We’re looking to recruit a Fundraising Officer to develop our unrestricted income and are looking for someone who is passionate about supporting adults with their mental health and wellbeing and can inspire others to do the same.
Salary: £26,500 (or pro rata, according to hours worked)
Hours: Flexible, between 28 and 37 hours per week (with occasional out-of-hour and or/weekend work. TOIL will be given)
Holiday: 25 days a year (or pro rata, according to hours worked)
Location: Leatherhead/home based
Reporting to: CEO
This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, and the successful completion of a probationary period.
Mary Frances Trust has been very successful in securing statutory funding for our work, we are well respected locally and known for our high-quality services.
We are now looking to recruit a fundraising officer to develop our unrestricted income. We are looking for someone who is passionate about supporting adults with their mental health and wellbeing and can inspire others to do the same.
It is not necessary to have previous fundraising experience although a passion for the charity sector and some personal experience of fundraising (e.g. holding a coffee morning or fundraising for a run) is beneficial. It is essential to understand the importance of building relationships with people and be confident in communicating with a wide variety of people. You also need to have strong writing skills and an understanding of the demographics and communities within Surrey.
As this role is a ‘sole fundraiser’ role, good project management skills would be an advantage and you need to be prepared to travel around the county to meet potential supporters.
To implement and develop the fundraising strategy. This includes:
- Identify, initiate, and develop relationships with community supporters such as schools, faith and community groups.
- Develop and promote fundraising events and activities to engage with supporters.
- Identify and make initial contact with local businesses to encourage staff fundraising and charity of the year partnerships.
- Support any local businesses with their fundraising activities.
- Research trusts and foundations to apply to for funding.
- Work with team members to write funding applications.
- Encourage donations and direct debits.
- Work with the administration team to ensure all donations are thanked.
- Communicate with and ‘steward’ donors to encourage continued support.
- Promote legacy fundraising and in memory giving.
- Use a database to accurately record donations.
- Work with the Communication Lead to promote fundraising activities on social media and in MFT newsletters.
- Work with volunteers to offer fundraising opportunities.
Essential Skills / Person Specifications
To achieve the objectives of this role, the post-holder must have the people accessing the service’s needs at the fore at all times and use the agreed set of values and skills to underpin their day-to-day work.
Commitment to undertake continuing professional development.
- Experience in fundraising or customer facing roles.
- Experience writing formal documents such as funding applications or reports.
- Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with Corporate partners and Trusts.
- Understanding of the charity sector.
- Project management experience.
The post-holder must at all times work to the values and principles of Mary Frances Trust and follow the policies and procedures of the organisation.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills required to build relationships with potential donors.
- Excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative bids.
- High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook and the Internet).
- Good attention to detail.
- Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision.
- Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure.
- Project management experience and an ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes.
- Experience using a database.
Occasional evening and weekend work will be required, with time off in lieu available.
Equal Opportunities Statement
We acknowledge the unique contribution that all MFT employees and clients can bring to our organisation in terms of their culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, nationality, age, religion or belief, physical disability, history of mental health or other characteristics.
All appointments and promotions are based on merit and no job applicant or employee will be treated unfairly or discriminated against. All staff have equal access to staff development. Any member of staff who breaches this policy may be subject of grievance and/or disciplinary procedures.
This job description may be varied from time to time as agreed by the post holder and line manager.
Mary Frances Trust (MFT) is a Charitable Company established in 1994 by carers, people accessing mental health services and professionals to support people experiencing mental health problems. It is a non-medical service set up to address the social consequences of mental ill-health on the lives and well-being of mental health service users.
We believe anyone experiencing any kind of mental or emotional health issues should be unafraid to ask for help, receive appropriate support for as long as they need, and feel inspired to develop the skills that will help them to restore and maintain their own wellbeing.
Our mission is to:
- work alongside people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental health issues for as long as they need and
- inspire them to develop the skills that will help them to restore and maintain their emotional wellbeing.
- involve people with experience of mental health at every level of the organisation so they can help us design,
- deliver, monitor and review our services to ensure they respond to their changing needs.
- consistently challenge stigma attached to mental illness and raise awareness of the importance for everyone to look after their mental wellbeing.
- lead and co-ordinate the development and delivery of first-class, voluntary mental health services in Surrey.
- maintain sufficient funding streams to be able to provide person-centred services to people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental issues.
We offer everyone a personal, tailored approach with the space to think, try things out and find out what is working for them. We support people to draw from their own strengths and resources. We inspire and empower them to develop the skills that will help them to become experts at maintaining their own wellbeing.
The people we support aren’t passive recipients of services we design for them. We believe in a strength-based approach, where we listen and tap into their expertise. We involve them in every aspect of our organization, including the design, delivery, monitoring, review and development of services that respond to their changing needs.
We believe in the power of connections. Our services are always designed to help people connect or re-connect with their local community. We work in collaboration with local and national organisations to provide access to first-class mental health support in the communities we serve.
We welcome everyone, and value equality and mutual respect. We offer the people we support a place where they feel safe and belong. We treat them with the same care as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to carrying our values in everything we do – both inside and outside of our organisation.
Our mental health shouldn’t dictate who we are or limit what we do. We support and inspire everyone to achieve their own goals and potential, so they can lead a fulfilling emotional life. We believe that everyone can find their own mental wellbeing, whether they have a serious mental health condition or not.
How to apply
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