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Fundraising Events Lead - Smart Works Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (On-site)
£26,000 - £28,000 per year
Job description

About Smart Works 

Smart Works is a dynamic, high profile and fast-growing UK charity that dresses and coaches unemployed women for success at their job interview. We empower each woman by giving her the clothes and the confidence she needs to succeed. After visiting Smart Works, 69% of clients secure a job within a month, gaining financial independence and transforming their lives.   

More information about who we are can be found on our website.


About the role  

As the charity works to double the number of women it helps, we are recruiting for a Fundraising Events Lead to join our Newcastle team. Reporting to the Centre Manager, they will engage new and existing supporters and achieve income targets, raising vital funds across events and community fundraising to support of our mission.

In practice, this involves identifying new locations to deliver our annual events calendar including our sustainable fashion sales, and delivering our annual community fundraising campaign to target income, Cycle for Smart Works.

They will also work with our Communications Assistant to deliver engaging digital content about our events and community fundraising initiatives across various social media platforms.

The successful candidate will have good relationship building skills to ensure lasting and mutually beneficial event partnerships, and excellent written communication skills.

The role will be based at our Smart Works centre in Newcastle with occasional travel to set-up and host corporate and community events. Occasional weekend and evening work is also required to lead and support on our events calendar.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to elevate their career in events and community fundraising for a worthy cause. If you can multi-task and are a strong networker, we would love to hear from you.


Duties and responsibilities  

  • Leading on Smart Works Newcastle’s signature fundraising events, including high-end supporter events, fashion sales, and pop-up shops, managing the project from planning to execution and ensuring income targets of circa £55K are met.
  • Effectively steward and manage multiple event partners to increase annual gift-in-kind support, clothing donations and engagement.
  • Manage all external stakeholders involved in an event, sharing event briefs with the staff and trustee team.
  • Seek networking opportunities to grow our supporter base, through community fundraising and corporate partnerships, owning KPI income targets for community and events.
  • Working with the London HQ Community Fundraising Manager, to deliver our annual community fundraising campaigns such as Cycle for Smart Works and local events such as the Great North Run to income target c. £20k.
  • Deliver an event from concept to delivery, ensuring key metrics are shared with the Communications Assistant to update our stakeholder groups accordingly.
  • Supporting the team with other income generation streams such as grant applications, corporate relationships and working with the London HQ functions for each stream.


Personal Specification 

Essential criteria

  • Demonstrable experience in event management and delivery, raising income in excess of £55k per annum. Event management in a fundraising capacity is highly desirable.
  • Strong relationship building skills and confidence managing various stakeholders.
  • Target driven with excellent organisation and time management capabilities, demonstrating an ability to prioritise and work to deadlines.
  • Effective project-management skills, with proven experience managing multiple projects simultaneously.


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of writing applications for charitable trust grants is highly desirable.
  • A detailed understanding of the fundraising landscape across Newcastle is highly desirable.
  • Confident user of Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel) and digital content creation software such as Canva and Adobe InDesign, for professional settings.
  • Experience in a fundraising or sales-based role.
  • Experience working with VIPs or influencers.



How to Apply  

Please visit our website or click "Apply Now" to find out more information - we can't wait to hear from you.

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Smart Works View profile Company size Size: 11 - 20
Posted on: 19 April 2024
Closed date: 06 May 2024 at 09:00
Job ref: 60
Tags: Admin, Fundraising, Project Management, Business Development, Retail

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