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Partnerships Manager – Maternity Cover
1 year contract 
Location: North East and Yorkshire

About Governors for Schools

We’re a national education charity with the ambition of making sure every school in England has excellent governance which drives improved outcomes for all children and young people. Since 1999, we’ve been connecting skilled and committed volunteers with schools and academies in need of governors. By finding and supporting a diverse and talented network of governors, we help to drive systematic change in how schools are run. We’ve placed over 10,000 governors in the last 5 years and we’ve got ambitious plans to develop our services, expand our work with key partners, and support more schools with excellent governance. 

About the role

We’re looking for someone to join our team as Partnerships Manager, working from home based in the North East of England. You’ll help schools to access skilled and committed volunteers to help raise standards and give children the best start in life. You’ll manage the volunteering process for skilled individuals and have the autonomy to manage your own area, meeting recruitment and placement targets.

You’ll provide outstanding customer service to our existing partners and undertake business development in your region to support new relationships with corporate partners, universities and similar.

You’ll report into the Senior Partnerships Manager and work with the North team to plan ways of reaching volunteers through partnerships, social media and events.

Each day you’ll be:

- Supporting volunteers through the school governor appointment process, from application to placement
- Providing schools with suitable volunteers, including recruiting volunteers for specific vacancies
- Maintaining and developing relationships with local authority and academy trust governor services departments to place volunteers and engage schools
- Using a variety of communication channels to promote Governors for Schools services to schools and volunteers in your area
- Co-ordinating and taking active involvement in recruitment campaigns with the wider team, developing innovative and cost-effective approaches through social media and events
- Increasing the efficiency of the placement process
- Using our CRM system to ensure volunteer, school and company records are up to date
After a few months in the role, you’ll:

- Manage relationships with existing business and university partners
- Account manage up to 10 existing partners, providing frequent communication
- Deliver volunteer-focused presentations to partner employees, both in person and online
- Carry out business development, encouraging businesses to include school governance as part of their CSR strategy and as a CPD opportunity

About you

While you’ll be primarily working from home, you’ll also be out and about meeting both new and existing partners, attending events, and thinking of new ways to engage schools, volunteers and corporate partners. You’ll have a passion for education and be able to consistently demonstrate our values:


- Attention to detail and a desire to continually improve by seeking and using feedback
- A ‘can do’ attitude and sense of pride in delivering high-quality work at all times


- Know when to challenge assumptions and suggest better approaches
- Question actions inconsistent with our values


- Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact at all levels and build solid working relationships
- Willingness to support the wider team outside areas of your specific job role


- Excellent organisational skills with the ability to take initiative and find creative and effective ways to get things done

You should apply if:


- You’re passionate about improving educational standards
- You’re self-motivated and experienced working autonomously, prioritising your own workload
- You have experience of developing wider partnerships, and are comfortable talking to and working with people of varying degrees of seniority
- You have proven success in delivering and implementing bespoke client solutions
- You have experience using a CRM system
- You are based in the North East of England, ideally close to Newcastle or Durham

- You have experience establishing and managing corporate partnerships
- You have experience of supporting volunteers through an application process
- You’re comfortable delivering presentations
- You have proven experience of working to targets
- You have experience as a school governor
- You’re used to working from home

Salary and benefits

- From £24,000 p/a dependent upon experience
- Flexible working arrangements
- 25 days’ holiday + bank holidays
- Membership with GoSweat, a fitness and wellness benefit

We’ll be reviewing applicants on an ongoing basis so early application is encouraged. Flexible working arrangements will be considered.

We are working to a start date of mid-July, dependent upon restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

To apply for the role of Partnerships Manager, please apply via the button shown. 

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. 

Additional Keywords: Partnerships Manager, School Partnerships Manager, Partnerships Executive, Account Manager, Education Project Officer, Education Programme Officer, Education Governance Co-ordinator, Relationships Manager, Education.
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Posted on: 29 May 2020
Closing date: 26 June 2020
Job ref: HKWIV1007/PK-RD-CC
Tags: Business Development
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