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  • Advertised from 12th June 2019
  • Basic plus civil service pension. Permanent.


About National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK and we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery. Last year we distributed over half a billion pounds 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 our 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 through to large UK-wide organisations.

About the role

We have a unique opportunity for an experienced and collaborative leader to be part of our senior management team, leading our Scotland Directorate.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the National Lottery Community Fund’s activity in Scotland, leading a team of c. 100 people, primarily based in our Glasgow office. This is a pivotal role, engaging at the most senior level with a broad range of stakeholders including leaders across the voluntary public and private sectors.

You will be responsible for supporting and advising funding decisions and recommending future portfolio direction, working closely with colleagues across the Fund to ensure that our ambition to put ‘People in the Lead’ is realised.

As a Director at the Fund, you’ll need to view things from a broad perspective, demonstrating a wide and deep understanding of our work across Scotland and the UK as a whole. An inspiring leader, you’ll play a key role in shared responsibility for the Fund’s strategy, working closely with your colleagues to implement our strategic operating plan, and initiatives. You will be adept at skilfully handling competing priorities and operational challenges, assessing and managing risk, and influencing and communicating our vision both across the Fund, and externally.

Scope of the role

  • 18/19 grants awarded = £41.7m
  • 19/20 grant funding budget = £50.7m
  • 19/20 operational budget = £2.97m
  • Team of 95 team members based in Glasgow office
  • UK travel as required

About you

We’re looking for someone who can embody and promote the culture of our organisation, one that puts people and communities at the centre of our work, and one that encourages collaboration innovation and continuous improvement.

You will be an experienced leader, with experience of leading and inspiring a multi-functional operation. Self-aware with high emotional intelligence, you will support our culture of openness, trust, empowerment and delegated accountability. You will be a strategic thinker and persuasive negotiator who understands the broader political landscape, exercising sensitive judgement in response.

Essential Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience operating in a leadership role
  • Experience of managing a substantial operating budget
  • Able to demonstrate effective leadership and development of management teams
  • Experience of strategic partnership working and stakeholder management, including excellent influencing and negotiating skills
  • Outstanding analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to work across and within complex governance structures
  • Experience and understanding of the third sector in Scotland, the wider political and regulatory environment in Scotland and across the whole UK
  • Credible and able to command respect internally and externally, while demonstrating the gravitas and decision making necessary to deliver change

Application notes

Please respond with your CV in the first instance to our recruitment partner Kirsteen Bell at Harvey Nash:

Telephone: 0141 343 3284

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Wednesday 26th June 2019