Job Title

Associate Director, Partnerships (reporting to the Director of Development & Communications) 


UWS offices in Vauxhall, London (Flexible working options considered)

Job Type 

Full time role, permanent 


£32 - £36k dependent on skills and experience, plus 4% pension contribution. A higher salary may be considered for an exceptional candidate. 

United World Schools is an equal opportunities employer and actively promotes diversity and strongly encourages applications from within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and under-represented groups.

Role Summary     

This role will play a crucial role leading on partnerships with schools and other education providers. You will work with colleagues, partners and champions to grow our network of schools. The charity has been instrumental in cultivating partnerships with over 100 schools globally. Through these transformational partnerships, since 2017, this income line has consistently received c.£350 – £400k annually. 

We believe there is huge opportunity for growth and are looking for an experienced and driven individual to support UWS achieve a step change in income enabling the charity to secure £500k+ income from a diverse range of school partners. 

You will be responsible for identifying new supporters who are passionate about education and should be supporting UWS, inspiring partners and using your initiative and confidence to develop creative ideas for our partners. 

Demand for UWS is increasing, there are over 258 million out of school children globally and we need to grow our income in order to meet this need. So we’re launching an ambitious programme to achieve a step change in our income over the next 3-5 years.

Key Relationships (including, but not limited to):

The Associate Director will report into the Director of Development and work closely with other fundraising leaders, programmes as well as in country teams. The role currently has line management responsibility for one Senior Associate, over time, this could increase dependent on performance of the income line.

To achieve this, we are keen to appoint a new Associate Director to shape and deliver partnerships with our growing network of partner schools and other education providers. There is genuine opportunity to influence and collaborate to take the organisation to the next level.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Work towards ambitious personal, team and organisational targets
  • Lead, build, develop and manage strategy for UWS engagement with partner schools and education providers delivering on ambitious growth, recruiting new partners and retention 
  • Design and deliver sophisticated fundraising strategies at all levels embedding a data driven approach
  • Contribute to wider fundraising strategy as a senior member of the fundraising & partnerships management team 
  • Drive new business strategy, work closely with peers to maximise cross-team working and peer to peer opportunities  
  • Represent the funding & partnerships team at internal and external meetings and help maintain good relations
  • Monitor and mitigate risks and threat to fundraising activities  
  • Deploy strategies and tactics for successfully targeting different prospect audiences in order to achieve the best results 
  • Draw on innovation, best practice and insight to refresh the UWS offer for partner schools
  • Inspire the team with a proactive, innovative and knowledgeable approach to school fundraising 
  • Maintain robust partner pipeline
  • Work with the team on a range of cultivation and stewardship activities so schools see UWS as their education charity of choice 
  • Meet with school leadership regularly, deliver assemblies and attend other school events 
  • Contribute new ideas to create memorable experiences for schools and execute those ideas brilliantly 
  • Build strong relationships with existing schools to engage new potential schools through peer-to-peer fundraising  
  • Work with our Programmes Teams in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to create high-quality impact reports and proposals and inspire ad-hoc donor communications as required 
  • Work with the wider organisation to maximise fundraising and engagement opportunities to contribute to the overall fundraising target of £4m for 2021 and £5m by 2022. 
  • Remain up to date with developments in fundraising and education and refresh skills as required 

Person specification


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Previous experience of charity fundraising/education and/or demonstrable transferable experience
  • Experience managing income budgets
  • Experience of nurturing business relationships and providing high level of donors care
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Be a competent self-starter with experience of working to deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and partners, and build long-term relationships
  • Exceptional attention to detail and an aptitude for writing creative narrative that will ensure our proposals and reports are compelling, inspiring and persuasive
  • A passion for fundraising
  • Ability to lead independent projects involving the wider team, interns and volunteers as needed
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a proactive team playerwhich means you commit and deliver for the cause.
  • Willing to travel across the country visiting schools and other education providers 
  • Willing to (occasionally) jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar or Nepal to
    visit our schools and host school trips 


  • Understanding of UK education curriculum, UK education, (independent and state) and role of universities and their contribution to society 
  • Demonstrable track-record of working with donors to secure income and report on impact
  • Experience of managing and developing staff 
  • Experience working for an international development NGO

UWS is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring we recruit safely is central to this commitment. All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a condition of employment.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) and one page supporting statement to [email protected] 

The deadline for applications is 5pm 11th September. 

First stage interviews will be held over two days, 16th & 17th September. 


For any questions about this role, please contact Sofeena Lalani, [email protected]

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