2027 Associate (2024)


Employment Type Contract A full time, 12-month contract
Location Hybrid · United Kingdom (multiple locations) Newcastle upon Tyne · Bristol · Sheffield · Glasgow City · Edinburgh · Warwickshire · Manchester · London Placements will take place in leading foundations, trusts or social investment orgs across the UK.
Salary Starting from £25,000 (GBP)
Team One of our 2027 host organisations across the UK
Seniority Junior, Mid-level
  • Closing: 11:44am, 13th May 2024 BST

Job Description


At the heart of 2027 is a paid 12-month job at a leading foundation, trust or social investment organisation.  A foundation or trust is a grant-making organisation, a charity that provides funding to give to other individuals or organisations, to enable them to run projects that positively impact the community. A Social Investment Organisation provides repayable funds to charities and enterprises with a social purpose to create long-lasting change.

As part of the programme, you’ll be employed full-time in a grant-making or related role, with one of our dynamic host Foundations, Trust or Social Investment organisations across the UK.  You’ll deliver brilliant work to improve the communities they serve whilst receiving a salary of at least £25,000 (at least £25,642 in London).

Alongside your placement, you will take part in an acclaimed development programme, through which you will work with each other and partner organisations, on your own development and leadership in the context of the grant-making sector. The programme focuses on the self, the sector and community. It is designed to support you not only to translate all your experience and ability into performing in your new job, but also to help you understand, explore and ultimately be part of changing the funding sector. 

This blend of training, networking and on-the-job experience will mean that at the end of the 12-month programme you will have the experience and skills you need to prepare for a decision-making position in a foundation, trust or social investment organisation to influence real change in communities.

Why 2027 exists

The 2027 story began in 2017 with an ambition to bridge the gap between funders and communities, driven by frustration at the power imbalances and lack of people with lived experiences of working-class communities within UK grantmaking. 2027 helps change how decisions are made about where money was going, and who was involved in decision-making.

The job

In your new job in grant-making, you could be managing part of your organisation’s grant portfolio and working to find fantastic community partners for your host organisation to work with and provide funding for their projects. You’ll be keeping the trustee board updated on the foundation’s portfolio, and could even be making funding recommendations.  You could be working with your foundation’s funder, to inspire their employees about the foundation’s work to fund community projects and partners. You will also be responsible for ensuring the foundation meets all relevant legislative and compliance requirements and will represent the foundation externally and apply learning from outside to your work at the foundation.  Each job is slightly different and we’ll work with you to ensure a good fit for your development. You’ll benefit from:

  • A minimum salary of £25,000

  • Direct experience in grant-making with a leading foundation, trust or social investment organisation

The employer

You will be matched to a leading, and highly regarded foundation, trust or social investment organisation depending on your location preferences. In the last 5 years, more than 20 Foundations, Trusts or social investment organisations have taken part in 2027 and some examples include Children in Need, National Lottery Community Fund, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Sport England, Big Society Capital, City Bridge Trust and NHS Charities Together.

The development programme

As part of your job, you’ll undergo an extensive professional development programme led by industry experts.  The programme will comprise a mix of group and self-directed learning, coaching, mentoring and peer support spaces.  It will be facilitated by leaders across the sector and run by a specialist organisation that exists to develop people working in social change.  Specifically, you’ll gain access to:

  • Residentials: You will come together for two in-person events, where you will enjoy some concentrated learning and connection time.

  • Masterclasses: These are 2-hour long online sessions focused on key topics of importance to your development.

  • Peer Support Sessions: Each month we will provide a structured, confidential and safe space for you to connect with and learn from each other.

  • Mentoring: All Associates will be matched with a mentor with experience of the grantmaking and social investment sector.

  • Self-Directed Learning: You will be provided with suggested reading, video content and reflection activities to support their learning outside of group sessions.

  • Peer Coaching: Associates will be trained in coaching fundamentals and to deliver peer coaching to one another. You will be organised into small groups for peer coaching, which they will self-organise once a month.

  • 360 Review and 1:1 Coaching: You  will go through a 360 Review process. This process gathers feedback on your performance from line managers, colleagues, mentors, peer coaches, and asks you to self-assess. You’ll be supported through 1:1 coaching to integrate the learning gained from the feedback.

  • 2027 Connect: An inspiring mix of in-person and online events open to all Associates, Alumni, Hosts and Mentors of the 2027 community. We will use these sessions to share 2027 learning as widely as possible, build the 2027 community and ignite conversations for positive change. 

Career progression

At the end of the 12-month programme, you will have the experience, skills and knowledge to prepare for a decision-making position in a foundation, trust or social investment organisation and to influence real change in communities. 

Job description

Below is a job description outlining some of the specifics of the position:

  • Job Title: 2027 associate

  • Salary: A minimum of £25,000

  • Employer: One of our 2027 host organisations, a leading Foundation, Trust or social investment organisation

  • Location: We have opportunities throughout England and Scotland and you’ll tell us your preferences

  • Hours: Typically 9 am-5 pm with some flexibility according to the requirements of your employing host organisation

  • Term of contract: Fixed-term, 12-months starting October 2024

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Mon 13th May 2024


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Mon 13th May 2024