Job vacancy: 12-month career development opportunity as a Grants Officer, based in Exeter, Devon (application deadline 28 July)

Job Vacancy: Grants Officer (Job & Career Development Programme) at 2027 (

o Job title: 2027 Grants Officer.
o Job type: Full-time, temporary.
o Employer: 2027 host organisation.
o Location: Exeter, Devon.
o Hours: Typically 9am – 5pm with some flexibility according to the requirements of your host organisation

o Contract: Fixed term, 12 months commencing October 2020
o Salary: £23,000
o Experience: community – 2 years (preferred)

Applications for the 2020 main programme are now closed. However, applications for the Exeter role are open until 1pm on Friday 28 July 2020.

Job Summary

2027 is a 12-month, salaried job and professional development programme, which gives talented people from working-class communities the tools to become a leader in grant-giving organisations, creating real change in communities.

At the heart of 2027 is a paid 12-month job as a Grants Officer at a leading Foundation or Trust. A grant-giving organisation such as a Foundation or Trust is a charity that funds individuals or other organisations to run projects that positively impact the community.

As part of the programme, successful applicants be employed full time in a grant-giving role, with one of 2027’s dynamic host organisations. They will deliver brilliant work, to improve the communities they serve, whilst receiving a salary over the year of up to £23,000.

Alongside the placement,  you will take part in an extensive professional development programme, led by industry experts. You’ll come together regularly with your fellow associates and leaders in the sector to take part in facilitated learning, network and explore key aspects of the grant-giving sector to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills.

This blend of training, networking and on-the-job experience will mean that, at the end of the 12-month programme you will have the experience and skills you need to prepare for a decision-making position in a foundation or trust to influence real change in communities

Responsibilities: In a grant-giving role, you will manage part of a host organisation’s grant portfolio and work to find fantastic new partners for your host organisation to work with. You’ll keep the trustee board updated on the foundation portfolio, make clear and confident funding recommendations, and analyse foundation performance to identify improvements. You will work with your foundation’s funder, to inspire their employees about the foundation’s work. You will also be responsible for ensuring the foundation meets all relevant legislative and compliance requirements. You will represent the foundation externally and apply learning from outside to your work at the foundation.

Qualifications and Skills

To apply for 2027 you must meet the following eligibility criteria. Please note that we can make exceptions on a case by case basis. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria but believe we should consider your application please contact us via the website

Experience: You must have at least 2 years of experience working in the community, in a frontline-based role either in a professional or regular voluntary capacity. This could be for example: as a teaching assistant, nurse practitioner, social worker, PCSO, community worker etc. You will also self-identify as being from a working-class community

Skills: You will have the ability to use basic IT software packages (eg. Microsoft Office or equivalent).

Competencies: There are 8 competencies which we believe are core to you succeeding on the programme. Through the selection process, applicants will be assessed against the competencies as outlined on the 2027 website.   


Up to £23,000 salaried job where you’ll gain direct experience in a grant-giving role with a leading host foundation or trust.

Professional Development

You’ll undergo an extensive professional development programme led by industry experts. The programme will comprise group and self-directed learning, coaching, mentoring and a supported individual research. The programme will be facilitated by experts across the sector and run by specialist organisations in people development and social change


You’ll develop relationships with like-minded peers and key leaders in foundations and trusts, building your profile and knowledge of the sector.

Career Progression

At the end of the 12-month programme you will have the experience and skills you need to prepare for a decision-making position in a foundation or trust to influence real change in communities.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Friday 28 July 2020.

For further information and to access the application form, go to the 2027 website (scroll down to the foot of the page for the “Apply Now!” tab.