Job vacancy: Fundraising Officer in Somerset

Secret World Wildlife Rescue, located in Highbridge (between Bridgwater and Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset) is currently seeking a Fundraising Officer. 

Details and an application form is available on the Secret World Rescue Centre website, where vacancies for a Facilities and Office Manager, a Learning and Engament Officer and Trustees for the charity are also currently being advertised.

The job advertisement reads:

Fundraising Officer

o Full-time, permanent.
o £20,000 – £21,000 a year.
o Location: Highbridge, Somerset (preferred).
o Job reference: ID: FRA1

Main Responsibilities:
o Develop and implement a sound and sustainable income generation strategy, identifying and building relationships with key stakeholders to maintain existing and develop new funding sources, with a focus on increasing the charity’s income from grants and legacy gifts.
o Develop links with corporate supporters to maximize income potential from such sources.
o Be integral in the capital funding process for the new hospital build
o Undertaking administrative and other support for the Charity Founder and CEO as required

Bid Writing & Reporting
o To meet and ideally exceed the grant income target within the agreed expenditure.
o To develop and pursue a capital fundraising strategy to fund SWWR’s new Animal Treatment Centre.
o To research and maintain an up-to-date resister of prospective grant making trusts and foundations whose interests are in line with the charity’s aims, and highlight deadlines for upcoming grant applications.
o To monitor other grant or funding opportunities from local authorities and other statutory/non-statutory sources and prepare grant applications for submission to these.
o To prepare and submit well-written, compelling and complete funding applications, working in conjunction with other SWWR personnel to respond to funding needs and priorities.
o To establish productive relationships with senior trust, foundation and other grant source personnel.
o To track and maintain an accurate timetable of acquired grant funding, pending applications and prospects and to record funder interactions.
o To prepare concise and timely reports to funders on the impact of their giving.
o To write content for online and physical supporter materials, as required.
o To attend funding events as a representative of SWWR as required.

Legacy Fundraising

o To develop communication and marketing plans for successful supporter journeys, from new supporter all the way through to legators, including identifying ways to enhance the reach and value of legacy fundraising at SWWR.
o To build and manage mutually beneficial relationships with new and existing supporters, pledgers, solicitors and other stakeholders to enhance the reach and value of legacy fundraising at SWWR.
o To develop and organise visits, meetings, events and campaigns with the intention of creating new legacy pledges, and to enhance and steward relationships as required.

Corporate relationships

o To establish links with, and maintain ongoing relationships with, local and national corporate partners to solicit one-off or ongoing financial or in-kind support for SWWR activities.

Supporter engagement (working with other SWWR fundraising personnel):
o To grow SWWR’s supporter base and donations received in line with agreed targets.
o To process and appropriately acknowledge donations.
o To increase the number of animal adoptions, manage adoption renewals and send adoption packs to new members.
o To re-establish communications with lapsed supporters.
o To maintain records and prepare reports about appeal performance.
o To develop and design social media campaigns to recruit new members and supporters.
o To organise, attend and support sponsored events, fairs, promotional events and other fundraising initiatives (sometimes out of hours).
o To help organise and run fundraising activities on and off site, including open weekends, sponsored events, theatre talks, community activities, etc.
o To support the Charity Founder by providing talks and presentations to community groups, WIs, etc., both on and off site.

Other general responsibilities
o In liaison with the Charity Founder, Finance Manager and CEO, to set and regularly monitor income and expenditure budgets to ensure targets are met and suggest remedial action in a timely manner where necessary.
o To deliver presentations as and when required to internal and external parties, including trusts and foundations, companies, third party fundraisers and visitors.
o To manage marketing requirements to support fundraising events (Patron’s talks, etc.).
o To ensure all donations and major communications are logged on the charity’s database (Donorflex) in a timely manner.
o To ensure all records are held in compliance with GDPR, SWWR policies and procedures and the Code of Fundraising Practice.
o To help recruit and manage fundraising volunteers as required.
o To undertake other administrative and general duties as requested by SWWR senior personnel from time to time.
o To work within SWWR policies and procedures and legal frameworks, particularly Health & Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR regulations.
o To comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice.”