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Senior Funding Officer

Do you want to help make sure that every young person, regardless of their start in life, has the chance to succeed? This is an exciting role for someone with excellent bid writing, relationship building and attention to detail skills.

1625 Independent People won the award for Best Charity Project in the UK in the 2015 National Lottery Awards and we're looking for the right person to join us so we can help even more vulnerable young people to succeed in their lives.

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives through housing and support for over 30 years. 

Our service works because we keep young people's needs at the centre of all delivery. 
With over 100 staff in four locations, we provide housing support and advice to over 2000 young people per year. We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description below for more details).

Closing Date: 10am Tuesday 30 January 2018        Interviews:  Wednesday 7 February 2018

Terms, conditions and benefits:
  • Hours per week: 37.5
  • Contract type: Full time, permanent
  • Pay: NJC Scale 28 - 31 (£24,964 - £27,668 per year) starting on Point 28 (Note that the increase in NJC scales for 2018-19 has not yet been agreed).
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Flexi time and flexible working
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare 
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summ of T&Cs below).

The role

Based at our Head Office in Old Market, you’ll be managed by our Funding and Communication Manager (who reports to the Partnerships Director), and work alongside them and our Communication Officer.
Your mission is to successfully increase our annual funding through grants, trust funds, corporate relationships and major donors. You’ll actively seek out and cultivate new funding opportunities, culitvate existing funders to a scheduled programme of activities sand communication, and support in the identifion of new ways for us to raise money.

You’ll also account manage a number of our current corporate relationships, and support the F&C Manager in actively pursuing new relationships and opportunities through an identified pipeline. 

Working with the F&C Manager to achieve agreed annual targets and KPIs, together you’ll keep things on track, using databases and software (e.g. Etapestry, Grantfinder) to regularly report to the Senior Management Team.

Events and volunteers play a big part in engaging our sponsors, donors and supporters so we're looking for someone who has proven experience of working with and managing volunteers, and in organising events and developing them to maximise income and awareness.

It’s not just about raising money; our fundraising activity has to be respectful, compliant with funding regulations and GDPR, considerate to our work with young people and always promoting them in a positive light. We don’t do sad or sensationalist stories or guilt ridden appeals – we want people to engage with us because it makes them feel good about the positive work we do. 

The team and organisation are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice, we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences. Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed environment framework known as PIE. 

A typical day in this role includes: 

1. Writing funding applications and liaising with different teams throughout the organisation to gather stats, case studies and approvals.
2. Researching potential funders and prospects and cultivating relationships from an agreed pipeline of prospects.
3. Supporting a number of current corporate partnerships, working with them to maximise income, awareness and staff engagement.

About you

You’ve done this job and you need at least two years’ experience of writing bids, applications, pitches and proposals for funding. Whilst your previous work may not have been in the youth homelessness sector, you have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people. 

You have account managed corporate partnerships, successfully ensuring agreed outcomes and KPIs are on track and that partners feel valued. You may have this experience from a corporate background or similar.

You enjoy taking responsibility for your part in a team effort, helping improve the team's fundraising processes and systems, and are happy pitching in when needed but are also able to work alone. You will lead on a range of aspects of the job so it's essential that you have experience of coordinating and leading with staff and volunteers on projects and processes.

You're diplomatic and appropriate, can comfortably deal with people from all walks of life and community standing.

You’re just as happy talking to the Lord Mayor, a CEO of a large corporate, a volunteer or a young person and you can see a positive opportunity in every situation; then turn that into a tangible benefit to young people and the organisation. 


If you'd like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Bev Mackenzie, Funding and Communication Manager on 0117 317 8800 or email beverley.mackenzie@1625ip.co.uk.

Closing Date: 10am Tuesday 30 January 2018     Interviews:  Wednesday 7 February 2018


Download the documents Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by post to:

HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

or email: jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.

  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.

  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.

Please read our full Policies for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk

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