Future First works to close the achievement gap between those born into low-income and high-income homes and, in doing so, contribute to improving social mobility.

We help state schools and colleges build thriving, engaged alumni communities. Former students can have a transformative effect on young people studying today, returning to act as inspirational career role models and mentors, or to offer valuable work experience placements or in-lesson support.

Former students can also support the wider school community to flourish by acting as governors, using their experience of the school and community to shape its future, or by raising funds to support the school to run additional activities and provide further resources.

We build the infrastructure around state schools which allows them to engage, track and mobilise their former students –both older alumni and recent leavers. Within every school and college’s alumni community, there is a host of potential career and education role models, work experience providers, mentors, fundraisers and donors. Future First helps schools and colleges to harness this resource.

We currently work with 400 state schools and colleges across England and Wales (more than 10% nationwide). So far in 2016-17 we’ve supported more than 80.000 young people to have quality encounters with alumni role models. With nearly 200,000 former students signed up to support their old school here is still much more we can achieve.

So, there is still more to do! We’re committed to expanding our work to more schools, learning as we go and refining and adapting our programme to achieve the biggest possible impact for young people.

Future First seeks a

Head of Partnerships & Development

Job Description

  • Reports to: Director of Programmes
  • Responsible for: Communications Officer, Press Officer
  • Salary: £27,543 -£34,684
  • Contract type: Permanent (with three month probation period)
  • Location: Future First head office, London

Role purpose:

To build great relationships and raise awareness of Future First, increasing its profile with schools and relevant organisations, as well as raising sufficient income to ensure our work continues to grow, have the maximum possible impact and be financially sustainable.

Duties & responsibilities:

1. Fundraising

  • Oversee Future First’s fundraising function, generating sufficient income to ensure financial sustainability and development. This will include writing bids and taking the lead on several larger grant applications.
  • Seek new funders and manage relationships with a number of Future First’s key supporters.
  • Ensure Future First meets the reporting requirements of all its supporters.
  • Work closely with other senior managers to ensure fundraising proposals align with the organisation’s strategic objectives.

2. Sales and business development

  • Oversee the expansion of our programme into new member schools and colleges, working with colleagues in the delivery team to implement Future First’s sales plan.
  • Seek and build new partnerships which help further our social objectives and generate revenue.

3. Strategic partnerships and communications

  • Build great relationships with key individuals and organisations across the public, private and social sector.
  • Build relationships with organisations which work closely with schools and colleges.
  • Oversee the implementation and development of Future First’s communications strategy.
  • Ensure Future First and its work is well recognised and represented across multiple communication channels, including social media and press.
  • Ensure Future First’s internal and external communications help to grow the reach and impact of its work.
  • Represent Future First externally.
  • Ensure a presence, including presenting, at major conferences and events.

4. Leadership and management

  • Line management of two staff members.
  • Contribute positively to the overall leadership and management of the organisation.
  • Act as a role model and motivator through living the charity’s values and ensuring staff work collaboratively to deliver organisational goals.
  • Ensure team members are trained, supported and resourced to undertake their jobs effectively.
  • Ensure efficient resource management in your team.
  • Take on tasks, from time to time, as requested by the CEO or Director of Programmes.

Person Specification


  • Significant experience in at least one of the key areas of this role.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to pitch to external stakeholders, often very senior within their organisation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships.
  • Ability to translate for stakeholders the issues and challenges faced by schools and how their support might respond to this.
  • Good knowledge of the UK state education system and an understanding of issues facing students in the UK.
  • Astute understanding of stakeholder priorities, able to adapt appropriately to different audiences.
  • Strong written communication skills, able to distil complex ideas into accessible language.
  • Strategic thinker, able to question and improve upon the status quo.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, to work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment and still produce quality outputs.
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter, able to turn ideas into outcomes.
  • Passion for issues surrounding social justice and education.


  • Experience of working with or within schools.
  • Experience of direct sales, in particular to schools and colleges.
  • Experience of fundraising from grant and corporate donors.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Degree-level qualified or equivalent.

How to apply

Please go to our job board and click on the ‘Apply for this job’ link. You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV and a covering letter.

Application deadline: 9am Monday 22 January 2018

Interview: Friday 26 January 2018

Any questions?

We’d be delighted to have an informal conversation about this role if you are considering applying. Please email info@futurefirst.org.uk, or call the office on 020 7239 8933 and ask to speak to Chloe Halpin, Director of Programmes.


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