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Children with Cancer UK
£50,000 per year
We are looking for an experienced Head of Special Events, Sports and Community to lead our Events, Sports and Community Teams.
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Bone Cancer Research Trust
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£25,214 per year (negotiable for the right candidate)
We're looking for an exceptional fundraiser with a flair for building relationships! If this is you, we'd like to hear from you!

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Holborn, Greater London
£50,000 per year
Contract, Temporary, 12 Months (Maternity Cover), Full-time
Job description

12 Months Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover)

Role to Start 1st July 2021

Main purpose of position

The Head of Events, Sports and Community will lead the development of the Special Events, Sports Events and Community Fundraising for Children with Cancer UK.

COVID-19 saw the majority of our events cancelled or postponed, resulting in a 57% income decrease in the 2020 financial year compared with 2019 across Events, Sports and Community fundraising. The post holder will lead a team of nine to deliver our 2021-2023 strategy to get back to pre-pandemic income, £4.549m from Sports Events and £2.641m from Community and Special Events by the end of the 2023 financial year.

Children with Cancer UK

Established in 1988, by our Chairman Eddie O’Gorman, following his youngest son Paul O’Gorman passing away from Acute Lymphoid Leukaemia, ALL, Children with Cancer UK has gone on to become a leading force in paediatric oncology.

In the last 33 years we have raised a staggering £275m in the fight against childhood cancer. Over the years, working with the scientific community, we have made significant breakthroughs in the treatment of ALL, and have contributed to raising survival rates from 63% to 84%. Alongside this we have also invested in patient family accommodation and grants to families, in addition to supporting family days out and welfare programmes throughout the UK, helping children and their families to maintain as normal a life as possible during their treatment.

We are moving into a new phase of growth and are investing in our teams to expand our reach, grow our awareness and deliver greater income to ensure we can continue our fight against childhood cancer. Our leading pillar of work continues to be research into the cause, treatment and cure of this cruel disease, and we will not stop until every child survives.

Key priorities and relationships

Key Responsibilities

  • To deliver the fundraising strategy for Special Events, Sports Events and Community Fundraising.
  • To work collaboratively across the organisation, removing Silo working and engendering a team spirit to maximise fundraising efforts.
  • To build and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders across the charity.
  • To ensure smooth delivery of Children with Cancer UK’s portfolio of events and fundraising activities.
  • To maintain, develop and diversify fundraising activities to maximise ROI.
  • To play an active role in the Children with Cancer UK’s Senior Leadership Team. To contribute to a positive working environment and culture.
  • To remain proactive and adapt to the changing sector.
  • Measure success and impact of the fundraising activities through agreed KPIs and objectives
  • Represent the fundraising team both internally and externally.
  • To develop new or update guidelines or procedures where needed.
  • To ensure that all supporters receive excellent supporter experience.


  • Responsible for setting and delivering departmental yearly budgets and completing quarterly reforecasts. Providing budgetary commentary for the CEO and Trustees.
  • To analyse monthly income and expenditure progress against budgets. Providing commentary for monthly management pack identifying any problems (actual or potential) and remedial steps.
  • To ensure all campaigns and events have KPIs and objectives, reporting on these on a regular basis.


  • Lead and inspire a team of nine fundraisers ensuring consistent communications across the department.
  • To carry out regular one to ones and half yearly performance appraisals for team.
  • Develop excellent working relationships across the Children with Cancer UK teams
  • Monitor current fundraising environment and trends to identify new fundraising opportunities

Additional responsibilities

  • Public speaking; prepare and deliver presentations to staff, supporters and key stakeholders.
  • Undertake any other duties that are relevant to the job requested by the line manager.

Person Specification

Skills / Abilities

  • Experience of managing a Fundraising Team
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills and an ability to work with a variety of stakeholders
  • Public speaking
  • Demonstrable success in increasing fundraising income targets
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes, such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel


  • Experience of setting and managing budgets
  • Line management experience
  • Experience building relationship with variety of stakeholders
  • Understanding of the Sports events, Community Fundraising and Special Events.
  • Experience using Raiser’s Edge

Other requirements

  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • A self-starter who is able to work independently and uses judgement to make day to day decisions without referral
  • Well organised with a systematic approach
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a team and contribute to a positive working environment and culture
  • Creative and innovative

At Children with Cancer UK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Application Instructions

In order for your application to be considered, please attach both your CV and Cover Letter. This is mandatory.

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Children with Cancer UK

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children's charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.&n... Read more

Posted on: 13 May 2021
Closing date: 27 May 2021
Tags: Fundraising
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