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We are seeking a seasoned fundraising professional with a passion for making a meaningful impact on some of the poorest children in the world. We are on the lookout for an experienced, organised and well-networked individual to join our team and drive our growth by identifying and securing grants from a diverse range of Trusts and Foundations in excess of £120,000 per annum.
We are a team of passionate volunteers in the UK and Tanzania who are dedicated to alleviating the extreme poverty that thousands of children in our partner communities face. In 10 years, our team of volunteers have fundraised over £700,000 (approximately 50% of which has come from Trusts and Foundations) and empowered over 25,000 children through our work.
The need for our support in Tanzania, whether that’s constructing new classrooms, delivering menstruation programmes or installing clean water, is growing. We have active partnerships with 9 rural government schools with engaged communities and have several projects planned at each school. We need help from the Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser to raise the funds to implement these projects over the next few years alongside our other sources of income.
Managing our existing portfolio consisting primarily of Trusts and Foundations giving between £5k-£50k
Write compelling, concise, well-presented, tailored grant applications in Google Docs.
Research and develop new trusts, foundations and corporates.
Report on progress of current prospects through the fundraising cycle
Work with the Founding Director with reporting to Trust and Foundation funders that you’ve had success.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all fundraising activity, including proposals, applications, and donor interactions
Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the charity’s activities and programmes to be able to communicate effectively with stakeholders and potential funders
Knowledge, skills & experience required
Minimum 3 years’ experience in a grant fundraising role, with a successful track record of regularly securing 4 and 5-figure grants.
Excellent attention to detail.
Knowledge of funding databases and other sources of potential funders
Proven organisational skills with experience in managing multiple tasks and prioritising effectively.
Excellent and engaging written communication skills and ability to adapt style to suit a wide range of supporters.
Confident interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including diplomacy and negotiating skills.
Ability to deal with people at all levels and from a wide range of backgrounds.
Flexible, can-do attitude and good team player
Ability to work independently to general guidelines, with the capability to use initiative and seize opportunities.
Strong IT literacy and adept in making funding applications online. Training will be provided in Slack/Canva but must be familiar with MS Office and Google Suites
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Interest in international work that supports children living in extreme poverty.
Experience of developing fundraising budgets.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
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- Working pattern: 4 or 5 days per week, flexible working can be discussed
- Location: Home-based but a successful applicant will need to spend significant time in the UK and Ghana
- Salary: Commensurate with small and early stage charity
- Duration: Permanent
- Reporting to: Chair of the Board of Trustees
EduSpots is a UK and Ghanaian registered organisation which connects, trains, and equips local volunteers to drive sustainable community-led change through education centres named ‘Spots’. Together, we are creating a movement of community-based educators. Since 2016, through working with over 300 local volunteers, we have supported nearly 50 communities in creating community-led education spaces (libraries) named ‘Spots’, with an aim to move them towards our ‘Dream Spot Model’.
EduSpots is in an exciting period of development, with multi-year unrestricted funding gained in 2022/23, our new Ignite Programme launched in 2023, and new Catalyse Programme launching in 2024, both with grant support from competitive trusts and foundations. We won the Tes International Award in 2018, the Big Give Supporters’ Choice Award in 2022 and were selected as a finalist for the Their World Innovation Prize in 2023.
In the context of these developments, it is important that EduSpots moves towards a clearer segregation of responsibilities and accountability processes between trustees and staff, through the recruitment of a leader for the staff team.
About this role
The CEO will provide leadership to the EduSpots staff and volunteer team across the UK and Ghana, whilst maintaining a strong link with, and accountability to, the Board of Trustees. They will guide EduSpots through an exciting period of growth, ensuring that our strategy, funding and systems enable us to build a strong foundation for future scaling of impact. The CEO should have excellent knowledge of educational delivery in international contexts. They will need to be a committed, hands-on team player with a genuine passion for educational equity and community-driven models of development. They will require a deep understanding of both the UK charity governance and funding landscape, and of working at a community level across Ghana.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, supporting the creation and delivery of a clear vision, theory of change, ensuring clarity of direction, goals and responsibilities across the staff team and wider network of volunteers.
- Lead a team of over 30 staff, interns and peer mentors, including directly line managing the Head of Development (UK), Head of Staff and Professional Development (Ghana), Head of Partnerships (Ghana) and education programme leads (Ghana), proactivity seeking strategies to ensure strong and values aligned team members are recruited and supported in their professional development.
- Promote a positive work ethic and culture across the organisation, in line with the collectively agreed organisational values.
- Manage relationships with key donors, partners, government officials and trust funds, engage in extensive networking with trust funds and other potential income streams. Lead on large, strategic fundraising applications.
- Oversee the fundraising strategy for the organisation working closely with the Head of Partnerships, Head of Development, and Trusts and Foundations Manager.
- Lead the development of the core education, programmes and operational model at the heart of EduSpots’ impact and strategic development, and related organisational policies, systems and procedures.
- Oversee the development of the annual budget, ensuring that EduSpots’ financial expenditure is in line with agreed aims, and that financial procedures are created and followed.
- Act as the staff safeguarding lead for EduSpots UK, working closely with the Safeguarding Lead in Ghana.
- Lead on the relationship with the trustees, ensuring clear information is provided to enable strong governance of the organisation.
- Consistently manage risk effectively to ensure the long-term interests of the wider EduSpots’ network and model are preserved.
- Actively promote the organisation’s work through their networks, at external events and through wider communications opportunities. Act as an advocate for community-led models of education and their benefits.
Desired Skills / Experience
Knowledge & Experience
- A successful track record of leadership in the field of education and/or community development.
- Experience working in an international non-profit organisation, ideally with exposure to a various areas of work including programmes, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and communications.
- Significant experience in line management and team management, with demonstrated ability to develop staff skills.
- Deep knowledge of community development, education programming, curriculum development and pedagogy.
- A solid understanding of charity governance and funding in the UK.
- Experience of living and working in Ghana, particularly in rural communities.
- Experience developing and delivering on organisational strategies.
- Experience of fundraising and communications within a charity context.
- Experience of holding significant budget responsibility and of making effective use of organisational resources.
Personal Qualities & Skills
- A genuine passion for our educational model, and community-driven development.
- Ability to work in a very fast-paced, ambitious team.
- A strong listener and team player, aligned with our collaborative model of organisational development.
- Strong leadership skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to create positive working relationships and mentor staff, volunteers, and a range of stakeholders at all levels in a cross-cultural environment.
- Strong networking and presentation skills.
- An understanding of the value of power analysis, ensuring that community-based decision-making is at the heart of our model.
- Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to create and foster a culture of respect, honesty and commitment to our values and organisational aims.
To apply, please submit your CV and a maximum one-page cover letter to the Chair of Trustees - see details by clicking on "How to Apply". Please note we may appoint early if suitable applications/candidate profiles are received.
EduSpots recognises the strength that comes in diversity. We are committed to an environment of respect where opportunities are available to all. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or any other protected group.
This role is subject to a Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS) check.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Part-time CEO (6-8 days per month) – Remote – Freelance
We are currently recruiting for a part-time CEO to run Alma Mater Education, a UK-based charity with an established school in the Ashanti region of Ghana. We provide an excellent and comprehensive secondary education to three year-groups, with teaching capacity and accommodation for up to 500 students.
Who we are: Alma Mater Education (Wioso Senior High School) was established in 2015 by a small UK-based charity. Our mission is to provide a holistic education, with access to future tertiary and employment pathways, in a rural area of Ghana where education provision at this level is unavailable. The school has already achieved academic excellence, with results in the top 5% in the country. Our infrastructure has been improved and extended over the years, and we now have the capacity to provide three years of secondary education (including food and accommodation) for up to 500 students. Alma Mater Education has developed an inclusive and student-focused approach to ensure that our students reach their maximum potential, both academically and in extra-curricular activities.
Attached to the school is a 25-acre organic farm, an integral part of our project, which supplies fresh produce for our school feeding programme, and has the potential to provide additional income for the school. Our students become familiar with organic agricultural practices, and some go on to scholarships in a nearby agricultural college.
What we’re looking for: We’re looking for a CEO to oversee the operation of the charity. This part-time role requires an understanding of our mission and values, as well as flexibility, integrity, and excellent interpersonal skills. A successful candidate will have experience in international development (ideally working in Africa), education and fundraising, with some financial and charitable accounting experience. It involves weekly communication with the management team at the school, and regular reporting to our charity Chair/Board of Trustees, as well as managing the relationships with our existing and potential donors – both private and trusts/foundations. It would require one or two week-long trips to the school per year.
· Weekly communication with and support of the management of the school (in areas such as payroll, HR, pastoral care and safeguarding, fundraising, partnerships, including academic support to headteacher and teachers)
· Create pathways for students post graduation and develop links with similar schools
Marketing and Fundraising
· Create a rolling marketing and fundraising plan ‒ estimated annual target of £50k‒£60k
· Donor, supporter and patron management ‒ communications and reporting
· Develop proposals and applications for institutional funding
Finance and Compliance
· Maintain accurate financial records of all transactions
· Ensure annual returns are filed in accordance with regulations
· Manage finance systems through the project director and ensure compliance in all Ghana activities
· Produce annual and quarterly management finance reports, budget and cashflow forecasts
· Regular communication with charity Chair/Board of Trustees
· Coordinate Board activity – fundraising, partnerships, marketing – and meetings
· Deliver quarterly reports of financial and other activity to the Board
· Develop operational efficiencies, and effect a plan to secure maximum revenue from land
· Build a network of local and international buyers, and connect with like-minded institutions
This is a perfect part-time role for a dynamic self-starter who will bring fresh ideas to our charity, who is highly motivated by our mission to deliver a fantastic all-round education for our students, and who will be instrumental in our achieving financial self-sufficiency in the longer term.
To apply (deadline Friday 15th March 2024):
We require a detailed CV and covering letter, no more than two pages long, explaining why you are interested in the post, and how your skills and experience may be applied to it. We will be assessing applications on a rolling basis.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.