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Teach First

Teach First

Teach First

Teach First is an independent charity working to address one of the UK’s most damaging social issues – educational disadvantage. We recruit exceptional graduates and experienced professionals into ...


London, United Kingdom

28 Oct 2013

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Compensation details:
£31,050, increasing to £34,510 on successful completion of the 6 month probationary period

Employer tags:
Public Policy
Social Enterprise
Esc Factor:
Social Impact
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Business Analyst

We are looking for an ambitious analyst to manage a critical development project around the Teach First income model.

London, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
£31,050, increasing to £34,510 on successful completion of the 6 month probationary period

Job Type:
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Exciting Brand
Social Impact
Business Development
Project Management
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Teach First is seeking to reinforce its position as a fast growing yet highly sustainable charity. Currently, we are funded through a combination of government grants, voluntary contributions and fees. 

However, in order to rapidly scale-up sustainable growth, we are seeking to explore an exciting new strand within our income model that focusses on social financing, e.g. Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and Payment by Results (PbR) based social investment, as well as potential commercial partnerships and various means to generate earned income that capitalise on our intellectual property, skills and experience.

As Business Analyst, you will play a crucial role in first scoping the various options available before working across the charity, and with the leadership team, to explore their appropriateness, in order to produce a series of recommendations. As viable opportunities emerge and are agreed, the Business Analyst will then work to put them in place and build a programme of revenue-generating activity.

Working closely with the Director of Development, Director of Finance and Chief Operating Officer, this is an exciting new fixed-term role providing the opportunity for a highly entrepreneurial self-starter to make a significant contribution towards an area of work that is both new to Teach First and at the vanguard of charity development.

The ideal candidate will not necessarily be a business development or finance specialist but will be a strategic and analytical thinker, with the ability to see the bigger picture, and will possess a demonstrable passion for this area of work.

The key accountabilities for this role include:

Project Management

  • Create a comprehensive strategic and operational project plan with clear milestones and deliverables
  • Provide regular updates and progress reports to the leadership team
  • Successfully move from the scoping and consultation phase to delivery and scaling-up


  • Fully scope and explore the various alternative income opportunities available
  • Undertake a full consultation with external experts (e.g. charity finance, social finance/investment and relevant organisations, such as the Social Investment Business, Big Society Capital and Social Finance), other charities and social enterprises (e.g. organisations that engage with alternative and progressive income models), businesses (e.g. supporter organisations and for-profit companies working in the education sector) and internal stakeholders (e.g. leadership team, relevant departments and trustees)

Organisational Up-skilling

  • Work across the charity to educate employees about this area of work and its importance to our development as an organisation
  • Seek input, leverage knowledge and experience, and address uncertainty or concerns throughout the process


  • Produce a clear business case with a series of recommendations that can be considered and decided upon by the charity’s leadership
  • Work to introduce the agreed recommendations

Technical Competencies

  • Excellent project management skills, such as planning, monitoring and reporting
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to identify opportunities and generate creative solutions
  • Ability to establish and manage effective working relationships with people of all working styles, backgrounds and industry-experience
  • Excellent communication skills, including presentational skills, and experience of working with senior leaders
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to assess, prioritise and manage a varied and demanding workload
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter with initiative, drive, and flexibility to deal with unexpected situations
  • Excellent ability to research and review information and use it to inform strategy and practice
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Strong commitment to the Teach First vision and mission; and a strong belief in your capacity to make a positive impact towards them
  • Knowledge of and interest in charity and social enterprise funding models desirable

This is a one year fixed term contract, ending 19 December, 2014.
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