000149 - Polly Symondson Recruitment
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number: 000149

Job Title: Fundraising Manager
Charity: West Kent Mind
Salary Range: £32,913-£37,532
Type: Full time
Location: West Kent Mind is based at Sevenoaks Wellbeing Centre, 34 St John’s Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LW. This role allows for flexible working, including time spent working from home. We also like to spend time together as a team at our centre in Sevenoaks, so this isn’t a remote role.
Closing date: 23rd June

About West Kent Mind

We’re a charity and we’re here to make a positive difference. We enrich lives through better mental health by offering support to get well, stay well and thrive. West Kent Mind is an ambitious, award-winning organisation, and an enthusiastic member of the Mind federation. We value collaboration, partnership, creativity and growth. You will be challenged with lots of responsibility and get to work on exciting and rewarding life-changing projects with a supportive, knowledgeable, passionate team with a big heart.

About the role

You will lead on the implementation and development of fundraising within West Kent Mind, maximising income and growing a diverse funding base.

Who you are

  • You already excel in your field or chosen sector. You might not be a professional fundraiser, but you will have the will and the ‘know-how’ to demonstrate transferable skills in your application that relate to this role.

  • You know about fundraising and raising money.

  • You have excellent administrative skills and rigorous attention to detail.

  • You are bold and unafraid of talking and presenting to people, groups and businesses including face to face and online.

What you will offer us

  • You may or may not have done this before. You may already be at management level and know what it’s like to work in a small organisation and what it takes to develop and deliver impactful fundraising. If you’ve worked in a different sector, please tell us, we want to hear about your transferable skills.
  • You will be familiar with meeting financial fundraising targets and the thought of raising money for West Kent Mind will thrill you.
  • Your ‘happy place’ is networking with new and existing businesses, individuals and groups encouraging them to raise money for West Kent Mind.
  • You will be positive and pride yourself in having a willing and ‘can do’ attitude.
  • You will be confident with accurate data entry and working with a customer relationship management (CRM) system.
  • You will be a numerical whizz and proficient at managing budgets.
  • Collaboration will be second nature to you, and you will be a valued contributor to the management team and wider organisation.

Key responsibilities

  • As our Fundraising Manager your key role is to support the income growth of the organisation through implementing highly successful fundraising initiatives.
  • Lead on and own a fundraising plan that includes the delivery of existing fundraising activity and develop new initiatives based on insight and evidence.
  • Implement existing, and lead on the growth and development of new fundraising functions. These include fundraising events (e.g. London Summer Walk, London 10K, Mental Elf fun run) community fundraising initiatives (e.g. supporting community groups, clubs and schools to raise money for West Kent Mind), online giving (e.g. Big Give Christmas Challenge), and support Charity of the Year and other giving initiatives from businesses (e.g. through our Change Maker programme).
  • Ensure that genuine and heartfelt relationships are built and maintained with all our wonderful supporters and donors.
  • Oversee and manage the fundraising budget and have a confident understanding and knowledge of excel.
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in teams across the organisation, promoting all our fundraising activities and maximising income generation opportunities.

Our fundraising culture

We operate and encourage a fundraising culture, meaning we are all fundraising advocates and contribute to an organisational fundraising ethos. We expect everyone to play their part in generating income, this could be anything from being pro-active in working with colleagues to secure funding for your area of work, to writing a heartfelt thank you note to a donor or putting together a testimonial from a beneficiary to demonstrate funding impact for a grant application. Securing income is vital to our survival and we expect everyone to embrace our ethos.



It’s important to take time off. We give you 23 days a year, increasing by one day per year of service up to 30 days, plus bank holidays (all calculated pro-rata for part-timers).

To refresh and recuperate before the start of a new year, we also give you an extra three days holiday between Christmas and New Year.


We’re committed to supporting our staff with learning and professional development, so we offer opportunities for coaching, training and mentoring. Everyone, regardless of role, is offered free Mental Health First Aid training.


If eligible you’ll be auto-enrolled into our pension scheme, and our contribution is based on 3% of your salary.

Employee Assistance Programme

Everyone can access our Employee Assistance Programme. It’s confidential and includes 24/7 telephone advice, counselling and a suite of online tools to help you stay happy and healthy.

For more information about this role or a copy of the full job information pack please contact us via the form on this page.

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