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Sheerness Dockyard Church. Credit - Dirk Lindner.
Sheerness Dockyard Church. Credit - Dirk Lindner.

Vacancy - Head of Grants

3 June 2024

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is currently seeking a Head of Grants. Reporting to the Director of Programmes and Deputy CEO, you will be responsible for overseeing the AHF’s core grant-funded programmes across the UK, including managing the four Development Managers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, leading on assessment, monitoring and reporting against all grants awarded through these programmes, and participating in decision making around grant awards.

We are looking for a candidate able to demonstrate a breadth and depth of experience across the principal duties of this post. A strong track record of leadership within the heritage, social enterprise or social investment sectors and clear, relevant experience managing a staff team as well as multi-funder programmes with diverse strands of activity and reporting lines, is essential. The candidate must be a team player, with excellent interpersonal, influencing, negotiating and communication skills. They should have experience of collaborative working with external partners and a strategic approach to prioritising workloads and problem solving. Candidates must have strong numeric and financial skills, excellent attention to detail and be a confident user of common IT system Office packages. We are looking for someone who will become a leader in our organisation, who is passionate, target orientated and, in particular, committed to achieving beneficial social outcomes through heritage.


Head of Grants 0.8 FTE / 28 hours per week


£55,000 pro-rata (0.8 FTE role: £44,000), plus 8% pension contributions


2.5 years, commencing Autumn 2024


Please submit a CV and covering letter to, by email.


8 July 2024


17 July 2024, in person in London

For a full job description please click here.

Due to the time-limited nature of this post, the AHF is open to potential applicants seeking a secondment from another organisation – if you are interested in taking up the role as a secondment, please indicate this interest in your application and the nature of any discussions with your existing employer.


About the AHF

AHF is a leading heritage charity founded in 1976 to help charities and social enterprises across the UK find solutions for vulnerable historic buildings. We do this by offering advice, grants, and loans. You can find more details of the AHF and the impact of our work at:

Commitment to diversity

In accordance with our commitment to promote equality of opportunity and diversity across all of our areas of work, we particularly welcome applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and younger people, who are currently under-represented within the AHF.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this post, please send a CV and a covering letter (by email only) that demonstrates your suitability for the vacancy to Your application should reach us no later than 12pm on 8 July 2024. We will contact you if you have been selected for interview; interviews will take place in-person in our London office on 17 July.

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