Director of Fundraising, Communications and Marketing

Salary: £50,000 – £55,000 pa (a 4-day week may be considered)

Location: Flexible working, with on-site office in Shoreditch

About SCT

Founded in 1965, Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) is an East London charity embedded in the local community, providing a complete recovery pathway for people with alcohol and drug addiction, and with complex needs. This includes people who have experienced mental and physical illness, homelessness or the criminal justice system.

Our mission is to enable people with drug or alcohol addictions and complex needs to achieve lasting recovery and a more fulfilling life. Through our services, and by working with others, we aim to provide the UK’s most effective and compassionate recovery program.

Our emerging ‘Recovery without Walls’ strategy will deliver approaches that celebrate the gifts of the recovery communities with whom we engage. Our aim is to build on the creative and innovative instincts of SCT, drawing on our core competencies of enterprise, learning, housing, and therapeutic support. 

Our services

To support our whole-person, place-based approach to recovery, we run a residential recovery hostel, supported housing, a Training and Development centre, a Housing First project, drop-in facilities for homeless people, two social enterprises offering a supportive training ground for those who want to take the next step, and several charity shops, all in East London.

“Not only have I been able to recover but I’ve also been able to integrate back into the community in a really gentle, soft, loving kind of way. It feels very natural and very un-project-like.”
— Supported Housing resident

“I cannot stress how much I owe the people at Acorn House for showing me there’s life without drugs – and a wonderful one at that.”
— Recovery hub resident

Future plans

With the continued social and economic fallout from Covid-19, the need for our services has never been greater. New projects we are scoping include a residential rehabilitation unit for women; taking our social enterprise to the next level, particularly around furniture restoration; and increasing neighbourhood presence by using current retail space as a space for connection and skills development.


SCT raises c.£1m pa of voluntary income, the majority of which is from trusts and grants, with the remaining from individuals (incl. regular giving, major donors and appeals), corporate, events, legacy, and community fundraising.

In spite of the upheaval caused by the pandemic, the relatively new fundraising team has out-performed any previous year, raising over £1m for the first time in SCT’s history. With the exception of Community income, last year all other streams performed much better than expected and, in some cases, doubled what was forecasted. These strong fundraising foundations are complimented by highly effective services, which provide compelling evidence for potential donors.

It is worth noting that SCT’s fundraising team are based in office space that is shared with service facilities, providing an invaluable and tangible connection between their work and the beneficiaries.

The role

Supported by a new CEO, responsive trustees, and a collaborative and nimble team, this new role offers an exciting opportunity to create significant change and take a pivotal role in shaping the charity’s future. 

The Fundraising, Communications and Marketing team currently comprises of a Trusts and Foundations Officer, Individual Giving Manager, Corporate Partnerships Manager and Communications Officer. To support continued growth of Trusts and Foundations income, there is budget in place to recruit a new team member. 

As an SMT role reporting to the CEO, the Director of Fundraising, Communications and Marketing will take responsibility for fundraising and marcomms and develop integrated strategies, with a focus on deepening existing funding relationships, sustainable growth, and raising the profile of the charity and our social enterprises.


Taking a creative approach, you will develop a fundraising strategy with a focus on sustainable growth and deepening relationships, especially across high value fundraising. You will also develop a strategy for SCTs internal and external marketing and communications.


You will lead and manage SCT’s fundraising, harnessing the expertise and passion of the Fundraising, Communications and Marketing team. Initially, this will require a hands-on approach whilst the team is finalised, with the aim of moving towards oversight and improvement.

Communications and Marketing

This area has become a recent area of focus for the charity, both internally and externally, and will include a focus on cohesion of messaging and campaigns, strategic development of digital marketing, and maximising SCT’s  brand awareness within the local community and beyond.


Leading by example, you will bring rigor and a project-based approach to your team and SCT’s senior stakeholders. With a flat structure in place, you will have direct access to a board of highly supportive Trustees.

Key experience

  • A strategic thinker, able to see the bigger picture and establish plans for growth and development
  • Experience of creating and delivering successful multi-stream fundraising strategies
  • Extensive line management experience, with a coaching and enabling style that helps team members to flourish in their roles
  • Expertise in working with senior stakeholders/volunteers, including trustee boards
  • An interest in issues around homelessness, addiction and/or mental health and a passion for our mission
  • Desirable: Leadership of a Fundraising & Marcomms department at a small organisation 
  • Desirable: Experience of developing funded partnerships with statutory agencies and related applications

How to apply

Submission deadline is Wednesday 2 March, but initial conversations asap.

Extensive support and insight is available to suitable applicants.

Please get in touch with Laura Macnamara at QuarterFive Fundraising Recruitment to discuss the role and your suitability.

Tel: 07494 082078

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