Grants Programme Manager
Deadline for Applications: Sunday 12 August, 2018
Salary: £22,000-£24,000 depending on experience
Length of contract: Full-time, Permanent (job-share will be considered)
Responsible to: Programmes Director
About the role
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an enthusiastic individual to help us successfully deliver the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. Working with the Programmes Director you will ensure that SCF delivers an accessible and effective grant programme by providing advice, guidance and support to potential grant applicants, assessing grant applications and working with funded organisations to monitor and evaluate the impact of our grant making.
In doing so, you will make a significant contribution to people’s quality of life and community well-being in the communities most affected by the construction of Hinkley Point C
You will focus particularly on delivering our small grants but also support the Programmes Director in the delivery of the overall fund.
You do not have to have experience of grant-making, although this would help. You will however have a good understanding of the importance of voluntary organisations in our communities, how they are run and governed and how they are financed.
You will be able to build positive relationships with individuals, organisations and local communities, work to strict deadlines, and be able to demonstrate strong organisational skills. It will help if you are already familiar with the Sedgemoor and West Somerset area.
The position comes with 25 days annual leave and we contribute up to 3% towards your pension.
Somerset Community Foundation’s (SCF) mission is to be a catalyst for inspirational philanthropy. We do this by:
- providing professional philanthropic services to donors and funders concerned about Somerset
- investing in our communities through grants and loans
- giving leadership to the voluntary and community sector
We are a successful, ambitious and innovative member of a strong network of Community Foundations working across the UK and have been quality accredited to standards endorsed by the Charity Commission since the standards were introduced in 2007.
In our first 15 years we have invested over £8 million in grants and loans to a wide range of causes throughout Somerset and we continue to invest at least £500,000 each year through our core grants programmes. Since 2007 we have been building an endowment fund, through which donors can make a lasting commitment to local causes, which is currently worth more than £5 million; at the end of 2017 we were managing over 84 ‘named funds’ set up by local families, companies, trusts and the public sector.
In 2017 we started delivering the £13 million Hinkley Point C Community Fund, which was established to support communities that have been affected by the Hinkley Point C development to improve their quality of life and help them make the most of the opportunities arising during the construction of the power station. The fund has huge potential to create a positive and lasting legacy in the area.
Main areas of responsibility
- 1. Programme Management
- deliver the HPC Community Fund Small Grants Programme to meet the criteria of the fund and community needs
- promote the fund to local communities, including arranging and speaking at events and meetings, and provide advice and support to applicants
- assess applications and make recommendations to the Small Grants Awards Panel, and when necessary to the Awards Panel
- prepare grant offers and liaise with colleagues to ensure payments are made to successful applicants
- monitor and evaluate the progress of grant awards and provide feedback to partners and stakeholders as required
- record essential information accurately and timely on our database
- support the Programmes Director in the overall delivery of the HPC Community Fund as required
2. Finance and Administration
- process information held on programmes to provide accurate and timely reports for internal and external stakeholders
- co-ordinate and support the work of office volunteers as appropriate
- undertake general administrative duties, including providing customer services to front line enquiries to the Bridgwater office.
- support the development of the SCF website and other communications
- contribute to the maintenance and development of grant making systems, policies and procedures
- assist at SCF events
- ensure you access appropriate professional training and development opportunities
From time to time you may be required to take on other duties other than described above to support the delivery of the Hinkley Point C Community Fund.
Knowledge, experience and understanding
- understanding of how charities and other not-for-profit organisations are set-up, run, governed and financed (essential)
- experience of managing multiple caseloads to a high standard and to set deadlines (essential)
- experience of working effectively with diverse stakeholders (essential)
- experience of writing funding bids, including grant applications (desirable)
- knowledge of communities in Sedgemoor and West Somerset (desirable)
- understanding of issues affecting people facing disadvantage in rural communities (desirable)
- able to critically assess information and summarise accurately (essential)
- strong verbal and written communication skills (essential)
- understand and interpret budgets and simple accounts (essential)
- strong numeracy and ICT skills (essential)
- Passion and commitment to help improve people’s quality of life and community well-being (essential)
- Flexible problem solver with a ‘can-do’ approach (essential)
- Good interpersonal skills with people from diverse backgrounds (essential)
- Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative (essential)
- Confident and active team player (desirable)
- Dependable and reliable (essential)
- Positive, resilient and supportive under pressure (essential)
- Driving licence and available to travel throughout Somerset (essential)
- Ability to work out of hours (desirable) (we operate a Time Off in Lieu policy).
 These are aimed at smaller organisations seeking a one-off grant of up to £5,000 or up to £10,000 over three years
To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the ‘person specification’ to Mary Hancock, Operations Director at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 August 2018.
Interview date: Mon 10 September, 2018
If you would like to discuss any aspect of this role please contact Val Bishop, Programmes Director at Somerset Community Foundation, on 01749 344949 or email@example.com