Director of Strategic Partnerships

Nationwide with frequent travel to Greater & Central London

  • Location

    Nationwide with frequent travel to Greater & Central London

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration

    c. £80,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    12 December 2019

Ref: GSe59919

Help to build safer childhoods, stronger families and positive futures for the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people

Barnardo’s is leading the way in developing a new approach to partnership working. We are moving beyond traditional, transactional commissioning relationships towards new relationships based on co-design and co-delivery, with the aim of changing vulnerable children’s lives for the better.

This is an opportunity for an innovative, out-of-the-box thinker in children’s services to lead us into the next phase of this journey. This new leadership role, within the newly formed ‘Children’s Services Development & Innovation’ Directorate, will play an important role in expanding our work with partners and driving new, innovative practices and systems change, to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people across the UK.

You will be instrumental in cultivating new strategic partnerships across Government, healthcare providers and local government and the private sector to develop innovation, change the system and improve outcomes for children and young people. You will lead the ongoing development and high-quality delivery of our ‘Core Priority Programmes’ aimed at transformational change in our priority areas. As such you will bring a track record of developing and embedding frameworks to drive systems change, and of harnessing internal and external partnerships to solve complex problems and influence change at all levels.

You will bring significant and varied experience of working at senior management level in a large, complex third sector, public sector or health/social care delivery organisation and will be experienced at engaging at the highest levels across a wide range of external stakeholders. This role requires someone with considerable experience of the commissioning environment and of co-production in order to achieve long-term solutions.

The closing date is 10am Friday 13th December 2019.

Closing DateFriday 13th December 2019
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson 14th, 16th and 17th January 2020
Informal Meeting with Javed Khan, Chief Executivew/c 20th January 2020
Final Panel Intervieww/c 17th February 2020

​To find out more about this appointment, please visit our Webpage HERE and for an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Joanna Thornton or Mark Bate on 0113 205 6288.

Contact details
Victoria Wakerley: 020 7426 3977