Funding and Relationship Manager
About the role
Part time considered – minimum 22.5 Hours
In this key role, you'll work with some of the most complex partnerships we’ve funded. These partnerships are locally significant. We’re looking for an individual who can manage relationships with confidence and credibility; someone who knows how to proactively support and challenge others to help them achieve great results for very young children.
You’ll proactively work with cross-sector partnerships to enable them to be in the best position to achieve ambitious outcomes. You’ll do this by building relationships based on clear expectations and supportive performance management. You can expect to be involved in gathering and sharing evidence from our funding. In this role, you will be required to travel across England.
In return, you’ll receive access to a wide range of generous benefits including company pension scheme, generous holidays, flexible working, childcare vouchers, season ticket and cycle to work loans, childcare vouchers, and company health care cash plan.
You will be committed to improving the life chances of children most in need, skilled at building networks and bringing people together to make change happen, and excited by the challenge of finding out what works in enabling people to lead change, and sharing that learning with others.
You will be a dynamic and flexible person capable of establishing, developing and maintaining successful long-term relationships with partnerships that include senior stakeholders in local authorities, health, early education, community groups and parents as well as senior decision-makers in other local areas and national agencies.
You’ll bring with you the ability to understand complex local systems and challenge established thinking. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
In this role, you will:
- Develop an in-depth understanding and ownership of a portfolio of funded partnerships.
- Establish, develop and maintain successful one to one relationships with partnership leads, key partners, local and national stakeholders and decision makers.
- Be accountable for the performance of the partnerships you work with, with a particular focus on excellent local and national engagement.
- Identify opportunities for and contribute to learning across the five strategic programmes.
- Work within a team and support the overall success of the programme
- Work with external support and development and evaluation expertise and contractors to ensure funded partnerships receive the help they need.
To be considered for this exciting role, you will need to demonstrate the following specialist knowledge, experience, skills and expertise:
- Understanding of, and experience in Early Childhood Development.
- Strong relationship management skills, including conflict management, influencing and negotiating skills
- Excellent analysis and critical thinking skills, and the ability to develop understanding and awareness of external policy and operating environments
- Ability to gather, interpret and apply a wide range of intelligence and evidence to support decision-making
- Diverse communication skills, with an ability to express ideas and views clearly and confidently, tailoring your content and style to the audience
- Advanced reasoning, problem solving and analytical skills including the ability to respond effectively to changing operating and policy contexts
- Networking skills and the ability to encourage collaboration between others
In addition, it would be desirable for you to have:
- Experience in generating, organising and disseminating learning