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We are recruiting: Trust Fundraising Officer

Last Reviewed 23/01/2018

By Eva Peters

Job title: Trust Fundraising Officer

Responsible to: Director of Fundraising & Communications

Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 per annum (pro rata), depending upon experience

Benefits: 33 paid holiday days per year, plus employer contribution to pension

Contract: Permanent, part-time (21 hours a week), with the opportunity to become full-time

Located: Home working with meeting in Central London

Purpose of the role:

The Trust Fundraising Officer will work cross-departmentally with Rare Disease UK, SWAN UK and across our membership and public engagement teams to secure financial support from trusts and foundations. Reporting to the Director of Fundraising and Communications the successful candidate will research potential funders, write compelling and succinct bids, keep accurate records and report the impact of our work in a timely manner to funders. Additionally, the successful candidate will lead on award applications, ensuring that the quality of our charity output is publically recognised, thereby enhancing our reputation with funders.

This is an exciting role with the successful candidate developing a new area of fundraising for our organisation that we know has a huge financial potential. We are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive and methodical individual who wants to develop their career in bid writing. For the right candidate this is an opportunity to gain substantial experience and to work in a growing fundraising team within an ambitious and successful charity.

The role is mostly based from home with regular meeting at our offices: Genetic Alliance UK, Level 3, Barclay House, 37 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BH. There will be occasional travel across the UK to support events and activities as required.

If you have a drive to help people with genetic, undiagnosed and rare conditions and are looking for a deserving charity for you to develop your skills, we want to hear from you. 

Principle duties:

Researching potential funders

With over 9000 independent trust and foundations in the UK looking for charities to support that fulfil their aims, you will have strong research and sifting skills to find those relevant to our work. Informed by colleagues of their project/funding priorities, you will develop strong cases of support. You will look for suitable funders, pay close attention to their objectives and research projects that they have previously supported, to give our bids the best possible chance of success.

Writing compelling and succinct bids

In charge of producing funding bids for the entire charity, you will articulately demonstrate our work within strict word limits. Using the quantitative and qualitative data we have for our projects, and drawing on the knowledgeable staff team, you will write persuasive applications for small to large funders.  

Keeping accurate records

You will keep accurate records of funders you have applied to, the stages of the application process and ultimately whether we have been successful or not. You will be required to report this on a monthly basis. You will establish a database to prompt regular reminders for resubmitting applications and providing information.  

Reporting impact in a timely manner

Responsible for all reporting to trust funders on promised deliverables of your projects, you will work closely with the staff teams involved in project delivery to ensure that funders are kept well informed and receive prompt feedback on any questions of requests. To build lasting relationships with funders, you will make sure they receive regular updates, important documents such as Annual Report’s for example, and get invited to relevant events.

Leading on award applications

Winning industry awards makes our charity more attractive to funders and raises our reputation within the sector. You will identify awards that give us an opportunity to showcase our output and successes, and submit convincing applications.

Supporting the fundraising team

As part of a small fundraising team, you will occasionally be required to represent the charity at events – this could be at a corporate networking event, a community fundraising activity or information day.

Person specification:

Education and qualifications

  • Graduate or equivalent experience.
  • Good level of IT literacy, including a good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Essential qualities, skills and experience

  • Exceptional command of written English with a creative flair.
  • Experience of writing compelling text with diverse and sometimes complex subject matter in an accessible way.
  • Ability to write to strict word counts.
  • A proactive, methodical and thorough approach.
  • A friendly and helpful personality, a natural relationship builder.
  • Strong research skills with the ability to sift information and data.
  • Numeracy and the ability to understand basic financial information.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to plan ahead; keep records, manage deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time.
  • Ability to work alone at home and use own initiative and judgment.
  • Desire to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.

Desirable qualities, skills and experience

  • Experience of writing successful funding bids and/or award applications.
  • An understanding of genetic, undiagnosed and other rare conditions, or wider health related issues.
  • Experience of using trust fundraising tools successfully, eg
  • Experience in a healthcare charity.
  • Experience of managing relationships with funders.
  • Experience of talking at events and networking.

Additional requirements

  • Undertaking any other duties that may reasonably be required on behalf of Genetic Alliance UK.
  • Working occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to travel (in the UK).

To apply:

Please apply by email to: with the subject heading ‘Trust Fundraising Officer.’

Your application should include your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like this job and why you are a suitable candidate. Both of these should be attachments to your email and as PDF or Microsoft Word format. Please include your name on the document titles eg ‘JohnSmithcv.pdf’ and ‘JohnSmithcoverletter.pdf’.

Application deadline: 

9 am, Monday 19 February 2018.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 27 February 2018, during office hours. Interviews will take place in Central London.

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