Education Support | London with flexible working | c. £40,000

Contact Sarah: 07538 576710 sarah@quarterfive.co.uk LinkedIn

About the charity/role

Originally established over a century ago as the Teachers’ Benevolent Fund, Education Support has evolved to also provide emotional support and wellbeing services.

It maintains a helpline staffed by mental health professionals, runs a grants programme and runs a highly regarded campaigning and advocacy service.

34% of recently surveyed teachers have said they are planning on leaving the profession, in part due to burnout. Education Support’s ‘raison d’etre’ is to ensure individuals and institutions do not reach this crisis point.

This will be Education Support’s first permanent Trust and Foundations Manager, following a period in which a temporary consultant built a fledgling trust and foundations portfolio including the AEC Trust and CSIS Charity Fund.

The organisation has now emerged from a challenging three-year period, in which it conducted a merger and rebrand, and is now looking forward with an established new Chief Executive, Director of Fundraising and significantly refreshed trustee board.

With recently established campaigns and advocacy programme, Education Support is developing its reputation as the experts in the mental health and wellbeing of people in education.

This ongoing ambition, and the right people, should see it quickly grow and diversify its income (c.£1.5m in 19/20) beyond its strong foundation of individual giving towards a range of high value sources.

Job specification

The Trust and Foundations Manager will:

  • ensure swift, short term funding success built on previous relationships, followed by mapping and delivering a longer term strategic engagement plan to engage both new and existing 5- and 6-figure funders, working creatively with service teams to engage and impress a range of funders
  • work to a personal target of between £100k and £200k in 20/21, with an 80:20 split between new and established funders
  • support the SMT and Chief Executive, occasionally deputising for the Director of Fundraising, allowing them to pursue larger, more diverse funding opportunities including commercial products and services
  • create diverse and compelling cases for support, for funders interested in mental health, education, social welfare and homelessness.
Person specification

The position would best suit:

  • an ambitious and creative fundraiser who enjoys working in a small team
  • a confident communicator, with excellent written skills and the ability to ‘hold a room’
  • someone able to build a portfolio of support for core and established projects as well as being able to pursue wider opportunities with a more diverse funding pool
  • a strategic fundraiser, able to quickly assess Education Support’s immediate opportunities, facilitating impressive short-term wins in the first year, whilst laying the foundations for more complex funding relationships, building a strong, long term pipeline
  • a candidate with the ability to grow a detailed and extensive database (Salesforce), working with an excellent Database Manager
  • a creative and tenacious professional, able to work autonomously with limited support, while contributing to a small and busy team

Deadline is 9am on Monday 23 March.

Plenty of flexible working.


Contact Sarah: 07538 576710 sarah@quarterfive.co.uk LinkedIn

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