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Grants and Learning Manager (Maternity cover) - The Ideas Fund

  • Full time
  • £33,100 – £43,700
  • Remote: Based anywhere in the UK
  • Closing 18th June 2024

  • Advertised from 29th May 2024
  • 35 hours/week, 12-month fixed term maternity cover.


We are seeking to appoint someone on a 12-month fixed term contract as maternity cover, to join our Grants Team in delivering The Ideas Fund, an exciting programme which looks to connect communities with researchers in order to develop and try out ideas related to mental wellbeing. The Fund is delivered in four areas of the UK – Oldham, Hull, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and North West Northern Ireland, although this role can be remote, based anywhere in the UK.

With support from the Head of Grants, we expect that you will have lead responsibility for our work in two of these areas, building strong relationships with our Development Co-ordinators and contributing to the successful delivery of the overall programme. You will oversee the support for grant holders to learn from what is working and feed this learning into our overall approach with the Fund, as well as sharing insights externally. It’s an exciting time for the Fund; you can find more details about our plans here.

You will work with our existing Grants & Learning Manager to ensure that our due diligence and grant reporting requirements are met, responding flexibly and creatively to issues that arise. Importantly, you will consistently focus on how we can continue to be innovative with our grant making, and how our learning can influence long term change in funding and public engagement practice.

Key responsibilities

The main responsibilities of this role are to:

  • Work with the Head of Grants to deliver an innovative programme that constantly evolves based on what we learn.
  • Deliver excellent grant-making using relational, flexible and participatory approaches.
  • Design and implement high-quality assessment, due diligence and grant management processes, continually reviewing and refining the approach.
  • Support the assessment and delivery of a portfolio of ‘evidence building’ grants, with projects due to begin in January 2025.
  • Design and implement learning and evaluation strategies and processes, reviewing and refining as needed. Manage relationships and/or contracts with learning partners where appropriate.
  • Support local Development Coordinators to:
    • Ensure the programme’s aim of supporting underserved communities is fulfilled and the grants budget is committed.
    • Work with applicants and collaborators to develop high quality innovative proposals.
    • Work with grant holders, collaborating researchers and project partners to overcome challenges they might face in delivering their projects.
    • Collate and share local learning as part of an evidence building and practice sharing strategy, which is currently in development.
  • Develop and manage a small pipeline of discretionary ‘infrastructure’ grants to add value to the portfolio and/or make systemic impact at local or national level, if necessary.
  • Develop bespoke application and grant management and learning processes as appropriate.
  • Work with the Head of Grants to devise a learning and development plan for the Grants Team.
  • Build and engage a network of key stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the programme.
  • Champion innovation in supporting community/researcher collaboration, community-led research, systems change and grant-making across relevant sectors including:
    • Sharing learning, practice and ideas with a broad range of stakeholders through a range of approaches.
    • Representing the British Science Association at external events to share innovation and learning.
    • Develop and deliver events and/or content to showcase practice.
  • Support the Head of Grants with developing the BSA’s strategy around future grants programmes.

In addition, the post-holder will be expected to:

  • Support colleagues across the organisation, especially at busy times or on specific areas of expertise.
  • Undertake assessment or grant management work on other programmes as required.
  • Other duties as reasonably required by the line manager.

Our Head Office is based in London, but we have an agile working policy enabling people to work at another UK location up to 4 days/week.

Permanent remote working in the UK is possible and we welcome applications from people based in other parts of the UK. We are happy to consider secondments.

Application notes

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