CLES is recruiting…in Birmingham

Birmingham Anchor Institution Network Co-ordinator

Fixed term contract for one year
£36k – £38k (dependent on experience)

Would you like to be part of an exciting project to build a more inclusive, socially just economy in Birmingham? Do you have experience of working independently to bring people together across organisations and sectors to realise change? Can you build on the commitment of Birmingham anchor institutions to realise practical change in the local economy through the use of their spending power, financial and physical assets?

With combined budgets of over £5bn and a workforce of over 50,000, the members of the Birmingham Anchor Institution Network are major economic agents. By collaborating on work in key areas of procurement, employment and management of land and assets, they have the economic agency to play a powerful role in shaping the city economy.

The Birmingham Anchor Institution Network Co-ordinator is a new post that has been created to lead and develop this exciting collaboration of public, voluntary and commercial sector organisations in the city[1]. Building on two years’ work with CLES, funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust, the participating organisations have committed to invest to drive this work forward through the recruitment of a dedicated Network Co-ordinator. The Birmingham-based Co-ordinator will lead the day to day work of the Network, working closely with Manchester based CLES who will provide technical and strategic support.

This role is about translating organisational commitment into practical change in the operations of participating anchor institutions. We are looking for an experienced project manager who thrives working independently and has the excellent interpersonal skills needed to build and sustain strong relationships between and within organisations with people from operational services through to senior leaders and politicians.  We are not looking for a technical expert but the postholder will need to have (or acquire rapidly) an understanding of community wealth building and anchor institution strategies and be able to idenitfy opportunities, initate and co-ordinate action and communicate this effectively and credibly with a wide range of stakeholders. Prior experience of working in a public sector environment with its procedures regarding procurement, asset management and/or employment would be beneficial.

For more information, download the job description and person specification attached to this job advert.

This post is a full-time fixed term contract for one year. We are open to flexible working.

The salary for the role is £36k – £38k per annum, dependent on experience

How to apply

Please forward your CV, covering letter (maximum two pages) and equal opportunities monitoring form to For an informal and confidential discussion about the post, please contact Frances Jones, Associate Director –, 0161 831 7871.

The closing date for applications: 9am Monday 27th January. 

Interviews will be held week commencing 3rd February.

[1] The participating members of the Network currently include: Birmingham City Council, University of Birmingham, Pioneer Group, Bournville Village Trust, West Midlands Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, University Hospitals Birmingham, Aston University, with support of Greater Birmimgham Chambers of Commerce.

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