Head of Community Programs

Walton on Thames Charity

Location Walton on Thames Surrey

Position Full time 35 hours per week

Salary £40000 or more for the right candidate

Application deadline 5 April 2019
The application deadline for this role has passed

Role Purpose

To develop and manage the community-based programs and form a key part of the Charity’s management team.

Key Responsibilities

To lead and develop:

·         A portfolio of grants, partnerships and grant programmes - ensuring that all operate effectively, deliver value for money and have demonstrable impact.

·         The Charity’s evaluation framework and measurement of impact

·         A local Giving framework and to lever additional funds for local community programs

·         An evidence-based approach to understanding, highlighting and responding to local needs

·         The Charity’s communications to foster increased awareness of local inequality and the impact of the charity

Management and Leadership

·         To manage and develop the Community team to deliver the aims of the Charity

·         To work closely with the Chief Executive and Chair of the Grants Committee and be the advisor and lead for that Committee’s work.

·         To provide supportive management and empower staff in the Community team

·         To support the design and delivery of individual objectives and development plans to build capability, ensuring staff are adequately empowered, trained and supported.

·         Work in partnership with the CEO and other managers to ensure a culture of continuous improvement to systems and processes.

·         To work in collaboration with the Finance team to develop and explore initiatives to increase the Charity’s grant making and opportunities for levering additional resources.

 Grant Making

 ·         To promote the Grants Program, identifying areas where funding will make a real difference.

·         To oversee the design and delivery of grant making programmes to deliver the Charity’s aims with a focus on making a lasting difference

·         To develop the measurements of the Charity’s effectiveness as a grant making charity and ensure best practice in charitable giving

·         To work with the Grants Committee enabling and translating decisions into actions for delivery with agreed measures for defining success.

·         To work in partnership with the Head of Support Services and the CEO to manage budgets,  ensure an appropriate and sustainable charitable spend on a year-on-year basis, and analysis of management information to support decision making.

  • To attend and service the Grants Committee meeting and  identify potential cross community strategic alignment
  • To establish and improve systems that track and communicate the Charity’s grant making effectiveness and impact.

Research, Communication and Evaluation


To take a lead role in the research and awareness raising of local inequalities

·         To identify and act on opportunities to add value to the Charity’s grants budget through co-operation with other grant makers, businesses, charitable individuals and other key stakeholders

·         To oversee the further development and implementation of a cross charity evaluation framework to assess the impact of both the Charity’s direct programs and partnerships

·         To further develop annual Elmbridge key indicators to highlight changes to local inequalities

 Charity Governance

 ·         To contribute to the Charity’s strategy and longer-term planning

·         Ensure that the Charity operates an effective system of grant management with monitoring requirements fulfilled and good practice in place

Relationship Management  

·           To develop strong relationships across the Charity, building and maintaining the confidence of the trustees and external stakeholders. Act proactively to ensure new ideas grounded in sound thinking can flourish

·           To represent the Charity personally or by delegation with statutory and voluntary bodies, and with any other relevant organisations.

·           To identify and develop new relationships that reflect emerging opportunities for the Charity. Building a network with other funders to further increase opportunities to develop additional support for community services.

 Key Working Relationships

 ·       Charity staff and trustees

·       Local charity partners and community groups

·       Local councillors and elected members and staff from local councils, local housing authorities and health bodies

·       Local faith organisations and community leaders

·       Local corporates and potential partners

To apply

If you feel you offer the necessary attributes, enthusiasm and ambition, we are very keen to hear from you.

Please send your CV and covering letter to

For an informal discussion about the role please contact

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