Grants Manager (London)

United World Schools (UWS) is in the exciting position of recruiting for a Grants Manager, a new role for the UWS Team, and one that is vital to sustain our growth as an impact focused organisation. The Grants Manager will be responsible for growing and diversifying UWS’ portfolio of Trust and Foundations, as well as managing relationships with our existing funders. This is an Associate Director level role, reporting into our Head of Fundraising. The Grants Manager will work with the Head of Fundraising to deliver against UWS’ ambitious targets and allow us to enrol 50,000 children into education in 2019.

Read the full job spec here: Grants Manager

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

• Growing UWS’ portfolio of institutional funders, Trusts and Foundations by researching and establishing relationships with potential funders

• Drafting compelling grant applications and reports for new and existing funders

• Managing our relationships with existing national and international funders through regular stewardship and impact reporting

• Regularly evaluating projects against targets, providing reports for funders detailing delivery against key indicators

• Liaising with our Finance team to construct accurate budgets for funders, and reporting on expenditure against these budgets

• Where appropriate, ensuring grants are properly evaluated to track and measure impact and outcomes

• Undertaking other fundraising or administrative tasks that may from time to time be necessary, and that are compatible with the nature of this role.

Person Specification

• Educated to degree level with evidence of continuing professional development

• Demonstrable track-record of working with trusts, foundations and institutional funders to secure income and report against agreed targets

• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and partners and build long-term relationships

• Exceptional attention to detail and an aptitude for writing creative narrative that will ensure our applications stand out when being assessed

• Ability to construct comprehensive budgets and financial reports for funders

• Professional and resourceful, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines, including working extended hours as required

• Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible, fun and a pro-active team player … which means you commit and deliver for the cause (whether that’s by supporting big events, posting on social media or giving a morning assembly at a Partner School)

• Willing to (occasionally) jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar or Nepal to visit our projects or even our funders!

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV and a supporting statement of no more than 2 pages. The deadline for applications is midnight on 26th January 2018. Please ensure that your application fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification. You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer. References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted. Applications should be made via email to [email protected]


Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in the role. Telephone interviews will be held w/c 29th January, with a final Assessment Centre w/c 5th February 2018. Preferred start date is 2nd March 2018. If you would like more information, please let Emma (below) know.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal discussion, please contact [email protected]

Read the full job spec here: Grants Manager