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We are recruiting: Fundraising Officer

Last Reviewed 19/06/2018

By Eva Peters

Job title: Fundraising Officer

Responsible to: Director of Fundraising & Communications

Salary: £25,103 per annum (£15,062 pro rata)

Benefits: 36 paid holiday days per year (pro rata), plus employer contribution to pension

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

Located: CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH

Purpose of the role:

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 Director of Fundraising and Communications, and working closely with the Director of Support, 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 in 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 a drive to help people with rare, genetic and undiagnosed conditions, and are looking for a deserving charity for you to develop your skills, then we want to hear from you. 

Principle duties:

Supporting fundraisers to plan their own events and activities

Advising on health and safety, event planning and budgeting to make our fundraisers feel valued and ensure their events are financially successful.

Keeping up-to-date records and giving timely recognition of donations

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.

Creating fundraising communications to encourage greater participation

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.

Representing the charity at events hosted by community and corporate supporters

Showcasing the work of the organisation and confident in speaking at events about our work to connect fundraisers to our cause and encourage fundraising.

Developing engaging national fundraising campaigns

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.

Maintaining relationships with key suppliers

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.

Producing and keeping track of merchandise and promotional materials

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 standard business software, 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.
  • 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 written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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 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’s 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, and additional hours around our national campaigns.
  • Willingness to travel (in the UK).

To apply:

Please apply by email to: with the subject heading ‘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: 

9am, Monday 16 July 2018.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 July 2018, during office hours. Interviews will take place in Central London.

You can download this job description here.

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