Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is a leading independent funder supporting exceptional organisations that are building a more inclusive, creative and sustainable society in the UK. In 2018 they gave over £40m in grants to charities an social enterprises working in the arts, children and young people, sustainable food and environment and social change. They also operate a social investment fund for organisations that can deliver a social benefit along with financial return.
We are delighted to be working with the Foundation to recruit the newly created role of Funding Officer to support and provide additional capacity to the Funding Team on a 12 month fixed term contract.
This role will relieve workload pressure on senior members of the team by undertaking grants management and some assessment of second stage applications. This work will be primarily in the areas of arts, children and young people and social change priorities. This role will involve managing a large and mixed portfolio of grants through liaising with grantees, reading reports and providing effective administrative support using the Foundation’s database. This person will also manage applications alongside the Senior Grants Managers which will include analysing written proposals, seeking further information, collaborating with colleagues, advisors or other funders.
The successful candidate will have experience of a similar role with a busy funding organisation would be very advantageous and a firm understanding of the needs of charities in the UK, particularly around funding and sustainability. Naturally bright and intellectually curious, this person will be highly numerate, analytical and organised with a collaborative and customer service focussed approach. They will possess report writing and IT skills. Self-sufficient and proactive, this person will also have a commitment to equal opportunities and fairness for all.
This role offers a superb opportunity to galvanize existing grant making experience and to facilitate substantial professional career development in this leading and innovative national funder.