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Network Development Manager

Rolling Deadline  |  Full-Time Job  |  United Kingdom


An opportunity to be part of a dynamic third sector organisation at the cutting edge of digital and community development across the UK.

Good Things Foundation is the UK’s leading digital inclusion organisation. Around 11.5million people in the UK still don’t have the basic platform of confidence and skills to use digital technology and the internet. Our mission is to help them bridge this gap and become digitally confident and capable.

Since 2010 we’ve helped over 2 million people improve their lives using digital, driving positive outcomes from employment through to health and wellbeing – and our target is to help 2 million more by the end of the decade.

We are now looking for a Network Development Manager who has excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills, coupled with the ability to think innovatively and solve complex problems. You will be at the heart of realising Good Things Foundation’s charitable mission through the delivery of a successful funding plan and in developing and implementing grant funding programmes.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Network Grants: Ensuring robust allocation of funding to deliver targets. Managing each stage of the full grant allocation process. Identifying underperformance and putting measures in place. The recovery or reallocation of funding to maximise delivery.
  • Network Development: Leading and implementing a network development plan. Continually growing and strengthening the Online Centres Network. Strategic gap filling. Testing ideas on pieces of work and projects. Developing and leading a program of Network engagement events/activities.
  • Staff Management: empowering the Network Specialist to maximise their contribution to the organisation and managing ad-hoc project teams of staff.

You will have experience of:


  • A minimum of 1 year’s experience of performance management, reporting, quality assurance and compliance of funded contracts.
  • 2 years+ experience in customer service.
  • Experience of working across more than 2 projects/workstream at the same time.
  • Advanced experience of using Google docs to effectively manage funding and performance – analyse data and make decisions.
  • Advanced experience of mail merge to send emails.
  • Experience of delivering training webinars/events.
  • Proven problem solver, with evidence of providing simple, practical solutions to complex problems.
  • Experience of managing a team and empowering staff to perform at their best and to develop to meet Good Things Foundation long term needs.
  • Demonstrable experience of contributing to the wider corporate needs of an organisation beyond your immediate job description.
  • Experience of managing, monitoring and where necessary revising complex projects and work streams to meet organisational objectives.

With the following knowledge and skills:


  • Proactive and flexible to taking on new areas of work and doing whatever is needed to get the job done.
  • Ability to think innovatively and to turn that thinking into realistic plans and workflows.
  • Ability to manage flexible teams of staff to achieve challenging delivery objectives.
  • Ability to devise and control realistic budgets and keep track of income and expenditure delegated to you and your team.
  • Excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Proven problem solver, with evidence of providing simple, practical solutions to complex problems.

There will be frequent travel around the UK in this role with some overnight stays.

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