N1, London
£66,000 - £73,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is a leading independent funder. We aim to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK. In 2020 we provided over £54 million in grants to organisations working in the arts, children and young people, sustainable food and environment, and social change. We also have an allocation of £45 million for social investment to support organisations creating social impact.

In October 2020 we launched a new five-year strategy with a focus on three interdependent aims: improving our natural world, tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future and nurturing creative, confident communities. Under the new strategy we will be providing large, long-term grants as well strategic support to organisations and initiatives with brilliant ideas that work towards these aims.

Director of Creative Confident Communities and A Fairer Future

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

£66,000 - £73,000

Kings Cross, London N1 (with some UK travel)

Our strategy is underpinned by the need to tackle structural inequality, racism and the causes and impacts of climate change. We believe that we need bold action and impact like never before so as well as funding brilliant organisations we will work alongside partners and collaborators to remove barriers and secure progress ourselves, using our voice to quietly influence and effect change.

This is a unique opportunity to lead our work under the two strategic aims: Creative Confident Communities and A Fairer Future. The Director of Creative Confident Communities and A Fairer Future will be a key member of our senior management team and will shape and drive our impact in these two areas. The Director will play a pivotal role in implementing our new approach, creating an ambitious road map, horizon scanning to identify gaps, joining the dots between people and opportunities, brokering ideas and convening to make the greatest impact.

We are looking for a strategic and skilful influencer with a track record of successful project delivery and the knowledge, skills, expertise and networks required to realise our vision. You will have outstanding communication, interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills with a track record of building successful partnerships and collaborations. Importantly, you will have strong analytical and creative thinking ability alongside excellent leadership skills, in order to deliver cohesive and impactful programmes of work. A strong collegiate approach, high standards of personal integrity, intellectual pragmatism and a commitment to the Foundation's purpose and values will be essential.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation believes that a greater diversity of views, skills, and lived experience will help generate better ideas, and will lead to better decision making. We want to encourage applicants with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. In particular, those with lived experience of racial inequity, disability, or poverty.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, and to find out how to apply, please read the full appointment brief, on the Prospectus website, which can be reached by clicking on the “Apply on Website” Button. Please get in touch if you require the appointment brief document in an alternative format.

Closing Date: Tuesday 4th May


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Refreshed on: 15 April 2021
Closed date: 04 May 2021
Job ref: HQ00178369
Tags: Senior Management