The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is a young, dynamic and ambitious charity established in 2013 to champion and support the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes.
The Funding and Partnerships Manager will play a key role in enabling EIF to meet its ambitious income targets for 2019/20 and beyond, by: working with teams across the organisation to develop funding proposals; supporting the development of new external relationships with funders and partners; and supporting our relationships with existing partners and funders, assisting in negotiations, reviewing contracts and grant agreements, reporting progress to funders, and invoicing.
Key roles and responsibilities
- Develop EIF’s annual funding strategy, working closely with the Senior Management Team and Project Leads.
- Ensure the successful delivery of the strategy, working across the organisation.
Deliver new income
- Coordinate funding proposals for new work (including responses to tenders), working with Directors and Project Leads to ensure quality, consistency and fundability.
Build and contract relationships
- Develop, maintain and coordinate our relationships with current and future (more diverse) funders.
- Develop, maintain and coordinate relationships with current and future partner organisations (including other What Works Centres, research institutions, sector and workforce bodies and charities).
- Take the lead on smaller relationships and support senior management in the larger relationships.
- Review and negotiate continuing agreements with funders, whether grant or contract.
- Review and negotiate continuing agreements with partners, including Associates, and with subcontrators delivering parts of projects for us.
- Liase with lawyers as appropriate.
- Be aware and mindful of VAT and Corporate Tax matters pertaining to charities.
Funding processes and reporting
- Develop and maintain a funding tracker, keeping it up-to-date with progress on proposals and leads.
- Co-ordinate reports to funders in accordance with agreed schedules.
- Ensure accurate invoicing of funders, partners and subcontractors.
- Communicate funding updates in team meetings and other forums.
- Ensure our website reflects who funds us and that the charity is transparent and ethical in who it approached for funding.
- Contribute to quarterly Trustee papers.
- Develop procedures and standards for use internally that ensures value for money in (sub)contracting and partnership arrangements.
- Develop and maintain funder relationships database, including prioritising who to approach, and updating it with latest interactions.
- Provide assistance, support and guidance on all contracting issues within projects.
Experience and skills
You will be friendly but also clear, efficient and purposeful – tenacity but with a smile. You should be able to present a positive manner at all time. You’ll enjoy developing and maintaining relationships with other organisations. Internally you’ll also be approachable and open and be able to bring people with you when working in small teams.
The job will also be demanding and present many challenges. You’ll respond by showing resilience and portray a sense of calm when under pressure. We are a small organisation so flexibility is a must. You’ll also be able to self-motivate and able to show real initiative and ambition.
- Experience of successfully securing external funding for foundations, charities, research organisations or think tanks.
- Experience of responding to tenders, and coordinating and writing successful funding proposals.
- Experience of developing new relationships with funders.
- Experience of developing new relationships with partner organisations.
- Experience of working with contracts and grant agreements for funders, partners and sub-contractors.
- Excellent influencing and communication skills, able to take colleagues with you, and persuasively describe the work of EIF to funders and partners.
- Skilled at balancing conflicting priorities, ensuring the completion of essential tasks and meeting deadlines.
- Good standard of education, to A-level standard or equivalent
- Experience of developing successful funding strategies.
- Experience of maintaining proposal pipelines and managing systems for tracking funder conversations.
- Experience of invoicing.