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Director - Development and Partnerships

Global Generation
Kings Cross, London (Greater)
£48,000 - 52,000 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Aug 2021
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Global Generation’s Founding Director Jane Riddiford will be returning home to live in New Zealand, and this opens up the opportunity for us to recruit a new joint director to co-lead the organisation with Nicole van den Eijnde. We are committed to a wayfinding, action research approach, championing collaborative ways of working within a generative structure. This means members of the team are encouraged to dialogue, learn from each other and step into leadership within their areas of responsibility.  The new Director should be interested and open to working within this paradigm. We particularly welcome applications from people who are Black and minoritised ethnic to reflect the diverse communities that we work with and to help us further develop the social and environmental justice aspects of our work across all of our programmes.

About Global Generation 

Founded in 2004, we grow food, people and community for a fair and just world. Our vision informs our two charitable aims which are the guiding principles for our work: 

  • To provide opportunities for the direct experience of natural wilderness environments for children, young people and adults
  • To support young persons to develop their full potential so they are able to contribute positively to society and the environment

We operate in the boroughs of Camden, Islington and Southwark and work with people of all ages, particularly children and young people. Working from educational and bio-diverse garden spaces such as the Story Garden in King’s Cross and the Paper Garden in Canada Water we combine activities such as urban food growing, supporting bees, carpentry, cooking, and healthy eating with dialogue, storytelling, creative writing, performance and art, silence and stillness. These practices help us to create the conditions for people to come together in a fuller and more connected sense of who they are and what they are a part of and, from that space, to practically and creatively contribute to ecological and social change. 

Joint Directorship

We have been running Global Generation as a Joint Directorship for the past 5 years and are keen to continue leading in this way as it aligns with the relational way of being in the world that our projects encourage.

Areas of shared leadership between the 2 Joint Directors:

  • Strategic vision and direction
  • Financial management and income generation
  • Management and supervision of staff
  • Promotion and dissemination of work  

Specific area of expertise for each Director:
Director - Site Development & Partnerships - this is the role we are recruiting for. The Director will lead on the development of our new educational garden sites, build projects, partnerships, commercial relationships and associated legal negotiations.  
Director - Learning & Education - this is an existing role undertaken by Nicole Van den Eijnde. It focuses on developing and implementing our educational vision, learning and development of the team using an action research approach, supporting in the development of our youth and community programmes and methodology.

Main purpose of the role

  • To work closely with the Joint Director and Board of Trustees to develop, implement and review the Strategic Outline, and provide strategic leadership and financial security to Global Generation
  • To develop and maintain meaningful collaborative partnerships with local businesses, developers, construction companies and community partners, as well as identify and respond to funding opportunities
  • To represent Global Generation externally and support the dissemination of the work
  • To lead and support the staff team and work closely with the senior management team to foster nourishing spaces to be in and ensure innovative, quality project delivery 
  • To develop and maintain open engagement with local people and organisations, to listen and ensure that our work represents actual community issues and concerns 

For more information about this role, person specification and how to apply, please see the job description.

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