What it’s like to work at Missing People: Grants manager focus
Published: 29 Aug 2017 By Jennifer Jackson
Ross Miller, director of fundraising and communications at Missing People, offers insider insight into working for the charity and the grants manager role it’s recruiting for
From left: Ross Miller, director of fundraising and communications at Missing People, next to one of the charity's supporters
Tell us about Missing People and the work you do
Every year one million people are affected by a disappearance. Those with dementia can wander for days. Vulnerable adults with mental health problems end up sleeping rough. Children stay with strangers who exploit them, provide drugs - or worse.
Last year our staff and volunteers helped almost 10,000 people in crisis. We are here for missing people and their families, day or night, 365 days a year.
What role are you currently recruiting for and what does it involve?
Our current grants manager is leaving after eight years. They have built a strong portfolio, a reputation for first-class reporting, and a growing ‘small grants’ programme. We are looking for a new grants manager to deliver further success to our well-established programme, in new and innovative ways.
What kind of person are you looking for?
We are looking for a senior level fundraiser who thrives on making well-judged applications, who works collaboratively with others to cultivate support, and who takes pride in seeing a winning bid create life changing services for beneficiaries.
We need someone who has experience in securing large grants, has delivered complex and high quality reports to funders, and who has taken a lead on delivering a wide-ranging grants portfolio.
Why would someone want to work for Missing People?
Missing People is a Sunday Times ‘Top 20’ charity to work for. We have a culture that is grounded, human, and lets people fly and ‘make it happen’. For this role there is an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and to make a real impact on the future of the charity.
We put beneficiaries in the lead. For example, this year a group of families with missing loved ones touched the nation’s heart when they auditioned on Britain’s Got Talent as the Missing People Choir. They went on to become finalists on the show.
What exciting projects are you working on?
We have finalised our new Five-Year Plan which sets out ambitious goals for the organisation – including a doubling of the number of people in crisis we help by 2021/22. To achieve this, we will need to continue to grow income in a considered and sustainable way, taking the charity from c. £3.5m this year to over £6.5m pa (of which we need around £4.5m to come from voluntary sources).
2018 will mark the charity’s 25th Anniversary.
What opportunities for training and development are there?
You will be supported by a successful directors group and an inspiring chief executive. At your disposal are some highly engaged senior staff who - with your direction - are adept at building strong relationships, a really clear vision for the organisation’s future, and a supportive integrated work environment.
The grants manager will be a member of our leadership team which has an important role to play in the shaping of all our plans and the approach to our work.
What tips would you offer applicants?
I would welcome applications from people who may already be making a strong mark in a local or regional charity and who now want to take a step-up to a national charity. Or from those working in a larger charity who now seek greater autonomy to lead and develop a grants programme within a smaller national charity.
Sum up what it’s like to work for Missing People
Missing People is responsive, transparent and future-minded – we attract people who share these attributes! To me, working at Missing People is an opportunity to make your mark, to see the difference your hard work makes, to think BIG and to take considered risks.