Funding Officer, FTC/Permanent, Ref 18/123
Hours per week: 37
Contract: Fixed term to March 2020
Are you a confident communicator who enjoys working with people?
Do you see the potential in ideas as well as the challenges?
Do you have good research and analytical skills?
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life.
At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.
We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.
We are looking for Funding Officers to join London and South East team to support our grant making across the region. In these roles you will work across with local Funding Managers to build relationships with organisations, talk about their ideas and ambitions and assess funding requests; while supporting us to take a strategic approach to our grant making through data and insight analysis.
As a Funding Officer you will be responsible for our grant-making activity including pre-application support, assessment, and grant management. You will build long term relationships with people and organisations, supporting people who are applying and continuing to work with them after a grant has been awarded.
You will be responsible for understanding how an organisation’s ideas align with our funding priorities, and making good judgements about when to take an application further or when to signpost to other opportunities.
Within this role you will support the Fund through data gathering, analysis, to identify trends and context of our grant making. You will support local teams and managers understand the data and how this can be applied to their roles and inform our grant making.
You will represent the Fund at funding fairs and external meetings, and create opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning from your conversations, events, grant holder reports and evaluations with other colleagues so that we can maximise our impact.
You’ll be part of a team, led by a Funding Manager, and comprised of a number of other Funding Officers.
We are looking for people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences who are passionate about making a difference through our funding and who really understand the communities we work with.
You will have:
• Strong written and verbal communication skills and confidence to operate in a wide range of environments
• Ability to build and maintain excellent relationships
• Ability to manage your own workload with minimal supervision
• Sound numerical skills
• Sound IT skills
• Good analytical skills
• Confidence to use your judgement, take initiative and challenge when appropriate
You will work primarily from our central office in Holborn, but will be required to undertake project visits across the region.
We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:
- Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
- Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
- Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- Childcare vouchers
- Season ticket and cycle to work loans
- Paid volunteering leave
How to apply
To apply online and further details about our application process, the Fund’s work, and our range of excellent benefits, please visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/jobs.
Closing date: 9 December 2018
Interview date: 17 December 2018
The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.