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Trust Executive, The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund / The Headley Trust (international grant-making categories)

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1. Context

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT) is the operating office of 16 independent grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. The trusts’ support for charitable causes over more than 50 years represents one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain. Each trust is a separate legal entity with its own Board of Trustees, actively led by a member of the Sainsbury family.

2. Description of trusts the Trust Executive will work on

The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund makes grants in the following areas:

  1. Support for charities which defend civil liberties and human rights
  2. Jewish and Israeli causes – mainly Holocaust education and reconciliation
  3. Arts and education projects in the London Borough of Southwark.
  4. Scientific and medical research on Type 1 Diabetes

This role will cover areas 1 and 2.

The Headley Trust makes grants in the following areas:

  1. Development projects in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa - access to safe water and sanitation, sustainable farming; girls’ education, trachoma prevention; mother-and-infant care; and the aftermath of conflict.
  2. Arts & Heritage Overseas – archaeology and heritage conservation in south eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia); supporting the capacity of new heritage NGOs and training the next generation of conservation professionals.
  3. Arts & Heritage UK, with a focus on museums and galleries, conservation of industrial and maritime heritage; archaeology; and arts education
  4. Restoration and repair work on Cathedrals and parish churches
  5. Educational bursaries in dance, music and craft conservation
  6. Health & Social Welfare, especially older people and disadvantaged families.

This role will cover areas 1 and 2.

The Chairman of both trusts is Sir Timothy Sainsbury, supported by a number of Sainsbury family trustees.

There may be occasional work for other trusts which support international development.

3. Purpose of this role

This role is one of 14 specialist posts at SFCT held by professional grant-makers with many years of experience in their field. They are responsible for presenting attractive and relevant grant proposals to their trustees, and for ensuring that the grants awarded deliver what they promise.

4. Position in organisation

The Trust Executive reports to the SFCT Director, and co-manages one P.A.

5. Skills and experience

The successful candidate needs to demonstrate extensive knowledge, contacts and experience of working in the international charity sector, including one or more of sub-Saharan Africa, south eastern Europe and Israel. We are looking for evidence of:

  • High quality and extensive experience (5-10 years) working in areas of the trusts’ work;
  • Excellent judgement and a high level of integrity;
  • Proven ability to present ideas skilfully, in writing and in person;
  • An understanding of how charities work, including their financial and governance arrangements;
  • Good grasp of budgeting and numeracy;
  • The confidence to take initiative and work independently;
  • Experience of successfully managing a substantial administrative workload, operating in a rigorous and efficient way, with careful attention to detail;
  • A demonstrable desire to develop your skills and pursue your own learning.

6. Tasks and responsibilities

This is a demanding role, for which candidates must demonstrate the capacity to:

  • Provide their trustees with expert professional advice and well-judged recommendations for grant-making, based on detailed knowledge of their sector and authoritative analysis of relevant charities;
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the trusts’ grants through visits, reports and regular communication;
  • Deal tactfully and positively with the trusts’ beneficiaries;
  • Build rapport with the trustees, be willing to take direction from them and cede final decision-making to them;
  • Serve the trust/s with enthusiasm and a lightness of touch; help make grant-making enjoyable and satisfying for everyone involved;
  • Collaborate as appropriate with colleagues, advisers and other funders;
  • Make constructive use of the freedom the trust has to innovate and experiment;
  • Help foster a positive collective spirit in the SFCT office.

7. Terms and conditions

  • Contract: permanent, full-time (negotiable). Starts September 2018.
  • Salary: dependent on experience, but likely to be around £45K-£50K.
  • Location: SFCT’s offices in London Victoria, which are fully accessible.
  • Hours: 35 hours per week; with occasional evening work and/or overnight stays, which will be rewarded with time off in lieu.
  • 22 days’ annual leave, increasing by one day after each complete year of employment to a maximum of 25 days. Additionally, the three working days between Christmas and New Year’s Day which are not public holidays, when the offices are closed.
  • A sum equivalent to 12% of annual salary paid into the Group personal pension scheme.
  • Death-in-service insurance policy at four-times annual salary.
  • Permanent health insurance (75% of salary).
  • Entitlement to join the private medical care scheme. This is a taxable benefit.
  • Option of a regular health check (after two years’ service).
  • Interest-free season ticket loan.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • A range of salary sacrifice benefits which staff can select to suit their needs.

8. Application process

Candidates should apply with an email to recruitment@sfct.org.uk that contains just two attachments: a CV that demonstrates your extensive experience of the trustees’ areas of work; and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages that explains, with relevant examples, how your skills match the requirements of the role.

The closing date for applications is 25 July 2018, and interviews are expected to be held in the last two weeks of August.

Please note that we can only accept applications from individuals with the right to work in the UK. We are unfortunately unable to sponsor working visa applications.