Partnerships Officer

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About the role

As Forward Action’s Partnerships Officer, you will help more progressive organisations use digital mobilisation to drive real-world change.

You’ll run the day-to-day operations of our partnerships programme, acting as the primary point of contact for prospective partners and laying the foundations for a genuinely collaborative and impactful partnership (which is why we call them partners, not clients). You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills in relationship building by meeting prospective partners and communicating Forward Action’s vision for how mobilisation can help them change the world for the better.

This is a permanent role working 4 or 5 days a week – it’s up to you.

We actively encourage applicants from communities that experience discrimination – for example, on the basis of race, disability, socio-economic status or gender identity – to apply for this role.

Applications close on 29th May 2022. To apply for this job, please complete this form

Who we are

At Forward Action, we partner with progressive causes to deliver digital mobilisation programmes that drive change.

From Refuge to Greenpeace UK, progressive organisations are using digital mobilisation to activate hundreds of thousands of campaigners and raise millions of pounds online. Forward Action believes that a digital mobilisation model – where organisations use digital channels to drive thousands of supporters to take advocacy, fundraising and volunteering actions – can revolutionise campaigning and fundraising in the NGO sector. However, its potential is still largely untapped in the UK. By helping progressive organisations build digital mobilisation programmes, we aim to unlock that potential.

You can read more about who we are on the “Jobs” section of our website.

What you’ll do as part of our team

  • Run the day-to-day operation of our partnerships programme
      • Be the primary point of contact for prospective partners over email, from their first interaction with us through to the point we start working together
      • Research and identify potential partners
      • Identify and organise opportunities for our partnerships team to share advice and learnings with both current and prospective partners
      • Run our setup process, ensuring we’re completing all the administrative setup work needed for each new project
      • Assist with quoting and, occasionally, proposal writing for smaller projects
  • Develop your skills in building relationships with prospective partners
      • Attend sector events to network and make connections with potential partners
      • Join calls with our Partnerships Director and new prospective partners to discuss how Forward Action can help them hit their goals
      • As a development opportunity in the role, you will act as the new partnership lead on some projects, building relationships and leading on the response to briefs.

Benefits and location

Pro Rata Salary: £32,536 if you live inside London, £29,050 (plus £3,000 travel expense allowance) if you live outside London.

Contract Term: This is a permanent contract, working 4 or 5 days a week – it’s up to you.

Location:  You can work remotely from anywhere in the UK or use our office in Hackney, London. You will need to be able to come to London once or twice a month for in-person meetings, otherwise most of our meetings are held via video conferencing and all our workflow is built to be remote-first.

Other benefits and policies: We also offer 25 days’ holiday per year (pro rata), a generous parental leave policy and a focus on good work-life balance.

You can read more about our working culture and job benefits – including period policy and sustainable travel allowance – on the “Jobs” section of our website

Abilities and experience you’ll need to have

  • Experience of account management or equivalent relationship-based roles in a fundraising, events, sales or marketing environment
  • Excellent organisation and attention-to-detail
  • Being comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • A positive, problem-solving attitude
  • Dedication to helping build a fairer, more progressive society
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • A proactive self-starter who is able to take the initiative in your work

Abilities and experience that are nice to have

  • Experience working in the charity or NGO sector
  • Experience of digital mobilisation, campaigning or fundraising
  • Experience working at an agency
  • Experience of proposal writing
  • Experience of presenting at pitches or internal meetings

 

We also love a quick learner. We don’t expect you to know or have done everything when you start – we’ll be looking for you to pick up new skills and knowledge quickly, then run with them.

How to apply

To apply for this job, please complete this form

To ensure our hiring process is as fair as possible, we run an anonymised application procedure. So please remove your name and contact information from your CV before uploading it, and only enter these details in the online form. 

Applications close on 29th May 2022.

If you’re shortlisted for the role, you’ll be asked to complete a 90-minute task from home in the week of 6th June. A small number of candidates will then be invited to interview either in person or via video call the week of 20th June.

Questions? 

If you’re unclear about anything to do with the role, you can contact our team on hiring@forwardaction.uk