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Development Manager

Employer
Skylarks
Location
Home based with meetings in London. Charity location in Richmond Upon Thames.
Salary
£37.5k pro rata (£20k actual salary)
Closing date
8 Feb 2021

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Function
Fundraising, Senior Management, Management, Community Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Trusts & Foundations
Sector
Children & Youth, Community, Disability
Hours
Part Time
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Job Details

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a small dedicated team supporting children with additional needs and their families. Skylarks is seeking a seasoned, creative and an outstanding relationship builder, with strong proposal writing and persuasive speaking skills to fill this newly created fundraising position.

 

ABOUT SKYLARKS

At Skylarks, our vision is to help create a world where children with additional needs can thrive. 

Skylarks provides a supportive and active community. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be felt by families and their children who have a disability or additional needs. We are based in Richmond upon Thames but have an open-door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome!

You can read more about the charity in the attached Job Description or via our website www.skylarks.charity

 

ROLE DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:                      Development Manager

CONTRACT:                    Part-Time, Permanent

HOURS OF WORK:        20 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

SALARY:                         £37.5k pro rata     (£20k actual salary)

LOCATION:                     Home based with meetings in London

The Development Manager (DM) will be part of a small dedicated team supporting children with additional needs and their families. Skylarks is seeking a seasoned, creative and an outstanding relationship builder, with strong proposal writing and persuasive speaking skills to fill this newly created Management Team position. You will lead on securing approximately £350,000 annual income to ensure the charity can provide our activities and services for children with additional needs and their families. 

You will work closely with the Operations Manager to convert learnings, project concepts and programming into compelling offers to trusts, foundations and institutional funders. You will lead on writing strategically important proposals and focus should be on long term, multi year applications. You will also manage and be supported by the Fundraising and Partnerships Manager who will lead on generating income from corporates, events and other unrestricted sources. 

You will help open doors to potential new funding, securing opportunities and leading on the follow-up grant applications. Your involvement in this process will also be to contribute to the reports to ensure they also work as a fundraising tool to ensure strong analytical capability & confidence in financial discussions.

As a member of the Management Team you will contribute to the strategic leadership of the organisation. This means leading on creating a fundraising function and strategy, including strengthening strategic fundraising and executing annual plans. You will report to the Managing Director and share progress with the senior management and Board leadership regularly, while ensuring direct input into our Board’s Fundraising Committee.

Although all team members are based in Richmond Upon Thames and the surrounding area, we are all working remotely. This role is expected to continue working remotely for the foreseeable future, but is likely to involve some travel around the local area and into central London.

We expect you to live our organisational values. We believe that diversity of people, ideas and cultures enriches both our insights into the work we do and our relationship with each other. Being an inclusive organisation matters a lot to us. 

The post offers significant opportunities for innovation, development and growth of existing services, working closely with counterpart roles in other organisations and contributing to joint development and working groups locally and regionally.

This post is subject to the employee undertaking an enhanced DBS check - renewable every 3 years.

 

PURPOSE OF ROLE 

  • To be responsible for and lead on the charity’s overall fundraising programme and strategies.
  • To work with the Managing Director and the Fundraising and Partnerships Manager to significantly grow the income of the organisation.
  • To undertake applications to trusts, foundations and additional funders, increasing the charity’s income from these sources.
  • To represent the organisation externally in order to extend its influence and profile amongst trusts & foundations and other key donors.
  • To expand the charity's donor base by securing funds.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

To apply for this position, please submit: 

  • A comprehensive CV 
  • A supporting statement setting out why you are for applying for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the Person Specification 
  • Names and contact details of two references (who will only be contacted if you reach final interview stage) 

 

Please submit your applications via Third Sector Jobs by 9am on Monday 08th February 2020. 

Please let us know if you have any disability (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and/or if you require any special provision should you be called for an interview.

For further information on the role, please refer to the attached Job Description and Personal Specification.

 

Company

At Skylarks, our vision is to help create a world where children with additional needs can thrive. 

Skylarks provides a supportive and active community. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be felt by families and their children who have a disability or additional needs. We are based in Richmond upon Thames but have an open-door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome! 

The charity was originally founded as Me too & Co by a group of parent volunteers in 2006 to fill a gap in the local community where there was a lack of support. You can read more about our founder and beginnings here. In April 2019, we rebranded and officially changed our name to Skylarks Charity (or Skylarks for short) with the support of our corporate partner Haymarket Media Group. Most recently we have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the wonderful team of dedicated volunteers we have supporting our cause. 

Over 2000 families have now registered to use our services and the list is growing! Over the past 10 years the organisation has continued to grow. We have expanded from first providing inclusive play sessions to now offering a wide range of therapies, activities and services that are often otherwise inaccessible to families. These include services such as hydrotherapy, counselling, inclusive activities like drama and karate and free advice for Special Educational Needs (SEN). 

Our independence as a charity means we are able to develop our programme in line with the needs of our families; something that has always been and remains important to us. We do not apply for or receive any statutory funding from government or local authorities.

 

Find Us
Website:
Telephone
07946 646 033
Location
306 Richmond Road
Twickenham
Richmond Upon Thames
TW1 2PD
United Kingdom
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