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Job opening: Supporting the Sector coordinator

New role opening at EFN:

Sector Support Coordinator 
3 to 5 days per week (flexible according to the candidate)
Salary: £36,000 FTE, pro rata
Location: working from home anywhere in the United Kingdom
Deadline for applications: 17 January 2022

Apply here.

About us 

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN), based in the UK, aims to increase the overall level of financial support for civil society groups working on environmental causes and to help increase the effectiveness of environmental philanthropy — and, ultimately, of environmental work. We bring together over 300 trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues, and we also act as a resource to strengthen the effectiveness of the broader environment sector. This role is focused on supporting the broader sector.

EFN is committed to achieving greater diversity on its staff team, and actively encourages applications from people from all ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities, disabilities, adults of all ages, and people with a broad variety of views and perspectives. We firmly believe EFN will be a more effective organisation with staff members who bring a variety of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives to bear on our work. We would welcome a conversation with you about what we are doing to make sure EFN is an organisation that better addresses justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (both internally and in terms of our programming); if you would like to talk to our director, Florence Miller, about this before you apply, please let Emma know.

About the role

Your work will mainly be to support environmental organisations (rather than funders) to be more effective in their fundraising, communications and environmental impacts. This will include developing and strengthening networks (such as our Green Fundraisers Forum) so that organisations and initiatives can better support and collaborate with one another; organising trainings and events; developing ideas for how EFN and others can further support NGO impact; and securing additional funding for activities within this strand of work. It will focus primarily on initiatives in the UK but may include some in other countries.

Key responsibilities and relationships 

You will work closely with EFN’s Growing Philanthropy Director and Scotland Coordinator to develop a strategy for this work programme, drawing on EFN’s overall strategy and building on the findings of the upcoming edition of our What the Green Groups Said research (WTGGS, to be published early 2022) and the outcomes of a workshop supporting fundraisers to collaborate to bring more funds into the sector (to be held in Q1 of 2022), in addition to other sources of information.

Likely activities that you will oversee as part of the strategy will include:

  • Managing and developing EFN’s Green Fundraisers Forum, set up to help environmental fundraisers collaborate with and support each other, and for us to provide training and convening opportunities for this group. Similarly, working closely with the independently-run Scottish Environmental Fundraisers Forum.
  • Organising trainings and convenings for people from across the environment sector, based on needs identified through research (e.g. What the Green Groups Said), meetings, feedback sessions, etc.
  • Coordinating activities that support information-sharing and partnership-building between funders and fundraising organisations, including organising convenings and, potentially, overseeing the development of mechanisms such as online databases.
  • Developing and managing partnerships which support the sector, such as The Funding Network’s annual environment-focused event, and the Big Give Green Match Fund.
  • Developing our programme of work to support civil society organisations across issue areas (e.g. from the social sector) to become more environmentally sustainable, by developing resources for charities and funders.
  • Working with EFN’s Programme and Research Coordinator to produce surveys and research as appropriate.
  • Helping to raise funds for this programme of work and for other initiatives that would strengthen the sector, e.g. from government, lottery sources and foundations.

Person specification – essential skills and experience

We are looking for an applicant with insights into how a sector as a whole might function more effectively and bring in more resources to support its work. Experience working on environmental or related issues would be helpful but we welcome applicants from other backgrounds who bring fresh perspectives on this kind of whole-sector-focused work. The ideal candidate will have experience planning and creating inclusive and outcomes-oriented events and resources. In addition, the following skills and experience are essential for the role:

  • Efficiency – ability to accomplish a lot in short, focused periods of time
  • Ability to make effective decisions, plan and prioritise a substantial workload
  • Highly motivated team player who is able to work with minimal day-to-day supervision
  • Well-developed and confident communications skills, both written and verbal, e.g. happy to talk on the phone, able to craft clear and compelling event/workshop invitations and write useful speaker briefings, etc.
  • A creative and entrepreneurial mindset with a sense of responsibility to a wider membership group
  • An enjoyment of people, and an enthusiasm for working within an organisational culture that emphasises kindness and mutual respect
  • Trustworthiness, discretion and tact
  • A strong interest in environmental issues and their intersection with social issues
  • Solid IT skills, including Zoom or other online meeting platforms

The following skills and experience are not essential, but would be an advantage:

  • Experience of coordinating networks of organisations/individuals
  • Understanding of, or experience working within an NGO 
  • Experience of fundraising
  • Experience of hosting/moderating events and meetings
  • Experience with social media, in particular Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Experience with contact management databases, e.g. Salesforce
  • Experience managing the development of online databases or websites 

Terms & Conditions

  • Contract: Two-year fixed term contract; subject to a 6-month probationary period.
  • Salary: £36,000 per year, pro-rated depending on hours worked plus 7% pension contribution.
  • Workplace: Working from home, with occasional travel within the UK, most regularly to London.
  • Regular virtual and periodic face-to-face contact with EFN staff, staff/volunteers at environmental organisations, and EFN members.
  • Working hours: we are looking for someone who will work 3 to 5 days a week, depending on the candidate’s preference. For candidates looking to work fewer than 5 days per week, we are open to different configurations of working across the week, but the candidate does need to be able to provide some flexibility around events.
  • Holidays: we offer 25 days per year in addition to bank holidays for full time employees, pro-rated for part-time employees.
  • We provide a working from home allowance and cover reasonable work-related travel expenses.

How to apply

Please apply by answering the questions below using this link, and then send your CV. The form will ask you to answer the following questions. A cover letter is not necessary, please only submit answers to the questions and email your CV. 

We will be conducting a blind process to shortlist candidates for interviews, which has worked well for us in the past and helps to reduce bias. Your answers will be anonymised and we will review the answers to each question in turn, changing the order of the answers for each question. Those with the highest scores across their answers will be invited to interview. We will use the CVs to understand more about your background before you are interviewed.

Answer the following questions in the application form:

  1. Imagine you are applying for a grant to support the work described in this job description. The grant application asks for a short summary describing its purpose and potential impact. What would you write?
  2. Given the breadth of the non-governmental environment sector and the diversity of its needs, what sources of information would you use and what considerations would you take into account to determine where to direct resources for strengthening the sector? 
  3. Sector leaders have told us that they think that environmental organisations and initiatives need to collaborate more to be more effective. You are tasked with developing EFN’s strategy for supporting more collaboration in the UK environment sector. What first steps do you take in developing the strategy?
  4. Given our networks of both grantmakers and grantseekers, EFN is ideally-placed to support better information-sharing and partnership-building between these groups, for example through developing an online database of environmental organisations. What information about each organisation would you include at the design stage and where could you get the data from?


Deadline for applications: 11:59pm GMT, Monday 17 January 2022.

We will aim to hold first round interviews (virtually) during the week commencing 7 February 2022.