2027 Associate (2022)

2027

  • Team: One of our 2027 host organisations across the UK
  • Salary: £23,000 - £25,000
  • Location: Placements will take place in leading foundations, trusts or social investment organisations across the UK
  • Closing: 1:00pm, 3rd May 2022 BST

Job Description

Overview

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 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 over the year of up to £25,000.

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 investement 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 a frustration at the power imbalances and lack of meaningful diversity within UK grantmaking, and the impact that had on grantmaking. Ten Years’ Time brought together the partners with the idea that if we could bring 15 people a year into the sector over 10 years, there was an opportunity to fundamentally change how decisions were made about where money was going, and who was involved in decision-making.

Following a piece of collaborative research undertaken by all the programme partners, it was clear that there was a need for a practical mechanism which enabled people from working class backgrounds to access jobs in the sector, and enabled the organisations committed to changing their practice to find brilliant new people. Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), Esmee Fairbairn, and Barrow Cadbury, the research uncovered the clear recognition for a new approach to recruitment in the sector, and a clear appetite in communities around the country to influence the funding space.

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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 salary of up to £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. This is a grant-making organisation, a charity that is provided funding to give to other individuals or organisations, to enable them to run projects that positively impact the community. Or this is a Social Investment, an organisation that provides repayable funds to charities and enterprises with social purpose to create long-lasting change.   In the last 4 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:

  • A programme coach to connect with you, supporting you on your journey through your new job and development programme.

  • A mentor with expert experience in the grant-making sector to give you support and guidance thinking about opportunities over the course of the year.

  • A peer coach, so you can develop your own coaching skills and gain support to tackle challenges and explore opportunities with someone else taking part in the programme.

  • Facilitated group sessions, to give you training and insight to help you grow your knowledge of the grant-making sector and develop new skills for your career growth.

  • Networking, and opportunities to build relationships with like-minded people and key leaders in the sector, to build your profile, knowledge and skills.

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.  You can find out more about what our 2027 Associates have gone on to do here.

Job description

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

  • Job Title: 2027 associate

  • Salary: £23,000 (UK-wide) or £25,000 (London)

  • 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 2022

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 Tue 3rd May 2022

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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 Tue 3rd May 2022