New Malden, Greater London
£32,000 - £35,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Position: Fundraising and Communications Manager

Reporting to: Director-Designate and Chief Executive Officer of Connect: North Korea

Based at: London, KT3.

Contract: Full-time, 9am - 5pm.

Annual Leave: 28 days.

Salary: £32,000 - £35,000, depending on experience.


Connect: North Korea works with North Korean refugees to build better lives and better communities by gaining personal, professional, and academic skills and qualifications to enable them:

1)     to individually thrive; and

2)     to support fledgling change-makers in driving positive social change in their communities.

2021 marks a new beginning for the charity: we are moving from providing community support for integration to North Koreans in the UK to supporting North Koreans through vocational training, community support, and scholarships for tertiary education.


Overall aim and objectives of the post

After 3 years of successful growth, we are looking to appoint our first fundraising and communications staff member to grow Connect: North Korea into a well-renowned self-sustaining organisation by consistently growing our restricted and unrestricted income year on year from trusts and foundations.

If you are a communications and/or fundraising professional with at least three years of experience within education, social welfare and/or human rights sectors, this is an excellent opportunity to take on a challenging, yet highly rewarding role supporting our work. As part of a small, ambitious team you will be responsible for expanding income streams from trusts and foundations, administering ongoing grants, and leading on communications.


Job Description


  • Research and identify trusts, foundations and other grant-givers with the propensity to support the work of Connect: North Korea and adding them to our pipeline of potential prospects.

  • Develop and submit high-quality proposals to small, medium, and large trusts, foundations, and institutional funders in the UK and overseas.

  • Contacting trusts and foundations and other grant-givers in order to cultivate new donor prospects and to strengthen relationships with existing supporters.

  • Work with the senior management team to create robust cases for support.

  • Organise donor cultivation events and meetings to attract new supporters and keep existing funders updated as to our impact.

  • Provide administrative support to prepare timely and accurate reports to funders.

  • Recruit and co-ordinate fundraising volunteers, companies, community groups, etc for fundraising on our behalf - e.g. the London Marathon, 10ks, coffee mornings, Facebook fundraisers, etc.

  • Working with an external consultant, lead on the development and execution of an individual-giving strategy over the next few years.

  • Lead on Connect: North Korea’s fundraising online and in-person events - for example, our annual cooking class.

  • Engage more people with what we do.

  • Be the main point of contact for individual donors, ensuring they receive excellent supporter care including thank you letters and updates.

  • Any other task as required.


  • Manage all of our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

  • Create engaging content for our social media, newsletter, website, and other marketing and communication materials

  • Lead on the design and production of communications materials.

  • Work with the senior management team to test different communication approaches and create reports on all digital activities by assessing our performance against KPIs.

  • Maintain our website and regularly update it with articles

  • Write press releases and be the main contact point for press engagement.

  • Any other task as necessary.


Essential skills and experience


  • At least 3 years of experience working in a fundraising and/or communications role, ideally including experience of administering grants.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of Connect: North Korea

  • Experience in researching trusts, foundations, and other grant-giving organisations/institutes.

  • Knowledge of the human rights sector. Experience of successfully fundraising from trusts, foundations and/or statutory bodies who support human rights.

  • Demonstrable experience of writing and editing high-quality written content. 

  • Korean-language fluency is highly desirable.



  • Are friendly with a positive attitude

  • Have demonstrable experience of producing high-quality written content.

  • Have a track record of working under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

  • Are highly organised, able to act on own initiative and meet deadlines

  • Are creative and confident in putting forward and discussing new ideas

  • Have the capacity to work collaboratively and constructively in a small team with an entrepreneurial feel

  • Are keen to build and develop the role as suits the needs of the organisation

We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability (physical or learning), LGBTQI+ or relationship status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, gender or social class.



The deadline for applications for this role is May 9th. Interviews will take place in the week after with an expectation of a start date in June.

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Refreshed on: 24 April 2021
Closing date: 09 May 2021
Tags: Communications, PR, Fundraising

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