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Senior Fundraising Assistant

Dublin, Ireland
€30,000 per annum
Closing date
7 Mar 2021

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Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts
Full Time
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Sightsavers Ireland has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Fundraising Assistant to join and support our growing Individual and Major Giving teams.

The Senior Fundraising Assistant will provide support to the fundraising team across a range of campaigns and appeals, gaining experience and understanding of a range of fundraising methods and learning how to manage relationships between Sightsavers Ireland and its existing supporters as well as fostering relationships with prospective new donors

About the Role

The Senior Fundraising Assistant will play an integral role in the team, supporting the delivery of significant income on key campaigns to ensure continuous growth for Sightsavers Ireland. They will be required to:

  • Develop briefs for high value cash appeals and supporter care mailings.
  • Work closely with creative agencies, database teams and supporter care teams.
  • Respond to calls, emails, and queries from current and prospective donors.
  • Work closely with supporter care on a range of activities.
  • Coordinate the transfer of files with key partners.
  • Actively call prospective donors.
  • Provide support in the implementation of engagement campaigns such as the World Sight Day Abseil and Bright for Sight.
  • Identify and research prospective corporate organisations, major donors and trusts/foundations.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the Sightsavers Ireland database, ensuring all information is accurate.

About You

The successful candidate will ideally have:

  • a degree or equivalent experience in a related subject or role
  • brilliant communication skills
  • a high degree of initiative, flexibility and creativity
  • excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • good analytical skills in order to prioritise and plan opportunities
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • a solution-driven approach
  • the ability to work on their own initiative as well as part of an engaged team.

This is a rewarding, demanding and diverse role and more detail may be found in the job description.

Closing date: 7 March 2021

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in mid- March 2021. Whilst we are currently working from home, once the current restrictions are lifted, the successful applicant will be expected to regularly attend at our offices in Central Dublin.  


Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

Find Us
01444 446600
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW
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