N1, London
£26,000 - £28,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Development Coordinator (Corporate Partnerships and Community) is part of our fundraising and operations team. The role is responsible for the planning and direct delivery of our work with corporate partnerships and individual giving. The role will also grow and support community and events fundraising.

About Ministry of Stories

Ministry of Stories champions the writer in every child. Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, we help young people discover their confidence, imagination and potential through the power of their writing. We develop self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and one-to-one mentoring for children living in under-resourced communities, working in schools, and at our dedicated writing centre in east London. We empower young people to write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas, creativity and imagination.

Inspired by San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, you’ll find us hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which has been serving London’s monster population (and the occasional human) since 1818.  All proceeds from our monstrous offerings such as Cubed Earwax and Thickest Human Snot go back to support our work with young people.

Our programme currently includes:

  • Weekly Community Writing Labs and holiday programmes for children and young people, hosted at our Writing Centre in Hoxton
  • A Schools Programme delivering creative writing-led educational workshops, projects and training that support school’s needs
  • A National Training offer, supporting cultural and education organisations around the country to embed Ministry of Stories methodology for the benefit of their local children, young people and wider communities

The Ministry of Stories is based in East London. We are open to discussing a hybrid of in-office and home working arrangements and the role will involve occasional off-site and evening meetings. The post is subject to a 3-month probationary period and an Enhanced DBS check.

About our fundraising

Now in our 11th year, Ministry of Stories is focused on growing our writing programmes within our community and primary and secondary schools. To achieve this, we have been focused on expanding our sources of funding and increasing our earned income potential from school partners and our shop.

Our overall direction of travel is to spread financial risk by seeking multi-year funding agreements and increasing the proportion of private income for our core work. In particular we aim to grow our number of corporate partnerships and increase our community of individual donors. In time, we aspire to rebuild our community and events fundraising, with a careful eye on return on investment.

As with many charities, our fundraising has been significantly affected by COVID-19. However, we are feeling optimistic. We have a good base of existing funders and high quality relationships we can build upon, as well as talented and inspirational young people to showcase, a strong volunteer programme and an engaging and creative charity to introduce to potential corporate partners and individuals.

To make the most of this important moment, we are looking to appoint an expert, ambitious and dynamic corporate fundraiser to grow and diversify our portfolio of funders, with a strong focus on securing new corporate partnerships and growing our number of cash and regular donors through appeals and marketing. This is a chance to make your mark and to contribute to the future of an exciting charity which has achieved high value corporate partnerships, values strong relationships, has a history of running successful events and the potential for meaningful engagement through volunteering.

To support this role, we have a motivated senior leadership team and are overseen by an engaged and active board of trustees who understand the importance of fundraising. Our board has invested in a team of two fundraisers for three years, which has helped us to realise income growth, new opportunities and to bring a unique creativity to our fundraising.

We are in a unique position to be recruiting permanently to both fundraising roles at the same time and will be looking to bring in a combination of skills and specialisms across the team. Now is the perfect time to bring your talent and vision to our small but mighty charity, to build on our solid fundraising foundations and create a long-term, sustainable future for the Ministry of Stories.

Main Purpose

To develop and deliver a corporate partnerships programme and grow our pool of individual donors. From research and planning, through to proposal writing and communications, relationship development and impact reporting, this role will be vital in diversifying the income streams for the Ministry of Stories.

Specific Responsibilities

1.    Strategic and Financial Planning

  • To work with the Deputy Director and Development Manager to deliver our three-year fundraising strategy and existing work plan (2021/2022)
  • To work collaboratively with the Development Manager to develop new fundraising approaches and opportunities, ensuring senior sign off for proposal development, copy and content approval
  • To support the Development Manager to prepare board reports and track donations and where relevant to forecast and monitor income and expenditure for your areas of responsibility
  • To commit to the principles of the Ministry of Stories and to advocate for the importance of our work with children and young people with all funders

2.    Corporate Partnerships

  • To research and develop a pipeline of potential corporate partners and corporate foundations from a range of industries and use this to create a schedule of applications and approaches with key deadlines
  • To write compelling, accurate and tailored applications and pitches which explore the potential for partnership in the broadest sense - from supporting the Ministry of Stories’ organisational strategy, financial and volunteering needs, to pro bono expertise or direct support to our programme - while also meeting the needs and aspirations of the funder
  • To explore and maximise our volunteers’ networks to enhance opportunities for corporate partnerships, staff fundraising and growth in volunteering
  • To manage a portfolio of companies, developing key relationships and ensuring we fulfill all partnership deliverables including monitoring and reporting. Maintain accurate records for grants and correspondence on the organisational database (Salesforce)
  • To work with the Marketing Manager to develop appropriate case studies and showcase relationships with key funders
  • To represent the work of Ministry of Stories at relevant funder meetings or events

3.    Individual Giving and Supporter Communications

  • To put the supporter experience at the heart of your fundraising practice in order to grow and retain donors and supporters. Where possible, seek out opportunities for in-person or digital stewardship events for supporters to ‘bring our work to life’.
  • To deliver engaging fundraising communications; including a new programme of monthly email newsletters, plus personalised thank you letters, handwritten cards and phone calls with donors delivered in a timely manner and to a high standard
  • To contribute to the organisation comms calendar, including ensuring fundraising pages are current and contributing towards digital and social media platforms
  • To actively maintain our database, application tracker, donation systems, gift aid claims and regular giving tracking monitoring, ensuring they are effective and up-to-date
  • To ensure that fundraising activities comply with legislation and statutory requirements, including Data Protection, GDPR and fundraising best practice. Keep abreast of change and innovation in fundraising and the wider arts and cultural sector

4.    Staff, Community and Events Fundraising

  • To provide effective account management and customer care to all companies, community groups and individuals who fundraise on behalf of Ministry of Stories
  • To explore the potential networks held by our donors, supporters and volunteers to support our fundraised income and volunteering with a careful eye on return on investment e.g. Charity of the Year nominations, staff payroll giving schemes, staff volunteering
  • With support from the Development Manager, project manage and deliver any in-person or digital fundraising events, to budget

5.    General Duties

  • To contribute to the activities of the wider team as necessary and as directed by the senior leadership team
  • To actively promote the organisation’s Safeguarding Policy 
  • Recognise your role as part of a small team and become an active part of a team culture that encourages close collaboration and supportive relationships between colleagues

Person Specification

You will be an experienced and skilled corporate fundraiser with well-honed communication skills, a proven track record of personally soliciting significant donations and grants from corporate partnerships and foundations. You will be able to initiate, build and sustain excellent funder and donor relationships and be great at listening, researching and writing. You will bring positivity, energy, ambition and an ability to deliver strong results and be motivated by our commitment to help young people to write a brighter future for themselves.


  • Driven and passionate about fundraising as a tool to unlock opportunities and outcomes for children and young people
  • Significant experience in a fundraising/development role specifically in the area of corporate partnerships and/or corporate foundations
  • A proven track record of meeting challenging financial targets, including securing significant donations and grants
  • Experience of proposal and/or bid writing
  • Experience of developing and maintaining strong relationships with funders and donors
  • Strong planning and administrative skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Good copywriting skills and an ability to work to a high degree of accuracy

Desirable, but not essential

  • Experience of researching and developing a funder pipeline
  • Experience of developing budgets
  • Experience of using a CRM database system, such as Salesforce
  • Experience of other forms of fundraising – for example, individual giving, supporter care, digital supporter communications, community fundraising and/or event management
  • Experience of using design software (e.g. InDesign)
  • Working knowledge of Data Protection and GDPR regulation
  • Experience with a similar organisation or a charity

Terms and Conditions

Post: Development Coordinator (Corporate Partnerships and Community)

Reports to: Development Manager

Peers: Marketing Manager

Hours: Full time (40 hours per week, incl. lunch) Monday to Friday, preferred but flexible

Salary: £26,000 - £28,000

Benefits: 3% employer contribution to pension

Home and office based

Wheelchair accessible office and open to discussing any other specific needs

25 days annual leave and time off in lieu policy

Employee Assistance Programme

Flexible and welcoming team culture, open to exploring individual needs and preferences

Deadline for applications:      9am Thursday 7th October 2021

Interviews:                              Scheduled for Wednesday 13th October 2021

More about Ministry of Stories
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Refreshed on: 25 September 2021
Closed date: 07 October 2021
Job ref: DC2021
Tags: Fundraising

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