Partnership Manager


An opportunity has arisen for a Partnership Manager to join our fantastic team at Bradford Birth to 19. 


Start Date

April - date to be confirmed.


Our roles involve a mixture of office and home-based working (hybrid). 

St Edmund’s Nursery School, 
Washington Street, 

Short Description

Working across all of Bradford Birth to 19’s workstreams, especially those with an early years agendas, the purpose of this role is to build and maintain positive partnerships which enhance effectiveness and increase engagement with our projects.

The role also involves research and analysis of current early years policies, legislation, and emerging trends and providing sound advice and guidance to senior management on policy issues.

Annual Salary

£35,745 - £38,223, depending on experience



The post holder will actively participate in cross-functional collaboration across Bradford Birth to 19s projects, especially those with an early years agendas, to form coalitions and initiatives that involve both internal and external partners. The role also involves research and analysis of current early years policies, legislation, and emerging trends and providing sound advice and guidance to senior management on policy issues.

Your key accountabilities are:

50 Things to Do: National

Leading on the ongoing relationship with 50 Things to Do Commissioning Partners, to improve products and aid partner retention:

  • Hosting regular one to one meetings with Commissioning Partners to gather feedback and give support where needed. 

  • Utilising sector knowledge, prior experience and partner feedback to regularly review and develop support and resources for Commissioning Partners.

  • Lead on the annual Commissioning Partner Satisfaction Survey. 

  • Support the collection, analysis and dissemination of impact evidence from Commissioning Partners. 

50 Things to Do: Bradford (From September 2024)

Leading the Bradford Project Officers Team to increase participation in our 50 Things to Do Project. This includes: 

  • Working with colleagues and volunteers to deliver successful events and activities across Bradford, that connect us with the community, raise our profile, and increase participation. 

  • Establish lasting partnerships with local groups, businesses, and individuals to promote the project and increase participation. 

  • Working with the Marketing and Communications Team, monitor the impact of events on performance and find ways to make them even better.

  • Working with colleagues and volunteers to identify and secure funding for growth in Bradford.

St Edmund’s EYSPH 

  • To lead on building relationships with Early Years settings in Bradford, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire to promote the EYSPH offer 

  • To lead on building relationships with Local Authority Early Years Advisors across West and South Yorkshire to promote the EYSPH offer

Early Years Apprenticeship 

  • To support the development and delivery our Early Years Apprenticeship Offer 


  • To take a role in research and analysis of current policies, legislation, and emerging trends and providing sound advice and guidance to senior management on policy issues. 

  • To take a role in coordinating, drafting, and advocating for bids aimed to attract external funding into Bradford Birth to 19, where appropriate.

Benefits and Outcomes 

Working with us is unique! We are a supportive, values-driven organisation. We are small enough to be able to innovate quickly, and to ensure all who work with us are valued and nurtured; and large and successful enough to have influence with and be supported by local and national decision-makers. 

The posts we are advertising are as a result of sustained growth, and will be new additions to a growing team. 

We are a values-led organisation, supporting the local economy, and we expect all our staff to support our belief that children and young people should be at the centre of everything we do. This means a commitment to community cohesion and social mobility for all. 

We are looking for a highly flexible, hard-working team player who is ready to learn with us, in a supportive, friendly and optimistic team. This post would suit someone who would be interested in developing a career within the charitable sector or within the public sector. You are likely to have had some experience of working with, or for, a charity, or in a community, school, health, or training setting and want a job which will combine the dynamism of partnership development, with the social value of working in the education, health and care sector. 

A willingness to attend occasional conferences and meetings away from the area (with full expenses provided) is required, as is the ability to work occasional evenings and single weekend days, when time off in lieu will be given. 


Person Specifications


You should be comfortable working in an evolving and rapidly changing environment, therefore if you’re innovative, curious, and not afraid of a challenge, we’d love to hear from you.



     ‚óŹ Graduate, ideally 2:1 or higher or equivalent professional learning and experience 


  • Adept at building and managing successful relationships with professionals and families, within and outside organisational boundaries.

  • An effective communicator, in both verbal and written form to diverse audiences of varying seniority levels, able to develop the relationships required to make your work a success.

  • Proficient in presenting and communicating clearly and effectively through position statements, discussion papers, and annual reports.

  • Strong leadership and management skills, with experience of leading a team.

  • An understanding of Early Years policy and the context in which the PVI sector, childminders and Local Authorities operate.

  • Be able to plan and prioritise exciting, engaging projects and events effectively and with confidence, from inception to completion.

  • Experience of working with in an Early Years Setting or school, or within charity/voluntary sector.

  • A passion for making a difference to the lives of all children and families, but particularly those facing social and economic disadvantage.


  • Some experience of working with or for a community setting, school or care setting, or within or for a charity or the voluntary sector. This may be in a voluntary capacity.

  • Experience of project or task leadership.

Knowledge, understanding and disposition 

  • A passion for making a difference to the lives of all children and families, but particularly those facing social and economic disadvantage 

  • A basic understanding of the structures and working practices within Local Authority, health or education sectors is desirable  


Satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance 



6 months in the first instance, but with the expectation of extending into a permanent contract for the right person, and continuing funding.


Application Instructions 


Please download the 'Application Form' above, and send the completed version to Abigail Traynor,, alongside a professionally laid out covering letter, and if you wish, a CV. When uploading your documents, please make sure you title each one with your name. 

Please ensure you demonstrate in your application how you match every area of the person specification, and tell us how your experience, knowledge and skills will help us grow and succeed.  

Closing Date: 11am, Friday 22nd March 2024

Interview Dates: TBC.



You must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of your employment.  Information is available at 


Support for applicants with disabilities, impairments or health conditions: 

We want to make sure that all candidates have equal access to our recruitment and selection procedures. If you have a disability, impairment or long-term health condition that may affect your ability to submit an application, or if you need any adjustments to be able to attend an interview, take part in the selection process or to carry out the job you are applying for, please contact This will enable us to make any reasonable adjustments. Any information provided will not inform any part of the recruitment and selection process.

Job Pack


Download the Bradford Birth to 19 Job Pack for more information.