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We are recruiting: Fundraising Officer

Last Reviewed 10/07/2019

By Jan Bochinski

Job Title: Fundraising Officer
Responsible to: Fundraising Manager
Salary: £22,712 – £25,877 depending on experience
Terms: Permanent (on passing probationary period)
Benefits: 33 paid holiday days per year (inclusive of bank holidays) plus employer contribution to pension
Contract: Full time, 35 hours a week
Located: Genetic Alliance UK, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH

Genetic Alliance UK

We are the national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. We are an alliance of over 200 patient organisations. We conduct psychosocial and economic research and we are experts in health policy. Our aim is to ensure that high-quality services, information and support are provided to all who need them. We actively support research and innovation across the field of genetic medicine. This is an exciting time to join Genetic Alliance UK as our new and ambitious strategy brings opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion across the organisation.

In addition to supporting our members, Genetic Alliance UK also runs following long-term projects:

Rare Disease UK  a multi-stakeholder coalition brought together to work with Government to implement the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases and improve access to treatment and care. 

SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) – the only UK based network providing information and support to families of children and young people who have undiagnosed genetic conditions.

To succeed in our work, we need to grow our community fundraising income across Genetic Alliance UK, SWAN UK and Rare Disease UK. This role is pivotal to that success.

The post

The Fundraising Officer is a central role within the organisation and will work cross-departmentally with our Rare Disease UK and SWAN UK teams to support fundraisers across all areas of our work. Reporting to the Fundraising Manager, the successful candidate will encourage community fundraising, spot fundraising opportunities and trends and capitalise on them. They will also be responsible for all aspects of fundraising administration and provide the first point of contact for fundraisers interested in supporting our work.

This is an exciting role for an enthusiastic and proactive individual who wants to establish and develop their career in charitable fundraising. For the right candidate this is an opportunity to gain substantial experience delivering a range of fundraising activities while working in a supportive environment and within a wider organisational strategy. Regular training will be provided.

The role is based at our offices at Genetic Alliance UK, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH. However, there will be occasional travel across the UK to support events and there will be some flexibility to work from home after passing the six-month probationary period.

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

Key responsibilities

  1. Supporting fundraisers to plan their own events and activities.
  2. Advising on health and safety, event planning and budgeting to make our fundraisers feel valued and ensure their events are financially successful.
  3. Keeping up-to-date records and giving timely recognition of donations.
  4. In charge of all aspects of administering the fundraising programme, making sure that banking and thanking are done in a timely and appropriate manner and acting as the first point of contact for fundraisers. You will also be expected to create financial reports of income and expenditure, and keep accurate and up-to-date records of all fundraising activities and donations.
  5. Creating fundraising communications to encourage greater participation.
  6. Working with the communications team to strict deadlines to ensure that fundraising is well promoted and the success of fundraisers is celebrated to encourage greater take-up of fundraising activities. You will be expected to regularly produce content for social media, e-news and the website.
  7. Representing the charity at events hosted by community and corporate supporters.
  8. Showcasing the work of the organisation and confident in speaking at events about our work to connect fundraisers to our cause and encourage fundraising.
  9. Developing engaging national fundraising campaigns.
  10. Thinking creatively, developing action plans and budgets to support national campaigns like Undiagnosed Children’s Day and Rare Disease Day. You will be able to understand the diverse needs and abilities of our community and create accessible fundraising initiatives that work for a geographically dispersed supporter base.
  11. Maintaining relationships with key suppliers.
  12. Understanding and maintaining relationships with external suppliers for fundraising e.g. Great Run, Just Giving etc. to ensure that we are abreast of any new trends and developments, or promotional opportunities.
  13. Producing and keeping track of merchandise and promotional materials
  14. Creating, ordering and managing a range of promotional materials and merchandise for the fundraising programme, including overseeing updates to fundraising packs and other printed and online fundraising materials.

Person specification

Education and qualifications

  • Graduate or equivalent experience.
  • Good level of IT literacy, including a good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Google Suite and social media.

Essential qualities, skills and experience

  • Experience of organising and supporting events and/or community fundraising in a voluntary or paid role.
  • An empathetic attitude and enthusiasm for understanding of the complexities and impact genetic, rare and undiagnosed conditions can have on family life.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to plan ahead, keep records, manage deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise your use of time.
  • An outgoing, enthusiastic and helpful personality.
  • A creative approach to fundraising and events. 
  • Great customer service skills, the ability to recognise and meet the needs of individuals and to manage expectations when required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and oral.
  • Numeracy and the ability to understand basic financial information.
  • Ability to work in a team as well as to use individual initiative and judgement.
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.

Desirable qualities, skills and experience

  • Completion of a professional fundraising programme or training course.
  • Experience of managing budgets, forecasting income and financial reporting.
  • Experience in a healthcare or disability charity.
  • Experience of creating content for a range of communications channels.
  • An understanding of genetic, undiagnosed and other rare conditions, their impact on patients and families, and how being affected might act as a motivation for fundraising.
  • Experience of managing a charity accounts for fundraising suppliers like Just Giving or other fundraising sites.

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) including some overnight stays.

How to apply

  • Deadline for applications: 09:00, Wednesday 31 July 2019.
  • Interview date and place:  Wednesday 7 August 2019 during office hours at our address: Genetic Alliance UK, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH.
  • Start date: Monday 29 August 2019 (or as soon as possible after this date).

Please apply by email to Fundraising Manager Jan Bochinski at [email protected]

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”. This role will be subject to a DBS check.

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