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Corporate Fundraising Manager
Speakers for Schools

Job Description

Job title:               Corporate Fundraising Manager 

Location:              50% London Office Based 

Responsible to:   CEO

Salary:                  £37,500 - £47,500 FTE - depending on experience 

Why us?  

Speakers for Schools are a dynamic, swift-moving and fast-growing charity. We are on a mission to support a million young people across the UK annually by 2023. Having taken the first steps on the road to achieving this, our team has doubled in size in the past year. This has supported 278% growth in our Experience programme and 10% growth in our Inspiration programme during the past 12 months.

We want to level the playing field, making sure that all young people can access inspirational opportunities and experiences to fuel their ambition.

We are united and unique in our mission to transform lives through raising aspirations of millions of young people every year. Each year, 1,500 senior leaders, celebrities and industry experts deliver a difference to by sharing their story with students in schools and colleges in every corner of the UK. We connect employers such as Disney, The Bank of England, Spotify PwC and almost two hundred others to communities to provide access to the top opportunities for all across the UK. With us, you will be part of inspiring a generation to reach higher, broaden horizons and get equal access to the top.

To keep growing our charity and our impact, we need top talent and we are committed to treasuring, developing and supporting them to thrive within their roles. 

Role Summary:

To support and deliver on our fundraising ambitions, Speakers for Schools are looking for an experienced Corporate Fundraising Manager who has a proven track record in securing multi-year, mutually beneficial corporate partnerships and delivering against challenging income targets. Working with internal and external stakeholders, this role will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a robust pipeline of new corporate fundraising opportunities and managing a portfolio of existing accounts. Initially, this role will have a key focus on exploring the opportunities from our corporate stakeholders to secure new corporate funding for the charity.  This will be followed by building new corporate supporters for the charity.  You will be collaborating with the regional fundraising team to maximise funding opportunities for the charity.

We are therefore looking for someone with a proven track record in securing new business partnerships. You will have experience in generating income through corporate partnerships and delivering on fundraising targets. You will be able to identify, create and win bespoke corporate partnerships. This role is essential to the organisation’s service ambition. You will be joining a passionate and ambitious organisation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a strategy for corporate fundraising to support growth in this area.
  • Generate income from corporate partnerships and meet agreed annual fundraising targets. This includes both new partnership initiatives and account management.
  • Use appropriate research tools and networks to develop a robust pipeline of corporate partnerships opportunities.
  • Create and deliver high quality, bespoke presentations/proposals to potential corporate supporters.
  • Ensure focus is kept on opportunities which deliver the best ROI (return on investment) for the Charity and that deliver on the income expectations for the role.
  • Provide excellent stewardship to a small portfolio of corporate partners.
  • To provide regular financial and operational reports and evaluation of corporate fundraising to the CFO and the Board of Trustees.
  • To keep up to date fundraising legislation and regulation and to work within the organisation’s policies and procedures.
  • To act as a central point of contact for all Corporate enquiries.
  • To manage the Senior Fundraising Executive
  • Any other duties that may be required.

Key Skills/Experience/Knowledge:

  • A proven successful track record as a corporate fundraiser who is able to generate significant income from corporate partnerships.
  • Experience of maximising opportunities from researching prospects to generating meetings and securing income to achieve income targets.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and the ability to engage with company representations at all levels.
  • Strong, persuasive negotiating skills which result in positive outcomes and resilience to work through barriers.
  • A positive ‘can-do’ attitude that will enthuse prospective and current supporters.

We are looking forward to holding video interviews through June 2021 and appointing our Corporate Fundraising Manager swiftly so we can start delivering a difference in July and beyond. You must have the right to work in the UK without visa restrictions to be considered. 

Benefits offered at Speakers for Schools: 

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays 

  • Morning of your birthday off

  • Pension scheme

  • CharlieHR perks

  • Perkbox

  • £500 a year training allowance

Diversity at our core  

At Speakers for Schools, we are committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating discrimination. Our aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

We welcome applications from all, including those where employment has been affected by Covid19 and those seeking to change careers. Diversity if at our core, join us. 

How to apply:   

Please apply as soon as possible submitting your CV and a one page covering letter which outlines your specific interest and ability to successfully fill this role, as well as your salary expectations and current notice period.

Appointees are subject to a successful DBS check, as contact with young people is likely.

Please note, if you do not provide a covering letter your application will not be considered.  

The Journey to joining Speakers for Schools: 

Interviews will be scheduled as applications are received, before the closing date, and will take place over Microsoft Teams. We may appoint before this date depending on applications. 

The closing date for this role is Friday 18th June. 

Our new team member will start ASAP. 

If you have not heard from us two weeks after the closing date, please presume your application has been unsuccessful.