Ark | White City, London | Up to £45,000

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About the charity/role

Ark is a charity determined to transform the lives of children through effective education. It does this directly, through its collective of 38 schools, or through innovative programmes and partnerships that help deliver the academic excellence, personal enrichment and opportunities needed for young people to make ambitious choices about their future.

Ark brings together the skill and vision of academic professionals, business leaders and social innovators to deliver a highly-effective and successful model for education, focused on the needs of each student. Clear leadership, enabling partnerships, innovative projects, and effective support and training have established Ark as a leader in its field, and has helped the charity develop excellent links across the sector and in the communities it serves.

Out of the 26,000 secondary students in Ark’s network, 52% are disadvantaged (nearly double the national average of 27%), but the proportion of this group that pass English and maths GCSEs is over a third higher than the national average.

Ark’s fundraising team of three helps to coordinate income of over £14.5m from trusts and foundations, major donors and corporate supporters. Ark has grown from a disruptive and progressive start-up, funded primarily by private philanthropy, to an established, successful and ambitious charity, focused on solving some of the biggest challenges faced by schools in the UK.

Job specification

Reporting to the Head of Development, the Fundraising Manager will:

  • lead all trust and foundation activity for the charity, with a focus on developing new funding relationships (generally between £20,000 and £250,000)
  • coordinate and support the reporting and stewardship of a developed funding portfolio (c.£2m) from funders such as Garfield Weston, the Queen’s Trust and the Fidelity Foundation (40%)
  • support project teams to build messaging and budgets for a funding audience (30%)
  • help to shape and develop excellent funding proposals for a range of enrichment programmes (30%)
  • deputise for the Head of Development and work with the wider team on high-value funding opportunities
Person specification

The role will best suit:

  • a methodical and systematic driver of new fundraising activity
  • an expert and autonomous fundraising professional, able to manage all aspects of the funding process
  • an effective project manager, able to manage the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • an excellent communicator, able to influence and engage people at all levels
  • someone passionate about education, keen to work in a fast paced and effective organisation

For more information, please get in touch. The close for CV and cover letter is Monday 19 August.

Contact Naomi: 07538 576637 LinkedIn

To apply for this role, please send a CV that, where possible, specifies your fundraising achievements. If your experience is a good fit, we will send you a job description and arrange a briefing call or meeting that will provide you with all the information required to formally apply. QuarterFive aims to proactively support your job search, so we may also consider your details for other job vacancies to enable us to find a position that is most suitable for you.

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