Vacancies

Grants Co-ordinator, 14 hours per week, working from home.
Salary pro rata NJC Outer London Principal Officer 4 scale.

A Social Worker with five years post qualifying experience is required for this position.
The trustees are seeking to replace the current Grants Co-ordinator who will be retiring in early
2021.In order for there to be an adequate hand over period, it is anticipated that the successful
candidate will take up the post no later than January 2021.

The Victoria Convalescent Trust (VCT) is a registered charity that provides grants to fund or part-fund
short breaks for those of any age living in England and Wales for the purpose of convalescence,
respite or recuperative care. There is also a much smaller fund for making grants to those with severe
and enduring health conditions and to carers, for white goods and other essential items.

The Grants Co-Ordinator’s role at the VCT is a home-based position with a considerable degree of
flexibility, autonomy and variety. It offers the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of those
in desperate need. The Grants Co-Ordinator has full responsibility for assessing grant applications
and, working alongside the board of trustees, is able to reach quick decisions within the small
collegiate organisational structure. The Grants Co-Ordinator presents detailed reports to the trustees
at regular meetings, where grants are scrutinised, discussed and ratified. There is plenty of
opportunity for suggesting and augmenting new initiatives in this crucial role.

The successful candidate will have the following essential skills and experience.

  • Qualified Social Worker with a minimum of five years post qualifying experience.
  • Experience of working within either an adult or children with disabilities social work team,
    hospital social work team or similar.
  • Commitment to work within an Equal Opportunities Framework.
  • Good standard of written and spoken English.
  • Ability to read, evaluate and where appropriate question or request further information in
    relation to the processing of grant applications.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work alone and manage own workload effectively without day to day supervision or
    support.
  • Experience of being a budget holder and managing a budget within prescribed boundaries.
  • Pleasant empathetic manner but with the ability to be firm and fair when presenting decisions.
  • Ability to liaise with a wide range of professionals.
  • Working knowledge of current welfare benefits system.
  • Good IT skills e. g proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to manage and maintain an efficient administrative system.
  • Ability to provide regular written reports and verbal updates to trustees.
  • Attend and participate in regular meetings of the trustees. These take place in London four
    times a year.
  •  Be proactive in promoting the aims and objectives of the charity.
  • Where appropriate be prepared to refer to a named trustee for guidance.
  •  Ability to work under pressure, be flexible and when necessary to work additional hours.
  • Live in England or Wales as this is the geographical area supported by the VCT.

Applications. If you wish to apply for the position of Grants Co-ordinator please email a copy of your
CV together with a personal statement and contact details of two referees to vic.c.trust@gmail.com no
later than Friday 2nd October. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd
November.