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We are recruiting a Partnerships Development Officer

Could you help bring fun and laughter to children in hospital?

Job Title: Partnerships Development Officer
Reports to: Fundraising and Communications Manager
Direct reports: None
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 9:00am – 5:30pm (Theodora Children’s Charity operates flexible working hours policy)
Salary: £30,000 per annum
Holiday: 28 days
Closing Date: Ongoing
About Theodora Children’s Charity
The Theodora Children’s Charity is a small, friendly children's charity based in Islington. We improve the well-being of children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres by sending professional performers called Giggle Doctors to bring magical moments of fun and laughter at difficult and challenging times. The charity is embarking on an exciting three-year strategy to take the charity through to 2019 with the goal of reaching 43,500 children. You will play a key role in delivering growth as part of this.
We are a passionate team who believe in the importance of investing in staff through training and development. Our small size has allowed us to create a welcoming culture and a flexibility which allows all staff the opportunity to propose and develop new ideas. 
Purpose and Scope of Job
We are seeking an energetic and proactive Partnerships Development Officer to join our small but ambitious team. The successful candidate will have experience of raising income from a variety of sources and meeting financial targets. The individual will be responsible for securing commercial and strategic partnerships with new companies. You will identify and pitch to prospective partnerships, engaging them with our work and inspiring them to support us. You will work with the Fundraising and Communications Manager to grow our income through corporate partnerships.
This role will predominantly focus on developing new partnerships but as a small team there will be opportunities for you to get involved with all areas of our fundraising activity. As a busy office we are looking for someone who enjoys ‘getting stuck in’ and being part of a dynamic team. 
Supported by the Fundraising and Communications Manager, this role will allow you the autonomy to build on the skills you already have to help shape both our growth and your professional development. 
Proactive researching, identifying and cultivating relationships with prospective corporate partners
Identify leads for new corporate partnerships both within the charity and outside of our current supporter base 
To identify key decision makers within prospective partners, establish a dialogue and cultivate strong relationships with them
Develop and manage a portfolio of donors implementing engagement strategies to build and maintain strong relationships
Write compelling, creative and inspiring proposals tailored to the specific company
To participate in the wider work of the Fundraising Team, to share ideas and develop strategic alliances
Process donations and ensure timely thanking
Maintain and share a tracking system of all project proposals and their status
To keep up to date on best practice developments within the charity sector, including fundraising regulations and codes of practice
Coordinate and offer support at charity events.
Represent the charity at external functions.
Assist with collecting feedback and monitoring programme impact.
Offer support to the team as required.
General Responsibilities
A commitment to equal opportunities
A commitment to child protection
A commitment to health and safety
A commitment to data protection
Attendance at team meetings
This job description is not exhaustive. It merely acts as a guide and may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the charity at any time after discussion with the post holder.
Person Specification: 
Minimum of two years’ experience in a fundraising environment 
Experience of securing funds from a range of funders, through making approaches and by producing convincing written applications
Skills and Abilities
Proven fundraising skills including success of raising new funds and developing new relationships, with the ability to achieve financial targets
Confidence in selling a cause, with the ability to get on the phone and engage potential corporate partners
Ability to engage and motivate partners 
Excellent writing and presentation skills, including preparation of fundraising applications, digital content, donor reports, presentations, etc. 
Excellent organisational skills; planning, prioritising and the proven ability to manage several projects simultaneously, bringing each to completion on time
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability quickly to build a rapport and working relationship with stakeholders at all levels
Strong self-motivation and the ability to work on personal initiative as well as working effectively as part of a small team
Excellent communication skills
High standard of numeracy and the ability to understand projects budgets
High standard of computer competency and literacy
A sound knowledge of fundraising including corporate partnerships. 
Understanding and knowledge of the voluntary sector.
Personal Attributes and Other Requirements
A passion for our work
Willingness to travel around England to engage supporters and also occasionally visit the hospitals we work in
Can do attitude - offering support to others when needed
Able to work as part of a small team
A responsible, mature and flexible approach
A team player
Able and willing to attend occasional events outside of normal hours if required
A commitment to equal opportunities
The right to work in the UK
The Theodora Children’s Charity is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees for job applications on the basis of race, sexual orientation, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other status or condition protected by applicable law.
Opportunity to work in a friendly, dynamic team in central London
28 days annual leave allowance
TOIL given for extra hours worked, above those contracted
Contributory pension 
As part of this role you will be expected to undertake a DBS disclosure check.
To apply please send an up to date CV and covering letter to; your covering letter should clearly demonstrate how you meet the person specification with examples.