BIG LOTTERY FUND Funding Officer

£18,500 - £27,750 pa + generous benefits

Covering: Merseyside/Cheshire
This is an exciting opportunity to be the face of the UK’s largest funder in your local area. Working closely with organisations who are applying for funding, you’ll be a vital source of intelligence about local community needs.

The role
By funding good causes, the Big Lottery Fund makes a real difference to local communities all over England. You will be an important point of contact for applicants, grant holders and other stakeholders as well as being a key source of intelligence about local community’s needs.
A major challenge will be attracting high-quality funding applications that respond to key needs within a community and make good use of our limited public funds. This entails developing close working relationships with a wide variety of organisations and individuals – and brokering effective partnerships between them. You will feed intelligence into our decision-making processes to ensure we support the people and communities most in need.

The person
Success depends on a good understanding of the community and voluntary sectors, coupled with the ability to nurture productive relationships and prioritise projects based on community needs and the fund’s expectations. You will be capable of gathering excellent local knowledge and sharing it with colleagues across the organisation.
You must also be capable of working with stakeholders, analysing information, advising applicants about their projects and make recommendations and decisions about funding applications. Both well organised, and highly flexible, you will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Working as part of a team, you will be responsible for our work in Merseyside and Cheshire area so having a good understanding of these areas is important.
You will spend most of your time in your area, but will be expected to work from our Manchester office at least 1 day per week once you have completed induction.

About us
Every year, Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.
For further information about working at BIG and how and to apply online, please visit (vacancy reference number 15/030).

The closing date is 11.59pm on 01 March 2015.

Interviews will take place on 17 March 2015 in Manchester.

Big Lottery Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process.