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Community Fundraising Officer

Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Salary: £23,000 to £25,000

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, including some weekends and evenings

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-Time

Closing Date: 5th March 2024

How to Apply: To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to Iain Riddell at [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 5 March 2024.

Purpose of the Role:

The Community Fundraising Officer will play a key role in developing and implementing a dynamic and multi-disciplinary fundraising strategy, which includes events, corporate and community fundraising, regular giving, retail, trusts and foundations, and volunteer management. This role offers the opportunity for professional development and contribution to diverse fundraising initiatives that save lives across the North East.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Fundraising Strategy:

• Collaborate with the Fundraising and Marketing Manager to co-ordinate and deliver a fundraising plan.
• Focus on building long-term donor relationships and maximising income across multiple areas of the fundraising mix.

2. Event Management:

• Lead the planning and execution of external fundraising events and shelter-based events.
• Support and advise on third-party events, including risk assessments, legal considerations and other general guidance and support.

3. Corporate and Community Fundraising:

• Develop and manage relationships with corporate partners, tailoring support to their business and CSR objectives.
• Engage with community groups, schools, and other local entities to build support and awareness.

4. Regular Giving and Trusts:

• Support the delivery of Regular Giving campaigns
• Assist with applications and communications for trusts and foundations.

5. Retail Support:

• Collaborate with Retail Area Managers and Shop Managers to enhance income generation through retail initiatives.

6. Volunteer Management:

• Recruit, develop, and manage a network of fundraising volunteers.
• Provide guidance and recognition to volunteers.

7. Communications and Marketing:

• Work with the Communications & Marketing team to effectively promote fundraising events and initiatives across paid, earned, shared and owned channels.
• Create marketing materials and social media content to support fundraising campaigns.

8. Administrative, Reporting and Professional Development:

• Assist with answering telephone calls and emails.
• Maintain up-to-date records and information on fundraising activities.
• Compile reports and make recommendations for income growth and donor relationship development.
• Undertake any training/development opportunities in order to fulfil the requirements of the post
• Any other duties which arise during the course of your employment or as deemed necessary by senior management for the development and success of the shelter.

Personal Qualities and Skills:

• Passionate about animal welfare and the mission of Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter.
• Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships.
• Creative and be proactive in identifying and exploiting fundraising opportunities.
• Excellent organisational and planning skills.
• Flexibility to work irregular hours and attend events as required.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficiency in IT and social media platforms.
• Full clean UK driving licence.

Education and Experience:

• Experience in a fundraising role, preferably within a charity or non-profit organization.
• Proven track record of achieving fundraising targets and developing donor relationships.
• Experience in event management, corporate engagement, or community outreach is desirable.


To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to Iain Riddell at [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 5 March 2024.

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