Grants Officer (Power and Accountability)

Location: Hybrid / York / Remotely

Salary: £44,462 per annum (pro rata)

Length of role: Two year fixed term contract

Closing date: Thursday, 20 June 2024

  • Introduction

    As a Grants Officer at JRCT, you will be responsible for supporting the management, administration and development of the Power and Accountability Programme. This programme makes grants on Democracy, Corporate Accountability and Responsible Media

    The role can be undertaken remotely, or based at our York office. The role is for 28 hours a week and we are open to flexible working patterns, including job share arrangements. We try to schedule meetings to accommodate caring responsibilities. Someone working remotely would be required to come to the York office for at least three days per month.

  • Person specification

    JRCT are looking for committed and dynamic individuals who are able to work in a small team and build relationships with a variety of people.

    You are likely to be someone who:

    • Can build relationships with a diverse variety of people and organisations
    • Has an interest in Democratic Accountability, Corporate Accountability and Responsible Media practices and ideally some experience working in one or more of these fields
    • Has empathy and can provide support and understanding towards those we fund
    • Has strong communication skills interpersonally and in writing
    • Has good administrative and organisational skills and attention to detail
    • Has a general interest in and possibly some experience working in philanthropy
    • Has a good level of understanding of campaigning, advocacy, social movements or how change happens
    • Is strongly analytical and inquisitive
    • Has strong IT skills including Microsoft Office applications, social media and use of databases
    • Has first-hand experience of the voluntary sector, whether in a paid or unpaid capacity
    • Has experience of some of the social issues and injustices that the Trust is seeking to address through its programme
    • Has a commitment to justice and equity.
  • How to apply

    We welcome all applicants and are keen to enhance our team to reflect the diversity of the UK and the communities we serve. We particularly welcome applicants from communities that have been marginalised in the UK, including: people from racialised communities, people with disabilities, people from refugee backgrounds, low income and working-class communities, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities, and those experiencing other forms of marginalisation, as they are underrepresented at this level.

    Closing date: 20th June.

    Interviews: 2nd July.

    Click here to download the job pack and apply.

Chair and Trustees

Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 30 June

We are looking to recruit a chair and additional trustees to our board in 2024.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is a Quaker grant-making trust that supports people addressing the root causes of conflict and injustice. Currently, our funding priorities are spread across six areas: Peace and Security, Power and Accountability, Rights and Justice, Sustainable Future, Northern Ireland, and our pilot programme, Grassroots Movements.

Since 2020, the Trust has been reflecting on its role and power as a philanthropic organisation. We have been exploring how to engage and support wider movements of change, the importance of resourcing lived experience and racial justice work, and how to contribute meaningfully to transformational change.

We are interested in speaking to people actively involved with Quakers and welcome applications from Friends/attenders of all ages and backgrounds to this rewarding voluntary role. We can cover expenses, including travel and childcare, to ensure financial constraints are not an obstacle.

  • About the role of a Trustee

    Being a trustee for JRCT can be a life-affirming, enriching role which gives you the chance to meet and support a range of organisations often working with great commitment at the cutting edge of their fields. Our trustees are appointed for an initial term of 5 years, renewable for a further 5 by mutual agreement. 

    We are looking for trustees with expertise in communications, finance, audit and risk, law, responsible investment, and safeguarding to join our team. Successful candidates may be asked to sit on one of our grant-making committees or board committees, so knowledge of our funding priorities and operational management at a senior level is useful but not essential.

    To excel in this role, you should be able to act with discretion, diplomacy, and self-awareness. Good communication skills and experience working with multiple stakeholders are important. We expect all trustees to be guided by Quaker values at all times.

  • About the role of the Chair

    A central relationship in the Trust is the partnership between the Chair and the Chief Executive, which reflects the division of responsibility between the strategic governance role of trustees and the administration of the organisation by its Chief Executive. Due to JRCT’s Quaker Registered Body status, there is an occupational requirement for the Trust chair to be Quaker therefore this role is open to Friends, Attenders and those in the wider Quaker community.

    The purpose of the Chair's role is to ensure that the body of trustees acts effectively as a group to fulfil its responsibilities for the governance of the Trust and, where appropriate, to act as their spokesperson. To be successful in this role, you will have skills in diplomacy, effective communication, active listening and decision-making. Previous experience in a chairing or senior-level management role is desirable.

  • How to apply

    If you have any questions about the role or would like an informal conversation, our trustees would be more than happy to have a chat. Please get in touch by contacting our executive governance officer, Louisa Campbell by email at  

    Interviews are to be held in July, please advise of your availability to interview in your application. The closing date for applications is midnight, Sunday 30 June.

    Click here to download the job pack and apply.