Birmingham, West Midlands
London, Greater London
£25,000 - £27,000 per year pro-rata (dependant on location)
Permanent, Part-time, 3-4 days per week
Job description
  • Applications Close: 9am, Wednesday 10th November 2021 - please note: late applications cannot be accepted.
  • Salary: £27,000 pro rata (Including Inner London Weighting)
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: 3-4 days per week (7.5 hours per day)
  • Location: Remote working with the option to work in the London Office
  • Interview date: w/c 15th November
  • Reporting to: TBC
  • Start date: As soon as possible

About The Access Project:

In the UK today, students from the most advantaged backgrounds are six times more likely to make it to a top university compared to their least advantaged peers. To change this, The Access Project supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities, through a unique combination of tuition and in-school mentoring. We work with them to make good applications, get the grades and transition to university.

Our approach works: our students are more than twice as likely to place at top universities compared to similar peers.

Through the COVID crisis, we have remained student-focussed and continued our support by rapidly moving all provision online. In summer 2020, we were selected as a Tuition Partner for the highly competitive National Tutoring Programme, in recognition of the quality of our work. This partnership has enabled us to expand and we now serve 1,700 students in London, the East and West Midlands and Bradford. As the country emerges from COVID, tackling educational disadvantage is an urgent social challenge - a challenge we aim to meet by expanding our footprint and reaching more students than ever before.

Why we need you:

We want to provide an outstanding donor experience, bringing donors close to our mission and maintaining long-term relationships.

This is a new role primarily focused on supporting the delivery of our developing major donor programme through events, stewardship support and research. You will support the Partnerships Director, CEO and trustees in developing and maintaining these valuable relationships. You will also work with the wider Partnerships and Communications team to develop creative stewardship and engagement opportunities for a wide variety of supporters.

This is a varied role which could be suited to someone with experience of events management and wanting to forge a broader career in fundraising. This is a great opportunity to develop your fundraising skills in an environment open to learning and innovation.

We’re looking for someone with exceptional organisational skills, event management experience, an eye for detail and who enjoys research and writing. Just as important is creativity and an ability to understand people’s motivations for giving. You will be excited by our mission and the opportunity to bring our supporters closer to their positive impact on the lives of young people.

Events and engagement opportunities:

  • Plan and manage donor cultivation and stewardship events, including dinners, receptions, partnership launches and donor project visits.
  • Work with the wider Partnerships and Communications team to create and manage a calendar of events (face to face and online) to appeal to individual supporters as well as business, universities, and trust & foundation partners.
  • Ensure that appropriate donors, prospects and influencers are invited to cultivation and stewardship events and attend these events where appropriate.
  • Working with the Communications team to produce materials needed for events


  • Carry out research into existing and potential major donors to The Access Project, in line with privacy regulations and charity policy.
  • Working with our individual giving function, identify existing supporters who are prospects for major gifts and a mid-level giving.
  • Ensure the upkeep of a database and filing system on all existing and prospective major donors.

Donor stewardship and development:

  • Develop creative and inspiring stewardship ideas to bring major givers closer to our work.
  • Develop a stewardship plan for supporters able to give in the region of £1,000-£10,000 per year and develop these relationships. Take responsibility for the fulfilment of this mid-value programme, including thanking, stewardship and potential gift up-lift.
  • Develop one-to-one and one-to-few communications to optimise supporter experiences that maximise engagement.


  • Ensure that data security is maintained and that legal and regulatory requirements are fully complied with (such as Data Protection, ICO, Fundraising Regulator and, Institute of Fundraising Regulations).
  • Keep informed of trends and developments in the UK fundraising marketplace and look to other charities for inspiration.

Person Specification:

Experience and knowledge:

  • Proactive and externally focussed, able to spot and create opportunities.
  • Experience of event management.
  • Experience of collating, summarising, and disseminating research.
  • Experience of writing & presenting cases for support, letters, and reports.
  • Experience of using a database to support prospect targeting and relationship management (knowledge of Salesforce is desirable).
  • Previous experience in stewardship or fundraising is desirable but not essential.
  • Understanding of UK education issues is desirable.
  • Design skills and experience of using Canva and/or Adobe Suite products is desirable.

Skills and abilities:

  • Empathetic, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to deal with colleagues and key stakeholders with tact and integrity, including senior contacts.
  • An innovative and creative approach.
  • Ability to prioritise and work on numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Highly organised with good administration skills and attention to detail.

Further Information

Equal Opportunities Statement:

The Access Project is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds. We are working towards improvements with equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Safeguarding Statement:

The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Disclosure of a Criminal Record:

The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 applies to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for employment that involves working with children and young people must disclose anything listed in their criminal record, with the exception of protected cautions and convictions. All Disclosures are carried out in the strictest confidence and are made only in connection with your application for employment and for no other purpose.

The application for a DBS check at a level appropriate to the job role will be activated before your first day of work. Members of staff who are not eligible for a standard or enhanced DBS check are required to undertake a basic DBS check only in line with legal requirements. If you are selected for appointment to the role, you will be subject to this procedure.

Guidance for candidates applying for a job with The Access Project. Please read this carefully BEFORE you start to fill in the application form.

General: Read the full vacancy details carefully before you start. All parts of the application form must be completed.


TAP offers:

  • A great working environment!
  • 25 days annual leave p.a. (pro rata) plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure.
  • PerkBox Perks – offering nationwide shopping discounts, gym memberships, holidays, freebies, learning and much more.
  • Employee Assistance Programme, a 24 hour helpline for staff
  • Online Medical assistance – access 24/7 to a qualified GP within minutes, with referrals and prescriptions available same-day.
  • Interest-free travelcard loans
  • Cyclescheme loans
  • Employer’s pensions contributions (3%)
  • CPD options
  • TAP welcomes requests for flexible working arrangements

TAP is an accredited Living Wage Employer. This is independently calculated each year based on living costs and accredited employers choose to go further by paying all their staff, including subcontracted staff, a real Living Wage which we as a charity adhere to.

Please ensure that you complete all of the application form questions to enable us to shortlist your application for an interview, otherwise it will be disqualified automatically. Resumes and CVs will not be considered.

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Refreshed on: 01 November 2021
Closed date: 10 November 2021
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