Fundraising Officer

Location: Home-based with travel in Devon & Cornwall
Salary: £30,000 pro rata
Position: Contract
Hours: 0.6FTE
Recruiter: Museum of Policing in Devon & Cornwall
Posted: 04/08/2022

Job Description and Person Specification:
Job Title Fundraising Officer
Contract Type Part-Time (0.6) with potential to increase, to 31.03.25
Location Home-based with travel to other locations in Devon and Cornwall
Commencement Date Immediate / by negotiation
Salary £30,000 pa pro rata

The Museum of Policing in Devon and Cornwall, registered with the Charity Commission as South West Police Heritage Trust, collects, preserves, and celebrates the history of policing in Devon and Cornwall.
We are ambitious and creative custodians of the rich policing heritage of this region, and our collections are a wonderful array of documents, photographs and objects spanning over two centuries and housing multiple untold stories and voices. The breadth and depth of our archive means we are in a privileged position to shine a light on an incredible history.
The backbone of our Trust is our board of trustees, our committed volunteers, and a small but experienced professional services team, who all work collectively to ensure our collections are unlocked, accessible, engaging and sustainable.

The Museum’s collections are arranged under the broad headings of objects, archives, photographs and library, the total number of items in the collections being in the tens of thousands. The whole collection is comprised of material relating to the police service(s) and policing in the counties of Devon and Cornwall. In the past a broader view of what this entails has meant the collection also contains material from other police forces in the UK and internationally. Material in the collection dates from the early 1800’s to the present day. The archive and historical collections are owned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), but the curation, preservation and exhibition of the material is the main task of the Museum, constituted to protect this unique asset.

We are now looking for a Fundraising Officer to help us achieve our financial diversification and growth objectives. The Fundraising Officer will operate in the area of: existing funder relations; establishing new donor/funder relationships; and growing the Museum’s funding portfolio through applications to a range of new potential funders. You will have a track record of writing successful bids / applications / grants so you will have high personal organisation skills, focus, and attention to detail, blended with the interpersonal skills to work in a small team, plus be a confident user of MS Office suite including Teams, and Zoom.

Working relationships
Internal: the post-holder will work daily with other members of the Museum’s team (CEO, Digital Communications & Marketing Officer, Archivist and Curator), plus Museum Trustees from time to time. There will also be occasional liaison with a group of committed volunteers / researchers.
External: the post-holder will liaise with existing funders, potential funders, project partners, including but not limited to the Police Services(s), other organisations according to project and opportunity, e.g., HLF, and friends (“Members”) of the Museum.

Main responsibilities and duties
As Fundraising Officer, you will work closely with the Museum’s CEO as well as the other team members to ensure that the Museum’s long-term strategy is reflected in funding applications, and that appropriate funders are identified and approached in line with the objectives of the Museum. This is an outcomes-oriented post with securing funding its primary goal. Your objectives will therefore also be outcomes based, including:

1. Strategy
Develop a funding strategy aligned with the Museum’s business plan and in consultation with the team, identifying appropriate funding opportunities and scheduling a pipeline of applications that unlocks the Museum’s proposed projects, its organisational resilience and its potential.

2. Fundraising
Expertly craft expressions of interest, proposals, enquiries and successful funding applications, ensuring that each potential donor is well researched and that applications respond specifically to the interests and needs of the funder, whilst staying aligned with the Museum’s own strategic plans. Work with the Museum’s internal funding deadlines, plus external deadlines, ensuring that winning applications are submitted with all relevant information in good time.

3. Communications
Become an ambassador for the Museum, maintaining strong relationships with donors and building a network of new supporter prospects. Manage all donor communication to keep supporters updated on the Museum’s progress and its priorities, with the objective of securing their support. Communicating the mechanism for legacy giving will be a key message.

4. Reporting
Identify and report on new and additional sources of income for the Museum, including sponsorships, corporate donors, grant giving bodies and others. Writing reports to the CEO and Board on an agreed basis, and additional reports as required relating to the monitoring and evaluation of funding. Ensure current and accurate knowledge of the external funding landscape, such as new funds and calls, and fundraising good practice elsewhere in the heritage and related sectors.

5. Compliance
Work with the Treasurer and CEO to monitor income and expenditure where it relates to Trusts, Foundations, and individual gifts both restricted and unrestricted funds.

6. Carries out other duties relevant to the post as reasonably required by the CEO and Trustees. Working with the wider team in support of new project ideas and funding applications as appropriate.

Person specification (E = Essential, D = Desirable)
To be considered for this role we would like you to be able to demonstrate:
• Experience successfully writing bids and successfully securing funding (E)
• Experience communicating with and managing a portfolio of funders / supporters (E)
• High personal effectiveness, a team player but with the personal organisation to work remotely to agreed objectives, competent with MS Office suite including Teams (E)
• The ability to work to tight deadlines sometimes under pressure (E)
• Knowledge and experience of developing short- and long-term funding plans (E)
• Project management skills, writing skills, interpersonal skills (E)
• Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, and a desire to enthuse others about the history of the Police Service of Devon and Cornwall (E)
• Knowledge and experience with customer relationship management systems (D)
• Familiarity with organising and hosting Zoom and MS Teams (D)
• Willingness to deliver occasional outreach in evenings and weekends (D)
• A driving licence and the ability to travel independently (D)

This is a 3-year, part-time role with an opportunity to increase hours and contract duration in line with future funding. It is also a work from home role with some travel across the region required. Because of this it is important that you are based in either Devon or Cornwall.
The Fundraising Officer role is an opportunity for the right person to spearhead the Museum’s fundraising strategy, secure its financial resilience and, in turn, contribute to the long-term success of the Museum. You will have the flexibility to work with autonomy whilst being supported by an experienced team and CEO. As well as your own personal network you will have access to other experts in the field and, through your funding work, you will be pivotal in the delivery of pioneering projects of real relevance to the modern South West.

Sounds good? Then we want to hear from you now. For a preliminary discussion about the post contact for availability for a call to discuss.

To apply send a current CV and covering letter explaining your motivation and how you meet the requirements to not later than MIDNIGHT 29th August 2022.

Job Reference: MPDC402
Closing Date: 29/08/2022

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