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Director - Education and Development

£40,000 - 45,000 per year
BAME Recruitment Limited

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~ NOTICE - YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR THIS JOB VIA BAME RECRUITMENT. DO NOT click on the 'Apply for this job' button below as your application may be submitted but will not be processed. To apply for this job you must email the Company Manager Franziska Liebig at franziska@pop-up.org.uk the following documents in PDF format, clearly labelled with your full name and follow the application procedure below. Thank you. ~

BAME Recruitment is delighted to continue our partnership with Pop Up and support them with their recruitment for a Director - Education & Development.

Application Deadline: Monday, 16th December 2019, 9am
Start Date: mid-March or early April 2020
Role type: permanent, full-time contract Salary: £40,000-45,000 per annum (based on experience)

About Pop Up

Pop Up is a non-profit social enterprise and Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. They deliver imaginative, immersive and participatory children’s literature programmes which enable children, empower teachers and engage families to read more widely, write and teach more creatively, and develop visual storytelling skills, mostly in deprived schools and communities, and in diverse educational contexts at all levels from nursery to undergraduate. Diversity is at the heart of their work; they value and champion cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity in literature, because all young readers deserve to see their identities and communities reflected in the books they read. They are committed to nurturing and investing in diverse aspiring and emerging children’s illustrators and writers, such as through their talent development programme Pathways Into Children’s Publishing. Find out more about their work at www.pop-up.org.uk and www.pathways-org.com

The Role

The Director (Education & Development) is a new senior leadership role within the organisation. Working closely alongside the Executive & Creative Director and an energetic and ambitious team of four full-time and three part-time employees, they will play a key part in ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of the organisation - in particular its work in schools, with universities, and around research and evaluation - as it moves into its tenth anniversary year, and develops an ambitious vision to guide the next ten years.

The Director will take responsibility for the following areas:

1. Fundraising from and managing relationships with grant funders and sponsors to support the growth of their education sector work into new regions of the UK and internationally; with a focus on larger, multi-year grants to support both activity and core costs including those of the five-strong education team. The Director will aim to secure a target of £450,000 by 2022, through a strategy to be jointly mapped out with the Executive Director and Board;

2. Overseeing development and delivery of a rich education programme that includes: growth of their Pop Up Festival model to new schools across the UK (and, potentially, internationally); putting regional and national partnerships (including with government and academic institutions) in place to support that growth; associated literature activities in heritage, cultural and outdoor spaces; and unique literacy and creative CPD opportunities for teachers and authors;

3. Steering and supervising an Education Team of four (full-time Education Manager, part-time SEN Relationship Manager, part-time Development Manager, part-time Education Coordinator) to deliver the above, overseeing their implementation of all strategies, fundraising and sales initiatives, and delivery of programmes. There will be opportunities to further increase capacity if income generation targets are achieved;

4. Leading on development and implementation of a visionary research and evaluation strategy focused on: collating and packaging evidence from the past nine years; putting a framework in place to guide all future evaluation; cultivating platforms to share and promote evidence and learning; evolving opportunities to conduct research through their programmes and others on behalf of or in partnership with organisations (such as funders and academic institutions) - effectively developing a ‘research and evaluation consultancy’ offer with earning potential, based on their exceptional track record and reputation within the field; 5. Working collaboratively with the Company Manager and the Administrator to devise, implement, analyse and report on the above research and evaluation activities.

About You

They are looking for candidates with the following essential skills/experience;

1. Business and strategic development, as well as financial planning, in the arts or charitable sector

2. Successful independent grant writing and managing relationships with multiple grant funders

3. Devising and implementing research and evaluation strategies; analysing findings and articulating impact for different types of audiences; understanding the relationship between evaluation, funding and sustainability

4. Strong people management and leadership skills

5. Confidence in building and managing multiple stakeholder relationships, including with academics and institutions

6. Excellent formal and expressive writing standards with the utmost attention to detail

7. Knowledge of and passion for literature, the arts, and arts-based approaches to learning

And ideally with three of the following desirable skills/experience:

1. Leading a team

2. Generating earned income through sales of products and services (such as events, projects or training), ideally to education sector

3. Developing consultancy offers and/or servicing consultancy agreements

4. Knowledge of the UK education landscape and current trends, policies, challenges

5. Fundraising from sponsorship and/or philanthropy

6. Presenting at conferences, networks, stakeholder events

7. Knowledge of marketing and/or PR strategies

For more information about the role, please read the full job description here:


General Requirements

● Must be eligible to work in the UK, with supporting documentation

● Willingness to work flexibly in accordance with the demands of funding and other deadlines

Application Process

Deadline: Monday, 16th December, 9am

To apply please email Company Manager Franziska Liebig at franziska@pop-up.org.uk the following documents in PDF format, clearly labelled with your full name:

● a CV - no more than three A4 pages and including only relevant experience;

● a succinct cover letter of no more than two A4 pages (min 10 point font size) introducing yourself, summarising your relevant skills and expertise, highlighting your fundraising and development record. Feel free to speak to the ambitious opportunities available through this role, and why you believe you are the person to seize them;

● an example of a project or programme you took a pivotal role in producing. This might be publicity, a weblink, or a video. If in document form, it cannot be an application or report and should be limited to two pages.

After having sent your application, please fill in their anonymous diversity monitoring form, as step 2 of the application process: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/monitoring2019-20.

Equality and Diversity Statement

Diversity is at the heart of Pop Up's model in terms of the places they choose, the artists with whom they work, the audiences they strive to reach, and their organisational culture. They value cultural and linguistic diversity, because it enhances the richness and variety of their artistic output and enables them to connect with multicultural audiences. Candidates with a BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) background are encouraged to apply as they are currently under represented at this level.

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