Community Funding Officer

Location
Didcot
Salary
£28,907 to £38,932 per annum
Posted
25 Mar 2019
Closes
05 Apr 2019
Ref
00327141
Contact
Candidate Services
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Community Funding Officer 

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. They have modern open plan offices and smart working practices and the technology to support mobile working. 

Position: Community Funding Officer 
Location: Milton Park, Didcot, 
Job type: Full Time, Permanent 
Hours: 37 hours per week 
Salary: £28,907 to £38,932 per annum 
Benefits: a basic 24 days annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year. Flexible working and annualised hours; pension scheme; childcare voucher scheme; Cyclescheme; car lease scheme; ample free parking available; reduced gym membership, free swims, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users, after work sports clubs and more. 

Closing date: 12:00 noon on 5 April 2019. 
Interview date: 12 April 2019 

About the role: 

The Community Enablement Team manage the seven grant schemes that South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils currently offer to community-based organisations, including non-profit businesses or organisations, community interest companies and town and parish councils. The councils currently award over £1 million in grant funding each year and provide advice on external funding sources available for community-based projects and initiatives. 

The main role of the community funding officer is to support community based organisations in securing funding for projects that will deliver tangible outcomes for our communities particularly in addressing health and wellbeing issues. This will involve working with organisations to explore all the funding opportunities available from generating income themselves, through to applying for grants from the council or other more suitable funding bodies. The post holder will also provide support and cover to the team’s community liaison officers. 

Responsibilities: 

- Giving pre-application advice, developing and maintaining a ‘funding application tool kit’ to assist organisations to make a successful application to the council’s community grants. 
- Develop and maintain knowledge and understanding of major funding sources and initiatives. Signposting to these funders when our schemes are not the best fit, or the councils funding has reached capacity. 
- Working with the community liaison officers to help grant recipients’ deliver successful projects with the funding received and to deadline 
- Supporting the community enablement team leader and community liaison officers to agree service delivery targets and capture outcomes with the organisations receiving revenue and other funding. 
- Monitoring grants, arranging payments through the online grants software to ensure the money contributes to the projects they were awarded for and is spent in line with any agreements and relevant policies. 
- Delivering grants workshops, training and grants presentations to ensure that community organisations are aware of the funding support available both locally and nationally but also how they might be able to help themselves through income generating platforms and collaborating with likeminded organisations. 
- Working with the community enablement team leader and other team members to develop and improve the grants software capability, support procurement, improve policies and processes and develop projects such as crowdfunding platforms and community lottery schemes. 
- Evaluating applications for assets of community value (in line with statutory requirements) and making recommendations on whether to list the asset to the head of community services. 
- Supporting community enablement team events and covering for community liaison officers as required. 
- Other ad hoc tasks relating to the community enablement service, as required by the community enablement team leader, service manager or head of service. 

About you: 

- Educated to A level standard (or equivalent) or have an equivalent demonstrable vocational experience. 
- Minimum two years’ experience of working with budget / financial information and providing customer service including direct contact with a variety of customers or organisations. 
- Full driving licence and vehicle suitable for business use 
- The post holder will be required to attend evening meetings, approximately 6-8 a year. 
- Experience of assessing projects against policies and evaluation criteria. 
- Experience of analysing and interpreting financial information. 
- Experience of monitoring performance. 
- Experience of writing policies, reports or briefing notes. 
- A good team player who can work on their own initiative with minimum supervision. 
- Ability to demonstrate patience, be tactful, diplomacy and adaptability. 
- Aware of sensitive and political issues. 
- Valuing diversity and equality, respecting customers and colleagues in all relationships and service delivery. 
- Knowledge of when to escalate issues to senior managers. 

If you have the following experience, it’s a bonus: 

- Knowledge and experience of grant schemes, processes and funding software or similar database. 
- Experience of working with voluntary and community organisations. 
- Experience of updating websites. 
- Experience in procurement. 

You may have experience of the following: Community Funding Officer, Funding Officer, Community Funding, Fundraising, Community Fundraising, Fundraising Officer, Bid Administrator, Finance Manager, Business Development, Fund Officer, Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Grants Manager, Grants Coordinator, etc.

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