Reports to: Jo Holmes, Partnerships Lead   

Start Date:  January 2022 

Location:  Home based, with regular working days in London  

Contract: Fixed term January to July 2022  

Salary: £28k-£32k per annum     

About Now Teach  

Our long-term vision is a world where children benefit because talented people, who’ve already had successful careers, become teachers, and bring their skills and experiences to the schools that need them most. We support Now Teachers, training providers, schools, and the wider education system to realise the full potential of career-changers in education.  

Career-changers bring new experiences into the classroom. We offer Now Teachers one-to-one support, alongside a comprehensive structured programme helping them change career successfully. This support continues after they’ve completed their training, and the Now Teach Network is there to help make the most of their experience and skills as career-changers.  

Our work helps Now Teachers stay in teaching: our retention rate is almost twice the national average for 40–65-year-olds. Over 90% of our cohort are satisfied or very satisfied with the support they get from Now Teach.  

We have a strong brand, a robust, efficient selection process, and a programme of wrap around support that has been honed over five cohorts. Since 2016, over 11,000 people have expressed interest in joining the Now Teach network and we have recruited over 500 career changers with significant industry experience into teaching. In September 2021, we welcomed our largest cohort of trainees and have plans to grow this number year on year.  

Having successfully been awarded DfE funding to expand our work across the whole of England we now require a fixed-term contract Partnerships Project Manager. They will help promote our brand, identify potential partners and develop relationships with schools, training providers and other organisations within the education sector in our new regions.  

We are looking for a team orientated, driven and committed person to help us meet new goals, increase our Network and create more impact in schools.  

Working at Now Teach  

“The workplace culture is extremely friendly, collaborative and supportive. It is full of people that want to do their best work and enable colleagues to do their best work but to have a pleasant time while doing so. There is also a training budget, good line management and plenty of room for people to take responsibility.” (Team member, Apr 2021)  

  

Our people join and stay because they value Now Teach’s flexibility, close-knit team culture and social purpose. 33% of employees at all levels of the organisation work part time and everyone works flexibly, with time off in lieu part of our standard working practices.   

We are a small, collaborative, and supportive charity of around 20 people. We are non-hierarchical, with 95% of our people believing their line managers listen and value their opinions and people of all levels getting stuck in. We set clear expectations and celebrate the successes of teams and individuals. 100% of our employees are proud to work at Now Teach, 100% think Now Teach is considerate of their wellbeing and 90% of them would actively recommend Now Teach as an employer.   

Our culture is central to us encouraging and supporting people into teaching. Without our positive, honest, and flexible approach we wouldn’t be able to adapt to meet the needs of Now Teachers. We have been named as one of Working Mums’ Top Employers and Escape The City’s Top 100 Employers in 2020. We have won awards for our Culture, Flexible Working and Excellence in Public Service. As well as flexible working and a great culture, we offer 28 days annual leave per year, which includes 3 days for Christmas closure (25th Dec-1st January) and a generous 11% pension contribution. 

Role Overview 

We are looking for a positive, collaborative, and motivated Partnerships Project Manager who is committed to Now Teach’s vision. We work to attract, recruit, and help retain career changers in secondary school teaching.  

Our new team member will work alongside the Partnerships Lead to raise awareness of Now Teach, target, and develop partnerships with schools and training providers in our new regions. They will enjoy the challenge of creating new relationships and being innovative in the education sector. It’s a fantastic – and important – time to join Now Teach as we step change to a nationwide charity. 

Role Description  

  • Work closely with the Partnership Lead to project manage our growth into new regions in England  
  • Research and pro-actively seek out new partnerships with training providers and schools 
  • Work with our comms team to promote our brand through numerous channels e.g., social media, relevant publications, newsletters  
  • Seek out and attend possible events, networks, and initiatives we should be involved in, to grow the awareness of Now Teach amongst our target partner audience 
  • Lead our partnerships with tutoring organisations and support our school experience initiatives  
  • Act as an ambassador for the organisation, proactively identifying and building relationships with likeminded organisations to develop potential alliances in the future 
  • Increase the appeal of working with Now Teach whilst moving prospective partners through from general awareness to partnership 
  • Create compelling and clear communication to potential and existing partners at all stages 
  • Work closely with the Partnership team so we increase the likelihood of our Now Teachers having the best possible training environment 
  • Help maintain and develop existing partner relationships 
  • Become an expert in the teacher training market and stay up to speed in educational trends and developments more broadly 
  • Maintain dashboards & reports on our database (Salesforce), ensuring data is accurate and insightful 
  • Work collaboratively with other teams across Now Teach ensuring we are aligned in this moment of step change to recruit and retain England-wide.  

Person Specification 

The ideal candidate will: 

  • Understand and be committed to children’s outcomes not being determined by their backgrounds and appreciate the impact teachers and Now Teach can make  
  • Have proven experience at building relationships with Training Providers and Schools and solid knowledge of the education landscape for ITT  
  • Be naturally motivated to deliver their projects with high quality so we recruit and retain even more career changers into teaching  
  • Get energy from working within a close-knit friendly team and comfortable working independently also 
  • Have excellent presentation skills, and aptitude for keeping accurate records and reports on a CRM system 
  • Essential competencies – 
  • Motivation to Now Teach and education with a sound grasp of the Initial Teacher Training landscape 
  • Drives projects, proactive and adaptable to achieve results 
  • A competent, confident decision maker with good judgment 
  • Exceptionally client focused and great at maintaining relationships with stakeholders  
  • Confident, resilient communicator with good influencing/selling skills  
  • Accurate and organised 
  • Collaborative 

 

Working arrangements  

This is intended as a full-time role, but open to part-time and flexible working patterns. Now Teach are primarily working from home due to Covid-19 and we anticipate a hybrid model in the future. Some London office based regular scheduled days will be required.  

Application Process  

To apply, please upload a Cover Letter and CV to our website. Your Cover Letter should include why you are attracted to the role and motivated to work at Now Teach. 

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 13th December; however, interviews will happen on a rolling basis, so early applications are strongly encouraged.  

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion  

Now Teach strives to be a workplace that is diverse, equitable and inclusive where we can ALL be ourselves. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, stages of life and those with hidden or visible disabilities.  

We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we’ll endeavour to be as accommodating as possible. If you would like to discuss specific requirements, please contact recruitment@nowteach.org.uk or call 020 7430 8878 to discuss.  

All applicants must have an existing Right to Work in the UK.  

Safer Recruitment Procedure  

Now Teach are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process, and all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.  

Reference checking  

References from the previous and current employer will be taken up for shortlisted candidates, and where necessary employers may be contacted to gather further information.   

Probation  

All new team members will be subject to a probation period of 3 months (which may, in certain circumstances, be extended). The probation period is a trial period, to enable the assessment of an employee’s suitability for the job for which they have been employed.  

 

Many thanks for your interest in our role.  

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