The Legal Education Foundation is a grant-making charity which helps people understand and use the law to improve their lives and to build a fairer society. The post of Grants Officer is an important new role, as the Foundation builds its grants team in preparation for launching a new 5-year strategy for 2020 onwards. It helps to create the capacity for developing stronger relationships with our grantees, which will enable us to better support them and to learn more from what we fund. We are looking for someone with knowledge of the UK voluntary sector and experience in either making or managing grants.
Title: Grants Officer
Accountable to: Director of Grants
Salary: £35,000 to £40,000 per year for 35 hours per week, depending on experience, plus pension and health insurance
Location: Central London, currently 1 Paper Buildings, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7EU
We will consider applications for part-time, job-share and/or flexible working.
The post-holder would need to be based in the London office for at least 2 days per week but would also regularly spend time at the Foundation’s office in Shalford, near Guildford (with travel expenses to Shalford met by the Foundation).
The Legal Education Foundation
The Legal Education Foundation works to help people better understand and use the law. We believe that the law plays an essential role in supporting civil society, economic development and democracy. Our vision is of a society where everyone understands the role and value of the law and has the capability and opportunity to use it to ensure their rights and to fulfil the obligations that accompany these rights.
Last year, the Foundation distributed just over £5million through making grants and commissioning work via a range of mostly charitable organisations. We also use our expertise to influence others – for example, on the government’s use of personal data; the impact of unresolved legal problems on mental and physical health; and strengthening the evidence about effective access to justice. We are best known for the Just First Fellowship programme, which is helping to create a new generation of highly-skilled social justice lawyers. Launched in 2014, the scheme has already created over 80 trainee lawyer posts nationwide, at leading legal organisations providing vital support to people facing problems with debt, employment, immigration status, welfare benefits, and housing.
This is an important new role, as the Foundation builds its grants team as part of preparing to launch a new 5-year strategy for 2020 onwards. It helps to create the capacity for developing stronger relationships with our grantees, which will enable us to better support them and to learn more from what we fund. There are opportunities to shape the job by leading on areas of particular interest within the grants portfolio.
The Grants Officer will report to the Director of Grants, and will work closely with colleagues in administration, finance, policy and research, as well as the Chief Executive.
- Provide advice to organisations about potential grant applications to support a pipeline of quality applications that address the Foundation’s strategy.
- Assess applications for grants including reading written material, reviewing accounts and budgets, and making phonecalls and/or visits.
- Make recommendations to the Grants Committee on the strength of applications including organisations’ capacity to deliver, the balance across the grants portfolio, and alignment with the Foundation’s strategy.
- Manage a caseload of grants including building relationships of trust with grantees, reading progress reports, responding in a timely and sensitive manner to grants management issues, and making regular proactive contact as part of agreed monitoring mechanisms.
- Work closely with colleagues, including in research and policy, to support grants assessment and management across the team.
- Work with the Director of Grants to draw out learning from the grants, and to share this with colleagues.
- Identify where grantees – or groups of grantees – need additional help and work with colleagues to develop appropriate support.
- Create opportunities for connections between grantees including convening meetings on shared issues.
- Work with the Administration team to support the smooth-running of the grants application and monitoring processes.
- Use Salesforce to record key interactions with applicants and grantees.
- Attend meetings of the Grants Committee.
- Keep up to date with changes and developments in the external environment and to work with colleagues to reflect this in strategy and practice.
·Carry out such tasks as the Chief Executive or Director of Grants may from time to time deem necessary for the effective and efficient functioning of the Foundation.
- Commitment to the aims and values of The Legal Education Foundation.
- Experience of either applying for or making grants.
- Experience of managing grants (either as grant holder or a grant maker).
- Experience of building and managing relationships with external stakeholders.
- Experience of learning from grants or projects.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact sensitively with people of all backgrounds.
- Accuracy and attention to detail.
- Ability to multi-task, plan ahead and to meet deadlines.
- Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office and experience of using a database.
- Experience of assessing grant applications, either as a staff or committee member.
- Experience of working or volunteering in the voluntary sector outside grant-making.
- Understanding of the legal advice sector in the UK.
- Experience of organising learning events.
Please limit CVs to no more than 3 pages and your supporting statement to no more than 1,500 words. The statement should outline why you are interested in this position and address how you meet the areas of the person specification set out above. Please draw on specific examples.
The deadline for applications is 12 pm on Monday 4 November 2019 and those shortlisted will be informed no later than Friday 8 November.
Interviews will take place at The Legal Education Foundation’s London office on Friday 15 November – please keep this date free in case you are called to interview. The process will involve an interview with a panel of TLEF staff, and a practical exercise. This process will take up to two hours.
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.