Head of Partnerships for LGBT Youth Scotland

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Job description...

LGBT Youth Scotland are Scotland’s national charity for LGBTQ+ young people, working with 13–25 year olds across the country.

They also deliver the LGBT Charter programme to schools, organisations and businesses.

Their vision is that Scotland is the best place for LGBTQ+ young people to flourish and thrive.

Their mission is to support LGBTQ+ young people to flourish and thrive in all aspects of their lives through the provision of amazing youth work. LGBT Youth Scotland supports LGBTQ+ young people to use their voice and create change in equality and human rights.

Core Purpose of the Role:

This is an important leadership role at LGBT Youth Scotland with a focus on leading our fundraising, communications and partnerships work across Scotland, ensuring long term sustainability financially and positive awareness of the charity is grown to ensure we can support LGBTQ+ young people across the country.

The head of partnerships is responsible for:

  • the long-term sustainability of the charity through partnerships, fundraising, statutory grants, trusts and foundations
  • leading the Relationships & Partnerships Team which includes the fundraising and communications functions of the Charity
  • the delivery and further development of fundraising in all forms, communications and partnerships in line with LGBT Youth Scotland’s organisational strategy


Key responsibilities 


  • To work closely with the Chief Executive, Board and Leadership Team to effectively implement current and future strategy in pursuit of LGBT Youth Scotland’s vision.
  • To be a key member of the leadership team contributing to wider strategic and business development plans.



  • To set, oversee and ensure Resources and Partnerships budgets income and expenditure targets are within business plan targets and that budgets operate within organisational monitoring and reporting arrangements.



  • Effectively lead, manage and support the Relationships & Partnerships Team, and through coaching, training and policy development, build the skills of the team to ensure a high-quality provision of work which supports the charity in delivering positive outcomes for young people.
  • As part of the leadership team, manage strategic national partnerships across all sectors, working to build new impactful relationships.
  • As part of the leadership team, lead key strategic projects including those bringing significant change for the charity, ensuring that risks and threats are robustly managed.



  • Along with the CEO and Leadership Team, report to the board on progress against key strategic objectives, providing information and accounting for team performance.
  • To achieve, monitor and report against performance against targets relating to Relationships and Partnerships.


Income Generation and Fundraising

  • Develop and deliver LGBT Youth Scotland‘s awareness and income goals with a focus on long term sustainability.
  • To develop strong relationships and build partnerships, increasing income through donations.
  • To develop opportunities and partnerships around key campaigns and identify future opportunities.
  • To co-ordinate grant funding for the organisation, maintaining a 5 year pipeline.


Promotion of the Charity

  • To develop and deliver strategic communications to raise the profile of LGBT Youth Scotland, further our reach, awareness of our impact, and fundraising.
  • Ensure that our fundraising and communications are informed by young people and delivered in line with a culture of youth participation.
  • To represent the organisation in media in support of the CEO.
  • To train and support a portfolio of relevant clients as part of the delivery of the LGBT Charter programme.


Quality and Compliance

  • To lead on fundraising and communications policies, ensuring they are up to date, relevant and fair in the current business environment.
  •  To maintain the required level of confidentiality.


Responsible Standards

  • To ensure that our work is of the highest possible quality and that it impacts positively on LGBTQ+ young people.
  • To demonstrate exemplary leadership internally and be recognised as good ambassador externally.
  • To work in line with the principles, values and standards in community learning and development.
  • To ensure that all staff, partners, volunteers and young people of LGBT Youth Scotland are respected, valued and safe
  • To understand and abide by the policies of the organisation including Health and Safety, Equality, Diversity & Human Rights, Confidentiality, and Safeguarding
  • To carry out such other duties as agreed with the organisation.

Please contact Alan Surgeon [email protected] at AWS Executive to arrange a confidential discussion about the post.

Suitable candidates will be invited to apply by clicking on the Apply button in the blue box below. When you click on ‘Choose Files’ please attach both your CV and Cover Letter at the same time. If you have any difficulty in doing this please contact [email protected].


If you think that you fit the job description and can deliver the remit, then we would like to hear from you. We encourage all sections of society to apply. LGBTYS are committed to promoting human rights and the dignity of each human being, including equality of opportunity inclusive of sexual orientation, gender or transgender identity, age, race, disability, religion or belief and socio-economic status. We work to ensure that our services are accessible and young people’s experience and outcomes are positive and that there is an inclusive working environment for all staff and volunteers.

Your employment will be confirmed by LGBTYS after successful interview and any necessary checks including references, criminal records checks and your right to work in the UK.

You can also download the Job Pack and Impact Report here.

For more information about LGBTYS please visit their website

This position is now closed.

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