Greater London
Job description

Are you a gifted written and verbal communicator, with a strong track record of raising funds to enable critical charity work to continue? Are you passionate about enabling young refugees to build futures through education? Do you thrive in a small team, and work well managing multiple deadlines and targets? If so, you may be our new Fundraising Manager!

We are looking for someone who will, with the support of the Senior Management Team Fundraising Focal Point, develop and implement a fundraising strategy to secure circa £300,000 from a variety of trusts, foundations, corporate and individual donors over the next year. The post holder will report directly to the Fundraising focal point within RSN’s Senior Management team, and will work closely with other senior members to develop relevant project proposals and ensure timely monitoring and reporting.

Young people are at the heart of Refugee Support Network, and as such we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people at all times. We fully expect the Fundraising Manager to share this commitment. Please note that a high standard of written and spoken English is required in order to carry out this role.

About Refugee Support Network:

At Refugee Support Network, we are working towards a world where all young people displaced by conflict or crisis are able to build more hopeful futures through accessing, remaining and progressing in education.

At present we work across London, providing educational mentoring and specialist education advice, guidance and support to young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking.

Alongside our direct work with young people, we run a variety of training programmes, equipping other professionals to promote and facilitate educational inclusion for these groups of young people.  We also carry out applied, young person centred research on the issues we work on, enabling young people to make their voices heard by the decision makers who shape their lives.

We are currently expanding our work to new areas of the UK, and our new Fundraising Manager will play a key role in enabling us to obtain the necessary funds to operate both our current and new programmes.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy, Planning and Accountability

  • With the support of the Senior Management Team (SMT), develop a two-year fundraising plan matched to existing and planned needs, with a clear calendar for implementation
  • Ensure each Programmes Manager has clear annual fundraising targets and is supported to meet them
  • Proactively identify and research new trusts, foundations and grant-makers that are a strong funding prospect for Refugee Support Network’s programmes
  • Create and maintain new relationships with potential donors, ensuring that they are managed effectively and proactively
  • Ensure RSN’s records of potential, current and past funders is efficiently maintained and kept up-to-date (this may involve researching the use of online grant management software and improving our current fundraising data management processes)
  • Meet budgeted income targets, and report to nominated Senior Management Team member on progress of making high quality applications to Trusts and Foundations
  • Keep informed of charity law and fundraising developments across the sector, and abide by the Charity’s Act and IOF codes of conduct

Proposal development, monitoring and reporting

  • Write and submit high quality funding applications, liaising with relevant RSN programmes staff who will assist with and contribute to the programme specific elements of the proposal. (NB SMT Funding Focal Point will have final sign off on applications.)
  • Coordinate visits from and meetings with potential and current donors
  • Ensure all relevant project staff receive timely reminders and information about upcoming reporting deadlines
  • Support relevant project staff to gather data, prepare and send progress reports to funders according to the terms of any given grant
  • Liaise with the Senior Management Team to ensure appropriate data is gathered to strengthen the evidence base for funding applications in terms of recording outcomes and impact

Corporate and individual donors

  • As part of RSN’s overall fundraising strategy, develop and implement plans to maximise income from corporate partners in the short, medium and long term.
  • Research and develop effective, lasting corporate partnerships to meet corporate funding targets
  • Where appropriate, attend pitch meetings and make presentations about RSN and specific projects/proposals to corporate prospects as required
  • Ensure that each relationship is managed and developed to maximise its full potential
  • Support and promote community and sponsored activities to raise funds
  • Ensure all individual monthly and one-off donors are supported, thanked and regularly communicated with


  • Maintain some form of direct contact with the young people RSN serves, as agreed with your line manager. This may, for example, involve mentoring a young refugee or asylum seeker


Person Specification:


  • Demonstrable experience developing, monitoring and maintaining fundraising systems and procedures
  • Experience writing multiple successful fundraising proposals within the charity sector
  • Strong track record securing significant funds for charities
  • Experience working in partnership with project staff to develop high quality proposals
  • Experience managing positive relationships with a variety of donors
  • Proven track record working to and achieving fundraising outcomes and targets


  • Ability to think strategically and convert fundraising strategy into detailed implementation plans
  • Outstanding project management skills, meticulously well organised and reliable
  • Excellent writing skills, including superb attention to detail
  • Ability to make a compelling written case for a project
  • Ability to work on own initiative and prioritise within competing tasks
  • Flexible, proactive and able to work under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills
  • Excellent IT skills (strong Microsoft Office skills, ability to quickly adapt to various online software and data management systems)


  • A strong understanding of approaches to monitoring, evaluation and measuring impact
  • A good understanding of the voluntary sector funding landscape (and if possible, the refugee sector in particular)


  • Passionate about the wellbeing and education of young refugees
  • Commitment to and ability to work in accordance with RSN’s Child Protection policies
  • Commitment to and ability to work in accordance with RSN’s Christian ethos
  • Ability to work in an administratively self-servicing environment

You must have a visa that allows you to work in the UK to apply for this job

Disclosure of a Criminal Record

The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 does not apply to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for employment which involves working with children and young people must disclose any criminal record. If your application is successful, you are required to make these disclosures and consent to Refugee Support Network verifying the accuracy of your response with the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

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Posted on: 02 September 2016
Closed date: 19 September 2016
Tags: Christian, Fundraising

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