Appointed Senior Corporate Partnerships Development Manager

National Literacy Trust

There has never been a more exciting time to join the National Literacy Trust, with a new and ambitious Director of Fundraising focused on growth, a CEO brimming with ideas and energy, a compelling and unique case for support, and the whole organisation united behind fundraising.

The National Literacy Trust are unwavering in their commitment to enhancing the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people, equipping them for success in school, work and life.

Details about the charity and a welcome letter from the Director of Fundraising.

The National Literacy Trust is seeking an exceptional corporate fundraiser to build on successes by adding to an impressive portfolio of corporate partners.

The postholder will identify and secure new six and seven-figure corporate partnerships, supported by the new Director of Fundraising, passionate CEO and highly supportive Board.

There are multiple opportunities to leverage, including senior trustee connections and a high volume of inbound enquiries.

We are looking for a creative and entrepreneurial new business specialist who is deeply passionate about the National Literacy Trust’s mission. Your energy and enthusiasm will be instrumental in crafting compelling pitches to engage new partners, particularly those in publishing, tech, retail, and financial services.

Your primary focus will be cultivating strategic, commercial, and employee fundraising partnerships that will have a lasting impact on the children and young people the National Literacy Trust supports.

About the role

As Senior Corporate Partnerships Development Manager, you will:

  • Identify and secure funding from new corporate partners, with particular emphasis on strategic and brand partnerships at the six and seven-figure level
  • Conduct market and prospect research to build a robust pipeline, actively networking and responding to leads
  • Manage the entire sales cycle with confidence and proactivity, including research, writing business proposals and presentations, delivering pitches, and negotiating contracts
  • Develop high-quality, creative, tailored propositions in collaboration with the fundraising and programme teams
  • Provide management, support, and guidance to the New Business Executive

About you

Ideal skills and experience:

  • Significant experience in securing new business at the six-figure+ level
  • Ideally, experience across strategic partnerships, brand partnerships, and Charity of the Year relationships
  • A strategic fundraising mindset that approaches each new business opportunity with creativity, ensuring proposals resonate with the interests and objectives of potential partners
  • Exceptional relationship management skills, including negotiation, influencing, effective team communication, and the ability to foster positive working relationships internally and externally
  • Strong communicator, with the confidence to deliver compelling pitches to potential partners
  • Ability to lead, motivate and develop direct reports, including setting priorities and goals that are achievable, aspirational and inspiring

Employee benefits

  • Flexible working
  • 39 days of annual leave per year (pro rata for part-time staff), made up of 28 days’ annual leave plus the closure of the office on all bank holidays and from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day inclusive
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay policy – after 1 year of service, employees are entitled to 12 weeks on half pay in additional to statutory entitlements, with two weeks of paternity leave at full pay (subject to qualifying criteria).
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free eye tests and discounted glasses
  • Shopping and leisure venue discounts
  • Discounted gym membership, dental plans and health assessments

Apply for this role

Application by CV and cover letter by Friday 21 July 2023.

In the first instance, please contact Cristy to discuss the brief in full and for support with the application process.

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