Head of Midlands (Partnerships) - Birmingham

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom · Midlands, Partnerships


What are we looking for?

We’re looking for a new leader for our work in the Midlands. The public face of the charity in the region you will head the profile raising, volunteer recruitment and partnership development in the Midlands.

We work with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds to support them to secure places at top universities. We currently work with six schools in Birmingham and the Black Country and three schools in the East Midlands towns of Ashfield, Mansfield and Shirebrook.

Why do we do this? Because at present just 1 in 50 young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds gets into a top university compared to 1 in 4 of their most advantaged peers. If you think that’s unfair and want to change it come and join us.

One to one support by a volunteer tutor is a key component of our successful programme and this is made possible by the partnerships we have with businesses, organisations and universities in the West and East Midlands who recruit volunteer tutors to work with our students. The Head of Midlands is responsible for both stewarding and building those existing partnerships and developing new relationships with businesses and organisations who support our mission.

If you are a resilient self-starter who enjoys creating new opportunities and are skilled in managing your own workload this role offers the chance to really shape and build the next phase of growth for the charity in the Midlands.

About the role

The Head of Midlands is a senior role at The Access Project. They are the figurehead for The Access Project in the Midlands. The public face of the charity in the region, they lead the profile raising, volunteer recruitment and partnership development in the region.

Duties and responsibilities:

Leadership - external

Leadership - internal

Cross-organisation contribution



Income generation

Employee volunteer schemes

University Partnerships


Financial responsibilities


Person Specification

Essential skills, experience and characteristics

Desirable skills, experience and characteristics


Safeguarding Statement

The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Disclosure of a Criminal Record

The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 does not apply to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for employment which involves working with children and young people must disclose any criminal record. If you are selected for appointment you will be subject to this procedure. All Disclosures are carried out in the strictest confidence and are made only in connection with your application for employment and for no other purpose. The application for an Enhanced Disclosure will be activated before your first day of work.

Guidance for candidates applying for a job with The Access Project. Please read this carefully BEFORE you start to fill in the application form.


The application form plays a crucial part in the selection process, both in deciding whether you will be invited to an interview and at the interview itself. It is vital that you complete this form as fully and accurately as possible. We will not make any assumptions about your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job. CV’s or responses such as ‘see CV’ will not be accepted.

Read the full vacancy details carefully before you start. All parts of the application form must be completed.

Application form

Complete this section fully, with relevant examples as evidence of your capabilities. All successful applicants will be required to produce documentary evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK*. Verification of identity is required before confirmation of appointment.

Present or most recent employment

It is important to give full information, including the organisation you work in, or most recent employment if not currently working, full dates, address and explanation of any gaps in employment.


All appointments are subject to verification of employment and suitability of the candidate for the post applied for. We reserve the right to approach any previous employer for a reference and to verify their identity, but will request your permission before doing so. If you have experience of working with children please include this as one of your references.

Previous employment

Ensure that you put in full dates, names addresses and your job title. Be careful not to leave any unexplained gaps. Details of part time and relevant voluntary work should also be entered.

Education, Qualifications and Training

PLEASE IGNORE THE NOTICE ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE AS LinkedIn Resumes CANNOT be accepted. We can only accept applications that have fully responded to the questions in the application form. Thank you for your understanding.

Please direct any queries to our email via: [email protected]

For further information about The Access Project, please see our website via: www.theaccessproject.org.uk

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