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Head of Strategic Development and Growth

Empire Fighting Chance
£35000 - £40000 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2021

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Head of Strategic Development and Growth
About Us
Empire Fighting Chance is a multiple, national award-winning charity based in Bristol but starting to work across the UK.
Its origins started in 2006 when the founders saw two young men dealing drugs in St Pauls and decided they wanted to try and change opportunities for young people.
We have grown from three volunteers to a team of over 30 and use innovative, evidence-based therapy and psychology, combined with non-contact boxing, to transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable young people every year. Our programmes inspire and challenge them to realise their unique potential.
Our approach means young people gain support in ways that feel natural, encouraging them to turn up, trust us and make positive changes in their lives. Despite the chronic adversity that they face, young people are returning to school, exiting gangs, getting work and feeling healthier and happier.
Due to a strategic five year investment, focussed on growth from a leading foundation, Empire Fighting Chance is at a transformative moment.
We have an exciting opportunity for someone to become a key member of our Senior Leadership Team.
This is an incredible chance to play a key role in a thriving charity that supports young people through an active and truly different approach. Every day, we help young people who are facing significant challenges in their lives such as mental health issues, chaotic home lives, difficulties at school or involvement in crime and yet we produce remarkable results. For example:
- 90% are more confident after working with us
- 78% report to not be committing any more criminal / anti-social behaviour
- 90% report better mental wellbeing
With the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision, you will be responsible for taking us forward by setting the growth strategy in terms of working with partners and scaling key elements of the business.
The Role
As the Head of Strategic Development and Growth, you will join our Senior Leadership Team and contribute to our wider future strategy including partner growth and scaling key elements of our charity.
In this important role, you will help identify new partners to deliver our training programmes and services to reach even more young people. Currently, our partners include organisations such as schools, local authorities, senior police officers and other charities.
By identifying the needs of our scale partners, you will develop courses, design course content and ensure their needs are met. You will develop and improve our partner onboarding process and help newly trained partners adapt programmes for delivery in a local context.
Additionally, you will:
- Establish quality assurance structures
- Create partnerships with local schools
- Gather data and learnings, implement results and drive innovation
- Identify new opportunities to generate income from schools and other potential customers
- Line manage a team
About You
To join us as the Head of Strategic Development and Growth, you will need:
- At least two years’ experience working in a managerial position
- At least two years’ experience working in a business and/or commercial development role
- A proven track record of achieving business targets
- Commercial acumen, with a track record of generating income
- Experience in risk management and creating successful bids
- Experience in overseeing projects from inception to completion
- Experience in managing cross-functional teams and key organisational partnerships
- Experience in driving operational business metrics
Previous experience in sales and marketing would be beneficial to your application.
If you have experience in a leadership role and business or commercial development experience, this is a brilliant opportunity to become a valued member of our Senior Leadership Team and help take our organisation to the next level. We want to hear from you!
Salary of £35,000 - £40,000 per annum
Other organisations may call this role Head of Strategic Development, Head of Charity Development, Head of Business Development, Head of Partnerships, Head of Charity Partnerships, Partnership Development Manager, or Head of Strategic Partnerships.
Webrecruit and Empire Fighting Chance are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.
So, if you’re seeking to make a difference as Head of Strategic Development and Growth, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.


We use a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their unique potential.

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