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Nova Wakefield District
Wakefield
£19,000 per annum pro rata (increasing to £20,007 after successful probationary period)
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Westminster, Greater London
circa £46,000.- with benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job Title: Programme Officer - Housing and Homelessness Programme

Location:  Homebased during current UK Government guidelines. Office-based, London, when guidelines change, with up to 25 per cent travel annually

Reporting to: Director, House and Homelessness Programme

Job Status: Full-time position / Permanent subject to satisfactory six-month probation

Salary: circa £46,000.- with benefits

About the Housing and Homelessness Programme
Oak Foundation’s Housing and Homelessness Programme is a grant-making programme which funds projects across the UK and US.  In additional to national projects, it also funds within the geographic locations prioritised in its current strategy.  These locations are London, Bristol, Birmingham, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. 

With an annual budget of around USD 30 million, the programme makes 38 new multi-year grants annually; and in addition, maintains strong connections with existing grantee partners, sharing learning and opportunities. The programme is undertaking a strategic review, and underpinning this, is a deep commitment to social justice, racial equity, and strengthening the voices of people with lived experience. All the work we will seek to fund will demonstrate a strong understanding of the experiences of people facing homelessness and evidence that all proposed projects are rooted in the solutions people closest to the problem have identified.   

We know that homelessness and housing problems disproportionately and unfairly affect sections of our community, and so we want to support projects that address this. This includes women; people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; disabled people; and LGBTQI communities.

The programme is currently made up of a programme director, four programme officers and one programme support assistant. The programme officers are responsible for identifying, developing and presenting grants to Trustees, and maintaining relationships with grant partners. 

This opportunity is for an additional programme officer, who will take responsibility for developing and managing a portfolio of national organisations in the UK and the US.  We are looking for someone who has extensive experience of working in relevant sectors such as housing and homelessness, race equity, anti-poverty, and across policy and practice. You do not necessarily need to have worked in grant-making previously, but you will be adept at making connections between policy and practice, as well as building strong relationships with people in the sector. You will also be committed to engaging with grassroots movements and value the process of involving people with lived experience. 

We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including lived experience or any of the issues related to our work.

Main responsibilities

  • Actively participating in the development of the programme’s strategies and workplans. 
  • Seeking out new UK and US grant-making opportunities in line with the strategic direction and our learning and evaluation system. This includes taking a social-justice and race-equity approach to our work.
  • Fully managing a substantial grant portfolio and actively engaging with grantee partners.  This includes handling the day-to-day responsibilities of a grant portfolio from initial inquiry to assessment to final recommendation; site visits; identifying and responding to capacity-building needs; monitoring grant implementation; reporting on and closing grants; evaluating current or past grants according to needs; and drawing and sharing lessons learned from projects and clusters of grants, among other activities.
  • Monitoring issues and strategies in the sector and grant-making field that are relevant to our work, and actively engaging other programme team members, as well as our grant partners. This includes learning from our own monitoring and evaluation, and making wider connections with national policy and practice.
  • Building collaborative relationships and networks at national level in the UK and US.
  • Designing research, projects or evaluations, commission and supervising consultants as and when we are developing larger projects.
  • Supervising interns/fellows as required.
  • Contributing to Oak-wide projects where required, including seeking opportunities for cross-programme funding of projects.
  • Performing all other relevant duties that may be assigned by the director.

Position requirements

  • University degree preferred but not essential, plus seven years professional experience of housing and homelessness and/or social justice and/or race equity. 
  • Deep understanding of the multiple ways in which people are disadvantaged by housing policy and a commitment to achieving systemic change, gained through experience of working in the field.
  • Commitment to grassroots action, and the involvement of people with lived experience in achieving social change – ideally gained from demonstrable experience of working in this way.
  • Demonstrable commitment to civil society; familiarity and solidarity with social justice movements and work that connects mainstream organisations to grassroots work and engaging effectively with communities.
  • Strategic, research and analytical skills, including in learning, monitoring, and evaluation, and the ability to synthesise and communicate information.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to working both independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated experience of developing work remotely.
  • Ability to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing reprioritisation.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting, or willingness to learn. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to write detailed grant proposals for Trustees to consider and approve. 
  • Willingness to travel, up to a maximum of 25 per cent per year.
  • A commitment to Oak’s organisational values.

Please see the attached Job Description for more details.

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Posted on: 12 May 2021
Closing date: 07 June 2021
Tags: Policy/Research,Operations
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