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Community Fundraising Area Manager

Employer
Shelter
Location
Flexible location and flexible working in Scotland – from home, from the office, or hybrid
Salary
£33,740 per annum + excellent benefits including 30 days holiday and flexible working
Closing date
7 Jul 2022
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Closing date: 7 July 2022 at 11.30 pm

Do you have proven fundraising experience, a passion for proactive Community Fundraising and a real desire to be part of Shelter’s campaign against homelessness and for social justice? Then join us as Community Fundraising Area Manager and you could soon be playing an important role at the heart of our Community & Events team.
 

About Shelter Scotland 

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet over a million people in Scotland struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve. 

At Shelter Scotland we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter Scotland and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation. 

About the team

Community & Events is made up of Community Fundraising, Challenge & Bespoke Events and Culture, Entertainment & Sports sub-teams. Together, we look after a wide variety of fundraising activities that encourage supporters to raise money and provide them with excellent support to do so. We’ve made a significant investment in Community Fundraising to grow the team from five in 2019 to 24 currently, despite the pandemic. That’s because increasing engagement in local communities is a central part of both our fundraising and organisational strategy. We now have 12 Regional Fundraisers across England and Scotland; a central Community Fundraising National Relationships team and a robust and supportive management team which, should you join us, you’ll be part of.

About the role
An exciting opportunity with lots of existing and new avenues to explore, you’ll have every chance to really make your mark. That’s because, we have a strategy in place, but there’s still lots to do - and you‘ll be key in developing what we do and how we do it, as well as leading direct reports and the wider team to deliver on your plans. One of your main challenges will be to develop an overarching Community Fundraising team strategy to ensure a clear plan of projected growth and agreed objectives over the next five years. We’ll also look to you to significantly increase Community Fundraising income by enabling the team to proactively engage key audiences and improve the supporter stewardship experience. Creating and delivering an annual budget, taking the lead role for key income streams or activities, helping to create new fundraising products and engaging and influencing key stakeholders – these are just some aspects of this interesting, varied and vital role.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

About you

To succeed, you’ll need to be creative, innovative and able to learn from failure as much as from success. The opportunity to lead, support, coach and empower a team to get out there and achieve success really appeals to you too. You’re also a great believer in putting the supporter experience at the heart of everything you do and eager to engage new and diverse audiences and build authentic relationships – both externally and internally. Adept at influencing and negotiating and great at carrying out detailed analysis or making data-driven decisions, you’re also resilient and, crucially, keen to create a strong, supportive and aspirational culture where the team are motivated by exceeding targets.

Benefits
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

We will be sharing the interview questions with candidates shortlisted for an interview 3 days before the interview.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them

Company

The housing crisis is now a national emergency.

Shelter was founded 52 years ago, not by the wealthy or powerful, but as a community organisation whose purpose was to change society. That means we’re needed more now than at any time in our history: for millions of our fellow citizens the fundamental human need for a safe home is ignored.

Forget finding who’s to blame for this. Shelter is here to do far more than just point out what’s gone wrong. We are here to put it right, and that’s why our aim is for this strategy to be nothing less than a turning point for both Shelter and our country.

Without a home, no one can achieve their full potential. With millions whose right to a home is under threat, neither can the country. We believe that because the need for a home is so all-consuming, a home is a basic moral right, and everything we will do from now will be done to defend that right.

We’ve all talked so much about the ‘housing crisis’ that we’ve stopped believing it can be solved. The phrase has become like wallpaper. But this is a national emergency, and one that demands fearless, ambitious action.

In developing this strategy, it’s been vital to start with our own people: those who rely on our services, our volunteers, our employees. We aim to rebuild a movement, stronger than ever, and a movement must start with a simple idea that unites everyone within Shelter, our best advocates. Change starts here, in our work with individuals, spreading through communities, and across society.

We identify in this strategy six million households whose right to a home is either denied or under threat at this very moment. Soaring rents that squeeze out food and clothing, being thrown out of your home through no fault of your own, simply being too poor to afford a home: the terror of homelessness is everywhere.

Many are living in grossly unfit and unsafe conditions, adults and children whose lives are blighted by fear and despair. Discrimination is rampant in private renting and we have lost sight of the simple fact that we need a home just as much as we need healthcare and education. We are building the fewest social homes in 70 years, at a time when more and more people desperately need them.

In Shelter’s services, our people work tirelessly to alleviate the sheer destitution they see day in and day out. We will be a rock in the storm every day for those who need us. But our aim is bigger – to cut this suffering off at source – and we acknowledge in this strategy that we can’t do it overnight, neither can we do it alone.

For the first time, Shelter is committing in this strategy to ten-year goals as well as three-year goals so we can be confident of building to the necessary changes over the next decade. And at the same time we commit in this strategy to building the movement of people who will make this change possible.

We plan in the next three years to have 500,000 supporters join us in our mission to respond to this emergency, through campaigning, volunteering and donating. It is people that can power the change we seek.

This national emergency has been decades in the making. Now is the moment to act together with one purpose. In the community, our hubs and shops will be magnets for everyone with a role in ending the national emergency. Nationally, we will work with everyone who sees the desperate need for change: no one group or party is to blame for the emergency, and no one group or party can end it either.

Shelter: it’s a fundamental need and a basic moral right. Please join us to defend it.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive

Helen Baker, Chair

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