Partnerships Manager

Posted on 28 October 22 by Liam Parmenter

  • Remote
  • 34000 - 36000 per Annum

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Job Description

level= are proud to be supporting UK Deaf Sport in their search for a new Partnerships Manager.

To access the BSL translation link, please click here: https://youtu.be/ndI743EqG7A

UK Deaf Sport is the leading organisation for deaf sports in the UK. Their vision is Every Deaf Person Active and Inspired by Sports and Physical Activity. They provide support, raise awareness for fairness and campaign for deaf people, ensuring equal opportunities in sport and physical activity. Its mission is for more deaf people to participate in sports throughout their lives and more deaf athletes to perform on the world stage.

The Partnerships Manager will work alongside the CEO to build and strengthen communication and effective relationships with the deaf community, existing and new sport and non-sport partners and UK Deaf Sport Members. The aim of this post is to strengthen relationships among organisations from grassroots to elite level to increase the number of opportunities for deaf people to take part in sport and physical activity

Partnerships Manager Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain strong, effective working relationships with key partners and stakeholders at all levels across the sport and physical activity landscape to support them to become more effective and increase the number of deaf people taking part in sport and physical activity to enable UK Deaf Sport to achieve its objectives. 
  • Support National Deaf Governing Bodies in improving the environment and processes for deaf athletes/players to compete locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in sport.
  • Put in place and maintain Partnership Agreements with key stakeholders.
  • Identify and establish relationships with wider non-sport sector organisations to increase the number of deaf people taking part in sport and physical activity such as the National Deaf Children’s Society.
  • Improve partnership working between the sport and physical activity and non-sport sectors and networks at locality place based, regional and national level to increase the number of deaf people participating in sport and physical activity. 
  • Engage and support UK Deaf Sport Members and manage the Membership Programme.
  • Line manage the Marketing and Communications Officer to develop UK Deaf Sport’s stakeholder messaging, profiling and engagement.
  • Provide leadership, advice, information and guidance to professionals on embedding inclusive practices for deaf people in sport and physical activity to support partners to develop their plans and achieve their objectives.
  • Facilitate and share knowledge on current insight, information and resources to support key strategic partners in improving the way sport and physical activity for deaf people is panned, managed and delivered in their organisation.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of, map and retain a contact list of key sport and non-sport stakeholders and use this understanding to identify partners and potential collaboration opportunities.
  • Attend and support national, regional and local events, exhibitions and conferences to represent UK Deaf Sport.


Partnerships Manager Person Specification:

  • Proven knowledge and ability to demonstrate stakeholder management, partnership working, building and maintaining relationships at an International, National, Regional and/or Locality place-based level within the sport or physical activity sector.
  • Knowledge and ability to engage with sport and sport sector structures and stakeholders at National and International level.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills, attention to detail and understanding of inclusive and accessible communication.  
  • Ability to use own initiative, plan ahead and work accurately to tight deadlines, and to prioritise.
  • Ability to travel and work independently.
  • The ability to be a strong advocate for UK Deaf Sport and all the programmes and activities it delivers and supports.

The Package:

  • Basic salary:  £36,000 per annum.
  • Home-based working.


To apply for this role, you will need to first register your interest by submitting your CV. Your CV will only be used for information purposes and will not be relevant in the application process. You will then be emailed a response containing a link needed to answer some work-related questions. Our goal is to assess your approach to a problem and better understand what knowledge and skills you have. Your answers will be anonymised, randomised and reviewed by a diverse panel.

We also think giving feedback is incredibly valuable for candidates, so at the end of the process, you'll see how well you performed during the application process.

The closing date for applications is Monday 31st October 2022 at 5pm, and the deadline for submission of the work-related questions is Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 5pm.

UK Deaf Sport encourage applicants who are from underrepresented groups, across protected characteristics, as they value the benefits of a diverse pool of applicants to find the best candidate. Lived experience of deafness would be highly beneficial. If you require a BSL interpreter, or have other accessibility needs, please advise and we will make the necessary arrangements.

UK Deaf Sport uses the term ‘deaf’ in this job description to cover a range of potential definitions of deafness, including those who are profoundly deaf, have significant hearing loss or are hard of hearing. It is acknowledged that definitions and understanding of Deaf and deafness can be complex. Within the deaf community there are perceptions around the level of deafness where some who are completely deaf consider themselves to be different compared to those with hearing loss. This also includes the use of the terms Deaf and deaf whereby the use of a capital D in Deaf can denote those who identify as having a cultural and shared experience of being Deaf, usually with profound or little hearing and may use sign language, whereas the use of lowercase d in deaf can refer to those who have both a significant hearing loss or are hard of hearing.

Job Information

Rate / Salary

34000 - 36000


Leisure and Sport


Not Specified

Skills / Experience

Outstanding stakeholder relationship management; Ability to build strong partnerships; Excellent organisational and communication skills;


Flexible, home-based working

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