Winner of the best campaign award at the Third Sector Excellence Awards for its Christmas Jumper Day campaign, Save the Children is a global charity that runs world-class programmes to save children’s lives. From advocacy to IT, fundraising to humanitarian roles, the charity is looking for talented people from across the world who share their mission and are passionate about making a difference.
We spoke to their head of fundraising campaigns, Vicky Fallon, for a glimpse into what it’s like to work with Save the Children, the types of people they are looking for and why this year’s Christmas Jumper Day Campaign will be bigger and higher profile than ever before.
Vicky Fallon, Save the Children
Why would someone want to work for Save the Children?
Save the Children is an amazing organisation that does brilliant work both in the UK and around the world. It is an award-winning charity that is going from strength to strength. Last year we raised £370 million, helping 17.4million children. We recently restructured to bring together the three key areas of marketing, fundraising and communications into one directorate. This is quite a unique structure in the charity sector and shows how we think differently - a trait I think permeates the whole organisation.
What exciting campaigns do you work on?
Christmas Jumper Day is our very exciting and award-winning flagship campaign which has become widely known throughout the UK. And this year we are taking the Christmas Jumper Day campaign to even greater heights. We have joined forces with ITV Text Santa, Macmillan Cancer Support and Make-A-Wish® UK to launch Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day, which will take place on Friday 18 December. So 2015 will be even bigger and have a higher profile than ever before.
What drives success in your team?
Although our Christmas Jumper Day campaign is led by the fundraising campaigns team, it takes the whole organisation to make it a success. There is significant support and input from right across the charity, and across every level. Save the Children puts people at the heart of the organisation – investing in learning and development. We’re always looking to innovate, always looking for further opportunities to fundraise. The big question that runs through the team is “What will be the next big thing?”
What roles are you recruiting for?
We are looking for hard-working, talented people from all over the world who share our mission and are passionate about making a difference for children. The roles range from advocacy to IT, fundraising to humanitarian. Our job vacancies currently include an insight executive and a strategy and operations manager.
What kind of employee are you looking for?
There isn’t a specific skill-set we are looking for, but as a values-led organisation, we depend on our staff through innovative programmes, bold campaigns, independent advocacy and high impact partnerships to help make sure children survive, learn and are protected, so your attitude, skill-set and qualifications will be put to good use.
What career progression and development opportunities do you offer your employees?
Those who are keen to use their imagination and innovation to create great fundraising and campaign platforms are likely to flourish at Save the Children. I started as an administrator less than nine years ago and have progressed quickly to my role as head of fundraising campaigns. It shows what you can do if you put your mind to it. This organisation is not scared of taking risks - we’re brave and we get things done by commitment and sheer determination.
Sum up what it’s like to work for Save the Children
Fantastic organisation, full of fantastic people. Our work simply would not exist without the dedication and commitment of our passionate staff. Together, we all bring a tremendous range of skills and specialist expertise, with a shared dedication and passion for improving the lives of children in the UK and around the world.
Save the Children are currently recruiting for the following roles: