RSPB • RSPB Northern Ireland

Senior Fundraising Officer

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £28,331 – £30,415 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual with charisma, resource and initiative, a collaborator who can embody our one-team approach to fundraising. With a focus on grant funding, you will oversee and directly contribute to income generation, be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and enjoy getting things done. As an ambassador for RSPB NI, you will develop excellent relationships across RSPB teams and with a range of significant funders and partners.

What's the role about?

You will line manage a Fundraising Officer and play a vital role in fostering team culture and developing fundraising expertise. You will make a significant contribution to developing projects and be responsible for compiling high-quality funding applications to a variety of sources to secure income for our fantastic portfolio of work including nature reserves, visitor facilities, people engagement and nature recovery projects. You will have experience of line management, working with and through others to achieve results, being part of project teams, extracting the best from individuals and achieving success through partnership working.

Working knowledge of due diligence and legal compliance in the charity sector will enable you to ensure contractual obligations are communicated to project executives and budget holders, ensuring the RSPB upholds its reputation as an NGO that can deliver. We offer rewarding work, a hybrid of home and office bases, friendly and motivated colleagues, training and development opportunities, and a varied portfolio of work. The role is based in our offices in Belvoir Forest, Belfast.

Essential Qualifications
Educated to A level, (Highers level in Scotland) or equivalent experience.

Essential skills
Solutions-focused approach, with the ability to overcome set-backs in order to get the right outcome for the RSPB
Proven excellent writing and presentation skills
Budget management
Able to interpret complex information and communicate it simply to target audiences
Able to deliver high level of customer service to a variety of audiences
Persuasive communicator and negotiator with the ability to influence
Able to work under own initiative, with the confidence to ask for support and direction where

Essential knowledge
Thorough working knowledge and application of relevant Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Fundraising Regulator and Charities Act regulations and guidelines
Understanding of fundraising and donor/supporter motivations and how to build cases for support
Able to articulate understanding of GDPR and data protection relating to funder/supporter information.
How to use a fundraising database such as Raisers Edge, Care or Salesforce
Essential experience
Proven experience in fundraising/ sales/project management and delivering to income targets
Proven experience of relationship development in an outward facing role in the not for profit or private sector

This is a Permanent role for 37.5 hours per week.
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on April 25th 2024. For further information please contact darren.roberts@rspb.org.uk


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.

This role will require completion of a Access NI in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

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

The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

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

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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