Senior Associate: Funding Practice

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£38,000 - 42,000
Closing date
25 Sep 2020
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Senior Associate: Funding Practice

£38,000 - 42,000

London, currently remote

Ensuring that we effectively manage our investments and provide quality trust-based support to our funded partners is a critical aspect of our remit as a funder. The postholder will work across the organisation to encourage quality and consistency in how our investments are managed in line with our social change strategic goals. This role will work with all Impact and Investment staff to coordinate the approach to keeping policies relevant and up to date, to create training programmes and to maintain guidance documents.

Key responsibilities:

  • Promote approaches to the funding processes and systems and continuously develop, communicate and work with the Senior Manager- Inclusive Fund Design and Practice to implement effective strategies for managing investments and supporting our funded partners
  • Identify areas of inconsistencies, inefficiencies or gaps in current systems/policy/procedures and work with relevant Investment, Assurance, Technology and Finance teams to develop and implement improvements
  • Working with Investment, Assurance and Systems colleagues, provide technical assistance, guidance and rolling training to colleagues on funding processes to foster greater quality and consistency across the organisation
  • Routinely review, update and communicate policies and procedures relating to how our investments are managed incorporating feedback from funded partners, where applicable
  • Establish and facilitate reflection cycles around our funding processes and practice to inform our learning and decision-making
  • Work closely with the I&I Product Manager to ensure consistency in the way the funding management system is used
  • Implement processes to induct new, and current staff are fully trained on new guidance, systems and processes and any changes
  • Working with the Investment Coordinators, develop feedback approaches by driving a culture of effective listening, drawing learning out and finding ways improve the experience of applicants and current funded partners.
  • Develop external relationships with other funders and relevant actors to foster greater collaboration and engagement around how we fund and to inform our practice

Essential Education and Competencies:

  • Direct experience of managing investments and/or experience of improving funding processes and systems
  • Experience in funding practices that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Experience of providing coaching, training or similar support with high priority on user experience
  • Effective relationship builder, with strong emotional intelligence and experience of working in collaborative, cross organisational environments to facilitate conversations and alongside individuals and organisations with diverse perspectives
  • Ability to listen deeply and communicate well with colleagues, with an expertise in conveying conceptual and sometimes complex information to a variety of audiences
  • Solid IT literacy - experience with customer relations management (CRM) and/or funding management software an advantage).
  • Excellent attention to detail, time management and organisation skills.

To apply please visit our website via the link.

Role closes - 12:00pm, 25th Sep 2020 BST (Europe/London)

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm

Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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