000154 - Polly Symondson Recruitment
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number: 000154

Job Title: Fundraising Manager
Charity: Free to Be Kids
Location: Hybrid. Most staff work 50% split home/Waterloo office. A minimum 2 days/fortnight from the office.
Salary: Circa £45,000, dependent on experience
Hours: Fulltime: 37.5 hours per week across 5 days, part-time at 4 days per week could be considered for the right candidate. Essential attendance on at least 1-2 residential projects a year
Closing date: 20th May

Job Purpose

This is a new role within our team, created at a crucial time and designed to absorb fundraising oversight previously held by the CEO, as we work to first stabilize our income base at c.£600k pa after a period of rapid growth, before pushing forward again to eventually double project places numbers within the next 5 years, at a likely future annual budget growing to c.£850k.

You’ll be joining a small staff team of 8, supplemented by a vibrant and committed group of volunteers. Of the team, 1 existing member works on fundraising, with the others covering project delivery, operations, volunteer recruitment.

The position is based in Waterloo, at our small office space. Most of the team work a hybrid pattern of 50% home/office based. As a minimum we would need the candidate to work 2 days per fortnight from the office to support our existing team culture.

Attendance at a minimum of 1-2 six-night residential projects per year outside London is a core component of this role. (Note 3)

Key Responsibilities

  • Day to day management responsibility for the Charity’s fundraising – being chief problem solver and the day-to-day lead for fundraising related workload.
  • Undertaking significant direct fundraising work to make the lead contribution in delivering the Charity’s current £600,000pa income target.
  • Lead on work to increase the Charity’s success with: Charity of the Year and wider corporate partnerships, including development of corporate events; significant increase in support from higher net worth individuals and philanthropists; larger 5 figure grants from Trusts & Foundations.
  • Overseeing existing/where required setting up new effective systems for tracking, reporting and stewardship of income.
  • Over time explore and potentially develop new fundraising streams including Events and Legacy income.
  • Post-induction, take on line management of the Charity’s existing Senior Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Officer.
  • Over time take on increasing ownership from the CEO of pipeline development across the full range of the Charity’s fundraising streams.
  • Alongside the CEO ensure the Charity has an effective fundraising plan and strategy to deliver income required to meet the Charity’s organisational strategy.
  • Alongside the CEO, develop early-stage plans to increase income by c50% over the next 3-4 years to support eventual acquisition of a second residential project base and significant growth in beneficiary support.
  • To hold and apply excellent knowledge of fundraising best practice, confidentiality and data protection.
  • To work as part of the wider Free to Be team, supporting where needed to ensure that the charity is doing all it can to meet the needs of the deeply vulnerable children it exists to support.

Attendance on Residential Projects

Our residential projects are immersive, exhausting in all the right ways, and full of opportunities for very vulnerable children to feel included, valued and successful. Children usually spend 5 days at a time with us – many will paddle in the sea for the first time, play hide and seek in the woods, build rafts, canoe across lakes, visit farms, forests, ruined castles and splash through streams. A small number of projects are camping based, but most run from a variety of residential centres which we hire for the purpose. The majority of projects take place between Easter and the end of October half term, particularly in the July-August school holidays.

You’ll play a key role in at least 1-2 residential projects a year, taking on a variety of roles from working intensively with groups of vulnerable children as a group leader, to supporting the catering or other logistics roles, dependent upon your interests. Full training and support will be provided and we are not expecting prior experience working with young people, though a keenness to spend time alongside them and ‘walk the walk’ of being on 1-2 projects a year is essential. We are looking for candidates who will value the authenticity this approach brings to fundraising and the togetherness and shared endeavour that spending time alongside the rest of the staff team in this way helps to create.

Important Notes about this Position

Note 1: Core working hours are Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm. There is flexibility to choose how you make up the rest of your hours outside of these by agreement with the CEO. We are office based (London Waterloo) when not on residentials, though hybrid working is the established norm.

Note 2: Weekend and late working is an ordinary part of Free to
Be’s residential projects. All staff attending a residential are working with Free to Be
given two ‘rest days’ (in effect, days off) which are always taken immediately after return from a residential. We do not run a time off in lieu system in relation to residentials and the extra hours worked during these times are instead returned via the 3 pre-set reward days off at Christmas each year.

Note 3: Attendance at a minimum of 1-2 residential projects each year (each totaling approximately 5-6 days and nights) is a requirement of the role. Some additional non-overnight travel may also be required. Car ownership is not required.

Person Specification

This is an exciting opportunity to join our young, ambitious charity and play a key part in its growth over the coming years. The role would suit someone who has built strong experience within the charity fundraising space or equivalent experience elsewhere, and is now looking to progress to the first rung of management, or is an established fundraising manager looking to move organisations. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong experience in Corporates, Events, and higher 5 figure Trusts & Foundations fundraising, to supplement the team’s existing skillset.
The successful candidate will have excellent written, presentation and networking skills, be highly organized, have great attention to detail, sharp as a button, self-motivated and a good team player. More than anything else, we’re looking for the right person who is fast paced, flexible and passionate enough to go the extra mile for children who deeply deserve our support.

Please contact us via the form on this page for a copy of the full job information pack including the full person specification and details on how to apply.

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