The Grants Officer will help unlock vital funds for hundreds of kinship carers, making a difference to the lives of thousands of children, every day. Ready to change lives? Join us.
Benefits: 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata) and pension.
About the role:
We are continuing to develop our frontline support to be able to help more kinship carers across England and Wales.
You’ll be part of our Advice team and as our Grants Officer you’ll talk to our kinship carers, discuss their needs, their priorities and then write charitable grant applications on their behalf. You will oversee the grants process, including co-ordinating the purchase of items, collecting receipts for items as required by the funders and liaising with all teams to ensure timely receipt of funds within the charity and to the kinship carers.
You’ll train and supervise our grant volunteers, as required, ensuring that we’re delivering a high impact service for our carers.
Who we’re looking for:
Kinship carers are at the heart of all we do. This role could be the difference between a kinship carer being able to dress their child for school properly, being able to buy a fridge, take a first holiday to the seaside… or going without.
We are looking for someone who can write persuasively and capture and present the key information to create a successful grant application. The successful applicant will be compassionate, empathetic and organised. We are looking for someone who can balance process and also understand the needs of our carers.
You will be hearing stories from carers in crisis, which will be tough. So as a team, we make time to make sure your well-being is also looked after and that we support each other. In return we will offer you training, supervision and the opportunity to work as part of a supportive team.
Kinship is the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales. We offer kinship carers financial, legal, practical and emotional support and understanding from the moment they need it, for as long as they need it. Our expert advice, information and guidance helps with complicated and stressful decisions that so many kinship families have to make. We’re always there to support them through difficult times and celebrate the good.
Kinship carers are strong and determined. Together, they are powerful. We help them build communities of support and action by connecting families locally and across England and Wales.
We’re at the heart of kinship networks, partnering with, and influencing, service providers, local and national government and other organisations. We give everything we have to fight for each family and their rights, changing society until every kinship family is recognised, valued and supported.
About our Advice Service:
Our Kinship advice and support service was set up in 2011 and has helped over 15,500 kinship carers.
The demand for our service is growing each year and the number of kinship carers we support has increased by more than 300% since the service was set up.
We’re now able to extend our advice service and develop a new project providing advice to special guardians and other kinship carers across England and Wales.
Our service is independent, confidential, and non-judgmental. Our professional advisors give advice on available benefits, allowances and how to navigate child services.
We also signpost kinship carers to other organisations and apply for grants on behalf of carers.
We’re a friendly team, passionate about doing good better. If that also sounds like you, why don’t you join us?
To apply, please send a CV and a 1 to 2-page cover letter in Word format, along with a completed Equal Opportunities form. The cover letter should include responses to the following questions:
- Why do you want the role of Grants Officer at Kinship?
- How do you meet the requirements in the person specification?
Closing date: 9am on Friday 24 September 2021
Interview date: Friday 1 October 2021
Interviews may be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.
Kinship is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and we encourage applicants from those groups currently under-represented in our organisation and sector. Kinship operates a blind recruitment process in-house and any identifying information will be removed from your application prior to shortlisting.