Every day brings new challenges for our client. Every day, over 600 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. And every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world.
It’s the ground-breaking research that our client has in common with Sparks, the children’s medical research charity, and the two charities came together in February 2017 to jointly fund only the highest quality of researchers all across the UK, and to respond to the severe underfunding in child health research.
Externally, Sparks’ charity number, brand and fundraising continues to be separate from that of our client charitys, but internally, they work in a completely integrated way, which has resulted in many benefits and opportunities for both charities.
Their staff help to raise vital funds for the hospital but are also in the unique position of representing both charities under the Charity Family banner. While the two charities live under the same roof, their fundraising activities and ways of working are different, and this gives their teams huge opportunity to think differently, innovate and play different roles in both charities abilities to reach their goals.
They have just entered an exciting new phase in Sparks’ fundraising history. One in three children with a rare condition won’t live to celebrate their fifth birthday. Their research can save their lives. A better future for critically ill children starts with you.
The No Time to Lose campaign is a four-year multichannel fundraising campaign providing a single, unifying £10m target and messaging for all forms of Sparks’ fundraising. Externally, this will provide the urgency supporters need to get involved, demonstrate the impact they can have more easily, and inspire them to talk about Sparks to their networks.
Position: Fundraising Executive
Location: WC1N, Central London
Job type: Full Time, 6 month Fixed Term Contract
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Closing date: Internal applications 5pm 20th November 2019
External applications: 5pm 11th December 2019
About the role:
A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join the Challenge Events team on a 6 month fixed-term basis as a Fundraising Executive leading on Sparks activity. The post-holder will be responsible for delivering the current portfolio as well as being able to employ their creative side to help drive forward growth and innovation.
The role will also include delivery on some events, offering exposure and involvement across both charities.
About the team:
The Challenge Events team manages a diverse portfolio of third party mass participation events across both the Sparks and our client brands, including running, cycling, trekking and obstacle events. This is an exciting role with the opportunity to grow their existing events, while identifying new opportunities that can increase Sparks income and supporter base.
You will be a strong team player, a great communicator and a fundraiser who is happy taking ownership of all Sparks activity including project delivery and participant care. You will also be able to offer strategic input with a view to help drive growth through the marketing and engagement plans alongside the company portfolio.
Specifically, the ideal candidate will have:
- Experience of managing the development and delivery of a portfolio of third party challenge events.
- Proven ability to develop, deliver and manage marketing strategies, meeting or exceeding income and recruitment KPIs.
- The ability to manage multiple key projects across a team, balancing a diverse workload and seeking opportunities to increase efficiencies.
- Excellent supporter relationship skills, with proven experience of maximising supporter retention and delivering lifetime value.
- Confidence acting as a Sparks lead across the charity with an enterprising spirit able to push through innovations, new ways of working, and identify opportunities to grow Sparks income and supporter base.
Recently awarded with a ‘Best Companies 2-star accreditation' and placed number 17 on the 2019 Sunday Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit Companies list - they offer a range of attractive benefits including; a flexible approach to working, 30 days holiday, life assurance, enhanced employer pension contributions, and a discounted season ticket loan.
How to Apply:
Please click on the apply button in the top right-hand corner where you will be taken to a short application form to complete. You are encouraged to include a cover letter with your application, and should refer to the ‘Application and Interview FAQs’ on the career section of their website before you apply.
Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and we reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date, should a suitable applicant be found. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply right away, to avoid disappointment.
Due to the large number of applications they receive, they are unfortunately only able to inform shortlisted candidates of the outcome of their application. If you do not hear from them within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If your application is not successful, they hope that you will not be discouraged and will still apply for other suitable vacancies in the future.
You may have experience of the following: Philanthropy Coordinator, Philanthropy Assistant, Philanthropy Executive, Philanthropy Officer, Fundraising Assistant, Fundraising Coordinator, Fundraising Administrator, Fundraising Executive, Fundraising, Fundraiser, Charity, Third Sector, Charities, Not for Profit, NFP, etc.