Post Title: Trust Fundraising Manager
Reports to: Head of Operations
Salary: £28,000 – £30,000 per annum pro rata
Location: Aylesbury (office based with flexibility to work from home on
occasion e.g. writing major applications)
Hours of Work: Part-Time 22.5 hours per week (flexible over 3-5 days)
Holidays: 25 days p.a. pro rata plus bank holidays and 2 additional wellbeing days pro rata
Probation: 6 months
ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MIND
Buckinghamshire Mind was founded in 1914 as Buckinghamshire Association for Mental Health. The charity is independent and responsible for its own governance and income generation. We are proud to be affiliated to national Mind (the leading mental health charity in England and Wales) and to play our part in a diverse network of over 140 other local Mind associations.
Buckinghamshire Mind shares National Mind’s vision: “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.” It remains our mission to deliver high quality community-based services across Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire to reach out and ensure everyone with a mental health problem gets access to the help they need.
Working from offices in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe we provide high quality services to some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of society. Services include: wellbeing activity groups and peer support, older adults’ dementia support, Safe Haven crisis service, befriending, community partnership outreach services, peer support in schools’ projects, employment support and counselling.
Buckinghamshire Mind has over 500 volunteers (including 400 peer ambassadors/mentors in schools and over 100 in befriending partnerships). These dedicated individuals support our passionate staff team alongside an active service user council, who all ensure our services are tailored to need and are of the highest quality. Further information can be found at: www.bucksmind.org.uk.
Purpose of the Role
This is an exciting time of growth and distinction for our Charity. We delivered our 2016-2019 strategic goals boldly and ahead of schedule and are currently pulling together a new strategic blueprint for the future. This role is being created to support our vision for our strategic ambitions.
We are looking to expand and diversify funding sources across all income streams. We have been growing income from trusts and foundations over the past 4 years and now we have a number of regular supporters and are looking to nurture these relationships alongside building relationships with new supporters. To do this we are seeking to recruit a dynamic Trust Fundraiser to join our growing and flourishing Charity.
The postholder will support the Head of Operations in the delivery of the Trusts and Foundations fundraising strategy with the aim of diversifying income streams and ensuring the sustainability of Buckinghamshire Mind. You will contribute to our fundraising income by identifying and maximising on opportunities for generating income from trusts and foundations.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Trust Fundraiser. You will require a positive can-do attitude with the ability to deliver excellent quality of work under time pressure.
We are happy to consider flexible working hours for the right candidate.
• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and 2 wellbeing days pro rata
• Training and development opportunities
• Sodexo employee benefits – access to a portal with discounts on supermarket shops, holidays, high-street shops, days out, cinema and gym membership
• Cycle to work scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme – free professional confidential counselling
• Childcare vouchers
• Annual leave purchase scheme
• Flu vaccinations
• Free eye tests
• Pension: Auto Enrolment (currently 5% employee contribution, 3% employer contribution
Tasks will vary from week-to-week depending on priorities, but regular tasks will include:
• Research and identify trusts and foundations whose interests align closely with Buckinghamshire Mind’s vision to maximise long term support for our services.
• Be familiar with Buckinghamshire Mind’s projects and services and identify those which will attract significant support from identified Trusts and Foundations.
• Nurture internal and external stakeholder relationships to identify connections and interests that may lead to funding opportunities.
• Work with our Service User Council to understand the need for, and impact of, our services. Ensure high levels of meaningful service user involvement are an integral component of applications for funding.
• Prepare and submit compelling applications and budgets for funding.
• Work closely with the Finance Manager to ensure appropriate budgets are prepared for applications.
• Manage and nurture relationships with trusts and foundations, to maximise long term support.
• Coordinate meetings with funders (on occasion represent Buckinghamshire Mind; briefing other attendees where appropriate) and attend networking meetings as agreed with the Head of Operations.
• Work closely with the Fundraising and Communications Officer to ensure grants are acknowledged in accordance with funder requirements.
• Work collaboratively with the Operational Team Leads to ensure grants are spent in accordance with funders’ wishes and appropriate feedback is recorded and reported.
• Meet the reporting requirements of successful applications.
• Support the Fundraising and Communications Officer with applications to companies and community groups as required.
• Support the Head of Operations in responding to larger tendering opportunities.
• Work collaboratively with the Fundraising and Communications Officer; sharing knowledge and skills to benefit the wider organisation.
• Notify the Finance Manager promptly of outcomes of applications and ensure that all relevant funding financial information is communicated and processed appropriately.
• Maintain an accurate record of all grants received, bids made and prospective charitable trusts.
• Assist the Head of Operations to produce quarterly trust and foundations activity reports for the board and monthly reports for SMT meetings.
• Provide regular updates to the Head of Operations.
• Undertake such duties not included in the job description as are reasonably requested by the Head of Operations.
• This role may involve out of hours working and a willingness to work flexibly is required.
Candidates are required to meet all the essential conditions and requirements listed (E) and the majority of the desired requirements (D). Please refer to these requirements in your supporting statement as they will be used to help select candidates for interview.
Qualifications and experience
• Proven ability to research funding opportunities from trust and foundations (E)
• 2 years relevant experience (E)
• Proven ability to write creative and compelling cases for support and applications for funding (E)
• Relevant qualifications or training in trust fundraising (D)
• Have a comprehensive understanding of the current and emerging requirements for fundraising from trusts and foundations (D)
• Articulate, with strong written and verbal communication skills (E)
• Excellent organisation, prioritisation and time management skills (E)
• Experience in using a CRM system (D)
• Competent in Microsoft applications and IT literate (E)
• Able to work to challenging targets and tight deadlines (E)
• Creative, flexible, adaptable and imaginative (D)
• Knowledge of and empathy for the issues facing people with mental health problems (E)
• Knowledge of the trusts and foundations that support mental health causes (D)
• Excellent communication skills and able to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences (E)
• Commitment to service user involvement (E)
• Committed to eliminating discrimination and stigma (E)
• Strives to create equal opportunities for all people (E)
• Positively supports the aims and work of Buckinghamshire Mind (E)
• Commitment to working within the policies of Buckinghamshire Mind including equal opportunities and confidentiality (E)
• Positive attitude, passionate about working for Buckinghamshire Mind (E)
• Team player and able to form positive, professional relationships with staff at all levels (E)
• Creative approach in identifying appropriate opportunities to take Buckinghamshire Mind forward (D)
• Ability to work independently with minimum support (E)
• Has a full driving licence and use of own vehicle (work related mileage will be paid) (D)
VERY IMPORTANT: a comprehensive C.V. is essential, and applicants should also send a covering letter which includes a ‘Supporting Statement’ and must structure their statement by responding to each of the points listed in the Person Specification / Selection Criteria. Please let us know what skills and experience you have to match this criterion. The short-listing panel make their decisions based on this information and no assumptions about your skills or experience will be made.
Closing date for applications: 5pm 25th September 2019