Chief Operating Officer

  
Job TitleChief Operating Officer
Line ManagerCEO
Salary£40,000
ContractPermanent, full time. Part time considered for the right candidate
LocationCurrently remote. 2 days a week in Bristol office from autumn 2021.
Start DateFlexible
Closing DatePlease submit applications by 12 September 2021. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if we find the right candidate.

About Learning with Parents

Learning with Parents is a charity with a vision for every child to be supported at home to fulfil their potential. We are narrowing the attainment gap by supporting all parents and carers to engage in their children’s learning.

We do this by leading the Parental Engagement Forum – a group of organisations and researchers connecting to improve home learning across the sector. We also provide a ground-breaking parental engagement programme to primary schools, which aims to motivate and empower all families to have enjoyable learning experiences together.

In the last year,our charityhas become a leading player in parental engagement, working with over 20,000 families and large organisations such as the BBC, the Department for Education and Oak National Academy.

Read our 2020 impact report | See our latest news and blogs

About the Role

We are looking to recruit a COO to join our leadership team and play a critical role in leading the growth of Learning with Parents. The COO will be involved in key strategic decision-making, reaching our ambitious fundraising targets, engaging with the board of trustees and deputising for the CEO as needed.

The COO’s role will be flexible and the remit will span the breadth of the charity. The role will evolve with the needs of the charity and the skillset of the individual. Our ideal candidate will bring experience of charity fundraising and be keen to be involved with human resources and finance.

Below is a list of tasks that may be tailored for the right candidate. Primarily we are looking for somebody who will play a key leadership role and complement the skills that are currently present within the organisation.

Areas of Responsibility

   
Strategy Work closely with the CEO to develop and execute short-term priorities and long-term strategy
Fundraising Lead work towards our ambitious fundraising targets, through a combination of developing corporate partnerships and securing grants from trusts and foundations
Project management Project manage the charity’s various activities, including evaluating opportunities, defining partnership journeys, and creating systems and processes
Risk management Lead our risk management work, including reporting as a standing item at trustee meetings
Finance (Dependent on individual) Support our finance function, including budgeting, board reporting, payroll, annual accounts and invoicing
HR(Dependent on individual) Support our HR, including our approach to recruitment, onboarding, professional development and retention
Line management Line manage staff, increasing in number as organisation scales

About You

  • Essential:
    • Experience of strategic planning and development
    • Understanding of charity fundraising and corporate partnerships
    • Excellent management skills, including the ability to lead and motivate others
    • Project management and organisational skills
    • Champion and uphold our organisation values
  • Desirable:
    • Experience in either finance or HR
    • An understanding of education inequality in the UK
    • Experience working in the charity sector

Our Values

Our values are key to how we work:

  • We have an ambitious vision and we are determined to achieve it
  • We are inclusive and enjoy making a positive difference together
  • We foster a test-and-learn culture to drive change
  • We are empowered to take ownership
  • We act with integrity and default to transparency
  • We strive for excellence in all we do

Benefits

We have a passionate team and supportive culture, which was recognised as we were named one of “The top 100 organisations to escape to in 2021” by Escape the City. In addition, we offer:

  • Generous holiday allowance of 35 days per year including bank holidays
  • A mix of office and home-based working
  • Flexible working times
  • Social events
  • Cycle to work scheme

To Apply

Submit a CV and one-page cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role using the form below, or by email to hello@learningwithparents.com.

Due to the nature of our work with young people, on acceptance of offers all Learning with Parents employees are subject to a DBS check in accordance with Safeguarding Policies and offers will also be subject to reference checks.

If you have any questions about the role and applying, please contact Alice at hello@learningwithparents.com.

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Terms and Conditions

PARTIES

(1) MATHS WITH PARENTS LIMITED incorporated in England and Wales with company number 9622195 whose registered office is 59 Church Lane, Wool, Dorset, BH20 6DD (Company);

(2) Your school or setting (School);

WHEREAS

(A) The Company has developed a programme to motivate and empower parents to engage in their child’s learning.

(B) The School wishes to use the Company’s programme to help their children and families.

(C) The Company has agreed to grant access to sections of its website to the relevant school staff and families.

(D) The Company has agreed to provide and the School has agreed to pay for access to the Company’s website on the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS

1. Definitions

The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in this Agreement:

 • “Initial Price” is the price for the Initial Subscription Term. This is calculated by the “Price Calculation”.

 • “Initial Subscription Term” means the initial term which shall begin on the date this contract is entered into and end after one calendar year.

 • “Intellectual Property Rights” means patents, rights to inventions, copyright and related rights, trade marks and service marks, business names and domain names, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off or unfair competition, rights in designs, database rights, rights to use, and protect the confidentiality of, confidential information (including know-how) and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, renewals or extensions of, and rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world.

 • “Learning with Parents Package” means a section of the Company’s website personalised for the School that contains the Videos provided by the Company via the Website or any other website notified to the School by the Company from time to time.

 • “Ongoing Price” means the price for the applicable Ongoing Subscription Term calculated by the Company. This will be shared with the school at least 30 days prior to the renewal date. It is dependent on the number of classes whose parents or carers are offered access to the Learning with Parents Package, as reported by the School in accordance with clause 4.5 below.

 • “Ongoing Subscription Term” means the term which shall begin at the end of the previous Subscription Term and last for one year.

 • “Permitted Users” means the School’s current staff, and parents and carers of pupils currently at the School, in each case as at the applicable time of use.

 • “Price” means, in respect of the Initial Subscription Term, the Initial Price or the Ongoing Price, in respect of the applicable Ongoing Subscription Term.

 • “Price Calculation” means the value calculated using the formula agreed upon initial sign-up, or updated upon renewal.

 • “Subscription Term” means the Initial Subscription Term or the Ongoing Subscription Term, as applicable.

 • “Videos” means the videos provided within the Learning with Parents Package which consist of short clips of children explaining school techniques and are supported by related activities that parents can complete with their child.

 • “Website” means mathswithparents.com, dev.learningwithparents.com/learningwithparents, englishwithparents.com or any subdomain of those domains, as appropriate.

2. Learning with Parents Package

In consideration of the School paying the applicable Price to the Company (in accordance with clause 5 below) the Company grants the School a nonexclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to access, and to allow the Permitted Users to access, the Learning with Parents Package during the Subscription Term.

3. Company’s Obligations

Subject to payment by the School of the Price (in accordance with clause 5 below), and compliance by the School with its obligations under clause 4 below, the Company agrees to:

3.1 provide the Learning with Parents Package to the School and use reasonable endeavours to ensure it can be accessed by the Permitted Users at all reasonable times.

3.2 work with the School to support increased parental engagement

4. School’s Obligations

4.1 provide the Company with such information and materials as the Company may reasonably require to supply the Learning with Parents Package and ensure that such information is accurate in all material respects;

4.2 ensure that only the Permitted Users use the Learning with Parents Package and that they do so inaccordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement;

4.3 allow the use of the School’s name and logo on the Company’s website and marketing materials;

4.4 no later than 30 days prior to each Subscription Term, provide an accurate estimate of the number of classes whose parents or carers will be offered access to the Learning with Parents Package.

5. Payment

5.1 The Company shall invoice the School up to 30 days prior to the start of each Subscription Term, or earlier if requested by the School, in respect of the Initial price or Ongoing Price, as applicable.

5.2 The School agrees to pay each invoice submitted by the Company within 30 days of the date of the invoice to the account specified in the invoice.

6. Intellectual Property Rights

6.1 No part of the Website including but not limited to the Learning with Parents Package and Videos may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means to anyone other than the Permitted Users without the prior express written consent of the Company.

6.2 The School acknowledges and agrees that the Company owns all Intellectual Property Rights in the Website, the Learning with Parents Package and the Videos and except as expressly stated herein, this Agreement does not grant the School any rights to or in such Intellectual Property Rights. 

6.3 The School shall promptly give notice in writing to the Company in the event that it becomes aware of any infringement of any Intellectual Property Rights owned by the Company.

7. Termination

7.1 Without limiting its other rights or remedies each party may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if:

7.1.1 the other party commits a material breach of its obligations under this Agreement and (if such breach is remediable) fails to remedy the breach within 30 days after receipt of notice in writing to do so; or

7.1.2 the other party’s financial position deteriorates to such an extent that its capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Agreement has been placed in jeopardy.

7.2 Without limiting its other rights or remedies the Company may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect if the School fails to pay any amount due under this Agreement on the due date for payment.

7.3 If the Agreement is terminated pursuant to this clause 7 during a Subscription Term, there will be no refund to the School of the amount of any Price paid by the School in respect of that Subscription Term.

8. Renewal

At the end of each Subscription Term, this Agreement shall automatically renew for one additional year as an Ongoing Subscription Term unless written notice of non-renewal is provided to the Company by the School at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the then-current Subscription Term. 

9. Indemnity

The School shall indemnify the Company for any loss suffered by the Company as a result of the School breaching its obligations under this Agreement.

10. Variation

No variation of this Agreement shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).

11. Entire Agreement

11.1 This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous agreements, arrangements and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

11.2 Each party agrees that it shall have no remedies in respect of any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in this Agreement.

11.3 Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in this Agreement.

12. Assignments

Neither party shall assign, transfer, subcontract, or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights and obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party.

13. Counterparts

This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when executed shall constitute a duplicate original, but all the counterparts shall together constitute the one agreement.

14. Third Party Rights

This Agreement does not confer any rights on any person or party other than the parties to this Agreement and where applicable their successors and permitted assigns pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

15. Governing Law

This Agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

16. Jurisdiction

Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).

The parties acknowledge that they have read and understand this Agreement and voluntarily accept the duties and obligations set forth herein.