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Partnerships Specialist

Part-Time – 3 days a week. Hours can be spread over 4 or 5 days if preferred

Maternity Leave cover

Salary: 32k FTE, actual salary for 3 day: £19,200pa 

Location: London (or within commuting distance of London).

Work from home with regular office work, at least 2 days per month. (Central Lewisham, or central London).

Start date: ASAP

Application deadline: Monday 8th July 2024

Interviews: Friday 12th July and Friday 19th July 2024


Minds Ahead is an innovative Social Enterprise reshaping school mental health, by equipping schools with the knowledge, skills and networks to make sustainable improvements. Here’s our track record since inception, in 2017:

  • Co-founded the UK’s first university Centre for Mental Health in Schools
  • Research and designed a national mental health in schools’ quality award, now used by over 2500 schools to evaluate and improve their practice
  • Designed and delivered the world’s first Master’s in School Leadership of Mental Health, now in its sixth year
  • Designed and delivered innovative mental health training programmes to over 5000 school colleagues, in the UK and internationally
  • Working with our partners, Leeds Beckett University, we are the national quality assurance lead for all DfE-funded Senior Mental health Leadership programmes
  • Researched, designed and run a series of school mental health Qualifications, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Chaired and spoke at multiple national mental health in-school conferences
  • Won several awards from Social Enterprise UK, UnLTD and SE100


We relentlessly focus on the needs and realities of schools. We know that schools and colleges, their governors, leadership, teachers and other colleagues are doing great work which improves the mental health of the next generation. We also know that schools need quality support, resources and training to improve, learn from each other and develop this new approach. It is our mission to provide these. 


As the Partnerships Specialist, your passion will be to identify, foster and build powerful business relationships with diverse organisations and people that yield results and increase opportunities for schools. You will be committed to driving innovation within school mental health, focused on quality and evidence-based solutions that tackle the mental health challenges schools and colleges face.  

Purpose of the role: the partnerships specialist will be responsible for ensuring that Minds Ahead resources and knowledge reach more places by seeking new customers, funders, and bidding opportunities. They will be responsible for effective relationship management, ensuring an effective follow-up to these opportunities. They will ensure that the Minds Ahead brand has a greater impact and that our recognition and standing in the sector improve, resulting in organisational growth. 

The Partnerships Specialist will: 

Be an innovative and practical Business Development expert: 

  • Seeking and responding to commercial opportunities to expand the work of minds ahead by making initial contact with prospective customers, following up on leads and managing early-stage communications with these. 
  • Support the effective relationship management of prospective customers, drafting proposals for work, writing tenders for work and other activities aimed at securing new business
  • Seek bidding and tendering opportunities and work with colleagues as needed to respond to these opportunities. 
  • Develop proposals, applications, or bids for work and pitch for work at interviews, meetings and other forums as needed. 
  • Be responsible for the income targets for our consultancy, design work, research and related projects, and other income,  rigorously tracking sales income, communicating with the CEO, and removing obstacles which are limiting the achievement of sales income.
  • Support public relations, raising the awareness of Minds Ahead by organising and attending conferences and events; coordinating webinars and blogs; identifying and attending speaker events; identifying and supporting award and funding applications; gathering student feedback to illustrate impact

Be adept at Customer Relationship Management:

  • Responsible for the ongoing management of an effective CRM tool, establishing an effective system that is used by all staff who require information about our prospective customers, students and alumni. 
  • Manage relationships with several, diverse organisations and people, identifying opportunities for joint working, bidding or new work streams
  • Foster out alumni community, a group of inspired school leaders, who support Minds Ahead’s work in a variety of ways. 
  • Once work is secured, to play a leading part in the project management of these projects including delivery on these projects as appropriate. Project management will be assigned once the specifics of the work is known. 

Oversee the Minds Ahead Brand:

  • Manage and contribute to the strategic development of our brand, including embedding powerful, engaging and motivating messaging into all literature and supporting the communication of this internally and externally.
  • Develop an annual brand improvement plan, review its work and effectiveness regularly and take remedial action as needed to ensure that outcomes are achieved
  • Provide support and guidance to the Minds Ahead team and third parties to ensure our branding is consistent and reinforced.
  • Develop and co-create relevant content and bespoke landing pages to launch new products and increase conversions.
  • Provide business support, including providing secretarial support for board meetings; organising team days and assisting with general business activities as identified by the CEO.
  • Be responsible for the income targets for consultancy, design work, research and other project-specific work


We want the right person. If that is you, we want to discuss how we can work together. We are a flexible employer, committed to good mental health, diversity, service excellence, family and challenging the status-quo. If the fit is right, we can make it work. Find out more: 

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