Zero Gravity

Charity Associate

Social mobility tech startup seeks dynamic self-starter to fundraise and award scholarships to the UK's brightest young people

About Us

Pupils from the most disadvantaged areas in the UK are 6x less likely to get into a highly-selective university than their more affluent peers. If nothing changes, the UK risks squandering the talent of millions of young people.

Zero Gravity is the award-winning tech startup changing this. We are a free online platform that propels talented pupils into top unis and careers through one-to-one mentoring, masterclasses, and a community of ambitious students. 

The Fund has been set up as the charity arm of the company. We fundraise and deploy hundreds of thousands of pounds in scholarships each year to the brightest students from the most socially mobile backgrounds.

Mission

Talent is spread evenly, but opportunity is not. Zero Gravity changing that so ambitious students can land the future they didn’t think possible. Because when talent wins, everyone wins. 

We unlock potential by propelling ambitious students into uni, work, and life. Together, our members defy the odds to level the playing field for the next generation. 

Our mentoring and masterclasses are the inside track on reaching the best unis and careers. Our members are the motivation to get there – daring the next generation to do the same. And our tech does it all at speed and at scale.

The context

Inequality is a ‘gravitational force’ that holds talented students back from reaching their potential. Today’s inequalities are external - like underfunded schools and neglected towns - and internal - like imposter syndrome and low aspirations. 

To date, with our digital mentoring platform, current university undergraduates mentor the next generation of top talent via our web app. We have over 5,000+ Year 13 students from low-income backgrounds being mentored on our digital platform by an undergraduate mentor who studies the same subject at the same university they want to go to.

We’re now also moving into the careers space; supporting talented students from low-income backgrounds into internships and graduate schemes through our platform. Students connect with a mentor who currently works in a leading employer, and get access to exclusive content and a community of career aspirants to support their journey.

We have commercial partnerships with leading employers such as HSBC and KPMG, and we plan to scale this product exponentially over the next year.

The role

Zero Gravity Fund is the charity arm of our tech startup. 

We use our contextual algorithms to talent-spot students who’ve worked with their Zero Gravity mentor to defy the odds to reach top universities, and come from particularly financially challenged backgrounds.

£1,000 per year is then awarded to these students to be spent on anything that accelerates students’ personal development whilst at university. 

Alongside this funding, we are creating the best scholarship programme in the world. Scholars have access to the Zero Gravity platform where they have access to exclusive work experience and internships, careers content, a community of like-minded students, and an industry mentor. The funding and the support combine to radically improve low-income students’ chances of breaking into top careers.

The Fund is funded by donations from high net worth donors and corporate partners. Last year we raised and awarded £600,000 worth of scholarships via our platform to 200 low-income students.

We’ve started partnering with big corporates to fund scholarships through our platform, with Fidelity International already deploying £90,000 to Zero Gravity students as our flagship pilot partner. In the medium term, we want to accelerate our fundraising from HNWs and institutional partners to deploy millions of £s of scholarships every year - becoming the go-to scholarship platform in the UK. 

In the long term we hope to also fund the Fund with profits from Zero Gravity. Indeed, we’ve made a constitutional commitment in our Company’s Articles to distribute 20% of future dividends to the Fund.

Role requirements

  • We're open to candidates with a range of experience but ask for at least 2+ years in the work place - that can be relevant experience or career changers with a proven interest & network
  • A dynamic self-starter who can work closely with our Chief Fund Officer to grow the Zero Gravity Fund. You will be someone who not only executes with both speed, quality and attention to detail, but searches out new opportunities and creative ideas to drive the Fund’s growth.
  • You will be a generalist who can execute across operations, fundraising, marketing, programme management and product development. You don’t need to be an expert in any of these areas, but someone who is able to marshall resources in order to execute across them all.
  • Passion for a cause that makes a real impact in creating a more equal playing field for high-talent, low-income students as they go through their university careers and into their first roles.

The Details

  • Fundraising & Research (essential): You will work with the Chief Fund Officer to raise £1.5m (500 students) of new funding by September 2023, with support from the rest of the Zero Gravity team and donors. The long-term strategy is to raise sufficient donations to the Fund to meet an ambitious target of funding 10% of Zero Gravity university entrants each year. The focus will be on High Net Worth, charitable foundations and corporate donors 
  • Programme / Project Management (essential): You will work closely with our Chief Fund Officer to build the best scholarship programme in the world; coming up with ideas for and then delivering events, webinars, finding internship opportunities, creating a community and more. Our goal is to get our scholars into a top job, in whatever career they want to pursue
  • Marketing (desirable): Working with our Brand and Marketing team, you’ll be maximising awareness and positive sentiment of the Zero Gravity Fund in the education sector
  • Operations (desirable): Leading on deploying and managing the funds with the scholars, and track the impact of the scholarships

Work towards aspirational KPIs

When we talk about social impact, we’re not messing around - we genuinely want every underrepresented student in the UK to have the best possible opportunities and your work will be pivotal in this, in particular ensuring that they have additional funding during their university careers. You’ll be working towards KPIs linked to:

● Fundraising / number of scholarships

● Corporate partnerships

● Donor and stakeholder engagement

● Brand awareness and engagement

●Product experience

●Impact tracking

Who you’ll work with

You’ll work closely with the Chief Fund Officer, the executive team member who is responsible for the Zero Gravity Fund. Your role will also involve working cross-functionally with teams across the organisation, including our Operations team, Brand team, and Tech team.

What we can offer you

● Salary - £30,000-£40,000 (depending on experience)

● Incredible Work - Be part of a mission-driven business that is transforming the lives of our users and disrupting the status quo.

● Performance bonus - We reward top performance via our Zero Gravity bonus scheme, with bonuses of up to 50% of salary.

● Share options - You can become a Zero Gravity shareholder via our 'ZERO GRAVITY FOR ALL' option scheme.

● Central London office - You'll work out of our beautiful Zero Gravity HQ in St Pauls, with flexible working options.

● Brand New MacBook- We'll equip you with the latest Apple hardware so you have the best tech to do your work.

● Zero Gravity Card - We’ll give you a Zero Gravity card loaded with £500pa to spend on learning and development.

● Fortnightly socials - Every fortnight we take our team out for dinner/drinks, completely on the house!

● Medicashback - You’ll receive a generous allowance for dental appointments, private GPs, and prescriptions.

● Swag Pack - When you join Zero Gravity you’ll receive a swag pack with branded clothing and office gear.

● 26 Days Holiday - All of our team members get 26 days paid holiday and 8 days bank holiday, and we make sure you take them.

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