Senior Head of Regional Funding – London and South East, Permanent: Ref 19/078
Hours per week: 37 hours per week
Location: London with frequent travel
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 regional teams
As part of our transformation to working more closely to the communities we support, we have created 6 regional teams across England, run out of 6 regional offices: London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and Exeter. Team members are dispersed, based in their local communities. The regional teams are mainly responsible for awarding and managing our grants over £10,000, but, crucially, are also responsible for developing the local understanding and local connections that will enable us to ensure that our funding makes the most difference to local people and communities.
Relationships are at the core of the way the regional teams work; relationships with applicants, grant holders, other funders, local decision-makers and other stakeholders and, of course, the local community.
Our local ways of working need to respond to the local context but remain sufficiently consistent across our organisation – we are all part of the National Lottery Community Fund and our core goals and principles need to transpire in whatever we do, wherever we do it.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity to lead our London, South-East and Eastern team as the Senior Head of Region, to maximise the impact of our funding and lead the strategic direction and management of our regional portfolio. You will be accountable for all aspects of strategic and operational management within the dedicated region, including local prioritisation, grant budget management, operational excellence, and key stakeholder management. You will be the key representative of the National Lottery Community Fund in your region.
Our London, south-east and eastern region spans a diverse and complex geography, taking in coastal shores, the rural fenlands, the urban metropolis and beyond. It’s a region that has 146 local authorities and a complexity of deprivation in seemingly wealthy areas. You will oversee awards of approximately £90m per annum within the region alongside being responsible for a portfolio of approximately £360m grants in management. You will lead a team of 46 largely remotely-based, mobile team members in the region.
You will be a key member of the England Leadership Team, maintaining strong relationships with other Regional Heads as well as with colleagues in the central Funding and Support Teams.
We’re looking for someone who is passionate about making a difference through our funding, with a deep understanding of the communities we serve. You will have experience of building and leading teams and driving a high-performance culture through your ability to coach, inspire, and empower people. Your ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with a range of senior level internal and external stakeholders will be second to none, and you will be a confident communicator, comfortable in all environments. You will demonstrate an ability work in an agile way, ensuring we are flexible and continue to improve in line with feedback and insights from customers and frontline staff.
As an experienced senior leader, your leadership experience and skills may have come from your learned or lived expertise, or both. Either way, you’ll have excellent understanding of the sector combined with a focus on delivery, alongside an eye for improvement opportunities and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. In addition to this you’ll need to demonstrate your experience and qualifications in these areas:
- Experience and understanding of the environment we operate in and the communities we serve
- Excellent leadership capabilities, using your gravitas to enable and develop your team and motivate them to succeed. Introducing realistic core priorities and deliverables based on an understanding of the organisational as well as local context
- Good decision-making skills, considering evidence, analysis and personal experience to take and mitigate risk as appropriate
- Implementing effective performance management, planning, risk analysis and governance resulting in greater impact and efficiency
- Developing and enhancing relationships with senior stakeholders across sectors, representing the Fund externally
- Experience in budgeting and data analysis, as well as developing and delivering annual and longer-term strategic operating plans
- Values-driven and passionate about the Fund’s purpose
How to apply
To apply online and further details about our application process, the Fund’s work, and our range of excellent benefits, please visit The National Lottery Community Fund's Jobs page.
Closing date: 29th November 2019
Interview date: W/C 9th December 2019.
The Fund is 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 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. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.