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Are you an experienced Events Fundraiser, looking for a new challenge? This is a wonderful opportunity for a motivated and friendly individual meet deadlines and manage their own workload. You’ll be joining a compassionate and inclusive organisation, that supports families from across Scotland who have children experiencing long-term stays in hospital.

If this sounds like you, please send your CV to recruitment@ronaldmcdonaldhouse.co.uk as we would love to hear from you.

Accountable to: Corporate & Events Fundraising Manager / House Director
Duration: Fixed term 3 months – immediate start
Hours: 22.5 hours per week, with flexibility to work evenings and weekends 
Salary: DOE
Rewards: FTE 20 days annual leave + 12 days public holiday (PRO RATA)
The leave entitlement includes an allowance in respect of Public Holidays but due to the nature of the business, there is no guarantee that staff can be off on a specific Public Holiday.
Benefits:  Pension auto enrolment

Job Description and Person Specification

Job Title:  Events Fundraiser

Job Context:  Ronald McDonald House Glasgow provides accommodation for up to 31 families at any one time with seriously ill children receiving care in the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow and other hospitals in the west of Scotland. Families stay free of charge and there is no time limit on the accommodation – once a family is allocated accommodation it is theirs until their child is discharged from hospital. For families with a seriously ill child the House is a fantastic haven at a stressful time when their child’s stay in hospital requires them to be close by.

Job Purpose: As the principal contact for Events you will represent and promote the work, vision and purpose of the charity.  You will to develop, manage and promote fundraising events. As an integral part of the fundraising team you will provide seamless first class supporter care.

The post holder will be required to work across all aspects of events, working with individual fundraisers as well as organising large events.

This role is key in delivering sizeable income for the charity in accordance with our fundraising strategy enabling the charity to provide cost free ‘home away from home’ support, care and attention for families with seriously ill children experiencing long stays in hospital.

Key Responsibilities / Duties:

1. Plan, support and deliver events and activities organised directly by the organisation (including overseeing volunteers) and encourage participation in events organised externally.  Acting as an Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Glasgow at all times.

2. Meet agreed income, budgets and targets.

3. Monitor and report regularly on individual events budgets and income forecasts and variances.

4. Maximise publicity on all fundraising activity, including opportunities offered by social networks, participants, 3rd party and volunteers.

5. Exploit and develop opportunities linking event activity with marketing and public relations for the media.  Sharing media contacts with the wider fundraising team.

6. Develop relationships with external partners and networks and ensure that any new networks are identified to maximise fundraising opportunities, including proactive approaches to fundraise for the charity and support them with their fundraising activity.

7. Work with the fundraising database eTapestry to ensure all activities within your remit are clearly identifiable for the purposes of budgeting, reporting and evaluating their success or otherwise.

8. Maintain efficient and accurate fundraising database records on eTapestry in line with charity procedures and ensure that the database reflects details accurately.

9. Ensure post-event tasks and reports are completed efficiently and appropriately.

10. Proactively approach past supporters to encourage repeat attendance / fundraising.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working alongside the Fundraising Department you will support the delivery and implementation of the fundraising strategy to reach agreed income targets.
  • To be a self-assured public speaker, able to talk to a range of audiences effectively.
  • To be confident and comfortable taking supporter tours round the House providing informative, accurate information relating to House, family experiences and the need for support.
  • To be a contact for new and existing supporters and to offer fundraising support and advice at all levels, incorporating adherence to the Fundraising Standards Board guidelines.
  • To liaise and support volunteers in all relevant activities and ensure that they receive appropriate acknowledgement for their commitment and support.

Personal / Professional:

  • To at all times ensure best practice in line with all legal requirements, OSCR guidelines, charity law and the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Code of Fundraising Practice.
  • Keep up to date with current legislation relevant to role.
  • To ensure the stewardship of any gift is adhered to, with any clauses fully discussed with the Corporate & Events Fundraising Manager and House Director as appropriate.
  • Comply with all charity policies and procedures.
  • Maintain required organisational standards for all mandatory training.
  • Attend relevant meetings as appropriate.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance to colleagues as required.

Integration with Other Departments:

  • Work as an effective member of the fundraising team with the clear understanding that you are promoting fundraising both externally and internally to colleagues.
  • Ensure that you are aware of the activities of other fundraisers and charity departments and how they might benefit your fundraising activities.

External Facing:

  • Work under own initiative to respond to fundraising opportunities, referring to line manager when appropriate.
  • Support any fundraiser who requires assistance and advice on their proposed activities.
  • Be available to thank in person any fundraiser who has made a material contribution to charity.
  • Work within a fast moving environment and identify and respond to changing priorities.
  • Manage own workload in a cost effective and proactive way.

Budgeting and Planning:

Whilst this is the responsibility of the House Director and your line manager, within your remit, you will be required to:

  • Work to agreed budgets ensuring the maximum return on investment is achieved
  • Provide guidance on feasibility of fundraising activity to volunteers
  • Report on income generated as requested.

Please note:  This job description does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities and tasks, but indicates the main responsibilities required from an employee in the role. We reserve the right to require employees to perform other duties from time to time. In addition, we reserve the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time, according to the needs of the organisation.

Demands of the post:  The requirement to work evening and weekends as necessary in order to ensure appropriate fundraising delivery, fulfilment of duties and to participate in all the charity’s events for which time off in lieu (TOIL) will be authorised.

In the two weeks prior to a main House event leave will be frozen in order that you will be available to attend and work at the event.

This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure check.

Additional Information:  This job description is not intended to be a complete list of responsibilities.  To meet the needs of the charity you may be required to perform other duties within your capacity, competence, professional qualifications and general level of responsibility within the organisation.

To have a clear understanding that the Fundraising staff office sits within the House with resident families carrying on their activities and you may be called on to assist with enquires at the front desk if/when House staff are already busy.

To be aware that you will be exposed to confidential information and ensure that you maintain confidentiality and discretion at all times. 

To be fully aware that you may come into contact with a current/ex-family who have suffered a bereavement and to react appropriately with them keeping in mind your own wellbeing.

The post-holder will carry out their duties acting at all times in such a manner to justify public trust and confidence.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

CriteriaEssential / Desirable
Minimum of three years relevant experience in fundraising or a similar roleEssential
Knowledge and experience of fundraising databases / CRM’sEssential
Competent IT skills in Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and internet search/researchEssential
Excellent oral and written communication skills, and a confident public speakerEssential
Experience of working with volunteersEssential
Commitment to working with and supporting volunteersEssential
Methodical and organised approach to work with attention to detail/accuracyEssential
Ability to work to plans, prioritise workload, meet deadlines, and work under pressure and adapt to a changing to-do listEssential
Experience in writing reportsEssential
Ability to work proactively on own initiative, whilst working supportively and collaboratively as part of a team for the benefit of team goalsEssential
Works co-operatively with colleagues, has a friendly, positive and helpful attitudeEssential
Excellent relationship building and interpersonal skillsEssential
Accountable for own actions and decisionsEssential
Acts with integrityEssential
Professional attitude to workEssential
Ability to represent the charity with professionalism and enthusiasmEssential
Compassion and commitment to the vision, mission and purpose of the charityEssential
Previous experience of cash handlingEssential
Willing and able to work evening and weekendsEssential
Have access to a car and hold a current UK driving licenceEssential
Have well-developed personal coping skills to deal with challenging families, grief and lossEssential
A genuine desire for Events fundraisingDesirable
Member of Institute of FundraisingDesirable

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