Funding Officer Ref 19/082
Location: Solent Area (covering all of Hampshire and Surrey)
Salary: £21,688 - £24,786 per annum + generous benefits
37 hours per week
Are you a confident communicator who enjoys working with people?
Do you see the potential in ideas as well as the challenges?
Are you passionate about making a difference in your local community?
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life.
At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots group’s right up to large UK-wide charities.
We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.
About the role
Local Funding Officers are responsible for our grant-making activity in a geographical area, pre-application support, assessment, decision-making, grant management, gathering and sharing of learning/intelligence through report writing. You will ensure our funding responds to the local context and challenge yourself and colleagues to continually improve the way we work in supporting local communities.
You will build long term relationships with people and organisations in the area you cover. The area you will focus on will cover Surrey, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, part of the London, East & South East Regional Team.
You will be responsible for understanding how customers funding ideas align with our national/local funding priorities and making good judgements about when to take a funding idea further or when to signpost to other opportunities/funders.
You will combine local knowledge of communities and services, understanding of best practice and the experience of grant-holders to make informed recommendations about who and what we fund through concise report writing and effective decision-making structures.
You will represent The National Lottery Community Fund within your local area including at funding fairs, external meetings, events/conferences, and create opportunities for groups and people to come together through outreach and community engagement. You will share learning from your conversations, events, grant holder reports and evaluations with other colleagues across England so that we can maximise our impact and make meaningful change to the lives of people and communities who we support.
You’ll be part of the Solent team, led by a Funding Manager with the support of two other local Funding Officers. Therefore, excellent team working skills are essential in this role.
We do not have a fixed idea about the type of background or experience someone will bring to this role and we value all experience, in particular lived experience. What matters to us is you share our mindset and values and want to help enable communities to thrive.
To be considered for this exciting role, you will need to demonstrate the following specialist knowledge, experience, skills and expertise:
• Strong written and verbal communication including report writing skills and confidence to operate in a wide range of environments
• Ability to build, maintain and strengthen excellent working relationships
• Ability to manage your own workload with minimal supervision
• Sound literacy/numerical skills
• Sound IT skills
• Confidence to use your own judgement, take initiative and challenge when appropriate
You will have a good understanding of the local areas including public/voluntary service provision. You will work from a number of locations, including your home and our offices with the expectation that you will be flexible in order to get the best outcomes for our customers. The role involves extensive travel around Hampshire and Surrey as well as regular travel into London Office, travel expenses will be paid.
In return, you’ll receive access to a wide range of generous benefits including company pension scheme, generous holidays, flexible working, childcare vouchers, season ticket and cycle to work loans and company health care cash plan.
How to apply
To apply online and further details about our application process, the National Lottery Community Fund’s work, and our range of excellent benefits, please visit our website.
Closing date: Sunday, 15th December (23.59pm)
Interview date: 20th December in Winchester
(Westgate Chambers, Staple Gardens, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SR)
We are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy/maternity.
We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the National Lottery Community Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.
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