The Seafarers’ Charity – Head of Grants


Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 8 January 2023

Role:     Head of Grants

Salary: £40,000

Hours: Full time: 34.5 hours per week, 30 Days holiday per year, Permanent Contract

At The Seafarers’ Charity, we believe that people who work at sea should be valued and free of need and disadvantage. For over 100 years we have funded maritime welfare services to support people working at sea. Increasingly through our grant giving, research and advocacy work, we aim to identify and fund preventative solutions that can make a substantial impact on the safety and welfare of seafarers.

This new role has arisen following internal promotion and an organisational restructure. The postholder will be responsible for managing a small team delivering an annual grant funding programme in excess of £2m.  We aim to be a supportive grant funder and have long and well-established relationships with the organisations we fund to deliver welfare services to seafarers and fishers.  You will be expected to work closely with these organisations as we transition from simply funding organisational core costs to achieving greater impact with our grant funding.

We are seeking an experienced Grants Manager who is ready to take on increased responsibility. The successful candidate will have experience of staff management and the full grants management process including supporting new applicants, objective grant assessments, financial analysis, governance reviews, monitoring and evaluation, payments and reporting to trustees, as well as experience of grants management software packages.

Initiatives that the successful candidate will become involved with include:

  • Supporting our new impact led fundraising and income generation.
  • Embedding our new monitoring and evaluation framework to demonstrate the impact of our grant funding.
  • Supporting the transition to a new grants management software programme.

We encourage applications from all regardless of age, sexuality, socio-economic background, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or beliefs. We are committed to building a culture of belonging and inclusion and this is reflected in our policies, practices, and diversity in maritime networks. The Seafarers’ Charity is the first charity to be awarded Diversity in Maritime Charter status from Maritime UK.  We are a family friendly organisation, and we encourage flexible working as we want our employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance. Currently our employees are working flexibly with 3 days per week in the office in central London. We especially welcome applications from underrepresented groups in modern grant making.

If you are experienced in grant making to organisations and are interested in applying, please send a current CV and supporting statement – which should outline your suitability in relation to the Job Specification, your motivation for the position to by midnight Sunday 08 January 2023. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 16 January 2023.

Download the job description here.

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