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The CIPD Community Investment team have an opportunity for a Partnership Officer to join them on a permanent basis to lead on driving and implementing successful mentee referral partnerships at both local and national level to support the reach, scale up and quality improvement of the Steps Ahead volunteer mentoring programme. You will drive and account manage funding relationships and related budgets for Steps Ahead as well as run and manage a network of local consultants to support this work.
CIPD’s Steps Ahead mentoring programme offers jobseekers one-to-one mentoring sessions with a Steps Ahead volunteer mentor (all CIPD members) to help them improve their employability skills, boost their confidence and find work.
Key responsibilities -
- Scope, develop and drive beneficial new partnerships to deliver the CIPD’s social action programmes for members. This includes working closely with the Steps Ahead Development Manager and with the Chief Community Officer to identify potential partners, follow-up on leads and monitor effectiveness.
- Develop and implement partnership criteria and deliverables for new and existing partners at national and local level. Develop relevant documentation to support this (i.e. partnership agreements and tracking documents).
- Develop a robust monitoring and evaluation process for projects in scope of the role
- Own and be accountable for the success of delivery partnership. This includes oversight of project management and process to deliver on those partnerships, working very closely with the rest of the team.
- Develop, set up and manage a network of independent consultants that have completed or are in the process of receiving Steps Ahead mentoring support who are tasked with identifying and driving mentee referral partnerships and promotion at local level.
- Account manage funding relationships and related budgets, including scoping new opportunities working closely with the Steps Ahead Development Manager and the Chief Community Officer. Drive and oversee funding bids for Steps Ahead and other social action programmes.
Knowledge, skills & experience -
- A proactive self-starter with demonstrable experience of developing and implementing successful external partnerships, including experience of building and managing relationships. Experience of partnership risk management is essential
- A proven track record in account and project management experience
- Evidence of commercial insight and knowledge and business development (private or third or public sector) will be an advantage
- Experience of managing budgets, financial reporting and tracking project delivery
- Personable and empathetic to the aims of the CIPD’s Steps Ahead volunteer mentoring programme, and the people they aim to engage with and support
- Driven to seek to understand how the programme and the work of the wider Community Investment team supports CIPD strategy. They will be a visible and credible ambassador for CIPD and the Steps Ahead mentoring programme
- An insight into the funding landscape (public as well as Foundations) and experience of writing successful bids would be an advantage
There has never been a more interesting or important time to join us. We offer a friendly and stimulating culture and a wide range of professional development opportunities and benefits such as 28 days’ holiday, free two-course lunch and flexible working hours.
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