Programmes & Partnerships Advisor (Co-operative Foundation)
The Co-operative Foundation is a charity set up by the Co-op to benefit communities throughout the UK. Our ‘Truth about Youth’ initiative reached its conclusion in 2015, having touched the lives of more than 100,000 young people and challenged negative stereotypes of Britain’s youth. Now we’re looking to recruit a Programmes & Partnerships Advisor, to help us deliver a new strategy that’ll build on the legacy of Truth about Youth and complement the Co-op’s wider community and campaigning work. If you can bring us a passion for our Co-op values, and an understanding of how to create real social impact, we can offer you the chance to develop your skills and build a career with a business that puts people and communities at the heart of its strategy.
As Programmes & Partnerships Advisor at the Co-operative Foundation, we’ll look to you to engage with current and potential partners, and work with them to build, deliver and evaluate charitable programmes that put co-operative values into practice. You’ll also work with people from across the Co-op family of businesses as you help to communicate the Foundation’s activities, and deliver employee volunteering opportunities that complement this work.
What you’ll do:
• Build and manage relationships with a range of charities and other partners
• Develop detailed operational plans for Foundation grant programmes
• Co-ordinate the ongoing delivery and monitoring of Foundation programmes
• Analyse the external environment to identify new opportunities
To be successful in this role, we’ll need you to bring experience of working with charities or other social-purpose organisations, as well as amazing people skills to help you build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. In-depth experience of any specific relevant areas of charitable work, such as grant-making, business development, evaluation, governance, policy or communications would be a big advantage, but not essential. Most important will be your commitment to our Co-op values, and your ability to manage multiple priorities and varied stakeholders as part of a small team working in a dynamic environment.
What you’ll bring:
• A background in charity or community-focused work
• Education to undergraduate degree standard
• Strong communication skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with partners and stakeholders
• A genuine commitment to social impact and Co-op values
We’re going back to being Co-op
172 years ago a group of businessmen in Rochdale created an idea that changed the world. They believed that when people work together, they’re stronger. And that principles are just as important as profits. They were pioneers. And they left us a legacy that’s never been more important or relevant than it is today.
That’s why we’re going back to being Co-op. We want to change the world all over again, and we hope you’d like to join us on our journey. If you believe in our purpose, and you’re keen to help shape the future of the Co-operative Foundation, then join us. And make a real contribution to the revival of an iconic British brand.