Birmingham, West Midlands
£28,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We’re the charity helping millions of people feel happier and healthier by spending more time on and along our canals and rivers. Our rich and tranquil spaces provide places to pause, relax and escape. But without extraordinary people, and the funding to make it happen, all of this would be lost. That’s where you come in.

The next 3 years will see an ambitious plan to accelerate growth in charitable income, building new communities of supporters from the ground up.  We are looking for people passionate about relationship management and stewarding supporters to give a great experience whilst raising money for the Trust.  We exist as a fundraising team so that we can do more for communities up and down the country using the power and benefits our waterways have to offer for Wellbeing, Nature, Employability & Urban Regeneration. If you are inspired to change lives young and old then we would love to hear from you.  Join us and make life better by water for everyone. Every day.

About the role and you

In this role you will be proactive in engaging local communities and maintaining relationships with supporters, volunteers, schools and other community groups in your region to maximise income, actively seeking new income generation opportunities.

You will be the external face of the Trust for these audiences, engaging with them and supporting them to arrange their fundraising activities, assisting with all enquires with the aim to develop long term, committed relationships through relationship building and bespoke stewardship.

Key Accountabilities.

Support the Community Fundraising Team Leader in setting the Community Fundraising Budgets and take responsibility for the delivery of the agreed income and expenditure budgets for your area in line with departmental yearly goals.

Identify, engage and develop long term, committed relationships with supporters in your region to grow income, ensuring they are exposed to and given the opportunity to support multiple income streams through effective cross selling of marketing, corporate and events initiatives.       

Recruit and manage a network of fundraising volunteers, working with the Trust Volunteer Services, to promote contactless units in your region with the objective of raising both consistent sources of income and awareness of the Trust work in their area.

Support the launch of our Mass Participation events helping to deliver a seamlessly journey to keep participants engaged at all times - before, during and after the event.

Work with the Digital Fundraising officer, the Supporter Journey Manager and third-party platforms (ie Just Giving) to deliver high quality stewardship to maximise supporter engagement and repeat events.

Experience & Skills: Practical / Technical Knowledge

  • 2 years minimum community fundraising experience
  • 1 year minimum experience of managing and/or supervising Volunteers
  • Proven experience of supporting, advising and retaining Supporters
  • Proven experience of managing and delivering a fundraising income target

Planning, Organising and integrating (managerial) Knowledge

  • The knowledge required for integrating and managing activities and functions.
  • Excellent understanding of Fundraising regulation and statutory data compliance,
  • Knowledge of Work Health and Safety laws and best practice around working with volunteers

Communicating and Influencing skills

  • The skills needed to communicate with and influence individuals and / or groups within and outside the organisation.
  • Excellent presentation skills to all ranges and sizes of audiences

Person Specification

  • Impact focused and results driven
  • Willing to adopt the Trust’s values as your own: caring, openness and transparency, supporting the local community, involving others, and striving for excellence

What We Offer

In addition to your salary of £28,000 the Canal & River Trust offers a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, great holiday entitlement (increasing with years of service) and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.

We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.  All candidates will be treated based on their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. 


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Canal & River Trust

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Refreshed on: 04 November 2021
Closed date: 19 November 2021
Job ref: 2021-6625
Tags: Fundraising

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