The National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery

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Evaluation Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,886 – £42,291
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd June 2020

About us

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.

We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced evaluation and research professional who enjoys working with others to generate useful and actionable evidence.

You will be part of a small cross-organisation evaluation and customer insight team. This post is in the Evaluation Team, which has an important role in generating evidence for the Fund and the sector about what makes a difference in supporting people and communities to thrive. During this exceptional time, this includes understanding what has been helping organisations quickly adapt their services, as well as evidence to inform community recovery.

You will be based in our Scotland office and, like other team members based across the UK, be working UK wide. You will be responsible for providing advice on some large, complex evaluations of strategic funding programmes, as well as giving practical guidance to colleagues in the organisation about different ways that good evidence can be generated and used. You will be proactive in making evidence accessible and meaningful as part of our evidence strategy. You are passionate about good quality evidence, as well as what is proportionate and appropriate for different stakeholders and uses.

You maintain constructive relationships with external evaluators and develop a wide network in the sector influencing stakeholders at all levels.

The Fund offers a salary and generous benefits package, including a full Civil Service pension.

The person

Candidates must demonstrate:

Essential:

  • Demonstrable professional experience and sound academic understanding of i) evaluation design and methodology, including implementing complex evaluations and ii) both qualitative and quantitative social research methodologies and techniques.
  • Experience of designing tenders, commissioning evaluations and of managing external research/evaluation consultants
  • Excellent communications skills. Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels. Proven ability to present complex information to a generalist audience.

Desirable:

  • Excellent numerical, statistical and analytical skills with proven ability and experience of using these to analyse data and write concise clear and compelling analysis.
  • Project management experience.

For you

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave
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Knowledge & Learning Officer

  • Full time
  • £24,528 – £26,798
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 18th September 2020

About Us:

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK - we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life. We support a wide range of health, educational, environmental, and charitable projects with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi-million-pound programmes. 86% of our new grants were for less than £10k.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities. We have changed how we work across the Fund to help us serve people and communities more effectively, working flexibly and on their terms; working closer to communities.

About the Role:

As part of our Knowledge and Learning Team here in Scotland, you will work collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders to share learning from our work and from others, and to shape funding decisions and priorities.

You’ll be a great facilitator who can help us bring together and learn from our grantholders, other funders and the wider sector. You will also be confident and assertive, and able to persuade others to collaborate, share, and make use of evidence.

You will be a clear communicator and have the critical thinking and research skills to help us produce effective, user-friendly and accurate information for a variety of audiences. You will also be adept at managing a busy and varied workload.

You will be curious to explore more about changes to service delivery post covid and the different approaches being adopted across the sector as well as exploring new ways of engaging with stakeholders.

What are we looking for?

You will need to demonstrate your experience, knowledge and skills in these areas:

  • Strong facilitation skills and experience of helping others to work and learn together, ability to hold discussions where a range of people share and discuss ideas
  • Professional experience and understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the context of the third sector, the funding landscape and public policy

Desirable Criteria:

  • Excellent communication skills. Proven ability to write and speak about complex information in an engaging and simple way.
  • Be a supportive team player who shows interest in others, and develops a range of contacts and networks outside own team to help get the job done
  • Be responsive to emerging issues and trends which impact on your work, the work of the team, or the Fund

For You:

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

- Generous annual leave and company pension scheme

- Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals

- Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave

- Season ticket and cycle to work loans

- Paid volunteering leave

Equal Opportunities:

Equality, diversity and inclusion in our grant-making, and amongst our people, are all vital to our success in supporting people and communities to thrive. We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. We are a Disability Confident employer and positively welcome applications from disabled people.

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Funding Officers

  • Full time
  • £21,688 – £24,786
  • Scotland wide
  • Closing 18th September 2020

• Are you a confident communicator who enjoys working with people?

• Do you see the potential in ideas as well as the challenges?

• Are you passionate about the power of communities to change things for the better?

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people living in the North East or South of Scotland or Highlands and Islands areas.

About Us:

The National Lottery Community Fund (previously The Big Lottery Fund) is the largest community funder in the UK-we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery Players to communities across the UK. Last year we gave out £50 million to over 1100 projects across Scotland.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. We focus on supporting charities, community groups and people with great ideas, large or small. We aim to work with people flexibly, improving the ways we engage with communities and building new partnerships with other funders, charities and individuals.

We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about making a difference to people and communities.

About the Role:

You’ll be part of a team of Funding Officers, led by a Funding Manager, responsible for our grant-making activity in a geographical area. This will include advice, assessment, grant management and learning. You will ensure that our funding responds to the local context, and challenge yourself and colleagues to continually improve the way we work.

You will build good working relationships with people and organisations in the area you cover. This will include reaching out to new and different groups, supporting people who are applying and continuing to work with them after a grant has been awarded. You will be rewarded by seeing groups thrive with your support.

You will be responsible for understanding how an organisation’s ideas align with our funding priorities, and making good judgements about when to take an application further or when to signpost to alternative opportunities. You will be able to communicate clearly and concisely your recommendations about who and what we fund. Your natural curiosity combined with a genuine interest in people and projects in your area will enable you to try new approaches and develop your understanding of what works.

You will represent the Fund within your local area and create opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning with other colleagues within and outside the Fund so that we can make the greatest difference.

About You:

We are looking for people who share our values, want to make a difference and have the potential to develop in this role. We are particularly interested in creating a more diverse workforce, who really understand the communities we work with.

You’ll be passionate, committed and resilient in your approach but friendly, inquisitive and transparent with people. You’ll be able to negotiate and compromise where appropriate.

You’ll know something about the third sector in Scotland and what makes great customer service for people.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people living in the North East or South of Scotland or Highlands and Islands.

It can be advantageous to be able to drive especially in more rural teams.

Essential Criteria:

We are looking for talented people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences who share our values and are passionate about making a difference through our funding. Whether through lived or gained experience you will really understand the communities we work with.

• Analytical and able to make Good Judgements

• Supportive problem solver and team player

• Excellent Communications Skills – Verbal and Written

Desirable:

• Experience of working in or with community organisations

• Ability to work flexibly to suit community organisations timings and needs

• Commitment to Equity in work practice and ethos

You will be willing to work flexibly in order to get the best outcomes for our customers.

The 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. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability. We welcome applicants who can speak a second language.

If you’d like an informal chat about the role, please contact Morag Donaldson - morag.donaldson@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

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