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Title: Fundraising Officer

Salary: £28,000 p.a.

Annual Leave: 28 days + 8 UK bank holidays

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours

Location: Central London

Responsible to: Head of Income Generation

Theodora Children’s Charity:

Theodora Children’s Charity is a truly inspirational and pioneering charity which successfully works to improve children’s experience of being in hospital. Forming part of an international family with its origins in Switzerland. Over the past 25 years we have made a positive impact on over half a million children and their families in the UK and 3 million children internationally improving children’s experience of being in hospital through visits from professional performers, called Giggle Doctors.

Our Giggle Doctors increase opportunities for play, reduce distress and anxiety and give children back an element of control. They achieve this through improvised play which puts the child at the centre of the interaction and through the use of music, magic, storytelling, comedy and mime.

Opportunity:

In this our 25th year, we have already trained a new intake of performers, which brings the total number of Giggle Doctors to 34 across England, who will visit over 33,000 children each year. We benefit from a small, devoted and committed team and we have an ambition to do so much more.

As our new Fundraising Officer, you will play a pivotal role, maintaining and developing our existing fundraising relationships, working proactively to support our fundraising strategy, our ongoing activities and our future growth. 

You will be a strong team player, be self-motivated, have excellent written communication skills, the ability to manage your own workload and be committed to improving the lives of sick and disabled children. In return you will have the opportunity to be an integral part of a unique charity bringing fun and laughter to thousands of children every year.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the first point of contact, handling all written and phone enquiries promptly and politely, and maintaining accurate records on CRM.
  • Develop and sustain warm effective relationships with our wide range of supporters, delivering the necessary support to enhance our relationships and potential income.
  • Represent the charity at meetings, external functions, conferences and supporter events, delivering presentations and networking.
  • Work with the Head of Income Generation to develop and implement an innovative fundraising plan to grow income.
  • Develop your own portfolio of fundraising opportunities, identifying and recruiting new supporters and nurturing relationships for the long-term benefit of the charity.
  • Work with our Digital Media and Communications lead to enhance interactions with supporters.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of GDPR and charity fundraising regulation.
  • Work collaboratively across the charity to make the most of internal expertise, resources and assets, maximising the impact on income generation.

The above list is indicative not exhaustive. As our new Fundraising Officer, you will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Person Specification:

  • Proven experience within community, corporate and / or individual giving fundraising
  • Successful track record of undertaking fundraising projects independently through to completion, delivering on the income target. 
  • Ability to and experience of identifying opportunities, developing plans and focusing activity to maximise success.
  • Able to use own initiative and self-motivated with a positive approach to work.
  • Understanding of UK charity sector and fundraising trends.

Skills:

  • Highly skilled and proficient in the use of charity CRM databases.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong attention to detail.

Attributes:

  • Passion and commitment to the aims and ethos of Theodora Children’s Charity.
  • Ability to motivate people to get involved and create strong relationships with a wide variety of individuals and groups to maximise income.
  • Ability to use own initiative and be self-motivated with a positive approach to work.
  • Ability and willingness to attend events outside of normal office hours if required.

Desirable:

  • Experience of contributing to budgets and monitoring costs/ income.
  • Experience of using IBM Lotus Notes.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send a CV and Covering Letter addressing how you meet the Person Specification to [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE that as we are looking to appoint ASAP we will be reviewing applicants and inviting candidates to interview on rolling basis, we may therefore encourage candidates to get in touch soon as we may close the role for applications before the deadline.