2027 Associate (Exeter)


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

Contract: Fixed term, 12 months commencing October 2020

ABOUT 2027

2027 is a 12-month, salaried job and professional development programme, which gives talented people from working-class communities the tools to become a leader in grant-giving organisations.

At the heart of 2027 is a paid 12-month job at a leading foundation or trust. A grant-giving organisation such as a foundation or trust is a charity that funds individuals or other organisations to run projects that positively impact the community.

As part of the programme you’ll be employed full time in a grant-giving role with one of our dynamic host organisations based in Exeter. You’ll deliver brilliant work, to improve the communities they serve, whilst receiving a salary over the year of £23,000.

Alongside your placement, you will take part in an extensive professional development programme, led by industry experts. You’ll come together regularly with your fellow associates and leaders in the sector to take part in facilitated learning, network and explore key aspects of the grant-giving sector to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills.


To apply for 2027 you must meet the following eligibility criteria. Please note that we can make exceptions on a case by case basis. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria but believe we should consider your application please email 2027@koreo.co.

Experience: You must have at least 2 years of experience working in the community, for example in a frontline role either in a job or through volunteering. This could be for example, as a teaching assistant, nurse practitioner, social worker, PCSO, community worker etc.

You will also self-identify as being from a working-class community.

Skills: You will have the ability to use basic IT software packages (eg. Microsoft Office or equivalent).

Qualities: There are 8 qualities which we believe are core to you succeeding on the programme. Through our selection process you will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Community and customer focus

  • Communicate with impact

  • Build positive relationships

  • Resilient

  • Motivated to achieve results

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial

  • Adaptable

  • Commitment to personal development

More information about the qualities we look for are available on our website at www.2027.org.uk/for-participants.


  • £23,000

£23,000 salaried job where you’ll gain direct experience in a grant-giving role with a leading host foundation or trust.

  • Professional Development

You’ll undergo an extensive professional development programme led by industry experts. The programme will comprise group and self-directed learning, coaching, mentoring and a supported individual research. The programme will be facilitated by experts across the sector and run by specialist organisations in people development and social change

  • Networking

You’ll develop relationships with like-minded peers and key leaders in foundations and trusts, building your profile and knowledge of the sector.

  • Career Progression

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 or trust to influence real change in communities

  • Responsibilities

In a grant-giving role, you will manage part of a host organisation’s grant portfolio and work to find fantastic new partners for your host organisation to work with. You’ll keep the trustee board updated on the foundation portfolio, make clear and confident funding recommendations, and analyse foundation performance to identify improvements. You will work with your foundation’s funder, to inspire their employees about the foundation’s work. You will also be responsible for ensuring the foundation meets all relevant legislative and compliance requirements. You will represent the foundation externally and apply learning from outside to your work at the foundation.

  • Location

You will join one of our host organisations based in Exeter.


Applications open until 1pm on 28th July 2020.

To apply, click on the orange button on top right of this page.

Role posted - 2020-07-13T12:39:20Z 1:39pm, 13th Jul 2020 BST