Head of Networks, Partnerships and Communities

Location: Battersea, London with travel to regional offices (Cardiff/Belfast) and agile working
Salary: c. £70k p.a.
Reference: A000052
Deadline: Closed

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BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. We know that children who read are happier, healthier, more empathetic, and more creative. They also do better at school.

Working with every local authority and across every region in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and supported by Arts Council funding, we reach over 3 million families a year through partners in schools, children’s centres, health visitors and libraries. This incredible network helps us to get children excited about reading from an early age.

This is a brilliant time to join BookTrust. We are developing a new strategy and a new approach to engaging with and understanding our beneficiaries. We are ambitious about developing our programmes to reach more children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, and we want to understand the difference our work is making so we can learn and develop what we do.

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About the Role

The Head of Networks, Partnerships and Communities is a new role for BookTrust, bringing together for the first time our Northern Ireland, Wales and England partnerships functions alongside design and innovation and research and impact functions in one directorate. 

About you

Our new Director will be someone who understands the strategic interplay of national, regional and local partnerships and how to influence and accommodate partners’ priorities at all levels, has the gravitas and strategic grip to engage in the most senior partnership forums, and the listening skills and attention to detail that will help them unpick operational challenges inside the organisation.  They will enjoy problem-solving and be able to devise new ideas and drive them towards implementation. They will work collaboratively with others, both internally and with our current and future partners and have the credibility and influence to engage and galvanize their colleagues and team in new ways of working.

Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications:  Monday 7 June 2021
First round interviews:  w/c 21 June 2021

First round interviews will be held remotely.


If you would like any further information about this role or have any queries regarding the application process, please email


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Head of Networks, Partnerships and Communities, Reference: A000052’.

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Your Supporting Statement should address as many of the criteria set out in the ‘Skills needed’ section of the person specification as you feel appropriate, using examples where relevant to demonstrate how you meet as many of the requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.