Birmingham, West Midlands
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Competitive + plus generous benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description




Head of Funding, A Better Start Ref: 19/089


Location:     Flexible but we positively encourage applications with a base in Birmingham or Newcastle. Role involves frequent travel (including overnight_ across our UK offices

Hours:         37 hrs per week

Salary:         Competitive + plus generous benefits

Contract:     Permanent

Closing date: Friday 31st January 2020

Interview date: 12th Feb (London)


About us

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK - we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery  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. We support a wide range of health, educational, environmental, and charitable projects with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi-million-pound programmes. 86% of our new grants were for less than £10k.

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 groups right up to large UK-wide charities. We have changed how we work across the Fund to help us serve people and communities more effectively, working flexibly and on their terms; working closer to communities.



Our Strategic Portfolio in England


Our Strategic Portfolio in England supports people from birth through to later life. It is made up of five long-term programmes: A Better Start, HeadStart, Talent Match, Multiple and Complex Needs and Ageing Better.


We are currently investing £567 million in 58 partnerships across the country through these programmes. These partnerships are testing innovative approaches to tackling some of the most serious social issues people face throughout their lifetimes.

Partnerships are made up of local organisations from the business, charity, education, health and local government sectors, who work together to develop strategies and services tailored to local requirements.


People who have first-hand experience of these issues play a vital role in shaping these strategies and services. Their insight helps to prevent the issues they have faced from impacting others.

We are also investing in evaluation and support for partnerships across all five programmes. This will enable the sharing of data, evidence and learning which can inform new ways to design services that match the requirements of people and communities.

About the role

We are looking for a dynamic leader who can oversee our A Better Start strategic programme. A Better Start is a programme funds five partnerships who are developing local science-based strategies which aim to improve the diet and nutrition, social and emotional development, and speech, language and communication skills of babies and young children.  Local parents work with the partnerships to co-create these strategies so services are tailored to their requirements.


The programmes aim is to increase parents’ understanding of child development, including:

  • good mental and physical health, healthy eating and exercise during pregnancy and the importance of breastfeeding for infant development and health
  • creating strong attachment between parents and babies through interactive play to help children form future relationships and create a supportive environment
  • promoting talking, singing and playing with babies to encourage children’s confidence to express themselves, managing difficult feelings and communicate to get their needs met


By connecting local agencies and services, the partnerships are making the support available for local families more responsive and joined-up.


For more on the programme, please see The National Lottery Community Fund's website, A Better Start.


About you

As a Leader, you may have been promoted through our internal career paths having demonstrated your skills and leadership abilities or alternatively may come from an external field. Either way, you’ll need to demonstrate your experience and qualifications in these areas:

  • demonstrated experience in a senior level grant or programme development role
  • significant experience of collaborating with customers and partners to create effective services
  • experience of building and leading teams to deliver excellent service
  • experience of managing large, complex budgets
  • proven ability to articulate ambitions that resonate with team members and customers
  • deep understanding of the communities we serve


The following experience is desirable:

  • experience of working in/ understanding of the early years sector
  • experience of overseeing the management of complex evaluations and learning programmes


Please also see attached Role Profile for more information.

We are an equal opportunities employer and celebrate the diversity of our staff. We positively encourage applications from individuals regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process and in the workplace. We also offer opportunities for part-time employment and welcome applicants who can speak a second language.


Posted on: 13 January 2020
Closed date: 31 January 2020
Job ref: 19/089
Tags: Senior Management