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Programmes Advisor (Postcode Trusts: African, Global, Equality)

Become part of People's Postcode Lottery's team!

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a forward-thinking, dynamic organisation where we understand that people are our greatest asset. Perhaps that's why our team voted us one of the Sunday Times Top 100 small companies to work for in 2016! Our core values are fun, sharing, courageous and sustainable which are reflected in everything we do.

We recognise and reward hard work and performance, offering a variety of benefits and career progression opportunities. This includes a generous pension and private healthcare scheme, an above average holiday allowance, discounted gym membership and fresh fruit in the office! We encourage you to spend two days each year volunteering with our charity partners and we are committed to investing 4% of salaries into training each year.

What we do?

As the world's top fundraising private charity donor in 2016, giving back to good causes is our mission. We manage multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities supporting a wide range of causes.

People's Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries on behalf of a range of charities including 18 grant-giving Trusts. To date (February 2018), players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £263 million for good causes. A minimum of 32% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes.

14 of 18 Trusts award funding to charities involved in specific themes and give regular annual grants of up to £600,000 each to over 60 charities.

Three other Trusts also run open application grants programmes, with players having supported over 2500 community groups, good causes and charities across Britain since 2009. In addition, Postcode Dream Trust has a £2 million Dream Fund designed to be the catalyst for innovation and collaborative projects. As player numbers increase, more charities will benefit from lottery funds.

Role Summary

Charities are at the heart of the organisation and this position is crucial in helping to deliver the wide- ranging, exciting and incredible work funded by our players.

Working with operational responsibilities for the management of the grants including review and monitoring programmes in the fields of Equality, Education and Human Rights and general International Development. You will ensure that, as part of the third largest private charity funder in the world, we play our part on the international stage. Our impact is focused on four keys areas; collaboration, capability, capacity and leverage. We are a true partner to our charities and our relationship is far more than just funding.

You will have knowledge and understanding of the not-for-profit sector both in Great Britain and internationally to anticipate where we should award our players' funds next and understand where we could add value. It's crucial that you have a positive approach and the ability to lead discussions at the highest level. While we always will safeguard our players' funds, we also won't shy away from being ambitious, innovative and unique in the way we fund. You will need to embrace and contribute to this approach.

Reporting to the Senior Programme Manager, this year funds raised by our players for charities are anticipated to increase. With this growth comes greater responsibility.

We are committed to ensuring that our players remain connected with the causes they help support. As a funder, we also remain faithful to our funding principles and ensure that we are an enlightened partner in our efforts to make the world a better place for people and planet.

As a part of the Charities Team, you must be able support your direct colleagues as well as ensure that the whole Postcode Lottery team remains passionate about what we do and why we do it.

This is an exciting time in the charities team. The right candidate will have experience in account management and a clear understanding of the charity sector, you must be able to learn quickly and be able to adapt to the demands of this role. Whilst a general knowledge in International Development is important, we are keen to hear from those with both formal and informal experiences of Development.

Key Activities

  • Relationship manage a number of charities and manage the administration of up to 4 grant making Trusts (Currently Postcode African, Global and Equality Trusts)
  • Management of Trust board meetings including the preparation and provision of papers required for the Board
  • Operational responsibilities for the management of the grants including annual review and bi-annual monitoring programmes
  • New charity research, assessment and reviews
  • Provide up to date and relevant content of supported charities for all areas of the business
  • Support the Senior Programmes Manager in delivering the International Development strategy
  • Lead and Support management of Special projects
  • Operational support of Impact Assessment work
  • Review budgets monthly with Senior Programmes Manager
  • Organise International Field Trips for staff experiences and monitoring field visits
  • Provide copy and approve draft content of Trusts Annual Reports
  • Represent Trusts at events and accompany Senior Management (Providing written briefs as appropriate)
  • Support staff volunteering opportunities with supported charities
  • Support and contribute to the delivery of the 2 day Charity Workshop programme
  • Support and contribute to the delivery of annual events such as the Charity Gala


  • Experience of general International Development including issues surrounding Equality, Education and Human Rights in an international and domestic context - Essential
  • Experience of working with charities and/or NGO's in an International / domestic context - Essential
  • Experience working in funding, fundraising or account / relationship management - Essential
  • Understanding of the preparation and collation of formal Board papers - Desirable
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial reporting including P&Ls, management information, company structure - Desirable
  • Working knowledge of being able to distil complex technical information into simple digestible content within demanding timeframes - Essential
  • Experience of scripting and running events and/or workshops and/or public speaking - Desirable
  • Experience of managing multiple projects simultaneously - Desirable

Required Skills

  • The ability to manage workload and to juggle priorities
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce or familiar with using CRM systems
  • Excellent working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to write reports based on various sources of input
  • Strong presentation skills - both verbal and written

Personal Attributes

  • Extremely organised and able to manage a complex workload and tight deadlines
  • Must be passionate about charities / good causes
  • Be able to work in a team and independently
  • Ability to take on feedback and make changes pro-actively

Additional Information

Whilst the core hours of the role will be 37.5 hours per week, worked Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm, working out with these hours will be required around event times, where necessary time will be given in lieu.

Travel both domestic and internationally may be required.

Job Details
Job Ref: 354147347
Start Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST
Hours: Not Specified
Location: City, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: GBP - Annual