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Partnership Development Manager

£35,000 - £42,000 per annum
London, UK
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Youth Business International is looking for an experienced, dynamic and confident fundraiser to work in its London office to originate and develop funding partnerships with high-value Trusts and Foundations as well as bilateral and multi-lateral institutions, Corporates and support the start of our Major Donor fundraising work.

With extensive experience in fundraising and proven success in generating significant income from organisations, the Partnership Development Manager will develop relationships with funding partners, manage a pipeline of opportunities and generate large bids. This exciting role provides an opportunity to become a key member of a dynamic international NGO supporting underserved young entrepreneurs in 52 countries.

About YBI

Youth Business International (YBI) is the global network of expert organisations in over 50 countries supporting underserved young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities.

Young people are a critical resource. However, with 66 million young people currently unemployed across the world, this potential is not being realised. Furthermore, of those that are working, many do not earn enough to lift themselves out of poverty. Thus, addressing the youth employment crisis is imperative, not only for the well-being of young people but also to ensure sustainable, inclusive growth and social cohesion globally.

Over the last three years (2015 - 2017), the YBI network has supported 175,445 young people with entrepreneurship training and helped 64,637 young people to start or grow a business. In total, 427,402 young people have been engaged through outreach activities.

YBI’s organisational values are embedded in the work we do:

Tenacity - We won’t give up until every young entrepreneur has the opportunity to succeed

Collaboration - We work together as a team, building trust to connect and empower

Quality - We strive to set the highest standards in youth entrepreneurship support

You will work across the YBI Network Team and with members around the globe on a range of projects. Maintaining our reputation as a leading global network requires a highly skilled, knowledgeable, energetic team to manage our internal business functions. As a part of this diverse and talented group of individuals, you can play a vital role in Youth Business International success.

Background to the role

The Partnership Development Manager will support the Director of Development in implementing our Fundraising Strategy, focussing on high-value funders so we can fund new and existing programmes across the YBI Network. Primarily, the Partnership Development Manager will be tasked with management of a diverse pipeline, establishing and nurturing relationships with donors and developing large bids for submission.

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will have the drive, ambition and vision to help YBI secure the funding to deliver its strategic goals and growth. The successful candidate will be involved with:

  • Bid development through the generation of proposals, donor engagement and relationship management, including engaging with YBI members as relevant;
  • Managing a pipeline of opportunities of existing and new donors;
  • Cultivating and developing strong personal relationships with decision makers and key influencers within donors to establish effective partnerships;
  • Attending sector meetings to develop knowledge of best practice, to promote YBI, and to cultivate new donor opportunities;
  • Contributing to the development of annual plans, budgets and team processes and frameworks;
  • There is also an opportunity to take on Relationship Management duties, providing support for one or more YBI members.

About you

You will have excellent communication and donor engagement skills in addition to significant fundraising experience. You will be experienced in managing and growing a successful fundraising programme, personally securing six figure funding and combining a strategic approach with strong attention to detail. Managing multiple bids with competing deadlines, you will have the ability to work well under pressure while producing high quality work. You will have strong people skills and will have the ability to negotiate well. Enthusiastic and driven, you will be well organised and someone with a proven ability to hit targets.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV (maximum 2 x A4) and a covering letter to Your covering letter (maximum 2 x A4) should:

  • Explain why you want this job;
  • Explain how your background and experience make you a suitable candidate – please use examples of specific projects and achievements;
  • Show what relevant skills and knowledge you will bring, referring to the person specification;
  • Confirm you have an existing right to work in the UK (we are unable to accept applications otherwise);
  • Confirm where you saw this job advertised.

Closing date: 9:30am Monday, 22nd October 2018

First Round Interviews: Friday, 26th October 2018

Second Round Interviews: Wednesday, 31st October 2018

YBI is an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds. We are committed to creating a diverse environment therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origin.

At YBI, your right to privacy is important to us. By applying for this job, your information will be entered into our recruitment system for YBI’s employment purposes only and for no longer than one year after the post has been filled; then personal data will be disposed of in the GDPR compliant manner. We store all data securely and will not disclose it to any third parties without your consent. Please see our Data Protection Policy hereto find out more.


Job Details

  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • 37.5 Hours Per Week
  • £35,000 - £42,000 per annum
Applications close on: Monday, 22nd October at 9:30am

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