Strategic Grants Manager
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is a new grant making charity which from 1 April 2018 will have £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.
The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated.
The Covenant Fund has 4 broad funding themes now and in future years. They are: removing barriers to family life; extra support after service for those that need help; measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens; and non-core healthcare services for veterans. The Covenant Fund has been managed within the Ministry of Defence but from spring 2018 it will become an independent Trust with some of the current team transferring to the new arrangements. We are now recruiting additional staff and we would like to appoint an experienced individual as Senior Grants Manager to start, ideally, in March 2018.
The Strategic Grants Manager will be responsible for all aspects of grant management for large grants (c £100K – £1M) within the team’s portfolio of funds, which includes those made from the Covenant Fund, the Treasury’s Libor Fund and the Aged Veterans Fund. They will be responsible for developing relationships with grant holders and creating the context for learning and knowledge sharing from individual projects and from funding programmes.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a new charity as it establishes its position as a major funder of the armed forces sector, and continues the work begun in-house at the MOD of becoming an intelligent funder, which is committed to learning from and sharing the achievements of its grant holders and impact of its funding programme. The successful candidate will have several years’ experience of grant making either in a charitable trust or foundation or in a public sector grant making organisation, and have undertaken all aspects of grant assessment and monitoring for large scale, multi-year revenue and capital grants. They will be confident in presenting reports to trustees and speaking at public events on behalf of the organisation and have the credibility to negotiate and liaise with senior management in large charities, local government and statuary organisations.
The Strategic Grants Manager will work as part of a small team in the Trust’s new offices not far from Victoria Station in London, with the opportunity to work from home regularly by arrangement. The Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to providing development and training opportunities.
Applications should take the form of a letter (no more than two pages of A4) providing evidence of how you meet the person specification, and your CV – both attached to an email addressed to Melloney Poole, Chief Executive (firstname.lastname@example.org) giving the contact details for two professional referees, and how you know them. Please indicate if you would not wish us to contact them until the final stage of the selection process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an initial interview from which some candidates may be selected for a further interview.