Ashoka – Community & Fellowship Manager – UK & Ireland

Venture/Fellowship London, United Kingdom


Position at Ashoka

Ashoka – Community & Fellowship Manager – UK & Ireland

The Opportunity

In a world defined by rapid change, where our social, economic, and environmental problems are deep and urgent, changemaking must become the new literacy. Ashoka envisions an Everyone a Changemaker world in which every person — and young people in particular — have the confidence, ability, and support to be changemakers for the good of all.

At the heart of Ashoka UK & IRE is our community of leading social entrepreneurs (80 Ashoka Fellows driving systems change across a diverse range of fields), our support network, partners, changemaker educators, young change leaders and staff. The community's purpose is “to nurture the changemaker within one another and mobilise our community's power for a better tomorrow” and we operate in increasingly interconnected ways on local, regional, and global level. We are looking for an empathetic, confident, and strategic leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to be the facilitator of the community and help bring the purpose to life. This means offering support to world-leading social entrepreneurs, making connections with business leaders and corporate partners, identifying synergies across stakeholder groups and thematic areas, and creating meaningful opportunities to engage so that the community becomes increasingly self-sustaining.

If you are an accomplished, self-assured leader and team player with curiosity about how to best drive social impact, strengthen changemaking and forge strong inclusive communities, and are looking for your next challenge, come join us!

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive integration and engagement across our core stakeholder groups by designing and delivering our annual calendar of community events and creating meaningful points of connection between community members.
  • Lead on timely communications towards the entire community and individual members including disseminating relevant opportunities, making introductions, and circulating invitations to events, programmes, and other activities.
  • Act as the key point of contact for Ashoka Fellows identifying relevant sources of support, surfacing ways to accelerate their impact, and helping them navigate the Ashoka universe and all local, regional, and global offerings.
  • Contribute to Ashoka UK & IRE's overall strategy based on learnings from those working at the forefront of social innovation and collaborate with teams across Ashoka to mobilise our network, build partnerships and co-lead with Fellows and other community members.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an empathetic, confident, and strategic leader with a passion for and expertise in social innovation and building communities.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills are crucial: this is a highly sociable role that requires constant interaction with people from all walks of life and levels of seniority - from Ashoka, the community and outside the organisation. Fluent English is essential.
  • Empathy, the ability to connect on a human level and to truly understand people and situations are paramount for this role as is a commitment to embedding DEI.
  • You will need an inquiring, questioning mind and be happy to challenge the status quo. You will be able to spot opportunities, drive synergies and bring diverse stakeholder groups together. You will have excellent organisational skills and the ability to navigate complexity.
  • Experience of community building, facilitation, multi-stakeholder engagement, event planning, communications and project management will be hugely beneficial, although the right ethos and character traits will be more important.
A deep understanding of social innovation, different business and impact models, and a track record of entrepreneurial experience would be a huge advantage.

We ask for a minimum of 5 years work experience but this role can easily suit candidates with a lot more experience than that. 

To apply & other details

This role is based in London, with occasional national and international travel. It is not a visa-bearing role, so you must have the right to work in the UK to apply.

If this sounds like your next challenge, and you want to work with an international network of social impact leaders and changemakers, then we'd love to hear from you.

To apply, please submit your CV (max 2 pages) and covering letter (max 1 page).
  • Ideal start date: September 2021
  • Salary range: £30,000~£40,000 p.a. pro rata, dependent on experience.
  • Benefits: 25 days of paid leave plus bank holidays, 3% employer pension contribution, travel insurance coverage, discretionary parental leaves & pay.
  • Commitment: Full-time (we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements with the right candidate).
  • Closing date for applications: 9am BST on Monday 20th September (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis).
We are currently seeking to widen the diversity of our team to push for greater equity in the social entrepreneurship and citizen sectors.