000140 - Polly Symondson Recruitment
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number 000140

Job Title: Head of Fundraising & Communications
Charity: Foothold
Salary: circa £58,000
Contract: Full time
Location: Flexible remote based with attendance at meetings as required

Closing Date: 14th June

Our story

We may not know much about engineering, but we do know engineers. We’ve been supporting IET members and their families since 1890.

We understand people and we understand how life can be at work and at home. It’s unpredictable, complex, demanding.

Amidst the busyness of our lives we often forget that being well is just as important as doing well.

More of us are feeling stressed in our jobs. One in four of us will have a mental health problem this year. More of us are living longer. Our health needs are growing yet we have a shortage of carers. Rising costs are forcing living standards down. And we’re facing a loneliness epidemic.

We all need to start taking better care of one another, because we all need a little support from time to time. Even engineers.

We wanted to know how we could do more, so we asked our community. Seven out of ten engineers worldwide said they wouldn’t ask for help even if they needed it. Yet you told us there isn’t enough support out there for day-to-day problems, let alone a crisis.

We’re here so engineers and their families never need to face life’s challenges without support. We want engineers across the world to feel supported in all aspects of their lives and to feel that it’s OK to ask for that support. We want them to be healthy and able to stand on their own two feet. We want them to feel looked after but also empowered by their professional community.

Funded by engineers, for engineers, Foothold is here for engineers and the people who matter to them most. Whatever the problem, big or small.

Foothold is a starting point, giving you them the tools to make your life better right now.

Foothold is a network of skilled individuals who’ll listen to your problems in confidence. It’s a source of options to help you meet your needs emotionally, physically and financially.

Foothold is a place where you can regain your balance and help others do the same. Your Foothold is here.

About you and the role

This role has many facets and as our current Head of Fundraising and Communications says ….

“Every day as head of fundraising and communications at Foothold presents unique opportunities. One moment, you might find yourself engaging with potential funders or corporate partners, crafting compelling pitches and proposals; the next, you could be facilitating planning sessions with the team or presenting performance reports to our trustees.

The common thread weaving through this role is the collaborative effort to advance Foothold’s vision to ensure no engineer faces life’s challenges alone.
Since Foothold embarked on proactively fundraising in 2020, we’ve seen the introduction of several new income streams and initiatives. These are ripe for further development, and a key aspect of this role will be building upon the existing foundations and elevating them to the next level.

This is a great opportunity to join a small, committed team and strategically capitalise on opportunities to expand both income and awareness for Foothold.”

Fliss Rook
Head of Fundraising and Communications

About the role

Primary Purpose:

Lead on strategic fundraising, marketing, brand and communications plans for Foothold.

Lead, manage and develop the fundraising & communications team.

Work as a member of the senior management team collaborating with colleagues to
support the development and delivery of the Foothold strategic plan.

Key Tasks
Strategy & management

  • Develop, implement, and monitor strategies and plans for fundraising, communications, brand, and marketing to achieve the organisational plan, and exceed targets and other KPls.
  • Lead and manage the fundraising & communications team monitoring work plans, providing regular supervision, conducting annual appraisals and personal development plans.
  • Work as an effective member of the Senior Management Team, deputising for the Chief Executive Officer as required.
  • Develop, monitor, manage and deliver annual budgets and plans, reporting regularly to the Chief Executive and board of trustees on performance.
  • Ensure all activities are monitored and evaluated to ensure sustainability and a good return on investment.


  • Provide sustainable income across multiple streams (individual giving, legacies, corporate, trusts and foundations, trading, community, events etc) to ensure a wide mix is achieved in sources to meet agreed targets.
  • Research, identify and prioritise opportunities for fundraising as part of a review of the Fundraising Strategy.
  • Oversee the development of compelling cases for support and funding pitches in conjunction with our contracted bid writer and SMT.
  • Develop a fundraising culture among staff and volunteers so all stakeholders are aware of the importance of income generation in the future sustainability of the charity.
  • Lead on the development of the major donor programme, personally account managing a portfolio of major supporters to maximise relationships and income.
  • Oversee the donor development programme including donor impact reporting, ensuring supporters receive high quality feedback on the impact of their support.
  • Ensure appropriate processes and systems are in place that results in supporters being thanked and acknowledged appropriately in line with processing timescales.
  • Provide high-level relationship management to key stakeholders including relationships with key IET staff, to sustain and grow support and engagement for Foothold.
  • Ensure staff and volunteers manage relationships successfully with existing supporters to ensure continued support and engagement, and that relationships are built with new supporters.

Communications & marketing:

  • Create, implement and measure comprehensive programmes to enhance Foothold’s image and reputation within the engineering and benevolent fund sectors. Ensure plans are developed in accordance with these programmes and activity is monitored and evaluated.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of engaging digital wellbeing content that meets the needs of the Foothold community to meet agreed targets and KPls.
  • Ensure effective management of all stakeholder groups and that robust plans are in place to underpin this work, including appropriate online and offline journeys for key audiences.
  • Work with the Chief Executive Officer to oversee and manage the crisis communications plan including the production of pre-prepared statements, briefings and key messages to all staff, trustees and volunteers as appropriate.


  • Proactively stay up to date with emerging trends and developments in the sector. Implementing and embedding change and new ideas to drive forwards Foothold’s vision.
  • Ensure that all fundraising, marketing and communications activities fall within current legislation and sector best practice guidance.
  • Attend regular supervision, team and staff meetings.
  • Undertake mandatory training as required by Foothold.
  • Take responsibility for Health and safety of yourself, your colleagues, and your environment.
  • Ensure confidentiality of records and information is maintained in accordance with Foothold’s Confidentiality Policy and Data Protection policy GDPR.
  • Undertake any other tasks as identified by the Chief Executive Officer.


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