36% of children from disadvantaged backgrounds leave primary school in England each year unable to read to the expected standard. Innovations for Learning (IFL) is a charity focused on using technology to close this literacy gap through a unique online reading support programme called TutorMate.
About Innovations for Learning
Innovations for Learning (IfL) is a small but growing charity, which is working to ensure that every child in the UK acquires the literacy skills they need for their to thrive and fulfil their potential. Many children fall behind with reading simply because they lack the opportunity to practise. TutorMate addresses this problem by using a bespoke internet platform to pair volunteer tutors from corporate organisations with struggling pupils. TutorMate has been proven to improve the literacy outcomes, confidence and reading enjoyment of young children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our model is to partner with local and national businesses which recruit their own employees as volunteer readers and provide funding for the programme. TutorMate pairs struggling children (5- to 7-year-olds) with adult volunteers who use a bespoke internet platform and a voice connection to link – from their workplace or home – to a dedicated classroom laptop for 30 minutes a week, during the school day, over an entire academic year. Up to ten children in each Year 1 or Year 2 class participate, giving the programme a reach and scale that no school is able to achieve with parent or community volunteers.
We have set ourselves an ambitious target of supporting 4,000 children by 2024. By securing 25% of our income from trusts and foundations, this role will be pivotal in ensuring we meet this target.
About the role
IFL is seeking a highly motivated, proactive Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser to create creative, compelling and impactful bids. You’ll be a passionate, entrepreneurial fundraising professional who can get ‘under the skin’ of our work and is keen to make your mark in a fast-growing organisation.
You will develop and manage a funding pipeline by investing in thorough research and relationship cultivation, and you will thrive in working with funders and partners on a day-to-day basis. You’ll be a self-starter and have high standards for yourself and others.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, you will generate income from new and existing trusts and foundations to fund 25 % of the work of the charity (2022-23 = £162k target).
For full details please see the attached Job Description.
This role is ideal for someone home-based with the ability to travel to occasional meetings. Working days can be arranged flexibly and are part time 3-4 days per week.
How to apply
Applicants must provide a current CV and a covering letter (2 pages maximum) outlining evidence against the essential criteria in the job specification. Please include a description of a successful partnership or relationship that you’ve managed in your career and reflect on what made it successful and how you were able to develop the relationship over time. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.
As a charity that values and celebrates people's diversity and champions opportunities for all young people, we are keen to receive applications from people who have experienced disadvantage and from those who are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who are currently underrepresented
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