Partnership Development and Programme Manager – Maternity Cover

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    £35,000 pro rata

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    Verena Hefti

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    about 1 month ago

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  • Startdate:

    January 2021

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Salary: £35,000 pro rata


Application deadline: 8 November

Interview dates: 11 November noon – 5pm, 12 November 11.30am – 2.30pm

Start: January, the earlier the better.

Location: London (Deptford) but could be home based.

Application: with cover letter and CV sent to, outlining how you fulfil the selection criteria. Please state in your application if there are any interview times you can’t do (see above).

Open to flexible working: this means for example that the role could be home based or spread over five days.

We are looking for a diverse pool of candidates. The position is open to all interested candidates regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability or family circumstances etc. It goes without saying that men and women are welcome and you don’t have to have children to apply.

If the maternity cover goes well and the organisation continues to grow, this has the potential to become a permanent role.


Leaders Plus is an award winning social enterprise enabling talented women and men with young children to continue to develop their leadership careers. Too often, parents feel they have to choose between being a good parent and a fulfilling leadership career, we exist to change this.

We are a Social Enterprise registered as Community Interest Company. Leaders Plus was founded by Verena Hefti in 2017. We are part of Cambridge University Social Ventures and have won the 50 New Radicals Award for our work with the Fellowship Programme and the Founder has won the Prime Minister’s Points of Lights Award as well as the WeAreTheCity Award for her work setting up Leaders Plus and supporting parents to continue to accelerate their careers after having had children.

Leaders Plus is at a crucial stage of growth. You will join a small team consisting of Verena, Lyndsey Ng, our Programme Officer and Lynne Peachey, our Communications Coordinator.  

About the Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme

The Leaders Plus Fellowship is an award-winning, evidence-informed programme designed to support talented individuals to stay on the leadership pipeline and continue to develop their careers while enjoying their young families.

The aims of the Fellowship are to:

A) support parents with young children to develop and progress their careers and

B) to support them to become part of a positive movement for change so all parents can progress to leadership roles.

The Fellowship combines inspirational events with a senior leader mentor, career acceleration support and maternity/paternity support interventions. Fellows can bring along their babies to all sessions. The programme is open to all genders. So far there more than 100 Fellows have taken part in this in innovative programme. Our Fellows are individuals in middle and senior leadership who have young children.

The programme has had an excellent external impact evaluation and 18 month after the first programme started, 27% of Fellows have been promoted already.

For the programme which started in March 2020, we have moved it online with excellent feedback from our cohort to date.

The Fellowship is funded by employers. 50% of applicants hear about it via word of mouth or social media, the other 50% come from employers who put their parents forward.

Fellows come from a range of sectors including organisations such as HSBC, the NHS, the BBC, London councils as well as charities such as the Salvation Army. Our patron is Tulip Siddiq MP.

Find out more about Leaders Plus and the Fellowship online:

The role is designed to work from the co-working space in the Stephen Lawrence Trust in Deptford, London, but is open to home working. All other team members are working from home at the moment.

Job purpose

You will be fully responsible for:

-       Income generation through sales of places on the Leaders Plus Fellowship programme

-       Overseeing delivery of the Leaders Plus Fellowship programme to a high standard, supported by Programme Officer

-       Continuing to ensure that the social enterprise has its desired impact through the Leaders Plus Fellowship.

Our CEO and Founder is about to go on maternity leave. In her absence, you will do what it takes to  sell and deliver an outstanding Leaders Plus Fellowship programme, work with a small but perfectly formed team to ensure our Fellows have a fantastic experience of our online learning programme and you will deploy and support our trainers to deliver the best support possible. You will also be overall responsible for continuing to grow our Leaders Plus Fellowship cohort, working with the rest of the team to attract and select future Fellows to the programme. You will manage the relationships with our key stakeholders.

You can find a detailed overview of the programme here as well as an impact evaluation here

You will be playing a key role in growing the size and impact of Leaders Plus and as such the ideal candidate is a results oriented can-do individual who is flexible and will take on a wide range of tasks that emerge in a start-up social enterprise.

You will line manage our Programme Officer who is critical to the day to day delivery of the programme and you will line manage our Communications Coordinator who is leading all communications to ensure our communication helps us achieve our goals.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

·       Sales and stakeholder relationship management

o   You will communicate with key stakeholders in employers to sell places on the Leaders Plus Fellowship programme and develop strong partnerships.

o   You will build relationships with new employers and partners to grow the Fellowship programme.

o   Supported by the rest of the team, you will lead the efforts to attract a growing number of Fellows who are passionate about their career progression and have young children.

o   Develop relationships with key senior stakeholders, corporate partners and our senior leader mentors.

·       Ensuring a high impact online Leaders Plus Fellowship programme where Fellows have a fantastic and high impact experience.

o   Project managing training programme delivery

o   Identifying and responding to risks and issues proactively

o   Managing the evaluation process and sharing feedback with our trainers

o   Deploying and supporting our day rate trainers to have excellent results, not only achieve exceptionally high Fellow satisfaction but also a high number of Fellows progressing up the career ladder.

o   Ensuring that the programme is evaluated effectively.

o   Oversee the communication with the Fellows to ensure they have the right information at the right time.

o   Creating a culture of community engagement to support Fellows to become an active community of change makers


-       Possible but not essential: if you are an excellent facilitator, you may also be facilitating (online) workshops that are part of the Fellowship programme.

Line management:

-       You will line manage the Programme Officer and the Communications Coordinator.

-       You will report to the CEO

Other responsibilities in running the social enterprise while the CEO is on maternity leave:

-       Ensuring adequate financial reporting and up to date financial records.

-       Delivering on any key projects while the CEO is on leave.

As this is a small but fast growing social enterprise, the successful candidate will have a can do attitude and support the social enterprise in whatever way is needed.

Please do apply even if you don‘t fulfil all criteria – some of our strongest applications in the past have been from surprise candidates!

Selection criteria

A belief in the vision of Leaders Plus and a passion for working with the CEO & Founder to take the Social Enterprise to the next level of impact and scale.

Essential skills

-       Excellent verbal communication skills

-       Good at selling verbally and proven track record in business development and sales

-       Ability to project manage and risk manage a high impact learning and development programme

-       Astute in managing relationships with senior leaders

-       Excellent written and verbal communication skills including selling skills

-       Attention to detail

Desirable skills, but not essential:

-       Experienced facilitator

General Leaders Plus core competencies:

-       Commitment to the Leaders Plus vision and alignment with the Leaders Plus principles.

-       Courage

-       Integrity

-       Results orientation

-       Inclusion

-       Striving for excellence

-       Activating leadership in others

-       Resourcefulness

-       Continuous learning

-       Resilience 

If you have any questions, either email or arrange a quick chat here.

Connect with us:

If you haven’t done so yet, follow us on social media (@leaders_plus) and listen to the Leaders with Babies podcast, available on all major podcast providers.