Chesham, Buckinghamshire
£26,000 - £28,750 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job outline: Communications and Fundraising Officer

Salary: Scale £26,000 - £28,750 annum
Hours: 35 hours (9-5 Monday-Friday) regular weekend and evenings as required (see Time Off in Lieu policy)
Term: Permanent
Probationary period: 3 months
Based: Chiltern Society Offices in Chesham and across the wider Chilterns
Reports to: Chief Officer
Key relationships: Other staff, Key Volunteers, General Public, External Stakeholders (Prospective Donors, Partner Organisations)
Budget responsibilities: To meet income and awareness targets within agreed annual budgets and 5-year rolling business plans.

Job purpose: 

As part of the Senior Management Team the Fundraising and Communications Officer will support the Chief Officer to deliver all aspects of fundraising, membership and income growth, and to increase the awareness of the Chiltern Society's work both internally and externally.

Our Mission: 

Campaigning - to cut overbearing development, pollution, biodiversity loss, protect our chalk streams and fight climate change. 

Conserving - Chiltern landscapes, nature recovery networks, tranquillity, heritage, footpaths and all rights of way.

Promoting - enjoyment and environmental understanding of the Chilterns and encouraging health and wellbeing.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who loves working within a small dedicated staff and volunteer teams, with strategic partners, local businesses and the general public. The role will provide an opportunity for you to further develop your existing skills in communications,     membership growth and/or charity fundraising. The successful candidate will need to be a self-starter with excellent communication and project management abilities who is confident and flexible. You will be experienced in some or all aspects of the role, loves showing initiative,     and wants to develop within a small, growing, impactful organisation which has big ambitions.

Most importantly we’re looking for someone who will fit well within our small charity staff team, who will not only be able to help grow income and membership, but will be able to work with our volunteers, and raise the profile of the organisation.

We know we’re asking a lot, and we’re probably looking for someone who shows great potential, who has some experience and who would like a stepping stone for a much larger role in the next 3-5 years.

To apply email your CV and cover letter no later than 9.00am on Friday Feb 14th

First round interviews will be on 1 Monday Feb 24th, and second round on Monday March 2nd

JOB DESCRIPTION: Communications and Fundraising Officer

Reports to: Chief Officer (CO) 
Location: Office Based, with regional travel 
Hours: 35 hours (9-5 Monday-Friday) regular weekend and evenings as required (see Time Off in Lieu policy)

It is expected that regular Saturday work will be required, with TOIL provided

Direct Reports: Events and Marketing Coordinator, Office and Events Volunteers 

1. Delivery of fundraising, membership and income growth 
2. Delivery of increase awareness of the Chiltern Society work both internally and externally to all those living and working in and around the Chilterns

Budget responsibilities:

To meet income and awareness targets within agreed annual budgets and 5-year rolling business plans.

Key Responsibilities:

Income Generation

  1. Working with the Chief Officer to develop and deliver a funding and earned income strategy, setting and agreeing priorities to deliver annual income targets. Review, refine and develop existing activities and seek further income sources from new programmes and partners.
  2. Supporting the Chief Officer in the planning, implementation and management of income generating activities.
  3. Fundraising: Planning and promotion of fundraising campaigns: Plan engaging fundraising appeals that resonate with our supporters. Promoting campaigns effectively across a multitude of communication channels to ensure maximum awareness.
  4. Fundraising: Corporate Sponsorship and Giving: Help develop a strategy to generate significant and sustainable additional income streams. Helping maintain long-term relationships with key partners and businesses and help manage those relationships to help ensure future support.
  5. CS Sales: Create and deliver a plan for products, managing the offer to fit with our charitable objectives.

Membership Growth

  1. Create, lead, and deliver recruitment campaigns, to grow membership income above budgeted levels. Develop relationships with members to increase income, via online giving, donations, retail and legacies
  2. Through community engagement and our roadshow ensure significant membership growth at events. It is envisaged the post holder will lead on our weekly roadshow and/or membership recruitment events which aim to recruit upwards of 5 members per week.
  1. Chiltern Magazine and Advertising: Working with the Chief Officer, conservation team, support groups and Editor to develop the impact of the magazine and ensure brand reputation is being upheld. With the assistance of a freelance sales agent drive magazine advertising sales.

Awareness Raising & Marketing

  1. Brand positioning: Working with the Chief Officer to manage all aspects of the brand management across all touch points, online, in print and across all CS sites and activities. Deliver account management of design agencies, website developer, magazine production and all other external marketing support.
  2. Deliver and manage all digital marketing channels: Managing and delivery of all aspects of the website and social media, ensuring they assists awareness, membership and fundraising delivery targets.
  3. Events management oversight and delivery of events programme and major flagship events to ensure that they are run and promoted successfully to delivery and support the charities awareness and income targets.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Skills

  • Customer-focused (internal and external), communications and fundraising professional - Essential
  • Competent with office IT, web content management systems and all forms of social media - Essential
  • Excellent written skills, with knowledge of management reporting and report writing skills - Essential
  • Ability to deliver face to face membership sales and commercial sponsorship packages. - Essential
  • Current UK valid driving licence and with their own car (for weekly business use) - Essential


  • Demonstrable appreciation and general understanding of the CS work across conservation, planning, community and campaigning and with an affinity for the work of the Trust - Desirable
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; able to present information in an effective way to different audiences - Essential
  • Track record of developing new initiatives with at least three years successful track record in communications, sales and/or fundraising development - Desirable
  • Experience of project management and budget processes - Desirable
  • Ability to achieve significant income through securing new business - Essential
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills - Essential
  • Proactive, innovative and highly organised - Essential
  • Experience of working and leading volunteers - Desirable
  • Experience of working with external clients or stakeholders within a business or charity environment - Desirable

Abilities and Personal Attributes

  • Willing to work weekends and occasionally evenings - Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines - Essential
  •  Ability to deal with the public, CS members and volunteers in a friendly and professional manner in a variety of situations - Essential
  • Team player, with the ability to work co-operatively with others as part of a team - Essential


More about The Chiltern Society
The Chiltern Society

We are an Environmental Charity and the voice of all those championing the Chilterns and our Countryside

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Refreshed on: 03 February 2020
Closed date: 14 February 2020
Tags: Communications, PR, Fundraising

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