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Job description

Location: Remote working in the UK

Responsible to: Chief Operations Officer

Contract type: Full-time/6-month temporary contract, 37 hours a week

Closing date: Tuesday 02 July 2024 at 9 AM

Interviews: We will be interviewing on a rolling basis

Who we are

Speakers for Schools is the largest social mobility charity in the UK. We help to level the playing field between state and independent schools by giving all young people access to the same prestigious networks available to the top fee-paying schools.

We believe that by inspiring young people to explore their ambitions through our speaker programme, facilitating access to multi-day experiences of the world of work, and supporting young people to successfully seize opportunities available to them, then we can make a profound difference to the lives of young people, their future happiness and prosperity.

By 2028, our ambition is that every young person in the UK has access to high quality work experience. Yet today, less than half of young people leave secondary school having had any work experience whatsoever. 

Role Summary

The Fundraising team is responsible for establishing and stewarding national donor relationships with high net-worth individuals, Trusts and Foundations, and some corporate partnerships. This is a relatively new team with an exciting challenge; to imbed exceptional new business and donor stewardship practices into the charity’s way of working. Having had the ongoing generous support of a single donor for many years, the team has worked on diversifying the charity’s income and is looking to grow and build on these relationships and develop new and more income generating partnerships.

The interim Head of Philanthropy will report into the Director of Fundraising (currently being recruited) and will be responsible for managing a Philanthropy Manager and the Donor Relations Manager. Further investment in this vital team is also planned. The Director of Fundraising will sit on the Senior Leadership Team.

Income generated through this team will contribute towards supporting the social mobility of disadvantaged young people across the UK. Speakers For Schools believe that every young person should be supported to achieve their potential.

Key Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Research, qualify and actively seek out new funding opportunities, establishing and ultimately managing a dynamic flow of prospects. Demonstrating clear, timely progression in a pipeline portfolio. 
  • Develop relationships with donors and other major funding partners, raising high-value, multi-year donations. 
  • Build relationships with new and existing senior volunteers including members of our Board, providing support to the (fundraising) Development Committee to advance prospect and donor relationships. 
  • Work collaboratively across the organisation to ensure our funders see the impact of their support and are kept updated about ways for them to stay and increase their involvement.
  • Work in partnership with the Development and Programme Directorates to ensure joined up solutions are in place and a seamless customer partner journeys are in place.
  • Write persuasive proposals, reports and other engagement materials that clearly communicate the impact and importance of a donor’s commitment to our work. 
  • Pitch compelling partnership opportunities through presentations, visits, and personal conversations with potential donors. 
  • Use and update the CRM system (Salesforce) to ensure new business and donor activity reflect work being undertaken and progression of all relationships. 
  • Support the delivery of events such as dinners hosted by members of our Board and senior volunteers. 
  • Manage and inspire the Fundraising Team

Note: This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the role. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities and duties required.

Skills / Experience / Knowledge:

  • A flair for new business and resilience in the face of knock-backs and challenges
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and confidence presenting in internal and external meetings
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to build positive and authentic relationships with a range of people
  • A strong understanding of philanthropy and corporate giving trends and what motivates different donors
  • The experience to make informed approaches to prospects and manage relationships with emotional intelligence and an appreciation of motivations to give
  • A strong passion and empathy for the challenges facing the young people we exist to serve
  • Experience of fundraising or new business and knowledge of what motivates donors to support charities
  • Experience of building compelling asks responsive to donor/client interests and working with a complex organisation to deliver on these
  • Experience of delivering on time within a target driven environment
  • A collaborative approach; taking others on the journey with you and sharing knowledge / expertise for the benefit of the wider organisation
  • Track record of securing and managing 5 figure gifts from a range of donors

Speakers for Schools Values

PASSION: We are committed to levelling the playing field for young people across the UK, creating social mobility and tackling disadvantages.

AGILITY:We challenge our ideas of what is possible in order to better meet the needs of those we support. We are human, make mistakes, learn, evolve and adapt.

INTEGRITY:We act with empathy and bring our authentic selves to work every day. We value and respect the talent, time and intentions of those we work with.

COLLABORATION:We are one team with one mission and only by working together can we deliver better outcomes for young people. We support each other unconditionally and feel motivation in shared success as well as individual progress.

DIVERSITY:We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, identities, interests, and cultural backgrounds to make our organisation succeed. We encourage constructive debate and critical friendship.

Benefits offered at Speakers for Schools:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Morning of your birthday off
  • Winter shutdown
  • Pension scheme
  • 3 voluntary days per year
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption package
  • Subsidised office furniture
  • Perkbox
  • £500 a year training allowance

Diversity at our core

Speakers for schools is committed to an inclusive and accessible recruitment process and encouraging equality and diversity among our workforces. As a Disability Confident Employer, we acknowledge that some candidates may require additional support to overcome barriers experienced during the application process. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application or interview, please reach out to us.

The Application Process:

Please apply as soon as possible by submitting your application through our recruitment portal.

The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday 02 July 2024 at 9AM. Please note that we reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications

We will be interviewing on a rolling basis so please apply as soon as possible.

Speakers for Schools is committed to safeguarding the young people we work with and expects all staff members to share this commitment. Appointees are subject to a DBS check. Having a criminal record will not automatically exclude applicants. You are also required to have the Right to Work in the UK for this role.

If you have not heard from us two weeks after the closing date, please presume your application has been unsuccessful.

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Speakers for Schools View profile Company size Size: 101 - 500
Posted on: 18 June 2024
Closing date: 02 July 2024 at 09:00
Tags: Fundraising,Business Development

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