Fundraising and Communications Manager

Animals in Distress
05 Jan 2017
18 Jan 2017
Full Time
About the role This is an exciting time at Animals in Distress. We are recruiting a new, dynamic fundraising and communications team as we strive to increase our impact. By investing in our fundraising we aim to rescue and rehome more animals in need each year. This role will lead and take responsibility for our fundraising and communications functions with the aim of increasing and diversifying income as well as raising our profile within South Devon. The postholder will have a very firm foundation on which to build. We have a proud history within our community and are well supported through our long standing volunteers and chain of 10 charity shops. We are looking for an experienced fundraiser to take our fundraising to the next level. About you We are looking for someone with at least five years’ experience working in a fundraising and communications role with a proven track record of developing and driving a successful fundraising strategy. You will be a confident manager with excellent people skills, happy to build relationships with a diverse supporter base as well as local media. You will share our passion for animals and will be motivated by our mission to find the perfect forever homes for animals that come into our care. About us When a dog, cat, guinea pig or rabbit becomes homeless through no fault of their own in South Devon, Animals in Distress is there for them. We provide first class, loving care for the animals that need us, while we find their forever home. We currently rehome around 600 animals each year from our rescue centre in Ipplepen, Newton Abbot. Job Description Purpose of the role To lead and take responsibility for the Animals in Distress fundraising and communications functions with the aim of increasing and diversifying income as well as raising the profile of our Charity within the communities in which we operate. Principle Fundraising Objectives and Responsibilities To create, develop and drive the Charity’s fundraising strategy to ensure that the most appropriate fundraising activities are undertaken to maximise income generation, thus helping the Charity to achieve its financial targets and strategic objectives. To lead the diversification and increase of the Charity’s income to ensure its sustainability and growth of the Charity by proactively securing funds from a wide range of incomes streams including individual giving, major donors, trusts and foundations, legacies, companies, community fundraising and events. Develop, maintain and strengthen relationships and partnership opportunities with existing and potential funders and supporters locally and regionally. To work with colleagues in other departments across the Charity to assess, understand and deliver their fundraising needs. To work with the CEO to set the Charity’s annual fundraising income and expenditure budget and to ensure that it is met or exceeded. To provide regular income forecasts and to monitor and report on income and expenditure as required. To ensure all income is recorded accurately and accounted for in line with financial policies and procedure. Together with the Community & Events Coordinator, create, implement and evaluate a calendar of events and activities, ensuring that this is fully communicated to all appropriate stakeholders.  To work with colleagues in other departments across the Charity to assess, understand and deliver their fundraising needs. To provide excellent leadership and line management to the Fundraising and Communications team, ensuring the team have a clear understanding of their roles as the fundraising strategy and needs of the Charity. To set clear objectives for the Fundraising and Communications Team and to ensure they meet their agreed targets and KPIs. To have overall responsibility for the Charity’s individual giving activity, website and digital fundraising, corporate partnerships, community fundraising, database management, media and PR and all communications. In partnership with the Fundraising and Communications team, ensure that the fundraising contacts database is kept up to date and functions as an effective fundraising and communications tool. To support the Board of Trustees in their fundraising roles, ensuring they are confident and best placed to actively maximise their fundraising potential. To ensure the Charity’s fundraising and communications complies with all relevant legislation and best practice. Work closely with the Volunteer Development Manager to develop and motivate volunteers to assist with fundraising. Be part of the Charity’s Senior Management Team and contribute positively.  Provide assistance and support at fundraising events as required. Represent the Charity at local, regional and national events, seminars and conferences to increase the awareness and presence of the Charity and its work. Principle Communications Objectives and Responsibilities Facilitate and grow the PR and Communications for Animals in Distress in line with the Charity’s changing needs by developing and leading a communications strategy to raise the profile of Animals in Distress within the communities in which it operates. Lead and oversee the annual planning process for campaign activity, which will include both fundraising and awareness campaigns, across the Charity. Develop key messages for the Charity which can be executed across all communications channels. Work internally within the Charity to ensure all stakeholders understand and have the confidence to use the key messages. To lead on an overall brand awareness campaign and build-in monitoring systems. To oversee web development, ensuring content is updated regularly. Work with the Fundraising and Communications Officer to build and maintain strong working relationships with local and regional press, respond to press enquiries and proactively attract media coverage. Generate content to be used across the marketing mix in partnership with the Fundraising and Communications Officer. Act as a spokesperson for the Charity. Oversee membership recruitment and administration. Manage the Charity’s brand, ensuring all external communications adhere to the brand guidelines and ensure a consistent and positive message across all audiences. To devise and lead innovative campaigns to raise awareness and to support diversifying and growing the Charity’s income, ensuring campaigns can be tracked and analysis of results produced. General To positively contribute to the overall development of Animals in Distress as a member of the Senior Management Team. To lead and / or participate in any initiatives or project working groups as required. To be willing to contribute to the achievement of the Charity’s strategic goals outside of the main responsibilities of the post and undertake any other duties as required by the CEO where appropriate, beneficial and within capabilities. This job description gives a general outline of the post and is not intended to be inflexible or a final list of duties. It may therefore be amended from time to time in consultation with the post holder. For a full Job Description and Person Specification visit To apply: Please send a covering letter and your CV to Animals in Distress, Biltor, Edgelands Lane, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5UF or to Closing Date: Sunday 15 January 2017 Interviews: We aim to conduct first stage interviews w/c 6 February 2017. If you have not heard from us within a fortnight of the closing date, regrettably, you have not been shortlisted for interview.

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