Federation Job Vacancy
Partnerships Manager, Education & Skills 

January 16, 2020

Partnerships Manager, Education & Skills

The Creative Industries Federation and Creative England are joining forces in 2020, recognising that we will be able to make a greater difference together than would be possible alone. Our overarching mission is to use the UK’s creativity to build a more prosperous, inclusive society and help drive the nation’s sustainable growth. 

Creative education and skills is one of the most urgent challenges facing the UK’s creative industries, and one of our strategic priorities.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our memberships team, specialising in the relationship management of HE/FE membership. Our Partnerships Manager is responsible for ensuring that we maintain a thriving and valuable relationship with each of our existing HE/FE membership. You will lead on the HE/FE membership acquisition and retention process. 

This role has the potential to grow for the right candidate whilst we continue to evolve as a new joined up organisation. You will be passionate about growing an established membership network and have an interest in developing as an advocate on behalf of cutting-edge sector priorities. 

This role is pivotal to our business development and shaping our membership offer.  You will act as our interface between some of the most prominent HE/FE organisations and key players across the UK’s creative sector. Thus developing relationships across Film, HETV, games, digital through to fashion and publishing. 

This role can be based in our London (Covent Garden), Greater Manchester (MediaCityUK) or Bristol office. It will offer opportunities for regular travel outside of London to engage with members across the UK.

As Partnerships Manager you will have significant potential for joining our team of experts, developing our business, whilst developing your own career as we enter into an exciting new chapter. 

If you can bring business development skills, with the experience and passion for education and the creative industries then we want to hear from you! 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Identify and approach new members from higher and further education (HE/FE), managing the acquisition and retention process.

  • Engaging with HE/FE institutions, to understand, identify, respond and act on their priorities. 

  • Develop knowledge, understanding and relationships across the creative industries.

  • Act as our key interface between education providers and the creative sector: 

    • Engaging with internal expertise to leverage relationships across e.g. Film, HETV, games, digital, fashion which could benefit education providers

    • Shaping and acting on commercial and partnership opportunities to deliver new and innovative initiatives that respond to HE/FE member priorities.

  • Optimise the membership and internal systems to best serve the business and our members.

  • Monitor membership trends and produce membership analysis/evaluation reports on a regular basis.

  • Work closely with the wider Senior team to improve processes and grow membership.

Required Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience working in a similar Account Management/ Business development role

  • Knowledge of the HE/FE landscape in relation to the creative industries

  • Experience of managing multiple stakeholders across all levels, and prioritising their needs

  • Experience of securing and managing partnerships and revenue streams

  • Database management and reporting skills.

  • Proven ability to create effective membership communications.

  • Strong organisational skills

  • Experience of generating ideas and seeing them through to fruition

Personal Qualities:

  • Knowledgeable: a good knowledge and keen interest in the arts and creative industries

  • Skilled communicator: the ability to communicate effectively and to forge strong relationships with all levels of staff and stakeholders, both internal and external

  • Positive, hard-working and enthusiastic: outgoing, confident and keen to contribute to a productive team environment at a very fast and demanding pace

  • Skilled problem solver: finding the way to get things done and always looking for ways to improve

  • Resilient, efficient and reliable: an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances and challenges and able to prioritise effectively

SALARY: up to £35,000 per annum 

CONTRACT: 1 year, 6-month review period, renewable subject to performance and company planning*. 

Flexible working available: minimum 4-day* week, flexible hours Mon-Fri

LOCATION: London, Greater Manchester OR Bristol. 

Current offices in Covent Garden, MediaCityUK and Bristol city centre. Please state your preferred location in your cover letter. 

*up to £28k total based on 4-day week, freelancers considered within budget. This role has the potential to grow for the right candidate as we work towards aligning the strategic priorities of our newly joined organisation. 


DEADLINE: 3rd February 2020

TO APPLY: Email cover letter and CV to recruitment@creativeindustriesfederation.com FAO Sally O’Keefe, Office Manager. 


About the Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body that represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. 

Through our unique network of more than 1,000 member organisations, our influential policy and advocacy work and our UK-wide events programme, we bring together the many sectors that comprise our world-leading creative industries.

Benefits of working with us:

  • The Creative Industries Federation and Creative England bring together and represents the full range of the UK’s creative industries, from performing arts, music, fashion and film through to advertising, architecture, video games and much more. 

  • This role offers the opportunity to meet and network with some of the most senior and exciting leaders from our sector, as well as the chance to champion and make a genuine difference to our world-leading creative industries.

  • Regular opportunities to attend events hosted by our members, from performances and exhibitions through to conferences, talks and roundtables.

  • Light and airy central offices

  • A friendly and supportive office culture.

 This job description is not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive; it is Issued as a framework to outline the main areas of responsibility at the time of writing

The Creative Industries Federation and Creative England promote cultural diversity and equal opportunities for all

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