Charity registered in Scotland SC037942
Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise. We enable early stage social enterprises and highly-motivated individuals to test, refine and grow their ideas into viable social businesses.
Reporting to: SEF Programme Manager
Start date: ASAP
We are looking for a confident, experienced individual with excellent analytical skills, a commitment to creating social change and a desire to help others succeed.
Your role will involve managing Firstport’s relationships with its applicants and awardees across all programmes. While focusing primarily on application assessment, award management and follow-up, you will be in charge of building long-term relationships with successful applicants and generally stay with them for the length of their relationship with Firstport, supporting them to transition between programmes.
The role requires excellent judgment skills to filter and assess applications in line with funding criteria and provide recommendations to panels. You will also have excellent communication skills to maintain direct contact with applicants at various stages in their respective journeys and to liaise with relevant stakeholders and strategic partners.
You should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of a range of business models, and the obstacles faced by new enterprises. You will be expected to contribute with creative ideas to increase the reach and availability of the fund to people from all areas and backgrounds. Ideally, you will have prior experience in grant management and in working with start-ups and/or social enterprises as well as a track record of building relationships across the third, private and public sectors.
The role is fast-paced, and you will work with a caseload of projects at different levels of development, so the ability to multi-task, prioritise and work to tight deadlines is essential.