The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.
National Lottery players raise an incredible £36 million a week for good causes. This money funds projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage and enrich lives through arts, spots and culture. We are proud to be one of 12 distributors responsible for awarding this funding across the UK.
Thanks to National Lottery players, last year we were able to award over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to UK communities, supporting thousands of projects making a real difference to people’s lives.
Over eight in ten of our grants were for under £10,000 going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK doing great things to support their communities, during a particularly tough time.
We also distribute non-National Lottery funds, working closely with Government on funding for important issues, such as tackling loneliness, multiple and complex needs, mental health and distributing Dormant Accounts money.
Over the last five years we’ve awarded a total of £3.4 billion, of which £2.7 billion is National Lottery money.
We fund things that matter – whether helping communities respond positively to national, regional or local priorities, or helping the UK achieve its big social ambitions. Our grants range from £500 up to multi-million-pound programmes – supporting people and projects to do extraordinary things and bring great ideas for their community to life.
About the Role
Do you enjoy engaging with stakeholders and have an excellent professional attitude?
We are looking for a Public Affairs Manager to work within the Policy and Public Affairs team for The National Lottery Community Fund.
You will sit within a small fast-paced team and will support the senior management team, board and chair in their stakeholder engagement.
You will manage three Public Affairs officers within the team, so we require a professional leader with excellent communication and development style.
This role would suit someone with existing experience of working with politicians or in a stakeholder engagement environment.
Management of the Public Affairs Officers and working together as a team will ensure there is a proactive programme of engagement with stakeholders, with a particular focus on English stakeholders, including English MPs and regional Mayors. You will work with our funding colleagues in England to deliver project visits, briefings, events in Parliament and stakeholder round tables.
You will work closely with our colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes leading on our UK wide polling and political monitoring.
You will work with other Lottery Distributers to support our work to keep UK wide Members of Parliament informed on the difference Lottery Funding makes to their constituents.
You need to be good with tight deadlines and able to work well and confidently with colleagues, especially at a senior level.
You will ensure engagement reflects our strategic priorities, is clear and consistent and helps to enhance the Fund’s reputation and communicate key messages to our stakeholders.
Importantly we need someone who is curious about the society we live in and passionate about the vital role of charities and voluntary organisations in helping communities to thrive and about the work The National Lottery Community Fund does.
Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered, we welcome applications for job share or part time.
Interview Date: Tuesday 9th November.
- Is organised and able to manage a wide number of activities which the team will be across at any one time;
- Experience in an around Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement;
- A strong interest in UK current affairs, developing topics, issues and themes.
- Has experience in the charity or community sector, or government;
- Experience of briefing colleagues/external audiences, ideally at a senior level;
- Delivering stakeholder events.
We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:
- Generous annual leave and company pension scheme;
- Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals;
- Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave;
- Season ticket and cycle to work loans;
- Paid volunteering leave.
Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.
We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and will proactively make reasonable adjustments if needed through the recruitment process and during employment. This can be related to a physical and mental health conditions.
We are also proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supporting our commitment to being a great place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.