Senior Head of Partnerships

London or Birmingham
29 Mar 2018
26 Apr 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest community funder in the UK. We believe strong, vibrant communities are built and renewed by the people living in them. As a funder, we ask people what matters to them and focus on the skills and energy they bring to strengthen their communities. We give money raised by National Lottery players back to the communities they live in. Last year, we distributed more than £650 million to over 12,000 projects, supporting health, educational, environmental and charitable activities.

We believe people should be in the lead in improving their lives and communities. Our approach will focus on the skills, asset and energy that people can draw upon and the potential in their ideas. We are now launching changes to how we work in England to help us serve people and communities more effectively. We aim to work with people flexibly and on their terms; working closer to communities; improving the ways we engage with communities digitally; and building new partnerships with other funders, charities and individuals. We are responding to what we have heard from people and charities by simplifying and improving the funding and support that we offer.

We are now looking for an individual who is passionate about making a difference through our funding, with empathy for the communities we serve to join our team as Senior Head of Partnership.

The Role

  • Lead on national funding partnerships between the Big Lottery Fund and other key stakeholders; including other charities, social enterprises and funding organisations. Representing the Big Lottery Fund and developing effective working relationships with these stakeholders.
  • Developing, inspiring and leading a small team of funding managers and officers to deliver our national partnership funding offer with other funding colleagues based in six regional hubs across England, with a total partnerships funding budget of £40 million across England during 2018/19.
  • Setting up systems and enabling an organisational culture so we can improve our partnerships funding product based on service design standards, user feedback and ideas from our frontline staff.

The Candidate

  • You may, or may not come from a funding background but you will have significant experience of developing strategic partnerships involving stakeholders from different sectors, especially government together with experience of developing a partnership strategy or strategies for organisations designed to deliver greater joint impact.
  • Able to build and maintain excellent relationships with a range of senior level internal colleagues and external partners. You will be a confident communicator, comfortable in all environments.
  • Experience of building and leading teams and driving a high performance culture through your ability to coach, inspire and empower people in a values-driven organisation where staff care passionately about making a difference to people and communities and advancing equalities.

We are an equal opportunities employer and it is important to us that our staff reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.  We positively welcome applications from disabled people who are under-represented in our workforce.

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; Hannah Wade on 0113 386 8542.   

Closing date for applications: Thursday 26th April 2018.

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