Communications Manager � Digital Communications by mWrNSE



SALARY:           £42,000 (permanent contract)

REPORTING TO: OnSide Chief Executive


To create and maintain income streams from trusts, foundations and the public sector to fund and
enhance the work of OnSide and its Youth Zones.


OnSide, a charity set up in 2008 by business leaders in the North West of England, has initiated,
funded, built and, over the last year, opened four state-of-the-art Youth Zones in towns in the region.
A fifth is being built, a sixth will be started before the end of the year and more are being planned.

Each Youth Zone is run as a stand-alone, private-sector led charity, modelled on the highly successful
Bolton Lads and Girls Club, and shares the vision of giving young people somewhere to go, something
to do and someone to talk to. Youth Zones are vibrant and exciting places that attract young people,
especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and improve their life-chances.

OnSide manages each new Youth Zone project from the outset and supports it for its first year after
opening. Grants and trusts secured by OnSide usually contribute 20% of the £1m annual running costs
for the first three years. Thereafter OnSide’s role is one of providing services, including coordinating
regional funding bids and assisting individual Youth Zones to access trust and grant funding locally.


The role is all-encompassing, high profile, and has the potential to secure substantial, five or six figure
grants. It is as much about researching, identifying, building and maintaining relationships with
appropriate funding sources (some of which could be outside the norm) as it is about proposing
projects and writing well-structured and compelling bids.

Key Responsibilities

       Proposing, researching, costing and writing grant applications for OnSide, for new Youth Zones
        and for the collective Youth Zones.
       Networking and building relationships and partnerships with key trusts, foundations,
        government departments and other organisations which fund initiatives to improve the life-
        chances of young people.
       Identifying appropriate grant opportunities for Onside to achieve the funding targets for its
        strategic vision.

       Identifying appropriate grant opportunities for funding part of the initial running costs of new
        Youth Zones and liaising with Youth Zone Board members to leverage their contacts.
       Identifying grant opportunities appropriate for collective bids from the network of Youth
        Zones, getting buy-in from the Youth Zones and managing the applications.
       Generating and, in conjunction with the OnSide and Youth Zone teams, developing ideas for
        desirable, deliverable and exciting projects that meet the aspirations of funders.
       Acting as ‘gatekeeper’ for the Youth Zones’ trusts and grants activities in order to alert Youth
        Zones to possible funding sources and to prevent unhelpful competition.
       Establishing and overseeing appropriate and practical methods for monitoring expenditure
        and outcomes of funded work.
       Providing feedback to funders and building strong relationships with them.
       When commissioned by an established Youth Zone, researching, costing and writing grant
        applications on their behalf.

We are looking for high calibre applicants who want to use their skills to “make a difference”.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have most of the skills, aptitudes, experience and
knowledge listed below.

Skills and Aptitudes
       Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
       Numerate and financially astute
       Research skills
       Ability to develop and maintain good professional relationships at all levels
       Ability to work under own initiative, to be pro-active, to manage own workload and to work
       Ability to handle a varied workload, react quickly, work fast, meet deadlines and prioritise
       Ability to coach and motivate others
       High level of IT competence
       Confident, motivated and enthusiastic
       Personable and persuasive
       Thorough and accurate, with excellent attention to detail
       An imaginative, yet focussed and clear thinker
       High all-round standards of work

       Experience of writing successful bids and / or reports
       Experience of managing relationships / partnerships at a high level
       Experience of project management
       Experience of creating and delivering presentations
       Experience of project costing and budget management
       Excellent track record of career progression
       Proven experience of raising substantial charity funds through grants
       Experience of working with young people, possibly in a voluntary capacity

Knowledge / Qualifications
       Knowledge of the main sources of relevant grants and the processes for securing them
       Knowledge of issues affecting young people in general and disadvantaged young people in
       Degree or equivalent
       Full clean driving licence and use of a vehicle for work purposes

Job Ref: GT&FFM001

Closing date for applications: 9.00 am, Tuesday 28 August 2012

Interviews: Friday 7 September 2012

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