London, Greater London
Birmingham, West Midlands
£31,000 - £33,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Our organisation’s vision is a world where people with autism are able to live fulfilling lives, with equal chances to those of their neurotypical peers.

Resources for Autism: Job Description

Job Title: Senior Trusts Fundraiser

Hours: Full Time, with the option of flexible working

Reporting to: Head of Income

Working alongside: Part time Fundraiser

Location: London/West Midlands base, remote working.

Salary: Up to £33,000 (depending on experience)



Resources for Autism: An Introduction


For  25 years, we have provided practical support to people on the spectrum and to those who love and care for them. From 1:1 support, to music/art therapy, from parent and sibling groups to holiday play schemes, we aim to give those whom we support a better and happier life.

As an organisation, we pride ourselves on openness, commitment to our clients, and supporting each other. Many of us enjoy the benefits of flexible working, and our staff turnover is remarkably low – which some attribute to being part of a pretty extraordinary, non-political, warm working culture.

Our Fundraising team has developed strong relationships over recent years with many of our regular trust donors, such as BBC Children in Need, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Joseph Levy Foundation.

With a newly appointed CEO, who is committed to growing the charity’s fundraising capacity and income from the current £500,000 to £1 million in the next few years, we are now looking for someone to join us on the next stage of our important journey.

The  Senior Trusts Fundraiser Role

This is a newly created role, which has been developed in response to our recently developed fundraising strategy. Reporting into the Head of Income, and working closely with the whole office team – particularly the CEO and ‘service providers’ (those who directly support our clients), the post-holder will initially focus on trust and foundation fundraising, and in the future expand their remit into major gifts. S/he will be able to manage the prospecting and relationship management in full, from researching potential grant-makers, submitting applications, delivering evaluations, and keeping in regular contact with our donors.

We’re looking for someone who wants to make a real difference to the lives of people with autism – and who will be proud to see the real impact they’re able to make.

Key qualities we are looking for are a proactive candidate, with the ability to show attention to detail, demonstrate analytical and critical thinking as well as a knack to process information at a fast pace.


Key Responsibilities

  • Research potential new funders and tailor project/core funding information
  • Submit compelling grant applications, supported by compelling hard and soft data
  • With support from the Head of Income, plan and deliver events for prospective and current trust supporters
  • Build relationships with funders, through regular communication and face-to-face meetings where possible
  • Work closely with colleagues from across the organisation to check that information is kept updated, and to ensure that financials are accurate
  • Communicate with Finance about anticipated income
  • Work with senior volunteers on donor approaches and ensure these approaches are well-coordinated


Essential Experience

  • At least two years’ experience of successfully securing income for charities, ideally from trusts and foundations
  • A demonstrable track record of securing grants of min. £20,000, and ideally multi-year grants
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills
  • Ability to understand financial language and budgets
  • Strong research and prospecting skills
  • Capacity to build excellent relationships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally
  • Experience of measuring impact and delivering evaluation reports



Application: To apply, please send a maximum two-page covering letter and your CV to our Head of Workforce.


Deadline for applications: 7th February 2021


Interviews will be held online due to the current situation; we will be flexible given potential issues around childcare and illness.


Interviews will take place the week beginning 15th February.


Post holder to begin week beginning 15th March subject to satisfactory references and DBS check.


Resources for Autism works within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines


Resources for Autism is commited to promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates and would especially like to see applications from minority communities.

Refreshed on: 24 January 2021
Closed date: 07 February 2021
Tags: Fundraising

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