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Development Manager



Posted over 30 days ago...


Join ThinkForward as a Development Manager and empower young people to overcome barriers and build brighter futures


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London, UK - Hybrid

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Expires at anytime

ThinkForward is a catalyst for social change, dedicated to empowering young people from underprivileged backgrounds to achieve their full potential. This organization is on a mission to support those facing challenges by providing the tools and guidance needed to secure a successful transition into the workforce. It's an exciting time to join a team that's passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of the youth and fostering an environment where aspirations become realities.

  • Identify and secure high-value funding opportunities across various income streams.
  • Develop compelling applications and reports to the highest standard.
  • Build and maintain strong internal relationships for collaborative fundraising.
  • Provide excellent stewardship for existing funders.
  • Technical excellence in application/report writing
  • Expertise in one or more income streams (trusts, corporate partnerships, individual donors)
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain productivity and resilience.

ThinkForward exists to empower young people to create better and brighter futures. We want them to be able to identify, realise and shape their aspirations and be ready to make a successful transition into work. Young people experiencing barriers such as challenging relationships, living in low-income households, or growing up in areas with a lack of access to opportunities can be confronted with hurdles. Without the right support these barriers can lead to high risks of unemployment and long- term effects on career and life chances.

Our Development Manager will play a key role in supporting ThinkForward to achieve ambitious growth targets and deliver on our mission to support young people facing challenges to build a brighter, better future. You will work flexibly across all income streams to identify and convert high-value funding opportunities from trusts and foundations, corporate partners and high-net-worth individuals, as well as supporting excellent stewardship for our existing funders.

You will bring technical excellence in relation to the highest standard of compelling application and report writing, and you will develop strong relationships internally to facilitate a collaborative approach to income generation. Ideally, you will also bring expertise in at least one of ThinkForward’s identified income streams.

The Development Manager will be comfortable working with healthy pressure within a supportive and collaborative team culture and will be able to maintain a high level of productivity, pace and resilience in what is a challenging funding environment.

ThinkForward offer a range of employee benefits including Pro rata 25 days annual leave, 3 additional days’ leave for office closure days between Christmas and new year, Up to 2 days’ leave for volunteering or 4 half days to support wellbeing, A commitment to personal development, 4.5% employer pension contributions - 1.5% more than the statutory minimum of 3%, Interest free employee loans, Cycle to work scheme, Employee discounts and rewards scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Flexible bank holidays.

ThinkForward is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment. ThinkForward is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


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