Senior Grants Manager

John Ellerman Foundation

London / flexible
£50,000 pa (plus generous benefits)

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 30th August 2022  

John Ellerman Foundation is an independent, endowed grantmaker and our organisational aim is to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world. The main ways in which we achieve this are by:

  1. Awarding grants of circa £5.8m to charities for work which has national significance in the arts, environment and social action, and
  2. Investing and managing our funds in such a way that balances the desire to maintain grantmaking capacity, operate in the long-term and seeking to ensure that our investments are not poorly aligned to our aim and values.

We are looking for a new Senior Grants Manager to support the Director in leading our small but ambitious Grants Team, and to oversee the Foundation’s grantmaking operations by managing the assessment and monitoring process, representing the Foundation externally at events and advising on policy. This role also includes managing a portfolio of up to 70 grants, participating in special projects the Grants Team is working on, such as monitoring and learning work, and line managing the Grants Manager and Grants Officer.

In this role you will work closely with the Grants Manager, Grants Officer and the Director, as well as the wider team and our Board. You will also be a regular point of contact with applicants throughout our two-stage application process, our grant-holders and the wider sector.

This is an exciting time to join us. 2022 is the first year of our new organisational strategy for 2022-25. Our strategy calls on us to deliver our work with 100% of our assets – namely our grantmaking, our investing, our values and our organisational competencies, capabilities and assets. For our grantmaking, this means ensuring that we embrace and deliver best and promising practice, with a focus on offering more ways of receiving pre-application advice, further refining our core funding offer, working more collaboratively, convening and connecting organisations we fund, focussing more on learning and reflection, and delivering a wider offer of support to those we fund.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about our work and that of the wider charitable sector and has good experience of grantmaking – or transferable skills gained from a sector relevant to one of our grantmaking areas. The successful candidate will be someone that has great communication and networking skills, with a proven ability to work independently and collaboratively within small teams and organisations and to manage a varied workload with a range of different deadlines. Our ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, with experience of database management and office systems, and be confident in line managing staff and building teams that work well together and deliver to a high standard consistently.

You do not need a degree for this role, but we would like to see demonstrable experience, including transferable experience, of the requirements we have set out in the job description and person specification.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within our staff team and welcome applications from everyone. You can find out more about our approach to DEI in our DEI Policy available on our website here. If you have any access requirements that need to be considered in order to support your application to us, then please contact our Director, Sufina Ahmad MBE on [email protected] to discuss these further.

If you have any questions about the role, then please get in touch with our Director on [email protected]. You can also look at our website for more information about our work:

To apply for this role, we ask that you submit your CV and a supporting statement of no more than two pages to [email protected] by 30 August. Interviews will take place on 9 September.

If you would like to submit an application as a job share, then we ask that you and the person you intend to share the role with submit your CVs and your separate supporting statements in one email to the recruitment inbox.

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