Grandparents Plus
London, Greater London
Vauxhall, Greater London
£26,000 (London based) or £23,500 (Out of London) per annum, pro rata for part time
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Location: Home-based or London, Vauxhall

Salary: £26,000 (London based) or £23,500 (Out of London) per annum, pro rata for part time

Hours: Full time (28 hours per week would be considered)

Contract: 12 months fixed term contract with possible extension (funding dependent)

Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time) and pension

We are looking for an experienced Fundraising Officer to grow our income from small to medium Trusts and Foundations, as well as maximising other high potential areas. Working in a small team your individual effort will make a real difference.

About the role:

In this exciting new role, you will have responsibility for fundraising from small to medium Trusts and Foundations which will include:

  • building on existing pipelines, identifying potential new sources of income and ensuring effective stewardship of our existing relationships
  • supporting the strategic diversification of our income which will include, but not be limited to, community and individual-giving fundraising
  • finding creative ways to engage funders across all relevant income streams and support us to maximise our income generation potential.

Working with the Fundraising Manager, you will further develop and maintain the fundraising presence on our website and social media, as well as provide administrative support for the team, including keeping up-to-date records.

This is a varied role, however, you will spend most of your time fundraising from Trusts and Foundations so this should be an area that you are interested in. As other income sources grow there will be a requirement to include more fundraising from other income streams, so knowledge and experience in other areas is welcomed.

Who we’re looking for:

To be successful, you will:

  • be a passionate and creative fundraiser who is able to translate your energy into persuasive and inspiring funding applications, reporting and account management
  • have experience of working with external stakeholders in a fundraising capacity
  • have experience of writing successful fundraising applications and producing high-quality reports
  • have excellent written communication skills with the ability to capture and present information according to funder interest
  • be excited about fundraising from small Trusts and Foundations, the communities and individual givers
  • be a self-starter, capable of managing multiple priorities and a team player with excellent people skills
  • enjoy building relationships with supporters and inspiring them to continue supporting our work

Fundraising at Grandparents Plus:

Fundraising is led by the Fundraising Manager with the support of the CEO. Although the fundraising team is small, you will work closely with colleagues across the organisation and you will have the opportunity to take ownership of your area of work.

The team has ambitious targets, which you will be well supported to achieve. Currently the majority of our income is raised from Trusts and Foundations with whom we have excellent relationships. As Fundraising Officer, you will support the growth of this existing area and as well as the diversification of our income.

This is an exciting time to join the fundraising team as it grows and you will have the opportunity to make this role your own.

About Grandparents Plus – the kinship care charity

Kinship care often begins in crisis. A child whose parents are unable to care for them, for whatever reason. It’s frightening, confusing and heart-breaking.

Instinctively, a loved one steps in – a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or family friend. They are now a kinship carer, bringing up the children they love. There’s no chance to prepare. Plans are pushed aside. Relationships, jobs and savings are sacrificed.

It’s life changing and challenging raising children who’ve lost their parents, but kinship carers do it without a thought for themselves because they put the children first.

And it’s a fight to get support. Kinship families raising over 200,000 children are on the brink of going under because there’s no recognition or support. They feel invisible. They are desperate.

At Grandparents Plus we know how hard life can be for kinship carers. But we’ve seen the amazing things they’re capable of with someone by their side. With the right support, children raised in kinship families flourish.

That’s why we support, connect and campaign. To keep kinship families stronger by keeping them together.

We use our experience and expertise to change lives. We are supporting kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward.

We connect carers together in our national community and network of local support groups, to share experiences so they don’t have to face the fight alone.

We help professionals understand kinship families and improve support for them. And our research and campaigns make sure kinship care is understood and government knows what changes are needed.

We’ll not rest until the recognition and support is there for every kinship family.

You will be joining a small and friendly team that is passionate about building positive relationships with funders and growing income to enable us to support more families. Why don’t you join us?

Please note: Grandparents Plus supports flexible working and would consider applications from candidates wishing to work a minimum of 28 hours per week (salary and annual leave pro rata).

To apply, please send a CV (no more than 2 pages) with a covering letter (no more than 1 page) to show how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification, why you want the role and why you would like to work for Grandparents Plus.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please email kim.peltier to arrange a time to speak; contact details are on our website.

We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis and will interview quickly before the dates stated for exceptional candidates.

Closing date: 22nd February 2021

Interview date: 3rd March 2021

Posted on: 09 February 2021
Closed date: 22 February 2021
Tags: Fundraising, Business Development