Senior Fundraising Officer – Foundations, Trusts and Statutory Funding

We are looking for an experienced professional fundraiser with a strong Foundation and Trusts grant track record, along with either experience of, or a keen interest in, Statutory (European and UK government departments) to implement EIA’s fundraising strategy so that we can achieve our targets and are able to support our innovative campaigns.


Purpose of the post:

The Senior Fundraising Officer will work as part of the fundraising team to maximise income and support for EIA from foundations, trusts and statutory sources (FT&S). They will maintain, manage and develop EIA’s FT&S fundraising programme by researching and identifying currently available and new potential income streams. They will be required to manage key relationships with FT&S, keep the grants database up to date and maintain a reporting calendar. The Senior Fundraising Officer will also be expected to increase EIA’s knowledge, relationships and financial support from the European Union (both statutory and private funding organisations) and to set realistic and achievable targets for income generation from these sources.


Reports to: Head of Fundraising


Main responsibilities:

Write effective fundraising applications, ranging from short concise descriptions of EIA’s work to in-depth analytical explanations of campaign programmes which are targeted and specific to individual FT&Ss (with assistance of campaigners or based on concept notes provided by them). For statutory and institutional trusts and foundations, proposals may include detailed and technical information in the form of logframes.

Write concise and clear project reports according to funders’ deadlines including, where necessary, financial reporting.

Research prospective new FT&S from a wide range of sources in line with identified funding priorities.

Develop relationships with potential new funders, in writing, by phone, or in person.

Assist the Head of Fundraising in production of plans for agreed fundraising priorities, ensuring effective use of available resources.

Participate in other fundraising department team projects and provide cover for colleagues as required.

Develop and maintain systems of coordination and tracking for all contacts and relationships with institutional and foundation and trusts.

Occasional travel to meetings in the UK and Europe.

Produce annual SF&T fundraising budgets in line with strategic priorities.

Assist Head of Fundraising in producing annual budgets for the fundraising department.

Monitor, analyse and produce timely internal reports on performance of proposals on a monthly, annual and ad hoc basis.


Essential Requirements:

At least three years’ proven successful experience of seeking and gaining commitment from Foundations and Trusts.

Experience or knowledge of UK Government and EU funding.

Excellent written English (including grammar, spelling, creative writing).

Excellent research and networking skills.

Experience of managing complex projects and donor relationships.

Strong project management, organisational and budgeting and financial management skills.

Proven ability to manage and develop relationships with medium and large trusts and foundations.

Proven ability to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly verbally and in writing.

Ability to identify and maximise funding opportunities.

Ability to analyse financial information and present it in an accessible format.

Legal right to work in the UK.


Desirable Skills:

Knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit environment sector.

Fluency in a European language.


Terms and Conditions

Salary up to  £31,000 p.a. depending on experience
Location: London UK


Please fill out the application form here and return it to Bill Dishington, EIA Head of Operations, at by November 2, 2012