Head of Midlands (Partnerships) - Birmingham
- Application closing date: Monday 28th January 2019 (9am)
- Salary: £35,000 p.a.
- Hours: Full-time, permanent, 5 days per week – with some evening and weekend working required which will be acknowledged in TOIL
- Start date: Immediate
- Reporting to: Volunteering and Communications Director
- Responsible for: Midlands Office
- Job Location: Birmingham, with travel between sites in Birmingham, The Black Country and the East Midlands. Also regular trips to Central office in London. Our Birmingham office is located in: The Impact Hub, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham, B5 5NR
- Annual leave: 25 days p.a. pro rata, plus additional 3 days p.a. to cover Christmas office shut-down between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
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
- establishing and stewarding relationships with key senior Midlands stakeholders
- recruitment to and effective engagement of the Regional Advisory Board to deliver Access Project strategy
- building the profile of The Access Project within regional networks
Leadership - internal
- advocating for the Midlands to the wider The Access Project staff to build understanding of the needs and concerns of the East and West Midlands and ensure these are taken into account
- modelling the tone and behavioural expectations of The Access Project amongst staff
- organisation of significant TAP events held within the region - for example all staff (nationwide) meeting in the region
- creating team spirit and shared knowledge amongst regionally based staff
- premises management including identification of properties, contracts and ongoing landlord liaison with the support of the Operations Director
- share advice, knowledge and expertise regarding the Midlands with staff in central office and other regions
- contributing to the achievement of the charity’s wider organisational goals
- working collaboratively across regions as required
- managing significant cross-team projects
- working with the Head of Volunteering to agree annual volunteer recruitment targets and the regional recruitment strategy to deliver those targets in WM and EM
- accountable for meeting volunteer recruitment targets
- leading for the Midlands in national volunteering meetings
- supporting the work of the WM Volunteer Coordinator
- delivering tutor training sessions
- working with the Partnerships Director to agree annual fundraising targets and the regional partnerships strategy to deliver those targets in WM and EM
- accountable for meeting annual fundraising targets in WM and EM
- steward successful stakeholder partnerships in WM and EM
Employee volunteer schemes
- initiating, establishing and stewarding employee volunteer schemes with businesses and organisations for the Midlands region
- stewarding and growing existing employee volunteering partnerships in the Midlands eg KPMG
- working with the Head of University Partnerships to identify and secure university partnerships with universities based in the region or universities wishing to partner with schools in the region
- help to steward successful university partnerships
- identify and capitalise on opportunities that arise in the region
- working with the Director of Volunteering and Communications to devise a communications strategy that contributes to achievement of volunteering and partnership targets in the WM and EM
- identify, recommend and support the production of Midlands specific collateral and advise on how best to represent the region in Access Project materials more generally
- accountable for the delivery of the communications strategy (nb delivery of some elements of the strategy will be the responsibility of the central Communications Team)
- managing the budget for the Midlands
- responsible for allocation of spend within budgets
- responsible for flagging potential to exceed budgets as soon as this becomes apparent.
Essential skills, experience and characteristics
- Entrepreneurial attitude - good at establishing new relationships
- Able to communicate fluently and compellingly in writing, in one-to-one conversations and when presenting to groups
- Skilled networker
- Strong influencing and negotiation skills
- A resilient self-starter, skilled in managing own workload
- Good at stewarding, nurturing and growing relationships once they have been established
- Committed to the success of young people in Birmingham and the Black Country
- Able to work occasional evenings and weekends as required (which will be compensated with TOIL)
Desirable skills, experience and characteristics
- Good knowledge of widening participation issues and higher education policy landscape
- Proven experience of success in fundraising or sales
- Experience of recruiting and working with volunteers
- Experience of working with the media
- Existing networks within the Birmingham business community
- Generous annual leave entitlement: 25 days plus Bank Holidays, plus Christmas-New Year closure.
- Professional Development: we are committed to developing our staff and help to provide professional development courses to complement and enhance your employment with us.
- Cyclescheme: This is a tax exemption scheme which allows employees to purchase cycles and safety equipment as a tax-free benefit, saving on average about half the cost.
- Travelcard Loan: For permanent staff who have passed their probation period, to help cover the cost of travel, with repayment options up to 12 month instalments per year.
- Flexible working options
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.
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.
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
- Ensure you give all the information requested, including dates, establishment where you studied and make clear the level of any examinations e.g. GCSE, GCE 'O' Level or 'A' Level or equivalents etc. and the grades you obtained. Also include here any skills training you have had. You will be required to produce original documentary evidence of any qualifications relevant to the job, and these will be detailed on the person specification.
- Proof of qualification is required before the appointment is confirmed.
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.
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For further information about The Access Project, please see our website via: www.theaccessproject.org.uk