Associate, School Partnerships

The School Partnerships Associate supports the East and South area teams to build highly effective relationships with schools, system leaders and other stakeholders and influencers across the education landscape. You will assist the Managers and Area Directors who meet directly with schools, local authorities and multi-academy trusts source and prepare for meetings, be the teams’ front of house and ensure effective administration of the teams’ business processes.

We are delighted that you're interested in this role - it couldn't be a more exciting time to join us. We’re a new, bold organisation formed from the merger of two education charities, Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching. 

Through our suite of programmes for individuals and organisations, we’re able to support educators at every stage - from new teachers through to executive leaders of groups of schools.  

We know that great teaching and school leadership are the most powerful levers for transforming children’s outcomes. Effective leaders set the culture and create the conditions for improvements in teacher expertise, and expert teachers can close the attainment gap. Yet too much professional development for teachers and school leaders is low-quality, generic and fragmented. 

Our new organisation has a single focus: to help teachers and school leaders to keep getting better. We think that this is the best way to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets a great education. 

We are one of the largest teaching and school leadership development providers in England, with more than ten years of collective experience working with everyone from new teachers to multi-academy trust CEOs and all of the roles in between. 

Through our evidence-based programmes, we’ll work with schools serving low-income communities to provide high-quality development for educators at all levels, built on an understanding of what schools really need to improve. Our work is informed by the latest research and practice from the front line. Moreover, it’s shaped constantly by our partnerships with schools and trusts across the sector and the frontline experience of our network of teachers and leaders. 

To help us achieve our vision and mission and establish a thriving and positive working culture, we are looking for high-calibre and ambitious candidates to join us. 

To excel in this role, you’ll be a great communicator, confident building relationships with stakeholders and strong analytical skills. Our ideal candidate will have high levels of initiative and be committed to our mission and values. 

Please find the full job description here.  

Our offer 

We are happy to be able to offer you: 

  • Flexibility on how you work – agreed between you and your line manager
  • A competitive annual leave entitlement of 25 days, plus bank holidays 
  • A generous employer pension contribution of 11% (10% pension plus 1% NI rebate) 
  • Competitive salary rates  
  • Access to an interest free season ticket and bike loans, as well as eyecare vouchers 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which provides confidential support for employees on personal or work-related matters. 
  • A robust learning and development offer that ensures your continuous professional development 

How to apply 

To apply for any of our vacancies please email [email protected] with the following: 

  • An up-to-date CV, no more than two pages in length 
  • A cover letter – up to one page – which must include why you are interested in the role and any dates you are unavailable for interview 
  • Equality monitoring form 

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and the most vulnerable in our society and, as such, we are unable to employ individuals with relevant convictions, including the following: a conviction for an offence involving violence or dishonesty, of a sexual nature or against minors, or for any other offence that is relevant to the nature of the services provided by our organisation. 

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive at this stage we will not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants. 

For any questions or queries please email us at [email protected] 

As an employer, we have a responsibility to prevent illegal working in the UK by ensuring that our employees have the right to work in the UK. Therefore, as part of the recruitment process to verify your eligibility you will be required to produce relevant documentation.