Senior Associate of Partnerships

Reporting to: Associate Director of Partnerships

Terms: Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Flexible working arrangements considered)

Salary: £26k - £32k (plus 4% pension contribution)

Location: Central London (Vauxhall)

Start date: ASAP

About the Organisation

United World Schools (UWS) is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities of children living in some of the most remote and marginalised communities around the world. By providing children with a basic education, we are striking at the heart of long term poverty and deprivation – a long game but one we are tackling head on and with ambition and commitment. UWS provides a flexible education model that is simple yet effective in remote regions. The model follows the national curriculum, whilst supporting teachers to implement educational programmes that are appropriate for the contexts in which they are working.

We are an ambitious and growing team based in London and we have a much bigger team delivering our programmes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. All of our staff are incredibly passionate about what they do, and committed to going above and beyond for the cause.

Role Summary 

Sitting within the Partnerships team this role will manage, steward and develop our pipeline of low to mid value corporate partnerships. Core to this role will be supporting the Associate Director for Partnerships in developing a solid pipeline for 2020 and beyond, whilst leveraging existing networks and partners to deliver on challenging, yet motivating targets for the year ahead.

Our Corporate income stream is relatively new for United World Schools, but has grown significantly over the last year and has huge potential and a role to play in driving forward the strategic goals of the organisation. Working in collaboration with other income streams this role will look to grow our corporate offer, and work alongside others to ensure we are translating our programmes on the ground in the most appropriate and appealing manner to potential supporters. 

The role is an opportunity for you to help shape the development of corporate fundraising at UWS. You will be responsible for building relationships with and pitching to companies across the UK and potentially further afield should the opportunity arise. 

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Stewardship and Account Management: Ensuring that existing partners kept engaged and up to date with the impact of their support. 
  • Prospecting and engagement opportunities: Supporting the Associate Director for partnerships in researching the corporate giving landscape to identify opportunities and where relevant attending events to raise the profile of UWS in the corporate fundraising space. 
  • Proposal creation and development: Creating compelling proposals for our low to mid value corporate relationships, whilst supporting the Associate Director on the formation of larger proposals and pitches 
  • Pitching to secure new business: Supporting the Associate Director where relevant with new business opportunities. 
  • Developing fundraising packs, presentations and innovative initiatives for corporate partners to engage with. 
  • Maintaining contact with our teams across Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to ensure we have timely and accurate information for our partnership requirements. 
  • Undertaking other fundraising administrative tasks that are compatible with the nature of this role such as developing and keeping up to date the parts of the CRM and UWS website relevant to corporate fundraising.

Knowledge and core competencies

To be successful in this role you will have a good understanding of effective corporate fundraising techniques, the motivations for corporate involvement in charity partnerships, sound analytical skills, a highly professional approach and experience of achieving financial targets. Additionally we are looking for someone who is a confident communicator, who has the ability to communicate clearly and effectively the mission of United World Schools. 

We are looking for an ambitious candidate to grow and develop with the organisation. This means that above all, we are looking for someone who is open to learning new skills and can take a proactive approach to new tasks and responsibilities.

  • Educated to degree level with 1-2 years previous experience in a fundraising role. 
  • Passion for education, and international development is desirable. 
  • Strong relationship building skills with proven ability to liaise with a diverse range of stakeholders, including communicating remotely with teams in the field
  • 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
  • Ability to think and work strategically - identifying the right opportunities for impact and leading their delivery with confidence
  • Exceptional attention to detail and an aptitude for writing creative narrative with demonstrated experience in preparing engaging pitches, proposals, reports and other communication for diverse audiences
  • A great organiser with the ability to work in a fast paced environment, and to effectively deliver against multiple priorities.
  • Ability to lead independent projects involving the wider team and volunteers as needed
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a proactive team player … which means you commit and deliver for the cause.
  • Willing to (occasionally) jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar or Nepal to visit our projects, or even our funders!

How to apply 

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) and a supporting statement (no more than 2 pages). The deadline for applications is 9am on 31st January 2020. Early applications are warmly encouraged.

Please ensure that your application fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification. You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer.

References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted. Applications should be made via email to [email protected].


Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in the role. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified date. Telephone interviews will be held throughout the process.

If you would like more information, please let Ellie (above) know.  She will be happy to tell you more about this exciting role.

United World Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are only able to accept applications from candidates that have the permanent right to work in the UK.

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.