Community Fund, Closing date 5 June

Salary: £25,282 - £26,282

As a Funding Officer you will assess requests for funding and manage grants using local knowledge, best practice, thematic expertise, and the experience of customers and stakeholders to improve our grant making and inform our decision making. By working closely with people and communities from a defined geographical area, you will understand what matters to them and where our funding can make the biggest difference.

Being responsible for supporting local people and communities you will have a strong understanding of our vision, our commitment to equity and inclusion and our funding products. You’ll also need to support our stakeholders, helping them to make connections that will help them achieve their goals.

Being responsible for the pipeline of projects you will need to understand and respond to the different needs of our customers by providing advice and considered feedback and be willing to have challenging but constructive conversations.

Funding Officers will ensure our grant management and assessment play an effective part in contributing to the Fund’s knowledge and learning as a grant maker. You will manage your own caseload, liaise with grant recipients, undertake project visits, identify and manage risk, supporting organisations to deliver their projects and measure their impact.

You’ll also need to 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.

You will represent the Fund within your local area, including at funding fairs and external meetings and create opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning from your conversations, events, grant holder reports and evaluations with other colleagues so that we can maximise our impact.

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

Interview Date: w/c 20th June 2022

Location: Black Country with a Walsall Focus (ideally living in or close to the Black Country)

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Essential criteria

Lived experience or working knowledge of the Black Country and the local third sector.
Communication skills: Strong listening, written and verbal communication with an emphasis on written communication for assessment purposes.

Relational skills: Ability to nurture, develop and promote effective relationships and communication with colleagues, community organisations and other external agencies with a strong commitment to equity and inclusion
An ability to manage your own workload with minimal supervision and demonstrate strong self-organisation and prioritisation skills.

Desirable criteria

Analytical skills: Ability to assess a high volume of applications, make good judgements, challenge when appropriate and manage risk.
Demonstrate sound IT skills and the ability to learn detailed processes
Experience of working across a variety of situations. This role will predominately work across the Black Country with a specific focus on Walsall. The role is mobile and will involve working from home, video calls on Microsoft Teams, visiting organisations, occasionally meeting at the Birmingham office and wider locations mostly in the Midlands as required. A car is not necessary but an openness to travel to different locations is desirable.

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 (BAME) 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.