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Trust Executive, The Jerusalem Trust


1. Context

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT) is the operating office of 17 independent grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. The trusts’ support for charitable causes over more than 50 years represents one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain. Each trust is a separate legal entity with its own Board of Trustees, actively led by a member of the Sainsbury family.

2. The Jerusalem Trust

The Jerusalem Trust is one of the largest SFCTs, with an annual spend of around £3 million. It is chaired by Sir Timothy Sainsbury, and the seven-member Board of Trustees includes his wife Lady Sainsbury. The objects of the Trust are:

  • to advance the Christian religion and promote Christian organisations and the charitable purposes and institutions they support;
  • to advance Christian education and learning.

The trustees’ main priority areas are:

Evangelism and Christian Mission in the UK

  • Christian projects working with children and young people;
  • Evangelistic projects, especially new and emerging evangelists;
  • Christian-inspired work with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.

Christian Education

  • The development of Christian curriculum resource materials for schools;
  • The support, training and retention of Christian teachers in all subjects;
  • Projects which encourage Christians in leadership positions in schools.

Christian Evangelism and Relief Work Overseas

  • Supports work in Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Iran;
  • Programmes which support theological training colleges;
  • Programmes which build capacity of local churches through training;
  • Provision of aid to the persecuted church.

Christian Media

  • Digital media and internet projects promoting Christianity in the UK, North Africa and the Middle East;
  • Training and networking projects for Christians working in the media;

Jerusalem Productions Ltd

  • Has a separate Board of Directors with an annual budget of £350K;
  • Supports TV, radio and online/digital projects on Christian themes;
  • Manages the annual Jerusalem Awards for Christian radio and internet productions.

3. Purpose of this role

The Jerusalem Trust Executive is one of 14 senior specialist staff across SFCT with many years of experience in their field. They are responsible for presenting attractive, relevant and thoughtful grant proposals to their trustees, and for ensuring that the grants awarded deliver what they promise.

4. Position in organisation

The Trust Executive reports to Alan Bookbinder, the SFCT Director, and currently manages two members of staff.

5. Tasks and responsibilities

This is an influential and demanding role, for which candidates must demonstrate the capacity to:

  • Provide the Jerusalem trustees with expert professional advice and well-judged recommendations for grant-making in their priority areas, based on detailed knowledge and authoritative analysis of relevant charities;
  • Monitor the effectiveness of Jerusalem’s grants through visits, reports and regular communication
  • Deal tactfully and positively with the trust’s beneficiaries;
  • Build rapport with the trustees, be willing to take direction from them and cede final decision-making to them;
  • Serve the trust with enthusiasm and a lightness of touch; help make grant-making enjoyable and satisfying for everyone involved
  • Ensure that the Jerusalem Productions Directors have a good range of media projects to commission or fund;
  • Chair the judging panel of the Jerusalem Awards and manage the annual Awards Ceremony at BAFTA
  • Collaborate as appropriate with colleagues, advisers and other funders
  • Make constructive use of the freedom the trust has to innovate and experiment
  • Help foster a positive collective spirit in the SFCT office

6. Skills and experience

The successful candidate needs to demonstrate extensive knowledge, contacts and experience of working in the trust’s priority areas, with a deep understanding of and empathy for Christianity and its different denominations. We are looking for evidence of:

  • High quality and sustained experience working in areas of Christian activity relevant to Jerusalem’s work.
  • An understanding of how charities work, including their financial and governance arrangements
  • Excellent judgement and a high level of integrity;
  • Proven ability to present ideas skilfully, in writing and in person;
  • Good grasp of budgeting and numeracy
  • The confidence to take initiative and work independently
  • Experience of successfully managing a substantial administrative workload, operating in a rigorous and efficient way, with careful attention to detail
  • A demonstrable desire to develop your skills and pursue your own learning

7. Terms and conditions

  • Contract: permanent, full-time (negotiable). Starts March/April 2018.
  • Salary: dependent on experience, but will not be less than £50,000
  • Location: SFCT’s offices in London Victoria, which are fully accessible.
  • Hours: 35 hours per week; with occasional evening work and/or overnight stay, which will be rewarded with time off in lieu.
  • 22 days’ annual leave, increasing by one day after each complete year of employment to a maximum of 25 days. Additionally, the three working days between Christmas and New Year’s Day which are not public holidays, when the offices are closed.
  • A sum equivalent to 12% of annual salary paid into the Group personal pension scheme.
  • Death-in-service insurance policy at four-times annual salary.
  • Permanent health insurance (75% of salary).
  • Entitlement to join the private medical care scheme. This is a taxable benefit.
  • Option of a regular health check (after two years’ service).
  • Interest-free season ticket loan.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • A range of salary sacrifice benefits which staff can select to suit their needs.

8. Application process

Candidates should apply with an email to recruitment@sfct.org.uk that contains just two attachments: a CV that demonstrates your extensive experience of at least two of the trustees’ priority areas; and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages that explains, with relevant examples, how your skills match the requirements of the role.

The closing date for applications is 29 October 2017, and interviews are expected to be held in mid-November.

Please note that we can only accept applications from individuals with the right to work in the UK. We are unfortunately unable to sponsor working visa applications.