U.K. Director

Common Sense (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Comcast, DirecTV, Netflix, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 600,000 registered educators and 55,000 schools use our ratings and curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media, tech, and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

The U.K. director is responsible for driving a strategic effort to build Common Sense's presence, philanthropic base, and strategic partnerships throughout the United Kingdom. The U.K. director is a frontline ambassador and fundraiser who cultivates, solicits, and manages high-profile relationships with local foundations/trusts and major donors as well as corporate, media, and education partners. S/he supports Common Sense organizational priorities by providing strategic input and helping to identify and structure partnerships in the region.

LOCATION: Farringdon, Central London, UK

At this time we are only able to consider applicants who are eligible to work in the UK.

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

Advisory council

  • Build a London advisory council (including identifying, recruiting, and guiding members) to help the organization establish a presence and partnerships in the U.K. and cultivate a philanthropic base.
  • Plan agendas and speakers and facilitate three advisory council meetings per year.
  • Ensure that all advisory council members are actively engaged with meaningful assignments that strengthen their commitment to Common Sense's mission.

Fundraising

  • Design and drive a comprehensive U.K. fundraising program that raises annual charitable support from a combination of individuals, corporations, trusts and foundations, and high-impact events.
  • Build and manage long-term relationships with donors and prospects, identifying, cultivating, and stewarding their interests.
  • Lead solicitation efforts for major donors, corporate sponsorships, and foundations/trusts in collaboration with the Common Sense executive team.
  • Plan and coordinate high-impact events to grow awareness, engagement, and donations.

Presence building

  • Act as primary Common Sense ambassador by attending (and speaking at, where appropriate) local events to network and build brand awareness.
  • Design, plan, and execute thought leadership events to raise public understanding about the impact of technology on children's digital well-being and privacy, amplify organizational priorities and cultivate key stakeholders.
  • Become a key media and on-air spokesperson representing the organization and our issues on morning shows, talk shows, podcasts, etc., to promote Common Sense data, research, and insights.
  • Seek out opportunities to generate mission-aligned integrations with key media partners.

Programs

  • Identify opportunities and build partnerships with nongovernmental organizations, media, government ministries, and education agencies based in the U.K. to build value and leverage Common Sense programs to amplify impact.
  • Provide strategic input to program teams (e.g., business development) in structuring revenue-generating partnerships for the organization and helping to establish, maintain, and optimize relationships.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of eight years working in a senior management role in at least one of the following sectors: nonprofit, media/technology, education, or advocacy/policy.
  • Five years of successful experience in fundraising (preferably in a field related to education, families, and children) through board, major volunteer, or operating role.
  • Understanding of the U.K. education, NGO, business, and philanthropic landscape.
  • Willing to travel within the U.K. on a regular basis and spend several days in San Francisco each quarter.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills; public speaking experience required.
  • Creative and high level of energy and productivity.
  • Execution-focused and able to convert strategy into action and results.
  • Self-motivated and flexible; must work well independently.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, follow through, and multitask in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

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