Background. New Schools Network (NSN) is a charity that is passionate about improving the quality of education in England.
With a focus on primary, secondary and education for 16 to 19 year olds. NSN was established in 2009 with the aim of improving the quality of education, by increasing the number of good school places available within the state sector and by supporting free schools and educational academy trusts.
The charity has been instrumental in helping hundreds of groups of parents, teachers, charities and schools to establish new schools.
NSN actively improves the quality of education in a number of distinct ways : . It provides an advisory services that supports the creation of free schools’ .
We are the go-to organisation for information about free schools; we have worked with more than 70% of newly opened free schools and there is compelling evidence that many applicant groups would struggle to get through the application process without our support.
Since 2014, NSN has diversified the remit to include support for pre-open and open free schools as well as multi-academy trust boards.
We have developed our offer to provide support for schools after approval, working with them as they get ready to open their school during the 'pre-
open' phase and in their first few years. It supports the establishment of robust governance and management practices in Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) recruiting high-
calibre board members from business as NEDs onto the boards of Academy Schools Trusts. By working together, inspirational educationalists and talented business leaders can provide a better future for the next generation of school leavers.
NSN is one of the most prominent voices across the education sector and play a key role in shaping the wider conversation.
For further insights please visit our website. Why does it matter?. Improving the life chances of young people is critical to the UK’s social and economic success.
We have some brilliant schools in our country, but there are not enough good places to go round. Free schools and academies can help disadvantaged pupils access a high-
quality education. In 2010 there were 200 Academies in England. Today, eight years later there are 8,000 academy schools and approximately 50% of young people in England are educated through this system.
The first free school opened in 2011. Today free schools are flourishing, being more likely to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted than other state schools, as well as topping the recent GCSE results tables for the second year running.
This success is matched by results from Key Stages One and Five, where free schools once again outperformed all other types of school.
What’s more, they are popular with parents and students, receiving more applications per place on offer than other state-
funded schools. NSN helps to make this happen. In the last eight years, NSN has supported two thirds of the 700 approved free schools, while helping to recruit more than 1,100 Non-
Executive Directors to academy trust boards. So what’s the next challenge for NSN?. The Department of Education (DfE) has reitereated its commitment to free schools.
There has never been a better opportunity to drive the creation of new schools especially in parts of the country where the quality of existing local schools is not good enough.
Not only has the Department for Education recently launched the 13th wave for free school applications, with a focus on areas that have yet to benefit from the policy, but NSN has just expanded our free school’ support service to include local authority led free school projects and openings.
In 2017, NSN launched an income-generating service that provides intensive support to groups during pre-opening. We believe there is potential to extend the support we provide to ensure that, once open, these schools have the support and tools they need to succeed.
The Academy Ambassadors programme has delivered consistently beyond expectations on the DfE grant to recruit to boards and now needs to consider enhancing and developing its services, including looking at income-
generating services and potential for philanthropic funding. NSN has offices in London and Manchester and c.30 members of staff.
The organisation currently has an annual turnover of ca. £2.5 million, which is comprised of a contract with the Department for Education and charitable donations.
We have recently secured a multi-year funding agreement with the Department for Education for services through March 2020.
Demand for NSN’s services to the Educational sector is increasing and we need to grow our income in order to meet the need.
So we’re launching an ambitious programme to increase our fundraising income in the next five years. To achieve this, we are keen to appoint a new Fundraising Director to shape and deliver the future organisational funding for NSN .
This is a genuine opportunity to influence and collaborate to take the organisation to the next level. We are hoping to meet with candidates who will have strengths in a range of fields -
even if they do not have every element of experience highlighted below. If you thrive on challenge, can handle high levels of accountability and have a proven track record of success, we can offer you the chance to engage in an interesting challenge, whilst contributing to changing the face of education across England.
Location : Based in Lambeth, London, SE1 7SP. NSN is open to receiving applications from those seeking full-time or part-
time employment, or those interested in working on a consultancy basis. Key Responsibilities : . You will lead from the front in cultivating and managing donor relationships and serve as an active ambassador for us in the charity fundraising world.
You will be a key member of NSN’s Senior Management Team and will play an active role in cross-organisational strategy-setting, operational planning, resource allocation and governance.
You will set and lead the implementation of NSN's fundraising strategy, to drive the organisation forward, whilst working in partnership with the senior management team and the Trustees.
You will enjoy building new partnerships and relationships to further the charity’s aims and seeing the financial returns for your efforts as reflected in the donations received.
You will devise and deliver a new 5-year strategic funding plan for NSN, that will include exploring and developing new sources of funding to ensure the charity’s long-
term financial sustainability and future proof the people capabilities within the organisation. You will develop and lead a multi-
faceted campaign to identify and / or build new donors for NSN. The result of your efforts will be a robust, reliable and diverse income streams from individual donors, grant making trusts and corporate supporters.
You will be accountable for managing the relationships with donors and ensuring an effective stewardship and retention plan is in place.
You will be a key contribution to the financial management of NSN, with accountability to ensure NSN’s financial viability and longer term sustainable future.
NSN is recognised as a thought leader in education as the Fundraising Director you will play a vital role in enriching the debate and driving change in education, through creating and enhancing the strategic partnerships with key public, private and philanthropic partners.
You will be comfortable acting as a high-profile advocate for NSN, both publicly and privately, to build public awareness and influence policy-
making around new schools policy. Lead a professional fundraising effort, whilst managing the Fundraising Admin Assistant.
You will focus on making decisions using data, whilst you work with the COO to monitor and evaluate the success and quality of NSN's work, whilst shaping future strategic initiatives.
Skills needed to be successful in the role : . You will have prior evidence of having successfully cultivated new relationships and partnerships that have resulted in tangible outcomes, including a track record of securing multiple five and six figure donations.
You will bring good strategic and analytical skills, coupled with the gravitas and credibility to represent NSN and the sector with a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.
You will be a credible senior leader with a strong track record in developing and managing a complex donor pipeline, from cultivation, to bid presentation and ongoing relationship management.
In the past you will have set and implemented a fundraising strategy and vision (within a medium sized business). You will be able to demonstrate that you are comfortable enagaging with, shaping and presenting organisational messages effectively to a variety of difference audiences.
You will have extensive experience of developing and implementing new commercial offerings; especially knowledge of sponsorship and and / or developing new funding streams for a not-
for profit organisation. You will be politically astute with an excellent understanding of Government and Parliament and the ability to build cross-
party alliances. You will be able to demonstrate a belief in the importance of a good education for all children, you will believe in the free school policy and the potential for high quality multi-
academy trust boards to improve education across England. This is a hands-on role, you will be self-motivating and enjoy inspiring others to thrive in a dynamic environment.
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