The Henry Smith Charity is one of the largest grant making foundations in the UK distributing around £30m of grants each year. It aims to bring about lasting change to people's lives, helping them to benefit from and contribute to society, by funding organisations that work with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage.
The Head of Grants Team is a key senior management appointment for the Henry Smith Charity with responsibility for ensuring the effective running of the charity's main grant making programmes. Working closely with, and reporting to, the Director, the postholder will be a central member of the senior management team, playing a key role in the operational management of the organisation. Furthermore, they will contribute to policy development and the delivery of the organisation's strategic objectives.
Leading a team of 6 full time Grants Managers the postholder will oversee the grants assessment process; supporting the team of volunteer visitors, managing the flow of grants in line with budget and making decisions regarding which grants to recommend to the trustees for award. This is a unique opportunity to provide inspirational leadership to a dedicated and skilled grants team encouraging their learning and development. The postholder will also, from time to time, be expected to represent the charity at external events.
We are looking for candidates with a proven track record in management within the voluntary sector and grant-making environment. As a senior management candidate, you will bring excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to process and interpret complex information whilst prioritising workloads. You will be committed to providing a top quality grantmaking service and will have direct experience of grantmaking databases and application processes. As a true leader, you will have experience in motivating and inspiring colleagues and will be capable of contributing to the well-being of the whole organisation as an important member of the senior management team.
A real empathy with the work of the Henry Smith Charity and its objectives is essential for this exciting opportunity to work at a senior level with this leading grantmaking foundation.
A full job description will be provided to candidates shortlisted by Prospectus. Please apply by providing a CV in Word format; no cover letter is required at this stage.