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London, Greater London
£45,000 per year
Contract, Temporary, Full-time
Job description

St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity - Head of Development (maternity leave cover)

Responsible to the Charity Director

Main purpose of job  - To pro-actively develop the Frontline Network and the St Martin’s Charity grant programmes - including the Vicar's Relief Fund (VRF).

Main duties and responsibilities

Line Management:

  • Partnerships Manager
  • Impact Manager
  • Policy and Communications Officer

Developing the Network

This includes, but is not limited to, operational responsibility for the following activities:

  • Expanding our current portfolio of events for frontline workers
  • Supporting the Partnerships Manager to ensure that our local partnerships support and compliment the overall aims of the Network
  • Amplifying the voice of frontline workers among decision makers
  • Developing and expanding the resources provided by the Network to frontline workers
  • Developing the opportunities which support the professional development of frontline workers offered through the Network
  • Building partnerships with other organisations in the sector to enhance the reach and impact of the Frontline Network

Managing the VRF and St Martin’s Charity Grant Programmes

This includes, but is not limited to, operational responsibility for the following activities:

  • Delivery of the VRF grant programme (approx. £1.5 - £2 million pa)
  • Delivery of the Ideas Fund
  • Development and implementation of a new Personal Budget grant programme
  • Ensuring that our funding is guided by frontline workers and the people they support
  • Actively developing how to better integrate the VRF and the Frontline Network and ensure that learnings from each feed into the other

Other activities

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Embedding reflective learning, monitoring and evaluation into all Charity activities
  • Monitoring the impact of the Frontline Network and the grant programmes
  • Providing regular reports to funders, developing new funding opportunities
  • Coordinating the steering group for the Frontline Network
  • Undertaking the role of Safeguarding lead for the Charity and the responsibilities that come with this
  • Leading the Charity’s work on staff wellbeing
  • Feeding into the overall strategic development of the Charity

This is not an exhaustive description of the job, aspects will change over time and we want you to contribute to its development and progression.

The Person

We are interested to hear from a wide group of candidates. We are particularly interested in people with experiences in the following areas:


  • Knowledge of the homeless and housing sector
  • Knowledge and experience of managing a grant programme
  • Project Management experience and the ability to develop new programmes from scoping to implementation stage
  • Understanding of the role that frontline workers play in supporting people experiencing homelessness
  • Experience of managing a team working across a diverse portfolio of activities (preferably remotely)
  • Ability to network and identify opportunities which develop and compliment existing activities of the organisation


  • Previous experience as a frontline worker in a homelessness setting
  • Degree level qualification or equivalent preferred, but University of Life experience counts
  • Experience of developing new grant programmes
  • Previous experience and or knowledge of safeguarding

Key skills and competencies:

  • Decision making – Ability to work independently to agreed priorities. Can take actions and make recommendations or decisions which contribute to the improved effectiveness of core areas of work as well as broader organizational effectiveness.
  • Developing and supervising others – Responsible for managing services and groups of staff, as well as leading cross-disciplinary projects.
  • Managing resources – Financial / resource accountability, as well as influence over broader resource management and priorities to support delivery of team and organizational objectives.
  • Problem-solving – Ability to work on complex issues requiring substantial creative and analytical ability.
  • Managing working relationships – Ability to identify, build and generate momentum across a wide and possibly complex network of relationships that are significant to the Charity’s strategic and operational success.
  • Knowledge, skills and expertise – Act as a source of expertise within the Charity and enable the team to manage and deliver their areas of work effectively.

Additional information

  • Core office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm, 40 hours a week
  • This role will require a flexible working pattern including some early morning, evening and weekend work as required for events and especially for the Christmas Appeal
  • Contract is for maternity cover for up to one year and subject to occupational health assessment
  • Notice period is one month

How to apply

If you are interested in the role, please provide:

  • A current comprehensive CV outlining your key achievements in your current and previous roles
  • A supporting statement explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role, directly addressing the person specification
  • Details of two referees (who will not be contacted without your prior consent

To apply, please visit our recruitment website via the link provided. 

Deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday 11 October 2020 at 11.59pm. Interviews will be held online the week beginning 19 October 2020 - second interviews if required at a later date to be agreed.

Additional documents
St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity Head of Development recruitment pack (.pdf)
More about St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity
St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity helps homeless and vulnerably housed people. We are best known for our annual BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal ... Read more

Posted on: 30 September 2020
Closing date: 11 October 2020
Job ref: VA23
Tags: Project Management,Business Development

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