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Partnership Manager at The Platform Project

The Platform Project is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to create a generation of employable young entrepreneurs by helping young people thrive through experiencing young enterprise as an everyday way of life. Everything that we do holds this mission at its heart, so all of the roles that we have, whether employed, voluntary or associate, are focused on achieving this goal. This role description and accountability profile has been provided to help provide some clarity around how the below role can contribute towards that aim, but as the organisation grows, we aim for the roles and the people in them to evolve with us, so this document is to be used for general guidance only.

Role Name: Partnership Manager
Hours: 16 hours per week / 0.43 FTE
– Flexible hours
– Mainly office based with some client site travel required and some home working available
– 10 months fixed term contract on a zero hours contract with the hope for the role to become permanent after 10-12 months.
Salary: £15 per hour (PAYE)
– £10,400 pro rata for 16hrs pw over 10 months contract
– FTE salary for 37.5hrs pw is £30,000pa (for comparative purposes)
Annual Leave: FTE 5.6 weeks paid leave (including Bank Holidays)
Reporting To: The Managing Director

Core Purpose & Key Activities:
The core purpose of this role is to help us develop meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with local companies, freelancers and community stakeholders so that we are able to broker employability and development opportunities for our interns. The key areas of accountability will include:

1) Stakeholder Engagement

  • Proactively making contact with external stakeholders to raise awareness of our organisation and the work we do, including attending networking meetings and delivering presentations at events.
  • Establishing and developing relationships with local organisations, freelancers and community stakeholders who could become partners to help us deliver our employability services, including the identification of new partners that will match a sector / skills gap in our network.
  • Proactively building and nurturing close relationships with our network of partners, understanding their needs and ways of working so that we can identify win:win opportunities to work together, including skills-swaps where some of their staff assist in the delivery of our employability sessions.
  • Working with the management team to understand and propose current and forthcoming projects / services that align with and leverage the support of our community partners.
  • Issue and manager partnership agreements and placement paperwork to help manage mutual expectations.

2) Broker Employability Opportunities

  • Develop relationships with partners so that they understand and buy into our employability development mission and offer various opportunities for work shadowing, work experience placements, skills-swap volunteering, and possible project based support as appropriate.
  • Be the ‘go to’ person for all partner network enquiries, representing our mission and brand consistently, whilst ensuring all communications and actions are input into our information systems.
  • Work with colleagues in the mentoring and intern development team to identify current partnerships / source new partnerships that could provide developmental placements for our interns in line with their career interests.
  • Act as the main point of contact to manage intern placements, ensuring that both the partner and the intern are experiencing a constructive win:win placement.
Essential Desirable
Interested in developing innovative solutions that help young people thrive
A forward thinking, ‘can-do’ mentality that looks for creative win:win ways to develop solutions
A proven track record in account management, customer engagement, retention and growth.
Strong commercial acumen, with a good understanding of business needs, challenges and ways of working
Self-motivated and organised with strong diary management skills, able to manage multiple “clients”
Experience in working with young people directly
Approachable and down-to-earth, able to work with a range of different people
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to quickly build rapport and deliver compelling messages.
Strong stakeholder relationship management skills and the ability to create genuine, personable connections.
Passionate about supporting organisations with a social impact

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To apply please email your CV and application form to no later than 5pm Friday 19th March 2021