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The National Lottery Community Fund, England (Hybrid)
£35,000 - £38,000 per year + Generous Benefits (+ London Weighting if London Based)
Are you passionate, creative and curious about creating change in communities across the UK?
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National Numeracy, Birmingham (Hybrid)
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Belfast, Belfast (Hybrid)
London, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
England, United Kingdom
£35,000 - £38,000 per year + Generous Benefits (+ London Weighting if London Based)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About Us


The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.

National Lottery players raise an incredible £30 million a week for good causes. This money funds projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture. We are proud to be one of 12 distributors responsible for awarding this funding across the UK.

Thanks to National Lottery players, last year we were able to award over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to UK communities, supporting thousands of projects making a real difference to people’s lives.

Over eight in ten of our grants were for under £10,000 going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK doing great things to support their communities, during a particularly tough time.

We also distribute non-National Lottery funds, working closely with Government on funding for important issues, such as tackling loneliness, multiple and complex needs, mental health and distributing Dormant Accounts money.

Over the last five years we’ve awarded a total of £3.4 billion, of which £2.7 billion is National Lottery money.

We fund things that matter – whether helping communities respond positively to national, regional or local priorities, or helping the UK achieve its big social ambitions. Our grants range from £500 up to multi-million-pound programmes – supporting people and projects to do extraordinary things and bring great ideas for their community to life.

About the Role


Are you passionate, creative and curious about creating change in communities across the UK?

We’re looking for proactive, energetic people to join our UK Portfolio Team as a Portfolio Manager. Our Portfolio Managers manage the design and delivery of a range of funding programmes that aim to address long-term social issues and improve quality of life across the UK.

The UK Portfolio delivers funding programmes and supports projects that are working across the UK. Uniquely positioned to complement and add value to the work of the Fund’s other four country portfolios: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We’re a relatively small, yet energetic team with a range of expertise and interests, reflected in the range of programmes we deliver. Annually we distribute approximately £80m within the UK Portfolio across a range of programmes supporting projects from Fife to Omagh; Teesside to Bridgend. 

You will report to one of our senior team and work closely with them to ensure that the UK Portfolio’s strategy is effectively delivered, with a practical responsibility for overseeing the ‘end to end’ (proposal to decision to grant management) funding lifecycle on one or more of our programmes. You will therefore have experience (either as an applicant or grant maker) of one or more aspects of the funding cycle with the ability to apply critical analysis at each stage.

You will be one of eight Portfolio Managers and will play a management role in the delivery of our projects and priorities, working in a team of approximately 30 people who are dispersed across several different locations. Your management responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing and supporting Portfolio Officers in their work, ensuring they are benefitting from learning and development and continuously improving
  • The operations and resourcing across our programmes, managing budgets, risk and reporting.

You’ll liaise with a variety of teams across the Fund in order to do this and will also play a role in our communication and engagement inside and outside the Fund and may also play a role on strategically important areas of work. 

This role would suit people who:

  • Have project management experience and strong organisational skills
  • Will promote a high tolerance for risk and a ‘can do’ approach 
  • Can regularly use their networks to ensure that the UK Portfolio is responsive to the latest developments in Civil Society
  • Understand and can work within the Fund’s policies and procedures and the necessary legislation, and in a way that is in line with our vision and principles
  • Can contribute, add value to and role model a healthy, inclusive and positive team culture

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a dynamic and welcoming team, working with hugely important and fascinating projects that are responding to and addressing a wide range of topics from employment to climate, racial justice to safeguarding.

Importantly we need people who are curious about the society we live in and passionate about making a difference through our funding and the vital role of charities and voluntary organisations in helping communities to thrive.

You will need to travel from time to time for this role, supporting colleagues and communities across the UK. We do not expect this to be any more than a couple of occasions per month.

You can be based anywhere in the UK to carry out these roles. We are currently exploring how we’ll work in the longer term, but it is likely that all roles will be of a hybrid nature with options to work from home, an office, out in the community or a mixture of these. Most importantly will be regular connection with others to support you in your role.

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: We are looking to fill this role as a full time post (37 hours per week). However, we’re open to what that looks like and keen to consider flexible working approaches. That could mean two people doing the role as a job share, for example. Please tell us what your desired work pattern is in your application.

Interview Date: TBC but will likely be between 15 – 22 September

Location: UK wide


Essential Criteria


We are looking for talented people from a wider range of backgrounds, cultures and experience who share our values and are passionate about making a difference through our funding. Whether through lived or gained experience, you will really understand the communities we work with.

Specifically, you’ll need to demonstrate the following Essential Criteria:

  • You have experience of either managing projects and / or funding work that fits with the work and programmes of the UK Portfolio
  • You have strong project management and organisational skills, including a track record of turning strategic direction and vision into a deliverable, operational reality, including budget and risk management
  • You have strong written and verbal skills with an ability to communicate with confidence to a wide range of individuals and audiences
  • You have excellent interpersonal and people skills and can build effective working relationships to bring people together to achieve organisational aims and can demonstrate strong stakeholder engagement.

Desirable Criteria


Furthermore, it would be advantageous if you could bring the following desirable criteria to the role:

  • Driven and passionate about the Fund’s purpose and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience in leading and motivating people and teams, (including remote teams) role modelling a culture of inclusion
  • Track record in developing approaches to collecting learning from grant holders or partners and approaches to sharing this learning

For You


We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave

Equal Opportunities


Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.

We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds.  As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and will proactively make reasonable adjustments if needed through the recruitment process and during employment. This can be related to a physical and mental health conditions.

We are also proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supporting our commitment to being a great place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.

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Posted on: 17 August 2022
Closing date: 04 September 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: 210251
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