Funding Manager

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

£40,000 - £50,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: HQ00172094

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture, sustainability

Closing date: Sunday, 25th March 2018   6 days left

Funding Manager

£40,000 - £50,000 per annum

Reference: HQ00172094

London, UK


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is a leading independent funder. We support exceptional organisations that are building a more inclusive, creative and sustainable society in the UK. In 2017 we gave over £40m in grants to charities and social enterprises working in the arts, children and young people, sustainable food and environment, and social change. Over 60% of our grant funding supported organisations core running costs. We also operate a social investment fund for organisations that can deliver a social benefit along with a financial return.

Esmée and the Environment

The Foundation is a leading independent environmental funder and has a long history of supporting a broad range of work. Our portfolio has a strong focus on the conservation and protection of nature on land and at sea, challenging the threat of harmful human practices, engaging people with nature and environment issues, and work that focuses on lesser known and uncharismatic species and habitats. Our grantees' impact extends from high level influence with government to community based local action.

We are striving to secure a better future for the natural world with other tools available to us. We have been an active social investor for over a decade, primarily helping conservation organisations on land purchase, to secure land with high conservation value to place it in the hands of those best placed to manage it for nature for the future. There is the potential for social investment to work on other initiatives with an environment focus, and expansion into new topics areas is planned.

Our work on the environment also links to our food work. We believe there are ways to produce higher quality food that are better for people, the environment and livestock. We support community involvement in food production, the development of a more positive policy position for sustainable food and diets, and the reduced use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and fossil fuels and support for alternatives.

As an organisation we look to use all our resources to achieve our goals, and are keen that environmental considerations are factored in to all aspects of our work.

The future

Esmée is currently engaged in a strategy review. As a result of this we expect to strengthen and deepen our commitment to the environment with increased funding for the sector and through leveraging all our resources to align with the goal of protecting and restoring our natural world. In addition, we will make stronger connections between our environment and food priorities.

The focus of this new role will be to help us, particularly the Environment Lead Funding Manager, to shape and deliver these plans. As well as a focus on funding there will also be an emphasis on convening and influencing and building unlikely alliances. Therefore, we are interested in applications from a wide pool of people with different experiences. Previous experience of grant-making or social investment is not necessary.

Why apply?

If you are a dynamic and ambitious individual, analytical and strategic, who is looking for an opportunity to develop and enhance your skills, and gain experience in funding, and if you think you can make a real contribution to the Foundation's work then this may be the opportunity for you.

To apply, please visit our website where a full job profile is available to download.

A Prospectus consultant will review and assess all submitted applications in order to determine suitability and aptitude for the role. As part of the selection process, candidates may be invited to meet with a Prospectus consultant at our offices.

If you would like to be considered for flexible, part-time (min 0.8) or job share please state this clearly on your supporting statement.

Date closing: 25/03/2018

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