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Now hiring: Head of Partnerships & Engagement

Join our senior leadership team and shape how we build our network and visibility

Looking for the next step in your career progression and the opportunity to work for a dynamic charity that shapes young people’s lives, boosts social mobility, and strengthens society?

The Head of Partnerships and Engagement role is a chance to join the charity’s senior leadership team and progress to a Director role after the first year.

You will be joining an ambitious UK education charity that ensures young people are prepared to thrive as confident, informed and engaged citizens. We help young people have a sense of ownership and confidence in shaping their community and society, to create a more just and fair society and stronger democracy.

The aim of the role is to drive our business development through leading the orchestration of how the charity approaches partnership working at the highest level alongside sector profile and credibility building with strong oversight of communication activities that align across all our teams.

An ability to cohesively deploy, plan and lead our communication functions and maximise our charity’s partnership opportunities, and how these are strategically structured, will be essential for this role.

With the vision of our new Chief¬†Executive, we are aiming to build on our strong foundation of quality corporate¬†programmes¬†and create a wider offer that engages partners of all types across our¬†partners –¬†from courts to school networks, as well as companies.

This role will support our programme teams and work with the SLT to look after the culmination of these priority areas for the charity that results in more opportunities, boosted credibility and strong partnership ways of working.

We are looking for a skilled relationship manager capable of working in collaboration across our programme teams to develop the charity’s sector offering and partnership opportunities alongside aligned communication strategies that support organisational growth, profile and reputation. You will also work towards improving our educational impact as well as developing network growth that drives successful fundraising.


Interested to learn more? See the recruitment pack and full advertisement here on Charity Jobs.

“We are looking for someone who can help us shape the future of Young Citizens and build on our thriving partnerships network. Over the next three years, we have set ambitious targets to grow the number of partners we work with, increase bespoke projects and raise our visibility so that we can help create even more formative opportunities for young people to build their skills, confidence and readiness to shape the society around them.” – Ashley Hodges, CEO, Young Citizens

In return of this varied and exciting role working in a supportive and flexible work environment, Young Citizens offer a great employee package including 28 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays), 8% employer pension contribution, volunteer leave and even your birthday off!

Submit your application

To apply, you should provide an up-to-date CV and a personal statement answering our three questions for candidates as detailed in the Recruitment Pack. Please note that applications including generic covering letters will not be reviewed.

Please note our process for this role:

  • All applications must include a CV and personal statement; generic covering letters will not be accepted
  • We will be actively reviewing applications from the 2nd of September please don’t wait to apply
  • All applicants must have the existing right to legally work in the UK.

All application documents should be submitted through our advertisement on the Charity Job website by 9am, Monday 11th October. Incomplete applications or those received after this time will not be reviewed.

If you would like to arrange an informal discussion about this opportunity with our CEO please contact our Director of Finance and Operations at

If you have not heard from us within 7 working days after the closing date, it means your application was not shortlisted on this occasion. However, this should not detract you from applying for other suitable opportunities.
Please note that Young Citizens is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people that we work with and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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