Fundraising Assistant

3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Employment type
Full time
£21622 - £23987 per annum


Do you have the passion, ambition, professionalism, and enthusiasm to raise funds to help us make Northern Ireland a better place for people and wildlife?

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual with resourcefulness, initiative, and an eye for detail to prepare and submit grant claims to external funding bodies. The post holder will also provide administrative support to the wider fundraising team. If you have enthusiasm for our work to save nature and can demonstrate your talents and transferable skills for fundraising, we would love to hear from you.

You will join an energetic team delivering RSPB NI's vision for people and nature. We can offer a role with variety, a friendly office environment with a dynamic team to work with and the opportunity to support work to conserve and connect people with NI's fantastic wildlife.

What's the role about? (key result areas and responsibilities)

The post holder will work with colleagues across RSPB to help ensure our funders have an excellent partnership experience with us, increasing their understanding and awareness of RSPB's work in saving nature. You will be responsible for planning and attending meetings and events to manage funder and partner relationships.

This role involves preparing and submitting grant claims to external funding bodies, securing income to support our work from grant-making trusts, foundations, and other grant makers.

Key role activities will include;
• Compiling and submitting timely grant claims to funding organisations to secure funds and ensure they are received promptly against budgeted spend.
• Identifying potential external funding sources and match these to agreed priority work on our nature reserves, projects, and core work.
• Completing funding bids (majority small bids (up to £5k and occasional medium sized bids (£5k-£100k) tailored to external funding bodies in order to secure income to drive forward RSPB work.
• Providing administrative support to the fundraising team to ensure they are able to deliver the team’s work programme and meet or exceed agreed key performance indicators.
• Producing regular reports to assess progress and action needed against KPIs to ensure agreed annual performance targets are met.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience: (maximum of 10)

A-level education or equivalent.
• Good working knowledge of Excel and financial systems and information sources (e.g. budgets, annual report and accounts).
• An understanding of and application of project management principles.
• An ability to interpret complex information and communicate it simply to target audiences.
• Strong written and verbal communication and negotiation skills with the ability to influence.
• A demonstrable ability to organise oneself effectively and prioritise work in order to get the right things done.
• Demonstrable experience in using Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
• Experience of collating, analysing and presenting complex financial information.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

• Sales and or/fundraising background.
• Understanding of charity sector and associated fundraising techniques.
• Knowledge of and/or passion for conservation and the natural world.

This is a Permanent role for 37.5 hours per week.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on October 12th 2022. For further information please contact

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

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3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly