Director of Collaboration

London / National
12 Mar 2019
08 Apr 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

The Role

We think this is one of the most exciting roles in philanthropy in the UK today. Six very different funders have come together out of a sense of frustration that our current model isn’t working as well as it should for the communities, issues and people we are here to support.

We have two key objectives. The first is to see if we can work more closely to better use our collective resources, experience and strengths to make a greater difference locally. The second is to explore how this way of working challenges current foundation practices more broadly.

We know we don’t have the answers, and we know the risks of top down imposed approaches, especially if they’re led by funders, so we think the only way this can be achieved is by working with local partners who are working in or want to find solutions to the social and environmental issues on their doorstep.

We are looking for a Director of Collaboration who will work with the six foundations to first of all scope and secondly deliver against our objectives. You will test our assumptions to date, seek out local partners and help us understand how, by working together we can best build new or support existing local programmes. Over the next 12-18 months you will help us develop an approach or a set of proposals that we will be prepared to support with substantive resources and capacity for a much longer term commitment.

Each funder is committed at Board and CE level and has pooled resources to cover the costs of this role. You will also have support as needed and a small project budget. You will lead a working group made up of peer senior executives from each of the six foundations and you will be supported by a Sponsoring Group made up of the six Chief Executives; one of whom will be overall Chair.

The core purpose of the role will be to help us establish where and how we might create a new approach to supporting disenfranchised communities in a more radical, joined-up way. This will be done through co-design and collaboration to either develop a new approach or set of proposals.  It is a role that will involve scoping and recommending proposals, but also ‘holding’ and supporting the relationship between the six foundations.

The Candidate

This is a role for a grounded practitioner committed to inclusive innovation and to working hand in hand with a range of local partners. It is for someone who understands and is excited by the potential of what a partnership between a locality and philanthropy can do to help build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities for the future.

We are looking for an inspiring and highly skilled Director who brings with them a successful track record of having created or catalysed from concept complex projects that have had transformational impacts on local communities.

The ideal candidate will be a well-connected, creative and highly collaborative partner, with substantial knowledge of the issues associated with social and environmental impact and disadvantage, and a passion for place making.

The candidate will bring with them extensive networks, experience across sectors and knowledge of best practice that will provide the structure and enable our partnership and the communities we work with to adapt and thrive in a changing social, economic and environmental landscape.

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; Marek Dobrowolski on 0121 654 5912.    

Closing date for applications: Monday 8th April 2019