Appointed Head of Partnerships

Whizz Kidz

Whizz Kidz is UK’s leading charity for young wheelchair users, providing them with the equipment and skills to live life as independently as possible.

More than 75,000 young people need a wheelchair to be mobile, yet most have no access to a wheelchair that’s right for them, leaving them at risk of social isolation, poor mental health, and physical injury. Whizz Kidz’ empowers them to enjoy opportunities and activities that so many others take for granted ‐ at home, school, work, and beyond.

Whizz Kidz are seeking a commercially astute, creative, corporate partnerships specialist to lead corporate fundraising and shape the vision for developing transformational partnerships.

You will oversee a £1million portfolio of existing relationships that includes Barratt Developments and the award-winning partnership with the Poundland Foundation. You will play a leading role in the management and engagement of the charity’s most significant partners, building strong relationships that inspire continued and increased support.

New business is a key focus, with significant headroom for growth underpinned by a strong case for support. You will approach each new opportunity with creativity and a strategic eye to secure multi-faceted, long-term partnerships.

About the role

As Head of Partnerships, you will:

  • Lead and support a team of 5 to meet annual targets and KPIs, ensuring a strong team spirit to inspire team members
  • Devise and implement the partnerships strategy and budget, identifying and prioritising opportunities with a focus on continued financial growth
  • Steward relationships with some of the charity’s significant partners at the 6-figure level
  • Work with the team to identify potential partners and create compelling funding proposals to secure new strategic partnerships
  • Play a vital role as part of the fundraising leadership team, forging strong working relationships with SMT, Fundraising, Marcomms and Services colleagues

About you

Ideal skills and experience: 

  • Demonstrable experience of operating in a senior corporate fundraising role with the ability to line manage a small team
  • Ability to rally and motivate a team, fostering a positive and collaborative environment
  • A commercial and strategic mindset, being forward-thinking with approach and plans for sustainable growth of the corporate partnerships fundraising
  • Strong examples of managing multi-faceted, strategic partnerships at the 6-figure level
  • A track record of securing new partnerships through pro-active prospecting, networking, and creating and presenting innovative proposals
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills that underpin productive relationships with internal colleagues and senior external stakeholders

Employee benefits

Whizz Kidz’ employee benefits include:

  • Flexible working
  • 25 days of annual leave plus bank holidays PLUS an additional 3 days of paid leave over Christmas Employer
  • Empoloyer pension contribution of 5% (Whizz Kidz will match higher contributions of up to 6% of gross basic salary)
  • Two wellness days – Two days per calendar year for employees to take off for any reason that you choose. It could be to have time to volunteer for a good cause, to spend a duvet day, or for any reason at all that contributes to your wellbeing.
  • Simple Health Cash Plan (available to your families for an extra charge)
  • Season ticket loan, up to £5,000
  • Life Assurance

Apply for this role

In the first instance, please complete the form below (ideally attaching a copy of your latest CV) and include your availability for a chat with Cristy.

Interview dates: First interviews will take place during w/c 20th November. Second interviews will take place during w/c 27th November.

QuarterFive and our clients know fundraising could better reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the people the charity sector supports. We encourage individuals with relevant skills and experience to apply for roles regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief. If you think you meet some of the criteria for a role and would like to discuss how your other experience might transfer, please ask us for a chat. We’re here to support you. Appointments will be made on merit alone and we will gladly make reasonable adjustments to always ensure a fair process.

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