Six grantmakers are recruiting a cross-foundation director of collaboration for the first time to help them “work more closely” and pool knowledge and resources.
City Bridge Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Lankelly Chase, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Tudor Trust are seeking a director to test “assumptions” about working practices among the foundations and seek out local partners to develop proposals for long-term strategies.
The job advert said the role aims to help the foundations pool collective resources, and to explore how current foundation practices can be challenged more broadly. It said it was created because there is a a “sense of frustration” that the current model is not working as well as it could.
The six foundations came together in 2017 to discuss how they could be more effective and have come up with the mission: “To use our collective power and resources to support local people to address social, environmental and economic priorities selected and driven locally and derive as much learning as possible from that process”.
The six chief executives of the trust described the job as “one of the most exciting roles in philanthropy today”.
The director of collaboration will be employed and hosted by the Lloyds Bank Foundation but will report to the chair of the sponsoring group, which is made up of the six chief executives of the foundations, who will work to provide direction and advice. The director will also meet monthly with senior team members from the six foundations.
Remuneration for the role will be £70,000. The recruitment process is being managed by recruitment company, Berwick Partners, and the closing date is 8 April.