BH21 5PZ

£32,000.00 - £40,000 per year

Permanent, Full-time

Fundraising and Communications Manager

Job Description

We have created an exciting new role to help lead our Marketing and Fundraising team. Following our 3 year strategy, you will be key helping identify and increase income from a variety of avenues predominately through our Individual Giving programmes, Trusts and Foundations and Legacies. 

About Us

WVS is an exciting and forward thinking charity based in Cranborne, Dorset. We're about saving lives - animals and people - and provide veterinary resources all over the world - especially in countries where veterinary aid and assistance are limited. We do this by deploying teams of vets and vet nurses, as well as by sending equipment and supplies to help struggling organisations on the front line of animal welfare. We also train vets - we have established three international training centres (two in India, one in Thailand) and we work on one health projects such as strategic rabies elimination campaigns with Governments and NGOs all over the world. 

Last year, WVS treated over 80,000 animals, trained over 650 vets, deployed teams of vets all over the world, and sent over 900 parcels of veterinary supplies to over 70 countries. 

We work synergistically with our sister charity, Mission Rabies. This charity was established by WVS and sends teams to global rabies hotspots.  Despite being 100% vaccine preventable, rabies is still the world’s most deadly zoonotic disease. It kills 59,000 people annually, most of whom are children. As 99% of all human rabies cases are caused by infected dog bites, Mission Rabies follow World Health Organization guidelines to run mass canine vaccination programmes in Ghana, India, Malawi, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Tanzania. To date we have vaccinated nearly 1,000,000 dogs and rabies educated over 2 million children in the last three years. We have virtually eliminated child rabies deaths in several of our project sites as a result of our projects.

Both charities run from the same office and this position will have cross over between the two. Reporting directly to the Director of Education and Communication, the successful applicant will work alongside the senior leadership team and take responsibility for the overall fundraising activities, managing junior staff accordingly. They will ensure that the delivery of fundraising campaigns supports the implementation of the strategic framework. The successful candidate will promote collaborative working to increase fundraising opportunities and ensure all related activity is compliant. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Fundraising and Communications Manager will have the central objective to grow current income streams and build a sustainable regular income base for both charities. 

  • To develop and deliver an integrated fundraising strategy encompassing all income streams - building on the groundwork which has already been carried out and implementing an insight and innovation led approach to their fundraising
  • To co-ordinate and plan fundraising activity in line with strategic plan 
  • To line manage our fundraising officer and marketing team 
  • Provide excellent donor care for fundraisers, donors and members in line with a reviewed Stewardship programme you will be expected to oversee
  • Oversee fundraising administration including welcome packs, mailings, appeals, materials and answering fundraising queries. 
  • Focus on increasing our individual supporters and membership scheme donors by maximising retention of existing members and donors and recruiting new ones.
  • Assist with writing and sending grant applications. 
  • Attend events to promote the work of WVS and increase individual involvement. 
  • Keep and maintain our supporter database using our CRM system ThankQ making sure it is up to date and in line with GDPR regulations. 
  • To oversee the promotion WVS/MR along a multitude of mediums both online and offline.
  • Some administrative tasks (ad hoc) and junior support tasks.
  • Assist Senior Leadership Team in charity operations if and when needed. 

Skills and Experience Required

  • Experience of leading the growth of fundraised income for a charity
  • Experience across a wide variety of income streams
  • Experience of managing large income and expenditure budgets
  • Experience of leading, motivating and managing a team to deliver targets
  • Experience of managing the ThankQ CRM system.
  • Excellent written communication.
  • Self–motivated with the ability to manage, multi-task and work on multiple projects at once in a quick-paced environment.
  • Good team player with a passion and willingness to build up your own corner of the organsiation. 
  • Attention to detail and pride in delivering high-quality work.
  • Creative thinker with solid experience in creating engaging content.
  • Excellent communication skills with a willingness to talk to lots of people about the work we do! 
  • Excellent understanding of Microsoft Office.

Applicants must have an interest in animal welfare!