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Job Role: Executive Director of Partnerships

Overall purpose of the post:

The Executive Director of Partnerships leads the National Institute of Teaching’s (NIoT) Partnership Department, ensuring that the NIoT has strong relationships with system stakeholders, influencers and professional bodies to allow it to deliver its vision. The department also leads on brand, communications, marketing and recruitment to ensure the Institute meets its delivery KPIs and effectively supports the system. The Institute is school-led at heart and the Executive Director of Partnerships will be key in ensuring this is a driving factor in the approaches taken.

The role-holder will be a key member of the Institute’s Executive Leadership Team. As a new organisation, the successful candidate will be responsible for establishing effective and innovative practices as the organisation moves from establishment and mobilisation to delivery.

Your main responsibilities

  • Build the NIoT’s national brand and reputation, ensuring the Institute achieves reach, recognition and engagement.
  • Develop and deliver a national strategy to achieve regional and national recruitment targets. Be accountable for the achievement of targets for all programmes.
  • Ensure the Institute is successful in reaching teachers and leaders in all parts of the country, especially those facing higher levels of disadvantage.
  • Set and deliver the Institute’s approach to its delivery partnerships, enabling excellence through the Institute’s network of partner organisations.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with key strategic partners and alliances including MATs, Teaching School Hubs, local authorities, opportunity areas and school groups.
  • Lead the Institute’s public affairs work, ensuring effective influencing of and engagement with government policy as well as sustained cross-party support.
  • Be a proactive member of the NIoT’s Executive Leadership Team, contributing to organisational strategy and ensuring the partnerships department supports the NIoT to achieve its vision.
  • Oversee the partnerships team, line-managing its members, making the most of their talents and ensuring the integration of their work across the Institute.
  • Work closely with the other members of the Institute’s leadership team to ensure successful partnerships, communication, marketing and recruitment across the organisation.
  • Represent the organisation at conferences, events, and network meetings etc. including delivering presentations and workshops.
  • Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Chief Executive.

Your team

The Executive Director of Partnerships will recruit and manage the Institute’s partnerships team, which is likely to comprise of:

  • ITT Recruitment Director
  • Marketing and Communications Director
  • External Relations Manager
  • Digital and Communications Officer

In addition, the department will support the partnerships roles based in the Institute’s four campuses.

What we’re looking for


  • A commitment to the aims of the National Institute of Teaching, with a focus on improving schools and communities to raise standards for children;
  • A good understanding of teacher and school leader professional development;
  • A strong track record in managing, marketing and promoting brand;
  • A proven ability to design and deliver a teacher recruitment strategy;
  • A highly developed network within the education sector and proven ability to communicate effectively within this network;
  • Deep understanding of the education system and ‘how schools work’;
  • Ability to develop and deliver high impact strategies across the disciplines of the role;
  • Outstanding track record of delivery on collaborative projects against tight timelines;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • The ability to quality-assure the consistent application of evidence standards across a range of products and publications;
  • The ability to present in a range of forums and adapt style to suit different audience needs;
  • The ability to manage and motivate a high-performing team; and
  • A pro-active, entrepreneurial approach.


  • Experience of using a CRM system

Working at the Institute of Teaching

Location: Flexible
Contract: Permanent
Salary:  c. £90,000 (negotiable)

Key benefits available to all Institute of Teaching staff:

  • Flexible start and end working times (core hours between 10am and 4pm);
  • Flexible working opportunities.

Diversity and inclusion

The Institute of Teaching is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensuring that all qualified applicants receive equal consideration for employment. We are committed to fair and inclusive recruitment practices and are open to job shares, secondments, part-time, and flexible working schedules.

Things to know

  • All Institute of Teaching staff are subject to a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  The level of check which will apply shall be an “Enhanced” level check.
  • We regret that we are unable to sponsor visas.

How to apply

Key Dates

  • Closing date: 21 August 2022
  • Shortlisting: w/c 22 August 2022
  • First round interviews: w/c 29 August 2022
  • Final interviews: w/c 5 and/or 11 September 2022

We reserve the right to change the closing date depending on the number of responses received. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure that it is considered in the selection.

If you have a disability and can demonstrate that closing this post early would impact on your ability to submit an application in time, please contact our Human Resources team to request arrangement for an application to be submitted within the original time-frame.

 Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

The Institute of Teaching is committed to create a workforce that is diverse, promotes inclusion and supports everyone to progress and achieve, regardless of background characteristics.

To assist us in understanding how we are progressing to meet these aims and to identify areas for further focus. We are seeking your support to collect information to produce and monitor equal opportunities aggregate statistics.

As part of the application, you’ll be invited to complete an Equal Opportunities section. Completing that section is not mandatory and will not affect or be linked to your application.

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