Head of partnerships and fundraising

Role: Head of partnerships and fundraising 

Salary: 40k

Contract: 12 months fixed term with plans to extend

Reports to: CEO

Hello! We’re InnovateHer. We are on a mission: To get girls ready for the tech industry and the industry ready for girls. 

We run three strands of activity to help us achieve this – our award-winning educational programmes for girls, our industry membership network and campaigning to raise awareness on a national level. 

We’re seeking a Head of Partnerships and fundraising to manage and develop strategic relationships with our corporate partnership network and to support the CEO with attaining business development targets and fundraising activities. This is an exciting time to join our social enterprise as we scale, in a brand new leadership role.

We are interested in identifying someone with the creative vision, ambition and relational skills required to build on the strengths of the organisation’s partnerships to date and leverage our key relationships with some of the world’s most well-known brands and funders.

Our corporate partners are vital to the success of InnovateHer as they provide finance and support to enable us to offer educational programmes to teens for free. We need the successful candidate to bring a wealth of experience relating to key account management, as well as an understanding of pitching and business development. You will have a track record of writing successful funding bids and creating powerful partnerships, be passionate about supporting young people and thrive working in a dynamic and ambitious creative organisation.

You can read more about our partner offering here

What you’ll do:

Partnership management and services:

  • Create an overarching partnerships strategy to assist with management of key relationships and allocation of resources.
  • Manage strategic relationships with our corporate partner network, including liaising with senior people at large organisations such as Sony, Very Group, BAE systems and Coop.
  • Take responsibility for leading and delivering a suite of services for corporate partners, with an emphasis on Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Education. Managing external suppliers where appropriate, such as speakers.
  • Provide Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultancy services to our higher tier members as required, or identify an external subject matter expert from our network to assist.
  • Build a knowledge base of materials relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Manage the onboarding of new partners, working with the CEO and our Partnerships Coordinator to streamline the process.
  • Identify collaboration opportunities to enhance and nurture network peer-to-peer relationships. 
  • Work in partnership with the Operations Manager to ensure financial and legal aspects of partnership activities are carried out.
  • Work with the Product Manager to embed all successful projects within delivery teams in a clear and efficient manner in line with partner expectations.

Fundraising and Business Development:

  • Develop and evolve the suite of additional services we offer to corporate partners including consultancy, events and workshops, based on feedback from the partner network. Upsell services to existing partners where possible.
  • Work with the CEO to scale the corporate partner network, including identifying potential companies to approach and contributing to online strategies utilising tools such as LinkedIn and Twitter. 
  • Think creatively about other sources of revenue creation and income growth to build on the work of the organisation and create a business development strategy.
  • Provide support to the CEO on pitch processes and documentation. 
  • Seek out innovative new partnerships, such as content partnerships, charity partnerships, consultants and networks which will enhance the reputation of the company and add value to the offering.
  • Work alongside the CEO on the development of the fundraising strategy in line with a changing external landscape and lead on writing fundraising bids.

Marketing:

  • Maximise publicity relating to the impact we create through the network and our partner news, working with our external PR agency and internal marketing function.
  • Work closely with our Marketing manager, to ensure that communications to partners are timely, relevant and in our tone of voice.
  • Lead on writing and collating partnership case studies and impact evidence for our annual social impact report.
  • Be a representative of InnovateHer, taking part in events as a public speaker.

Leadership:

  • Manage the Partnership Coordinator role and other positions as the team grows.
  • Contribute to the wider management of the organisation, ensuring collaboration with key functions eg. marketing, operations, product.
  • Produce regular update reports for the Leadership Team, Advisory board and others as required on the activities and status of business development across the organisation.  
  • Set KPI’s and monitor the impact we create, contributing to our social impact reporting. 
  • Maintain and analyse partnership engagement data, making recommendations on improvements.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of financial targets and progress, liaising with the Finance Manager.
  • Work closely with the Leadership Team in the development of Organisational Strategy and Business Plans.
  • Represent the organisation externally as required.

About you 

You enjoy building and managing relationships with people and can flex your communication style according to the scenario. You will have excellent communication and influencing skills, including the ability to write persuasive and engaging content. You will be adept at gathering and analysing feedback in order to continuously improve. You will be confident in advising senior leaders on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and passionate about social change. You can manage conflict when it arises, and manage partner expectations effectively.

You love collaborating and acquiring new knowledge relating to community building and E, D&I to input into your work. You can spot opportunities to grow revenue within our existing network and come up with creative ways to pitch them. You will have a track record in fundraising and developing and sustaining partnerships, ideally in the third sector, and knowledge of how to build financial sustainability into a fast-growing organisation. You will have knowledge of budget and financial management, including setting, monitoring and reporting. You will be a highly organised people person and will be responsible for line managing the Partnerships and Content Coordinator. 

We’re also looking for someone who is passionate about our mission and is creative, flexible, and determined.

If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you!

Location:

We are a remote-first organisation, which means that you can work from home or any location in the UK. We have an office based in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. This space can be used for collaboration or as a base to work from if working from home full time isn’t for you. Once a quarter we’ll ask you to meet with the rest of the team face to face for our planning and strategy days. 

What we offer:

The salary for this role is £40,000 per annum.

We provide a laptop and all the kit and equipment you’ll need to work remotely.

Option of working compressed hours, 4 days per week (many of us, including our directors, work this way!)

What else you’ll get from us:

Our team work hard to make a difference to people’s lives, particularly the young people we work with. In return, we are proud to provide our team with a wide range of benefits, including flexible working and a generous annual leave package, which contributes to maintaining a strong work-life balance. 

Benefits include:

  • Remote working with the option to collaborate in the office base.
  • Flexible working hours – we are an output-driven organisation and we operate on trust.
  • 25 days annual leave (excluding bank holidays), birthday off, plus 2 weeks shut down at Christmas.
  • Access to our feminist book library!
  • A supportive team environment with an open culture.
  • £500 personal training budget and extra budgets for full team development across the year. 
  • £350 home equipment contribution every 2 years. 

We have committed to enhancing our company policies with the whole team over the next 5 years. Each year 1-2 policies will be enhanced, starting with Parental leave.

Equal Opportunities 

InnovateHer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

All InnovateHer employees will undergo an enhanced DBS check because we work closely with young people. Having a criminal record will not necessarily stop you from being an employee at InnovateHer. However, any information contained on your Disclosure certificate would require further consideration before a recruitment decision could be made. All such cases are fully and fairly considered before a final decision is reached and InnovateHer would normally provide you with the opportunity to discuss, in person, the circumstances of any information revealed.

Timeline 

First stage: CV and application form

Deadline for applications: Sunday 12th December 23.59pm

Second stage: Task presented on zoom – 30 minutes
Held on: 7th January

Final stage: Panel interview and open questions on zoom – 45 minutes
Held on: 11th of January

Notification of decision: w/c 17th January

Start date: Dependent on notice period

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