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Philanthropy Advisor Recruitment pack January 2021

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor Who are we? The Community Foundation is a leading regional charity with a strong national profile. Our mission is to grow giving and philanthropy by matching generous people with important community causes. Our 10-year vision is to see communities thrive across North East England, with fairness and generosity changing lives and helping everyone feel they belong. Every year we award millions of pounds in grants to hundreds of organisations and some individuals. We’ve helped Wansbeck Valley Food Bank in south-east Northumberland to provide vulnerable members of the community with a healthier diet. We’ve funded Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project in Sunderland to help young people improve their mental health and well-being. And we’ve backed the Walking With project in North Tyneside to strengthen its work supporting refugees and asylum seekers who are new to the area. Since March 2020, we’ve been at the forefront of the community response to Covid-19, raising funds and awarding grants of around 1.8m to organisations helping the most vulnerable. Our work could not happen without the generosity of people and organisations that set up charitable funds to give through us, or those who give with others to back a common cause. They include philanthropists like the Plattens, Squires and Shears; businesses like Ringtons, Muckle LLP and Newcastle Building Society; and partners like Newcastle and Gateshead Councils, the Bernicia Foundation and the National Emergencies Trust. An expert team of 24, led by our Chief Executive Officer, Rob Williamson, delivers our work. We are governed by of a board of 13 trustees who are all leaders in the business, philanthropy, charity and public sectors.

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor What are we looking for? We need a great relationship manager with good understanding of social issues and community needs to join our team as full time Philanthropy Advisor. You will promote and support philanthropy by providing advice and services to people and businesses that have set up funds at the Foundation. You’ll carry out grant assessments, monitoring and reporting, and you’ll support research, analysis and the development of our donor services. We don’t need you to have worked in funding or philanthropy before, or have a degree. But you’ll have the skills to work with a range of donors, and to analyse requests for support. Your writing will be clear, concise and accurate. You’ll be confident working with data and ICT. And you’ll be strongly committed to your own learning and development. Like everyone at the Foundation, you will love North East England and want it to thrive. You’ll believe in the importance of giving and philanthropy, and of backing the brilliant work of small, local charities and community organisations. You’ll be someone who embraces equality and diversity, takes individual and collective responsibility and who enjoys sparking off others as part of a team. And you’ll take your work seriously, but not yourself. We are committed to equity, inclusion and better reflecting the communities we serve. So, we are very keen to broaden the diversity of our team. In particular, we want to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and disabled people.

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor What difference will you make in the role? Your work will ensure we get the money into our communities, to the organisations that need it most, while meeting our donors’ diverse wishes and interests. We have a strong track record in supporting the region’s vital grassroots charities. You will use your skills to assess, monitor and evaluate grants matched to funds and in line with the Foundation’s policies and priorities. The high quality analysis and advice you provide to donors will inspire them to be effective philanthropists and encourage others to give. Who will you be working for and with? We are an independent, registered charity, with an excellent reputation here and across the country. We are the most successful of the 46 community foundations in the UK and the largest, outside north America, of 1,800 across the globe. Over 30 years, we’ve built an endowment fund of over 80 million which gives us strength and means we can finance our operations and ensure our work benefits communities for generations to come. You will report to our Chief Philanthropy Officer who oversees our philanthropy activities and is also one of two deputies to the Chief Executive. You will also liaise closely with Senior Philanthropy Advisors and support them in managing funds. But, with 24 people overall, we are an organisation where everyone works together, gets stuck in, takes collective responsibility and strives to make the Foundation better.

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor What will your duties and responsibilities be? Philanthropy advice and grant-making Support senior colleagues to deliver the Foundation’s philanthropy goals and to ensure high quality donor relationships through funds set up by individuals, families and businesses. Manage own portfolio of funds with lighter-touch donor relationships as agreed. Assess, monitor and evaluate grants matched to agreed funds in line with the Foundation’s policies and priorities, providing high quality analysis and advice to donors. Conduct research to identify potential grantees and routes to fund and engage them in line with the Foundation’s current funding priorities and policies, and the wishes of donors. Undertake promotion of and respond to enquiries about allocated funds as agreed. Maintain understanding of policy issues and knowledge of funding and philanthropy practice relevant to the Foundation’s work. Philanthropy development and donor service improvement Support the Chief Philanthropy Officer on research and data analysis around philanthropy services and donor satisfaction to inform improvements. In liaison with the operations and community relations teams, support the development and implementation of new and improved systems and approaches to enable more effective and efficient services to engage donors. Support the Head of Giving and Philanthropy on research around potential donor markets in line with the Foundation’s policies and procedures including data protection and privacy. Operations and team working Demonstrate the Foundation’s values and support colleagues as part of the Foundation team. Contribute to wider Foundation activities and shared responsibilities and undertake other similar duties as required. Represent the Community Foundation at events as required. Take responsibility for own professional development and learning, seeking and making best use of opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to the role.

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor What skills and experience do you need to apply? You must Be able to support relationships with a range of donors and to provide high quality philanthropy advice on community needs relevant to donors’ interests and wishes. Be able to analyse grant applications and make recommendations on them. Be able to produce clear, concise and accurate copy for reports to a range of audiences. Be competent with, and enthusiastic about using, a wide range of ICT and operational systems, including being familiar with CRM systems. Have strong interpersonal skills, enthusiasm and be able to work well as part of a team including when under pressure of timescales and competing priorities. Have excellent time management skills and be able to work accurately and efficiently to consistently high standards. Understand social issues and community needs. Be keen to learn, support others and be involved in developments leading to continuous improvements. Be strongly committed to, and able to demonstrate, the values of the Foundation. Have shown a commitment to your learning which may be demonstrated by completion of a higher education or professional qualification, or equivalent vocational learning/professional development activity. Be able and willing to work flexibly, and sometimes outside normal office hours. Be able and willing to travel for work within the region, and occasionally outside it. It would be good – but it’s not essential – if you also Have experience of assessing the effectiveness of applicant organisations and making recommendations about their funding requests and monitoring gained within a charitable trust/foundation, lottery distributor, public body or similar. Have experience of using Salesforce. Have experience of working in or with the voluntary sector and community sector. Understand charitable giving and philanthropy. Are experienced in representing an organisation externally in networks and at events. Are experienced in presenting reports to panels or committees.

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor Mission We want to see communities thrive across North East England, with fairness and generosity changing lives and helping everyone feel they belong. So, our ambition is to be the region’s most trusted and effective charitable foundation, supporting small, local charities and community organisations through more and better philanthropy. We grow giving and philanthropy, matching generous people with our region’s important community causes. We do this by: enabling people from all walks of life to set up charitable funds, give collectively or share expertise; supporting small, local charities and community organisations through grants from our funds and help from our networks; shining a light on vital issues affecting our area and working with others to tackle them; building our endowment as an asset for our communities now and for generations to come Values Vision Our vision, mission and values We seek to make a difference at the Foundation by: sharing our love for North East England and wanting it to thrive; believing in the importance of giving and philanthropy; backing the brilliant work of local charities; championing disadvantaged people and less well supported causes. We earn the trust of the Foundation’s donors and grantees by: starting where they are and encouraging their ambitions; being respectful, reliable and responsive; building lifelong relationships; applying sound judgement and knowing our stuff; staying independent and accountable. We make sure the Foundation keeps getting better by: sparking off and challenging each other across our organisation; taking personal and collective responsibility; learning from our successes and mistakes; embracing diversity and treating people fairly; having a healthy workplace and positive balance in our lives; taking our work seriously but not ourselves

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor Team structure Sandra King CHIEF PHILANTHROPY OFFICER AND DEPUTY TO THE CEO Lisa Cappleman – Head of Giving and Philanthropy Jon Goodwin – Senior Philanthropy Advisor Su Legg – Senior Philanthropy Advisor Elaine Holdsworth – Senior Philanthropy Advisor Ross Wilson – Philanthropy Advisor (Vacancy) – Philanthropy Advisor Rob Williamson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Sonia Waugh CHIEF FINANCE AND OPERATING OFFICER AND DEPUTY TO THE CEO Adam Lopardo DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS Nils Stronach – Head of Grant Practice and Programmes Pete Barrett – Senior Programme Advisor Jo Cundall – Senior Advisor Culture Sue Martin – Programme Advisor Colette Harrison – Development Officer, Sector Support Ali Walker – External Relations Officer (Vacancy) – Funding Co-ordinator Mark Pierce ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF KNOWLEDGE AND RESEARCH Mike Whitfield – Head of Operations Dawn Porter – Executive Support Officer Sarah Phillipson – Finance Coordinator Leanne Wilson – Grant Process Coordinator Adam Smith – ICT and Facilities Coordinator Vivienne Rodgers – Front Desk Administrator

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor What will we offer you? Highly competitive salary – starting at 27,961 and in a range to 30,853 full time (currently 35 hours a week). Workplace pension scheme where we contribute 6% to match your 5%. 25 days leave a year plus public holidays. Flexible working arrangements All our staff are currently working from home. We will provide you with a work laptop and help with other equipment and costs, including an allowance for using your mobile phone for work purposes. We’re all able to make and receive work calls using Microsoft Teams. Subject to Covid-19 guidance for employers, we hope to run some induction sessions face to face, but will in any case provide a ‘buddy’ to help you in your first few months alongside support from your line manager and daily keeping-in-touch calls with the whole team. Your normal place of work (when it is safe to return) will be a spacious, modern and accessible office in a beautifully converted Victorian chapel near to Gosforth’s wide range of shops and leisure outlets. Staff facilities include a kitchen/staff room, shower and unlimited coffee and tea. There are excellent public transport links, bike storage and on-site car parking (by arrangement). You also get business travel and accommodation expenses, and access to the Metro scheme and cycle hire/purchase package through the Green Commute Initiative. We run social events and better health at work activities, team development days and training opportunities and provide half a day a month paid time off for voluntary work with your chosen charities. We’re committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, ensuring everyone can make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment.

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor How can you apply? We are working within Covid-19 guidelines, and initially recruitment will be virtual. But we hope to meet final shortlisted candidates face to face. To start, we need to understand who you are, what you’d bring and how you’d fit with our culture and values. So, please send us: Your CV (no more than 3 A4 pages) including details of two referees. a covering statement (no more than 2 A4 pages) saying why you want to work with us and what you’d bring to the role, with clear, practical examples of how your skills and experience meet all the job requirements. Please send these by email (Word or PDF format) to Dawn Porter making clear which post you are applying for. Please also complete our recruitment diversity survey for this role (this is anonymous and used just for monitoring) We are holding a webinar for potential applicants to find out more about our roles on Tuesday 9 February at 12.30. To register go to al-job-applicants-tickets-138574238277 The timetable is then as follows. Deadline for applications: 9am on Monday 22 February 2021 Shortlisted applications notified by: 5pm on Tuesday 23 February 2021 First-round panel interviews for longlisted applicants (video call): Tuesday 2 March 2021 Final interviews for shortlisted applicants (TBC in person, socially distanced, Covid-safe venue): w/c Monday 8 March 2021 The appointment will be subject to successful completion of a probationary period. We won’t hold information you give us longer than necessary and it won’t be used for any purpose other than to assess your suitability for the advertised post in line with our data protection policy. We recruit solely on merit, so we hide applicants’ names and other details that may identify their sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or other characteristics protected under the Equality Act before applications are seen by our panel.

January 2021 Philanthropy Advisor What are we looking for? We need a great relationship manager with good understanding of social issues and community needs to join our team as full time Philanthropy Advisor. You will promote and support philanthropy by providing advice and services to people and businesses that have set up funds at the Foundation.

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