VSO is the world's leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world's poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We're not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.
This is an exciting opportunity for a major gifts fundraiser and prospect researcher to make their mark on an established philanthropy programme and transform the lives of people living in poverty around the world through VSO's vital work.
Reporting directly to the Major Gifts Manager along with another Philanthropy Officer, you will cultivate relationships with a pool of warm and lapsed donors with significant untapped potential, strengthening and uplifting relationships to grow unrestricted and restricted income and ensure the delivery of the team's income targets.
As Philanthropy Officer, you will engage with new and existing major donors and small trusts and foundations, developing compelling communications and cases for support, which generate significant funds for VSO's core programme areas of health, education and livelihoods. You will regularly represent VSO externally to donors and key stakeholders, organising and attending events and face to face meetings. There may also be the opportunity to travel and accompany donors on project visits.
In your capacity as prospect researcher, you will also be responsible for identifying new trust and major donor prospects, research and write donor summaries and event briefings, and work with colleagues to develop strong cultivation and solicitation plans to strengthen VSO's relationships with our supporters. You will use your expertise in data protection best practice and Raiser's Edge to improve VSO's supporter record management to ensure a first-class stewardship experience.
Skills, qualifications and experience
You are a highly motivated individual, with a passion for international development, who thrives on engaging and cultivating relationships with donors.
You enjoy working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and have a proven track record of delivering against targets, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Working in close liaison with colleagues throughout VSO, you will leverage your relationship-building and writing skills to inspire donors about VSO's work around the world to increase major donor and trust engagement and income.
A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate
- A strong understanding of the principles of Major Gift fundraising
- A track record of developing successful proposals and compelling cases of support for high value donors, particularly Trusts and Foundations
- Exceptional relationship building skills, with experience of personally engaging and cultivating prospects to give significant funds.
- Experience of effective project management and reporting
This role would be best suited to someone who is proactive, with the ability to work independently and take initiative. The successful candidate will be resilient and adaptive to new situations and new information; able to work with teams to facilitate positive change and forge high performing working relationships. You will alsobe able to develop, seek and share knowledge in right time with right people and take a compassionate and empathetic approach to your work.
Think you've got the skills and the passion? Get in touch; we'd love to hear from you. Please submit your application as soon as possible, as we reserve the right to change the closing date of our vacancies.
Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
* Ability to be open minded and respectful
* Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
* Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
* Ability to seek and share knowledge
? support VSO's vision - a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential
? can offer professional experience to contribute to VSO's goals
? have a positive approach and enjoy working in a diverse environment
? welcome new challenges and deal with them in a flexible, open-minded way
We can offer:
? a workplace that encourages learning and development
? an opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds
? competitive compensation and benefits
? a chance to combine your professional skills with a good cause.
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure you have the right to work in the UK before you apply.
VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications, as such we may interview as soon as suitable applications are received.