About Future Frontiers
Future Frontiers exists to ensure young people from disadvantaged backgrounds fulfil their potential, at school and when transitioning to education, employment or training aged 16 and 18. We do this by providing the guidance, networks and opportunities they lack - through face-to-face coaching delivered by business professionals and access to sector role models.
At age 16 and 18 all young people will make decisions that have lifelong consequences. A positive transition into education, employment or training can set them on a path that provides positive life-opportunities – and, often, a route out of poverty. However, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds miss out on the guidance, networks and opportunities readily afforded to their more privileged peers. This drives much of the inequality entrenched in our educational system and hampers social mobility later in life. Our programme aims to tackle this inequality by providing a tailored package of support as they approach major crossroads in their education.
Why we need you
Future Frontiers is an innovative, dynamic and ambitious organisation that has developed a high impact coaching programme for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Future Frontiers is now in an exciting position to be able to scale significantly, requiring an exceptional individual to help deliver our ambitious fundraising strategy.
The successful candidate will lead a small fundraising team and be responsible for all aspects of fundraising including prospecting, bid writing and managing existing relationships. They will also work with our Head of Partnerships, feeding into our evolving corporate fundraising strategy. They will feel confident engaging with senior stakeholders, be proactive in identifying opportunities and have strong relationship management skills.
We’ll trust you to…
Prospect future bids – researching the wide range of trusts and foundations to identify givers that are aligned with the mission of Future Frontiers and the outcomes of our programme.
Write compelling bids – Writing high quality and detailed bids to trusts and foundations in order to reach ambitious voluntary income targets. This will require an excellent understanding of the charity’s outputs, outcomes and financial activities in order to provide a compelling case for supporting the charity. Excellent organisational skills are also required to ensure that new and existing bids are submitted in a timely manner and that grant reporting is diligently adhered to.
Manage our existing supporters – working alongside the CEO and Head of Partnerships you will manage, maintain and develop our portfolio of supporters. This will also include engaging with trusts and foundations at networking events, calling campaigns, email campaigns and other creative ways to build an awareness of our work amongst key stakeholders
Evolve our corporate fundraising strategy - develop and deliver a corporate fundraising strategy, seeking to increase the giving potential of existing corporate supporters and new corporate foundations. This will be guided by the Head of Partnerships and CEO as part of a major change to our income generation strategy.
Other responsibilities: To use Salesforce to plan and monitor fundraising activity and engagement with funders, regular givers and event participants. To undertake any task that may be requested from time to time that may be consistent with the nature and scope of this post.
Are you someone who…
- is passionate about improving opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds?
- has a proven track record of success in a senior fundraising role?
- has proven expertise in trust & foundation prosecting, bid writing and stakeholder engagement?
- is highly motivated to reach and exceed personal and team targets
- is an excellent relationship-builder: persuasive, dynamic, diplomatic, and at ease interacting with senior stakeholders in a business environment?
- is an exceptional communicator– both written, in person and over the phone?
- is a natural networker - alert to new partnership opportunities with the confidence to pursue them?
- has excellent planning and project management skills?
- is able to juggle conflicting internal and external stakeholder needs?
- is a self-starter and willing to get stuck in and go above and beyond to grow an exciting start up charity?