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    Planting out in the raised beds at Gardening Leave’s Erskine site
  • Recruitment

    We are growing and currently have a vacancy for the following role:

    Fundraising Manager

    If you are committed to horticultural therapy and veterans with mental health challenges, and if you have good administrative skills and excellent written and oral presentation skills, then tell us about your fundraising experience and how you see it developing. Our current fundraiser is moving to a new post in the organisation so you will get a good hand-over and our CEO will expand your skill base. You need to be flexible, passionate, reliable and confident, self-motivated and results orientated. You will play a central role in the organisation, its reputation and success.

    We raise about 70% of our funding through foundations, charities and trusts.  We are now looking for someone who is keen to develop their fundraising skills to a new level and stick with us. The job is not glamorous and certainly not about event management. It is about filling in forms, deadlines, follow up and being great with people. Please send a CV and write a covering letter saying why you and why us to admin@gardeningleave.org by 9am Friday, 24 July 2015.

    Based near Glasgow in Erskine at our HQ.

    No companies/subcontractors

    Drawn up                             June  2015

    Hours                                     Full time

    Pay                                         £23,460

    Place of work                      Normally HQ of Gardening Leave

    Responsible to                   Gardening Leave CEO

    Required skills                   

    •          Must have at least 2 years’ experience of fundraising from organisations
    •          An understanding and commitment to horticultural therapy and the veterans sector
    •          Clear and concise communication skills both written and verbal as well as being happy working with numbers
    •          Highest standards of IT literacy and Microsoft Office software in particular Excel
    •          Clear capacity to maintain records and evidence of enjoying systems management
    •          Excellent representative, liaison and negotiation skills
    •          An understanding and commitment to the charity sector
    •          Ability to manage workload and work under pressure in a changeable, priority environment 

    Overall responsibility        To carry out, manage and report on fundraising activities

    Main tasks

    • To develop, implement and report on the annual fundraising strategy with the CEO
    • Maintaining all fundraising records (in spreadsheet form) of all applications made, results, income, contacts, rejections, a diary of activity reports needed and completed, funding deadlines, and future fundraising applications
    • To research opportunities in line with the fundraising strategy
    • To apply and follow up, under guidance of CEO, for all grants and large donations in a timely, accurate, creative and compelling manner
    • To manage or maintain all thank you systems and liaise with the administration manager
    • To liaise with the Book Keeper on income and expenditure details
    • To liaise with the Horticultural Therapy Operations Manager in order to produce funding reports and fundraising text relating to specific fundraising goals
    • To liaise with communications and public relations staff on all matters relating to fundraising
    • Production of fundraising products such as leaflets, web text, JustGiving, core fundraising materials
    • Maintaining Legacy and Standing order materials, campaigns and results, including liaising with the Book Keeper
    • Visits and event attendance as requested
    • To manage production and stock of Gardening Leave branded materials
    • To support and advise sites on their fundraising activities and meaningful activities that result in income
    • To maintain and disseminate fundraising activities support materials and develop Friends of Gardening Leave fundraising activities


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