Job Title: Funding Officer
Hours: 37 per week
Salary: £26,000 p/a
Contract type: Fixed-term 12 months with potential to extend based on performance and funding
Purpose of the role
One Walsall provides infrastructure and support for the borough’s voluntary and community sector organisations. We are an independent charity providing support to help local voluntary and community organisations develop and sustain their activities and engage residents in voluntary action. We are a small, energetic team committed to our aim of supporting a strong voluntary and community sector and inspiring local social action.
The Funding Officer is responsible for supporting voluntary sector organisations in Walsall to develop project ideas from initial thoughts into submission of high-quality bids. The post will work closely with One Walsall’s Development Officers who support organisations around their structural governance and capacity. The successful candidate will be required to maintain a strategic overview of current and future funding opportunities for both internal and external use, from which a funding digest can be created.
Key attributes we are seeking from candidates include:
- In-depth knowledge of the funding environment in relation to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
- Proven track record of securing funding from a variety of sources for a diverse range of activity
- Ability to lead on strategic discussions with funders, to identify common trends and needs of the local sector and develop joint responses to them .
- A self-motivated individual who can work to their own initiative to meet agreed goals and targets
- Knowledge of project management, monitoring and evaluation processes and the development of effective mechanisms to ensure a robust assessment of applications
Supporting local VCSE organisations to attract funding
• To support, develop and coordinate funding applications and supporting documents, and support the applicant to develop and understand project plans and commitments.
• Develop effective relationships with Walsall’s Voluntary sector to include new and under-the-radar organisations
• Combine local knowledge of communities and services together with current funding opportunities to best direct and advise organisations’ regarding their funding/project proposals.
• Lead and support workshops and events to provide training, information and advice around funding, in collaboration with colleagues and external partners
Working with Funders
• To be proactive in building and maintaining appropriate professional working relationships between funders and Walsall’s voluntary and community sector
• To support an effective two-way flow of information with external funding bodies and agencies to support their understanding of Walsall’s needs, issues, opportunities and gaps, in order to influence the distribution of funding to the borough.
• To gain regular feedback from funders regarding the quality of bids / tenders submitted and to put in place support where regular issues concerning the quality or quantity of bids are identified.
• Maintain awareness of changes to local, regional and national policies, strategies and frameworks, which may impact on Walsall’s strategic funding priorities.
Maintaining local knowledge of the funding landscape
• Lead on reporting impact in relation to funding support within the organisation and maintain up-to-date information on all bids/tenders supported and their outcome.
• To produce a regular funding digest/bulletin to keep the sector and partners abreast of local funding opportunities and developments.
• To attend local funding forums, groups and other relevant community or statutory meetings.
• To share relevant information both internally and externally across the borough to improve outcomes for service users, and the community and the voluntary sector across Walsall.
• Contribute to the wider development of the organisation, contribute to staff meetings and work harmoniously with colleagues and external partners; supporting others in their work.
• Understand and promote the priorities, activities and best interests of the organisation, and of the voluntary and community sector in Walsall.
• Achieve agreed performance targets and participate in regular supervision and personal reviews.
• Engage in training, identify personal and professional development needs and continuously seek to refresh knowledge in relation to the job.
• Cooperate in the formulation and development of systems for monitoring and evaluating the work of the organisation.
• Treat with confidentiality any information about any organisation, its staff, trustees or clients that is sensitive, personal or private.
• Cover the work of colleagues during holidays or absences.
• Be aware of and adhere at all times to the organisation’s policies and procedures, including the organisation’s equal opportunities policies and with due regard for health and safety.
• Travel to all parts of the borough and the wider Black Country as appropriate to deliver the role.
• Work flexibly and be available for occasional out-of-hours working as appropriate.
How to apply: Click here to download the application form.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Davina Lytton or Dave Benge on 01922 619 840
Closing date: Friday 7th February 2020, 4pm.
Interview date: Tuesday 18th February 2020