Head of Impact, UK Portfolio (BBC Children in Need)

Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are looking for a Head of Impact to manage our UK Portfolio for a permanent contract. Location is flexible with regular travel expected to Salford and across the north & south regions.

The role will ensure we are driving our charitable ambition of having the greatest impact for children and young people across the UK. Our new Grant making Strategy and long term income development strategy are focussed on our sustainability and our impact and we need strong and visible leadership to develop further collaboration, partnerships and income generation within the foundation sector and wider. This is critical to insuring that our income diversifies, our impact is amplified by working with others and we explicitly highlight our expertise as an organisation.

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our refreshed objectives and activities will ensure the impact we have on children’s lives is front and centre of the work the charity undertakes over and above the projects and services we fund.

Role Responsibility

The Head of Impact, UK Portfolio will report into the Director and will be responsible for:

  • Providing senior, strategic leadership across the grant-making and management activities based in the nations and regions
  • Leading CiN’s place-based funding programmes – shaping strategy, driving continued learning and insights, and ensuring the effective management of a complex and interconnected portfolio of programmes 
  • Leading the place-based regional and national teams - building skills and capacity, and inspiring, managing and coaching teams in the delivery of our ambitious goals
  • Driving closer working across the Charity, including with teams leading on strategic partnerships, design and delivery, communications and engagement, evidence and impact, and finance and operations 
  • Ensuring the effective governance of our place-based funding and playing a key role in developing the Charity’s vision, strategy and culture, as well as delivering our operational plans and other core responsibilities 
  • In addition, the role will directly line manage Impact Heads across Scotland, NI, Wales & English regions (North, South, Central & Wales)

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with:

  • Experience of leading large and geographically dispersed teams and line managing others to develop and grow
  • Experience of building and maintaining a high performing team culture and getting the most from a multi-disciplinary team
  • Extensive experience of grant making at a senior level, with a strong understanding of wider funding mechanisms in the grant making sector
  • Experience and understanding issues affecting Children and Young people, and of large and small organisations and community groups working in a place based way within this sector
  • Experience of developing national or regional priorities or plans which reflect the diversity of communities but remain cohesive at a UK level
  • Understanding of strategic and operational grant making processes and systems and ability to manage competing demands
  • Experience of building relationships and influence, with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible with regular travel expected to Salford and across the north & south regions

Salary: £49,001 - £65,000 depending on candidate experience (plus London Weighting of £4,729 if applicable)

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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