Funding Officer with The National Lottery Community Fund

Location: Scotland
£21,315 per annum
Full-time, fixed term until 31 January 2020
Immediate Start
Closing date: 28 April 2019
Interviews will take place in Glasgow in early May

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?


About the Company

On the 29 January 2019 the Big Lottery Fund became known as The National Lottery Community Fund. This new brand name clearly shows what we do and who we do it for, positioning us as part of The National Lottery family.

When people are in the lead, communities thrive.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We listen, collaborate and fund so that good things happen.

That’s why we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players across the UK.

Find out more at the website.

We are looking for people who can help us ensure that our funding responds to what matters most to communities and helps them to thrive. You will build long-term relationships with people and organisations, talk about their ideas and ambitions and assess funding requests. You will provide useful feedback and support funded organisations to learn from and share best practice in their field.

We focus on supporting charities, community groups and people with great ideas, large or small, which will create opportunities for people and communities to thrive. We aim to work with people flexibly, improving the ways we engage with communities and building new partnerships with other funders, charities and individuals.


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 long term 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.

More information can be found in the accompanying Role Profile PDF.

The main company office is located in Glasgow, although funding teams work a couple of days a week in their designated area across Scotland. This role may require some travel and remote working.



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 will have:

• Strong written and verbal communication skills that you can adapt for different audiences.
• Understanding of great customer service
• Ability to plan and manage your own workload, supporting others when needed
• Ability to build and maintain excellent relationships
• Ability to analyse data, including financial information, to inform your judgement
• Knowledge of the community and voluntary sector and wider social policy context in Scotland
• Ability to drive would be beneficial in some settings

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

A driving license is desirable, but not essential to the role.


How to apply

There are three key questions that we would like you to answer in your covering letter which will be used to short-list:

  • Outline how your experience is relevant to this role. We don’t expect you to necessarily have direct experience in every aspect of the role and remember you can include examples from volunteering, education and personal life, as well as employment.
  • Tell us how your personal qualities and skills are relevant to this role. This question is about you as a person and how you work.
  • How would you find out about a defined geographic area which may not be local to you? We want to know how you would approach this.

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 or Roddy Byers.



This vacancy will close on Sunday 28 April.

Interviews will take place in Glasgow in early May.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form by clicking “Apply” on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. In your Cover Letter, please state: A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.



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