000162 - Polly Symondson Recruitment
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number: 000162

Job Title: Fundraising Officer
Charity: Sailors’ Society
Salary Range: £32,000
Contract: Permanent, Full-time (potential for flexibility around working hours; some requirement to work out of hours on occasion)
Location: Flexible. Hybrid working available. Head Office location: Southampton.
Deadline for application: 15th April

Role Purpose and Scope

As a leading maritime welfare charity, frequently pioneering in its approach, the Society has long recognised the importance of partnerships both with funding and delivery.

Sailors’ Society has ambitious plans to grow voluntary income to increase the reach and impact of our work to support seafarers around the globe. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills across the whole range of fundraising streams within a busy and ambitious fundraising team. Your role will involve working across our fundraising functions including community, corporate, legacies and trusts. We need the help of a talented individual to support the transformational growth that we are aiming to deliver.

Key Responsibilities

  • To support the delivery of the fundraising plan.

  • Manage a portfolio of small trusts to achieve agreed income targets.

  • Ensure that high-quality, accurate and compelling funding proposals and reports are submitted.

  • To support the building of a pipeline of activities across fundraising streams.

  • To support participants taking part in our events to ensure they meet, and surpass, their fundraising targets.

  • To help ‘sell’ advertising opportunities and other sponsorship benefits.

  • To help grow our community support network and church community through targeted activities.

  • To attend local events to promote the work of the Society and act as an ambassador for the charity.

  • To ensure regular communications with our ‘champions’ and also ensure that all supporter relationships and stewardship are effectively managed.

  • Develop strong relationships with all relevant external stakeholders

Person Specification

This post requires an individual who wants to generate income across a number of fundraising specialisms, including trusts & foundations, event management, legacies, corporates and individual giving. It would best suit a driven individual who can adapt to the needs of the organisation and is both proactive and reactive to new opportunities.

  • Previous experience working in a fundraising role (paid or voluntary).

  • Very strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise and juggle a varied workload

  • Excellent written skills to create accurate, powerful, compelling and persuasive copy in a range of formats.

  • Experience of working to targets and ability to work independently to achieve goals

  • Excellent research abilities and prospecting skills and the ability to develop a pipeline of activity.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people at all levels.

  • Excellent administration skills, accuracy and attention to detail

  • A desire to develop a career in fundraising.

  • Self-starter with the ability to work under own initiative; driven and motivated to pursue new opportunities.

  • Good IT skills including all key Microsoft Office suite applications and Teams, with added experience of Raiser’s Edge NXT or other CRM database systems.

  • An empathy for the mission of Sailors’ Society and the willingness to learn and immerse yourself in the maritime and shipping world.

Self Development and Team Ethic

  • Actively participate in continuous performance management through regular 121s with your line manager and annual appraisals

  • Be responsible for your own continuing professional development and undertake training and development as agreed with Head of Development.

  • Maintain a current and through working knowledge of the relevant regulatory and compliance issues, particularly those within the Code of Fundraising Practice.

  • Understanding of various governance needs of the sector and charity, including GDPR.

  • Ability to take responsibility for activities and show leadership.

  • Team player, collaborating across the Development team as well as with colleagues across the organisation to maximise outputs through integrated working.

  • Attend regular Development team and wider staff meetings (online or in-person)

  • Work flexibly in order to maximise opportunities to secure funding.

For a copy of the job pack containing full role information including details on how to apply please contact us via the form on this page.

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