defined  above, and start to build a network of actual and potential partners and collaborators for Good Law Project 

  • Undertake the above in full collaboration with other teams in Good Law Project  and in compliance with relevant company policies 

  • Contribute to the development of future business plans. 

Person Specification – Director of Partnerships - Maternity Cover


  • An experienced and trusted leader, likely in the NGO sector 

  • Experience of delivering positive outcomes through partnership working

  • Familiarity with the dynamics of different models for collaboration

  • Familiarity with and interest in different social enterprise models  

  • A proven track record of managing and delivering ambitious projects 

Skills and Abilities 

  • The ability to  articulate and share a vision in a way that resonates  with others.  

  • Ability to practically realise a business vision, at pace where  necessary, taking others with you and overcoming obstacles creatively within an  ethical framework 

  • Proven ability to innovate and offer creative thought and solutions to a broad  spectrum of issues 

  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with trust and openness

  • Strong leadership and people management skills 

  • Self-motivated with ability to work unsupervised, but can also work cooperatively and flexibly as part of a team 

  • Commitment to a high standard of professional behaviours, including collaboration, honesty and integrity 

  • Flexibility and adaptability in your attitude and approach to work, with a  willingness to ‘muck in’ and support the team with whatever might arise, working  towards a common objective 

  • Strong spoken and written communication skills which engage clients, staff and  stakeholders, encouraging understanding and participation; capable of clear and  effective communication face to face, in writing and over the telephone/ Zoom 

  • Self-confident and able to take initiative in areas of responsibility but also to work  effectively within a formal governance structure 

  • Ability to manage multiple demands while consistently meeting reporting  deadlines 

  • Strong interpersonal skills e.g. approachable and able to demonstrate empathy  while being clear about boundaries and organisational requirements

  • Ability to problem-solve difficult situations and deal with them calmly and  effectively 

  • Accurate and thorough, with attention to detail 



  • In depth knowledge and understanding of UK civil society 

  • Expertise in the governance and management of NGOs, including their legal and  financial contexts and parameters 

  • Understanding of strategy development in complex stakeholder environments Knowledge of project management methodologies 

  • Familiarity with GDPR, general data protection and confidentiality 


Other Requirements


  • Commitment to the core values and ethos of Good Law Project

  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities and an ability  to apply awareness of diversity issues to all areas of work 

  • Commitment to a high standard of professional behaviours, including  collaboration, honesty and integrity. 

  • Interested and motivated to further your own skills and knowledge.




  • We are brave and bold 

  • We are fearless of those we take on and the issues we confront

  • We challenge injustice where we see it, even if the odds are stacked against us 

  • We take strategic risks and are open to the possibility of failure

  • We challenge each other when it’s in the best interests of Good Law Project, even if it’s uncomfortable 

  • As employees we step into more responsibility outside of our  comfort zone


● We are honest, open and trustworthy 

● We default to transparency both internally and externally 

● We proactively share information 

● We hold our hands up if we get something wrong 

● We are candid about our successes and about our failures. 


● We are decisive, nimble and responsive 

● We are responsive to the changing world 

● We take decisive action to turn ideas into reality 

● As individuals, we are flexible to the needs of the organisation 

We balance processes and outcomes, recognising that good processes are more likely to deliver good outcomes 





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