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New Partnerships Executive

London EC1, with flexibility to work from home
£31,777 including £4,689 London Weighting plus excellent benefits
Closing date
18 Oct 2021

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Closing date: Monday 18th October 2021 at 11.30 pm

Do you have the sort of background in retail or business development/fundraising that could enable you to identify and cultivate new partnerships and develop new acquisition tactics and campaign ideas that will attract companies to support us? Then join Shelter as a New Partnerships Executive and you could soon be making the most of your skills at the heart of our Corporate Partnerships team.

About Shelter
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the team

Part of an Income Generation directorate that generates over £44m gross income, of which a high percentage is unrestricted, our Corporate Partnerships team is split between New Partnerships and Partnership Management. The New Partnerships team, where this role sits, is responsible for contributing to the growth of Shelter’s voluntary income by securing new relationships with private sector businesses. Indeed, we’ve been successful in building long term partnerships with companies such as B&Q, HSBC UK, M & S, & Network Rail and securing both cash and in-kind/pro-bono support. We also have over 90 charity shops in England and Scotland that generate unrestricted income to fund our vital work. Stock generation for these shops is part of the New Partnerships Team’s work too.

About the role
This is an ideal role for someone who’s interested in a career in business development, corporate fundraising or charity retail, and who feels passionately about working with companies to help tackle homelessness. Your challenge will be to help our New Partnerships Managers research, develop and secure new partnerships with a range of private sector companies. Some will become financial supporters, some will donate stock to our Retail Division. Accordingly, you’ll need to work across both elements of our partnerships - financial and stock generation. A great opportunity to use your flair and initiative to spot opportunities for fundraising activities with potential partners, you’ll also be responsible for managing our Corporate Inbox and dealing with enquiries in a confident and professional way. And, when it comes to ensuring the smooth running of administrative & financial processes, providing day-to-day support to the team and collaborating with Retail team colleagues to support and increase stock donations, again, we’ll count on you.

About you

To succeed, you’ll need some marketing/business development experience or a demonstrable interest in working within this field, plus the ability to identify opportunities and generate support for Shelter. Ideally, you have some experience of working in retail, plus a basic understanding of the sustainability agenda and an understanding of how to apply commercial and financial principles to improve business performance. What’s for certain is that you’re well-organised, work well within a team, have strong relationship-building skills and the ability to think strategically and bring ideas and concepts to life through written proposals and pitches to businesses. As well as having excellent written and verbal communication skills, you’re results driven and commercially aware too, with a ‘can-do’ attitude and lots of creativity and innovation. You’re also proficient using Microsoft Office applications and databases.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

We will be sharing the interview questions with candidates shortlisted for an interview 3 days before the interview.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.


The housing crisis is now a national emergency.

Shelter was founded 52 years ago, not by the wealthy or powerful, but as a community organisation whose purpose was to change society. That means we’re needed more now than at any time in our history: for millions of our fellow citizens the fundamental human need for a safe home is ignored.

Forget finding who’s to blame for this. Shelter is here to do far more than just point out what’s gone wrong. We are here to put it right, and that’s why our aim is for this strategy to be nothing less than a turning point for both Shelter and our country.

Without a home, no one can achieve their full potential. With millions whose right to a home is under threat, neither can the country. We believe that because the need for a home is so all-consuming, a home is a basic moral right, and everything we will do from now will be done to defend that right.

We’ve all talked so much about the ‘housing crisis’ that we’ve stopped believing it can be solved. The phrase has become like wallpaper. But this is a national emergency, and one that demands fearless, ambitious action.

In developing this strategy, it’s been vital to start with our own people: those who rely on our services, our volunteers, our employees. We aim to rebuild a movement, stronger than ever, and a movement must start with a simple idea that unites everyone within Shelter, our best advocates. Change starts here, in our work with individuals, spreading through communities, and across society.

We identify in this strategy six million households whose right to a home is either denied or under threat at this very moment. Soaring rents that squeeze out food and clothing, being thrown out of your home through no fault of your own, simply being too poor to afford a home: the terror of homelessness is everywhere.

Many are living in grossly unfit and unsafe conditions, adults and children whose lives are blighted by fear and despair. Discrimination is rampant in private renting and we have lost sight of the simple fact that we need a home just as much as we need healthcare and education. We are building the fewest social homes in 70 years, at a time when more and more people desperately need them.

In Shelter’s services, our people work tirelessly to alleviate the sheer destitution they see day in and day out. We will be a rock in the storm every day for those who need us. But our aim is bigger – to cut this suffering off at source – and we acknowledge in this strategy that we can’t do it overnight, neither can we do it alone.

For the first time, Shelter is committing in this strategy to ten-year goals as well as three-year goals so we can be confident of building to the necessary changes over the next decade. And at the same time we commit in this strategy to building the movement of people who will make this change possible.

We plan in the next three years to have 500,000 supporters join us in our mission to respond to this emergency, through campaigning, volunteering and donating. It is people that can power the change we seek.

This national emergency has been decades in the making. Now is the moment to act together with one purpose. In the community, our hubs and shops will be magnets for everyone with a role in ending the national emergency. Nationally, we will work with everyone who sees the desperate need for change: no one group or party is to blame for the emergency, and no one group or party can end it either.

Shelter: it’s a fundamental need and a basic moral right. Please join us to defend it.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive

Helen Baker, Chair

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