Head of Climate Action Ref: 19/064
Head of Climate Action, Ref 19/064
Hours per week: 37 Location: Flexible (London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow) Salary: Competitive salary + generous benefits Contract: permanent
The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery to communities across the UK. We distribute around £650 million worth of National Lottery Funding across the UK each year supporting health, educational, environmental, and charitable projects. We are fortunate to be able to support around 12,000 projects each year with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi-million-pound programmes.
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 have changed how we work across the Fund to help us serve people and communities more effectively, working flexibly and on their terms; working closer to communities.
The National Lottery Community Fund has made significant investments in the environment since its inception, through community-led projects that are focussed on activities that not only improve but use the environment to enhance the lives of people and communities. In July 2019, we announced that we would be stepping up our commitment to action on climate change with the launch of the Climate Action Fund.
The Climate Action Fund
The £100m Climate Action Fund aims, over the next 10 years, to build a network of people and communities taking the lead on meaningful, high impact and sustainable action to reduce the impact of climate change. These communities will be exemplars for what is possible when communities take the lead on climate change and will proactively seek, with our support, to share their learning and engage others to create a broader movement of change.
Within communities we will be looking to support community-led, place-based partnerships which are well placed to drive change within and beyond their community. Our ambition is for these partnerships to achieve meaningful impact that lasts after our funding has ended and engages a wide movement of people and communities across the UK, beyond the places we fund directly. Specifically, we aim for the partnerships we support to: - Reduce their carbon footprint sustainably - Increase participation in community-led climate action, within and beyond their own communities
Central to our ability to deliver against the ambitions of the Climate Action Fund is an explicit and pro-active approach to learning and broad dissemination of that learning amongst but also beyond the communities we fund directly. This is about
ensuring that the learning leads to fundamental behaviour change and wider movement building around action on climate change.
For more information on the Climate Action Fund, do visit https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/climate-action-fund
This is an exciting new leadership role which will develop and deliver the Fund’s strategy to support action on climate change. Responsibilities include:
• Successful delivery of the ambitions of the Climate Action Fund, ensuring that we deliver an excellent programme of support to communities, focusing, beyond funding, on learning, dissemination and movement building • Represent and champion the Fund’s action on climate change, both internally and externally: e.g.; o Become the focus point for the Fund’s knowledge and expertise on action on climate change o Establish and nurture relevant relationships and networks at senior level across charities, funders and government o Identify opportunity and develop collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders across charities, funders and government • Lead the programme team, including those responsible for the learning and dissemination, driving activity forward • Work collaboratively across the organisation, specifically with colleagues in other funding teams and engagement colleagues • Support the development and implementation of the other strands of our Climate Action Strategy notably: o Continuing to improve ourselves o Continuing to support charities and community groups to reduce their impact on climate change • Ensure that we continue to learn and improve, across all the strands of our Climate Action Strategy
We are looking for an exceptional leader who has an excellent understanding of climate change, what communities can do to drive change and how we might support them to build a wider movement of change.
You will have significant experience of developing strategies involving stakeholders from different sectors, designed to deliver greater joint impact. You will have an understanding of how the Fund might support communities to build a broader movement of change. You should be able to articulate how our Climate Action Strategy can contribute to the Fund’s purpose and principles and have significant experience of creating and delivering strategic and ambitious plans. You naturally embrace our belief that communities thrive when people are in the lead.
We are looking for individuals with:
• A passion for and in-depth understanding of action on climate change and what communities can do to take action to reduce their carbon footprint – relevant experience in the sector is highly desirable • An understanding of the broader policy context around climate change
• An understanding of what drives behaviour change and how to build a boarder movement of change
You will need to demonstrate:
• An ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with a range of senior level internal colleagues and external partners. • Confident communication skills, comfortable in all environments • Experience of collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders to co-deliver and design programmes. • Proven ability to articulate ambitions that resonate with team members and a variety of stakeholders • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills • Experience of building and leading teams and driving a high performance culture through your ability to coach, inspire and empower people in a values-driven organisation where our people care passionately about making a difference to people and communities and advancing equalities.
Experience of managing complex funding programmes is desirable. For you
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 The Nationla Lottery Community Fund's website
Closing date: 29/09/2019 Interview date: Week commencing 14 October and 21 October 2019
If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Elly De Decker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Equality, diversity and inclusion in our grant-making, and amongst our people, are all vital to our success in supporting people and communities to thrive. We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. We are a Disability Confident employer and positively welcome applications from disabled people. Once in post, we will ensure that any appropriate adjustment to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.