SCM is a community of students, past and present, and it is community that is at the heart of who we are and how we do things. Wherever students find us and however they engage, they are our purpose; supporting them to be, and, where they are open to it, to grow in their lives and faith.
We are deeply committed to an inclusive, progressive and radical approach to the Christian faith and we are a movement for today, which means campaigning on current issues of concern such as the refugee crisis, the arms trade and food injustice, and modelling LGBTQ+ celebration and pushing the church to do the same. As we put our faith into action we often see our members becoming more confident as leaders, growing as everyday theologians, developing as activists and flourishing in their discipleship.
Our membership is made up of an incredible diversity of people. Some gather in local communities on their university campus or at their church, others come together at a regional level through informal networks, and some members won’t have a local community, so their place of connection is through our national, especially online, work. Wherever someone connects with SCM, our values are present and our aims are worked towards. For some SCM is a place to ask hard questions and be challenged by others who are wrestling with faith and ethics. For others, it is a safe Christian space to express and settle in their queer identity. And for all, it is a place where they can simply be.
SCM is a small charity with a strategic plan for growth and sustainability, of which our fundraising is a key part. We are looking for someone who will continue to grow and professionalise our fundraising using the aims and goals of the fundraising strategy. They will build and maintain key fundraising relationships, particularly with churches and individuals, as well as effectively communicating with grant making trusts and potential partners.
The main duties of this role include:
- Maintaining and developing long term relationships with the SCM Friends network, who are our individual regular donors.
- Organising events and outreach activities to engage existing and new donors.
- Developing the potential of legacy income.
- Maintaining SCM’s database of donors.
- Identifying and engaging with new church partners, including speaking at services and events, exhibiting at local and regional denominational events, and promoting activities such as Student Sunday.
- Supporting other members of the team to integrate the fundraising message across the organisation.
- Supervising the production of fundraising materials, including paper and online materials.
- Researching new potential trust funding opportunities.
- Maintaining long-term and developing new relationships with trusts and funds through face-to-face meetings with trust secretaries and trustees.
- Developing strong cases for support and writing inspirational proposals.
- Reporting on fundraising activity to the trustees and grant making bodies.
The ideal candidate for this role will be someone who is skilled at building and maintaining key fundraising relationships, particularly with churches and individuals, and can effectively communicate our vision to gain support from grant making trusts and potential partners. You will need to demonstrate, in addition to the skills and experience listed in the person specification, that your values align with our values, and that you share our commitment to safeguarding. A willingness to learn and a positive attitude are as important to us as qualifications and experience, so do please get in touch even if you don’t think you meet all of the criteria quite yet.
You would be joining a small but dynamic staff who are deeply committed to the values and work of SCM, and who are excited to welcome you the team and work with you in your role. We can also offer you a competitive salary, a generous annual leave entitlement, pension contributions and enhanced sickness and family leave pay, as well as flexible, hybrid working (a mix of office and home based) from day one.
We actively encourage people from structurally disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, people from communities experiencing racial inequality, migrants, refugees, women, non-binary people, people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or people from an economically deprived background. Due to the nature of this role and the responsibilities of the successful post-holder, a genuine occupational requirement to be a committed Christian is in place for this role in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
For an informal conversation about this role please contact Revd Naomi Nixon, CEO.
Applications should be submitted electronically in Word format by email before the closing date and time. Please ensure that you clearly state the role you wish to apply for.
- Closing date for applications: Tuesday 4th January 2022
- Interviews to be held: From 10th January 2022
- Start date: As soon as possible
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