We’re hiring!

15 December 2021

We are looking for someone to play a crucial role in growing Big Change’s impact in the UK – now and in the future.


Impact Manager

Reporting to: Head of Impact

Direct reports: None

Contract:  Full-time, Permanent

Location: Hybrid working between Paddington, London and remote

Salary: £37-42K (dependent on experience)

We are looking for someone to play a crucial role in growing Big Change’s impact as we enter an exciting new phase in our grant making strategy.

You will be a strong project manager and willing to question and learn about the best way to do things. You will be comfortable in quickly picking up new subject areas and digesting many inputs to improve our practices as a grant maker and as a catalyst for positive change. You will also have excellent relationship building skills, and are excited by the prospect of building trusted relationships with Big Change’s grantees and applicants.

Impact Manager | Role Description

Reporting to: Head of Impact

Direct reports: None

Contract:  Full-time, Permanent

Location: Hybrid working between Paddington, London and remote

Salary: £37-42K (dependent on experience)

Background:

Big Change was founded 10 years ago to rethink how charity could be a catalyst for positive change. Since then we have been learning by doing: investing over £5 million to back over 40 pioneering projects at an early stage that are rethinking how we set young people up to thrive in life, not just in exams.  

Role Summary

We recognise that with great ambition comes the need for great people and we are looking for someone to play a central role in maximizing the impact of Big Change in the UK – now and in the future. You will play a crucial role in growing Big Change’s impact as we enter an exciting new phase in our grantmaking strategy.

You will be a strong project manager and willing to question and learn about the best way to do things. You will be comfortable in quickly picking up new subject areas and digesting many inputs to improve our practices as a grantmaker and as a catalyst for positive change. You will also have excellent relationship building skills, and are excited by the prospect of building trusted relationships with Big Change’s grantees and applicants.

For more information please see our impact report, Change is Happening.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

A. Manage Grant Funding

  • Managing Big Change’s grant funding process, including setting key timelines and processes, managing grant-related communications, and working with external advisors for application assessment.
  • Building and maintaining the pipeline of potential grantees and applicants.
  • Managing grant operations – including grant agreements and budgets, working with the Head of Impact to put in place outcomes and KPIs, and keeping our database up to date.
  • Working with Head of Impact to continuously improve our grant funding practices and processes in order to meet best practice, and attract impact-focused, diverse and values aligned applicants to our funding rounds, while making sure young people are at the centre of this work.
  • Giving advice and feedback throughout the grant funding process, building good professional relationships with grant applicants 

B. Accelerate and Track Impact

  • Working closely with Big Change’s live cohort of pioneers and projects (and alumni) to ensure regular reporting and tracking of project outcomes, gather updates and impact stories, and identify opportunities to support and accelerate their impact.
  • Maintaining day to day contact with grantees in between reporting periods to troubleshoot, answer queries, and respond to requests.
  • Working with the Head of Impact to continuously improve and quality assure our offer to our grantees during and after funding relationships with Big Change.
  • Working with the Development team to connect grantees to donors and strategic partners in our network who can support their outcomes, including project visits and insight events
  • Building and maintaining relationships with Big Change grantees, including managers and senior leaders from innovative charities and other purpose-driven organizations

C. Research, Knowledge Management and Communication

  • Performing desk research + liaising with grantees to keep our bank of project impact stories up to date, work with the Development team and Marketing and Communications Manager to share the most compelling impact updates.
  • Promoting and celebrating the work of our projects via regular communications (blogs, social, newsletter, impact reports) – out to different Big Change audiences, including sector professionals, donors and strategic partners.
  • Keeping all records and reports up to date on our database.
  • Performing ad hoc research tasks as necessary, including education sector + grantee news highlights for newsletters, summarize key publications from other sector organizations, etc

Key Stakeholders:

  • Big Change grantees
  • Development team
  • Networks and Systems Change team
  • Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Youth Advisory Group

Knowledge, Experiences and Core Competencies

Required:

  • Aligned with Big Change’s mission to transform the education sector to set all young people up to thrive in life
  • Previous experience in a similar position, ideally in the education or youth sector. Experience managing the intake and onboarding of cohorts or portfolios of investments, ideally in a grantmaking context, is a big plus;
  • Strong project management skills and a great organizer with an eye for detail and the ability to prioritize work and juggle multiple things at once;
  • Strong relationship skills and able to build and maintain trusting, professional relationships with all organizations going through the Big Change grantmaking process
  • Research, critical thinking and strong judgment in analyzing multiple inputs to help us develop and refine key areas of our grantmaking work;
  • Ability to identify solutions in a fast-paced environment, work autonomously and be proactive in your approach;

Desirable:

  • Previous experience using CRM systems 
  • Lived experience in any of our areas of work
  • Comfortable creating content and communicating with our community and partners

How to Apply

If you’re inspired by what we do, and have the skills and experience to take on this role, please contact us on jobs@big-change.org with your CV and covering letter. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline has been extended to 6pm (UK time), 18th January 2022

We’re keen to ensure that all of our opportunities are accessible to everyone, so if you have any specific circumstances or accessibility requirements which prevent you from completing an application online, please contact us by email on jobs@big-change.org and we’d be happy to help. 

Approach to Diversity 

We aim to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do, from the young people and project partners we work with to the way we behave and operate as a charity and to the people we bring into the organisation. We welcome applications from people of any gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or religion and belief, and particularly from people with diverse backgrounds or have overcome challenging experiences.


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