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Young Barnet Foundation
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£30,000 - £35,000 per year pro rata
Dynamic, passionate individual with voluntary sector development experience required to support the recovery of the sector within Barnet.
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Home-based
West Kensington, Greater London
£50,000 - £55,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Background to the post

Independent Age has recently undertaken a strategic review ensuring that we use our resources wisely, increase our influence and find new ways to support communities across the UK, so this position comes at an exciting time to join the charity.  The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that some of our plans have been brought forward, including the development of our grant making activities.  In May 2020 we launched our first ever Independent Age Grants Programme, aimed at supporting organisations working with older people who have been disproportionally affected by Covid-19.

Job Purpose

We are looking for someone who has significant experience in the grant making sector initially for 12 months to: oversee the final rounds of our Covid-19 Independent Age Grants Fund; develop and deliver a robust learning plan; review our experience as a grant maker, help us explore and shape future grant making opportunities. The postholder will also scope the potential for a capacity building programme that would support other charities working to improve the lives of older people in the UK.

Key Responsibilities

Grant making and management:

  • Oversee the Independent Age Grants Fund through its current final rounds of Covid-19 grant making ensuring a responsive service to applicants, high-quality assessments and informed decision making in line with the priorities of the Fund.
  • Provide support and guidance to a team of freelance grant assessors, managing feedback to and from the team and overseeing the quality of their work
  • Ensure grant management functions such as requests to extend the work, inability to complete the programme, closure of organisations are managed efficiently and effectively
  • Explore options for developing grant making capacity within Independent Age – and if appropriate train staff in assessment and grant management skills.

Reporting and learning

  • With the Director of Services and in partnership with other directorate colleagues, design and lead a ‘listening exercise’ with funded organisations to understand the difference the Fund has made, the opportunities and challenges going forwards and the support needs of organisations working with older people. 
  • Produce a final report on the Covid-19 Independent Age Grants Fund, bringing to life the difference the Fund has made to older people, key learnings, ongoing support needs and overall value of the Fund.
  • Identify opportunities for dissemination for the report and mechanisms for future engagement by older people’s organisations and other interested stakeholders
  • With Senior Colleagues and the Philanthropy and Partnerships Team, bring together a set of grantees with strategic funders to take a deeper dive into the learning and what is needed for the sector.

Scoping the sector and capacity building

  • Produce a literature review of key research and practice reports on current opportunities, risks and challenges facing organisations supporting older people, highlighting previously identified support needs, and routes of support.
  • Working with local Independent Age teams, set up and lead regional focus groups with local support organisations, funded partners, strategic players and local Trusts and Foundations to identify current and future support needs, also exploring what organisations want from Independent Age.
  • Working with the Director of Services make recommendations on how Independent Age might respond to the needs identified including capacity building, convening or other support mechanisms.

Relationship building

  • Work with colleagues in other teams to establish a group of older people to work closely with Independent Age through its developmental phase of grant giving to provide lived experience and other expertise to help shape a grants fund and capacity building programme in the future
  • Together with Independent Age senior staff, and the Philanthropy and Partnerships Team, identify and build relationships with key Trusts and Foundations with an interest in supporting work with older people.
  • With Senior Colleagues, share Independent Age’s work on the Grants Fund and learning from the listening exercise and focus groups with key strategic players in the sector, including funders to explore funding and development needs and identify possibilities for collaborative working.
  • Produce a report on the priorities for the sector, gaps identified and key opportunities for Independent Age to offer support.

Management

  • Demonstrate collegiate, empowering and inspirational management and leadership.
  • Provide effective performance management of any direct reports with agreed objectives and development plans in place to enable them to perform their roles effectively;
  • Effectively managing any budgetary or financial responsibility, embedding a culture of financial awareness and scrutiny;
  • Ensure the team maintains compliance and adherence with all policies and processes to ensure good governance.

General Responsibilities

  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the level of the role
  • Have fun and challenge yourself at work, model the charity’s values and abide by our policies and practices
  • Embrace diversity and share in our commitment to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination
  • Contribute to our fundraising effort by embracing opportunities to fundraise yourself, to promote fundraising and to support the fundraising team
  • Share in our commitment to safeguarding adults at risk of harm
  • Use the charity’s resources efficiently and effectively to ensure that our financial resources are demonstrably used for the benefit of our service users
  • Ensure that information is obtained, used and stored in accordance with our Data Protection and Confidentiality policy

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Significant experience of grant-making including programme development, grant assessment and grant management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of building and maintaining partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and strong networking.
  • Strong numeracy skills and be comfortable interpreting and appraising accounts, budgets, and other financial management information.
  • Analytical skills with the ability to make objective and unbiased judgements.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills in oral and written form.
  • An understanding of the voluntary sector across the UK, including the range of organisations, activities undertaken and funding context.
  • Familiar with a range of evaluation approaches and frameworks.
  • The ability to think critically about established grant making practice and help IA frame a grant-making approach which actively supports its strategic goals.
  • Well-organised and able to prioritise, manage a busy and varied workload and work to set deadlines.
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Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regul... Read more

Posted on: 14 July 2020
Closing date: 27 July 2020
Tags: Management

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