This is part time role working 17.5 hours per week.
This role is fully home-based, but applicants must live in the area the post is covering.
Christian Aid believes that everyone, regardless of faith or race, is entitled to live a full life, free from poverty. We believe the world can and must be changed so that there is equality, dignity and freedom for all. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our team and to make this change happen.
Fundraising and supporter engagement plays a fundamental part in inspiring our supporters and our churches to give, act and pray, working in partnership to eradicate poverty. Our Fundraising and Supporter Engagement Department (which the Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer role sits within) is responsible for mobilising churches, individuals and philanthropists across a Give, Act and Pray continuum.
One of Christian Aid's historic strengths is in church-based community fundraising. Christian Aid has relationships with around half of the churches in Britain. Christian Aid Week has been running for over 60 years and still attracts around 60,000 volunteers to raise over £8 million.
About the role
Church Engagement and Fundraising Officers inspire churches and individuals to be agents of change with Christian Aid, in order to overcome poverty. The CEFO’s specific contribution is to offer bespoke support, often face-to-face, to a defined set of churches and Christian Aid groups, to enable and enrich their contribution. CEFOs motivate churches, groups and individuals to raise money, but to also enable lasting change, the role works in partnership on campaigning activity with individual campaigners, churches and, where appropriate, other campaigning partners. This role will be covering Essex and Cambridgeshire and will be fully home-based.
As a Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer you are responsible for working alongside our Volunteer Officers to support and develop volunteers within your region, and to draw on the expertise of volunteers where possible. Church Engagement and Fundraising Officers are measured against clearly defined targets and success indicators.
You will manage a wide caseload of churches and Christian Aid groups across Essex and Cambridgeshire, in a way that inspires participation to give, act and pray with Christian Aid. You will ensure Christian Aid serves, inspires and equips the spectrum of churches to make an impact on poverty.
You will bring your experience of church engagement and fundraising with you to build and nurture new and existing networks and relationships, speak confidently and effectively about the work of Christian Aid. You’ll meet fundraising targets, generate creative and effective engagement ideas and be ready to partner with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve multiple outcomes, including volunteers, leaders, pastors, ministers, colleagues and Christian media.
These are the essential skills, knowledge and expertise for the CEFO role:
- Educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Demonstrable experience and knowledge of church audiences.
- Proven ability to inspire others to take action and use their skills and resources.
- Ability to fundraise and motivate others to fundraise and donate.
- Experience of working alongside volunteers to add capacity and skills; aptitude to empower and support them.
- The ability to communicate complex messages creatively and effectively to diverse audiences through a range of different media, including face to face and in writing.
- A passion for justice with an understanding of campaigning and how this can bring lasting change.
- Ability to effectively portray development messages in a theological context.
- Knowledge of the principles of good donor management or customer care and understanding of the principles of relationship building.
- An ability to analyse and interpret information and data in order to prioritise work to achieve results.
- A knowledge of current fundraising legislation and good practice, and the ability to put this into practice with all related activity.
- The ability to work unsupervised, under pressure and manage competing priorities to deliver multiple concurrent activities, delegating where necessary, within agreed deadlines and to agreed standards.
- The ability to travel frequently to locations throughout the region, including some evenings and weekends.
- We consider it essential that the post holder can drive (and has a clean driving licence), or can demonstrate that the role can be fulfilled in their region without this. Public transport is preferred wherever possible.
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
Christian Aid is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment for every person connected to the work we do; and to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour including sexual harassment and exploitation, abuse, and financial misconduct. Any candidate offered a job with Christian Aid is expected to share and demonstrate our values, and adhere to Christian Aid’s Safeguarding policy and sign Christian Aid’s Code of Conduct.
You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.