mySociety is looking for a Fundraising Manager to help us secure new sources of income from grant-making foundations, government programmes and other philanthropic organisations.
mySociety is a 15 year old charity and our major donors include the Omidyar Network, Hewlett Foundation, Indigo Foundation, Google, Open Society Foundations, and Wikimedia Foundation.
We're looking for someone adept at telling our story: in print, on social media, email, on the phone and in person. You'll have demonstrable experience of writing grant applications, and the ability to quickly gain a good understanding of how our technology and research led programmes sit within and extend the reach of broader systems of impact, in order to explain this to others.
This role would suit those seeking flexible working arrangements as much as those looking for a full time permanent role. All mySociety staff work remotely, and you will need to be comfortable with this set-up. The role will involve some travel from time to time.
No recruiters or agencies, please.
Responsibilities and accountabilities
The main responsibilities of the post are:
- Applying for grants, writing proposals, managing the process of submissions and ensuring we meet all deadlines and requirements
- Ensuring interim and end of grant reports and follow-on grant applications are completed by the team and submitted on time
- Framing our current activity to appropriately align with the priorities of potential funders
- Collaborating with the team to identify new funding opportunities, and with partners on joint funding bids
- Maintaining our database of funders and potential funding contacts
Essential skills and experience
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- A storyteller, able to capture the breadth of our experience and summarise that impactfully and relevantly for the needs of each application
- Strong sector experience, ideally within civic technology or related fields
- Demonstrable fundraising track record, both quantitatively in terms of money raised, and qualitatively in organisational fit and sustainability
- Great personal rapport and people skills; will want to see evidence of your ability to quickly make connections
- Practical and organised for record keeping and reporting
- Able to quickly assess lengthy grant opportunities and comprehensively break down proposal requirements into manageable tasks
- Adept at using digital and social media to identify new opportunities
Interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills? Please apply anyway! We support learning on the job and rearranging tasks within the teams to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. You do not need to have a university degree. Please let us know in your covering letter what your relevant experience is and where you might need to learn as you go. Got questions? Ask us anything.
Since 2003 mySociety have built and grown a series of democratic and civic websites and apps, including FixMyStreet.com, WhatDoTheyKnow.com, WriteToThem.com and TheyWorkForYou.com which are used by more than 10 million people each year. Whilst we continue to run our sites in the UK, we also help groups in over 40 other countries to establish and make a success of their own, similar sites.
Our charitable work is made possible by major grants from funders such as the Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and Google, who support our desire to share software, knowledge and good practice for the benefit of the global Civic Technology community. We work across three thematic areas, developing online services in Freedom of Information, Democracy and Better Cities.
Our growing research team aims to establish how, whether and when Civic Technology can make a difference, and share these learnings widely with civil society and governments. Our project management style aims to minimise pain and distraction, and leave people to get on with doing great work, normally in small teams.
Our commercial subsidiary mySociety Ltd delivers off-the-shelf services for local authority and other clients in the UK and abroad, along with commercial access to our data services and custom development work and consultancy. Its profits are reinvested into the work of the charity.
Deadlines and dates
The application deadline is 10am on Friday 11th May 2018 and interviews will take place within the following fortnight. We will aim to notify applicants of whether or not they will be invited to interview by close of business on Tuesday 15th May.
Your application should consist of a CV and covering statement.
Use your covering letter to show us why your skills make you a good fit for this role. We’re also going to want to hear about examples of fundraising activity that you successfully led, so if there are examples online please let us know where to find them.
There may be a practical exercise for longlisted candidates to complete.
Salary is in the range of £32,000 to £42,000 depending on experience, plus pension (3% employer contribution, 5% employee). This is a permanent role, intended as full time although we will consider other arrangements.
We expect you to be based in the UK and you need to have the right to work in this country (sorry, but we can’t offer help with visas or relocation expenses).
mySociety is an adaptable, understanding employer and we have some great benefits including 25 days off per year (plus bank holidays), a new laptop, flexible working patterns, a yearly annual retreat and regular company meetups in cities up and down the country. Read more at www.mysociety.org/careers.
We welcome people who are committed to making a difference, but we take work life balance very seriously and we celebrate the idea of quality, not quantity of working hours: if you work more than your contracted hours then we insist on time off in lieu to compensate.
Most of our staff work remotely whilst still seeing each other face to face as often as we can. We work from home, co-working spaces, or small offices. We have small clusters of people around Bristol and London and would particularly like to hear from people based near those cities, but will accept applicants from anywhere in the United Kingdom. We ask that you are willing to travel to other parts of the country to see colleagues and clients perhaps a dozen times a year.