Science Fundraiser

Sandy, Bedfordshire
Starting at: £22,073 to £23,912 per annum
30 Jul 2019
25 Aug 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Science Fundraiser
Reference number: gs7mv-1
Location: Bedfordshire
Salary starting at: £22,073 to £23,912 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed Term

The ability of RSPB's world-class science to identify and redress the causes of decline in biodiversity is being constrained by our external income. The need to boost our external funding from hitherto largely untapped revenue streams is critical if we are to continue, and indeed expand, our vital conservation work. To this end, a new post of Science Fundraiser is being created to lead fundraising for RSPB Conservation Science.

The post will focus initially on accessing funding from specialist sources, especially Research Councils, so minimising overlap with our core fundraising activity. The post-holder will sit within and work within the Project Development and Support Unit but liaise regularly with the Principal Research Manager and other staff in the Conservation Science department and High Value Fundraising to support income generation. This will be a two-year contract post in the first instance. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identify potential new sources of income, which could increase and diversify science funding streams and develop strategies to tap into these sources, focusing on Research Councils.
  • Strengthen relationships between RSPB fundraisers and the Conservation Science department, to ensure a coordinated approach to fundraising that focuses effort in line with strategic priorities.
  •  Identify specific potential opportunities to generate income from external funding sources and match these to agreed science priorities.
  • Work with Conservation Science department staff to submit quality funding bids tailored to appropriate opportunities and partners before April 2021.
  • Support Conservation Science department staff in submitting high quality funding bids by gathering non-scientific information (e.g. financial, legal) required for the bids.
  • Identify the requirements of our funders, including communications requirements to ensure effective dialogue.
  • Assist with monitoring and ensuring accurate administration of funding, as needed, in line with the team work programme and the RSPB's project management framework to meet organisation's governance requirements.
  • Liaise with Conservation Science department staff to ensure that all contractual requirements, e.g. communications, reports and events dependent on external funding are delivered to contract and to the highest standard.
  • Ensure funder engagement activity is correctly branded, represents our organisational values and follows governance guidelines in order to promote and present a professional RSPB brand.
  • Plan and attend appropriate meetings and events in order to manage funder and partner relationships and advocate the work of the RSPB and the need to grow support in order to Save Nature. 

The role may require some working away from the primary base at The Lodge, Sandy, Beds. 

Closing date: 25 August 2019
Interview date: 11 September 2019


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can download the Role Profile and Application Details.

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Please make sure you include reference number gs7mv-1 on your application.

No agencies please. 

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