Development Officer

Centre for London is looking for an enterprising and insightful individual to join the Development team and help the Centre reach ambitious fundraising targets in 2017 and beyond.

About Development at Centre for London

Centre for London is primarily funded on a project-by-project basis through corporate sponsorship from a range of organisations. Projects are also funded through restricted grants and donations.

Most members of the team are involved in fundraising, and since 2014 they have been supported by the Development Manager. In 2017 the Development team is expanding to enable the Centre to further grow and diversify its income.

About the Role

This is a new position and an excellent opportunity to work in a leading policy organisation. The Development Officer will report to the Development Manager and will work alongside another Development Officer (an equivalent role and also a new position in 2017).

The main purpose of the role is to support the Development Manager in the implementation of the fundraising strategy. Primarily this will involve: driving forward project-by-project fundraising, stewarding existing and potential funders, and implementing CRM database processes.

Since Centre for London is a small organisation, the successful candidate will work across a diverse range of projects. Both Development Officers will be involved in all activities related to fundraising, however since these are new roles there is scope to specialise over time.

About the Candidate

The role will suit an enterprising and insightful individual looking for a challenging role in which they will have room to develop.

2017 will be a demanding year for Centre for London, therefore we are looking for a candidate who will be committed to their duties, demonstrates a high level of personal motivation, has excellent organisational skills, highly developed communication skills and is confident communicating with high level stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Development Manager in the development of Centre for London’s corporate sponsorship offer and in growing the major donor supporter base.
  • Support the Research and Events teams in their fundraising for projects, taking responsibility for driving forward the fundraising of allocated projects.
  • Proactively research and identify suitable organisations and individuals with interest in the Centre’s work through incisive prospect research, formulating strategies for engagement.
  • Tailor fundraising proposals for prospects, proofread and format documents to a high standard, and write briefing notes for senior colleagues.
  • Make fundraising approaches and attend meetings with existing and potential funders where appropriate.
  • Support the Development Manager in implementing a programme of stewardship to engage existing and potential supporters, including administering digital and hard copy mailings and delivering agreed sponsor benefits in a timely manner.
  • Relationship manage an agreed list of existing and potential supporters, proactively identifying opportunities to engage them.
  • Research and identify new trusts and foundations that the Centre could approach for project or core funding, and support the Research team with grant applications.
  • Ensure that Salesforce, Centre for London’s CRM database, is kept up-to-date and accurately reflects the status of fundraising approaches.
  • Maintain and improve Salesforce through adding new contacts, data cleaning, coding contacts for relationship management, and proactively suggesting improvements.
  • Contribute to impact reports for funders, whether donors or sponsors, and assist in the production of the annual funding report.
  • Support the Development Manager in the delivery of Development-led events, taking responsibility for logistics, guest list formulation and management as appropriate.
  • Assist the Events team at Centre for London events outside of normal working hours as necessary.
  • Present the organisation in an appropriate and professional manner to its stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development and growth of the organisation through working in accordance with its wider objectives, corporate philosophy and values of integrity, excellence, collaboration, growth, respect and fun.

Person Specification

Qualification Criteria:

  • Qualified to degree level (essential)
  • Right to work in the UK (essential)

Demonstrable Skills and Experience:

  • 1 to 3 years’ experience in a professional fundraising role (particularly with experience of corporate partnerships, major giving or trusts/foundations) or equivalent relevant experience (e.g. sales; marketing) with a demonstrable commitment to a career in fundraising and development (essential)
  • Experience of working in an office environment, dealing with computer-based administrative tasks, and interacting with a range of people (essential)
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to balance and prioritise multiple requirements, work well under pressure and meet conflicting deadlines (essential)
  • Excellent IT skills, capable of comprehending a complex database, completing mail merges and using MS Office applications (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint) to a high standard (essential)
  • Immaculate writing skills with an ability to analyse large quantities of information and summarise key information concisely (essential)
  • Outstanding oral communications skills, including: excellent telephone manner; ability to adapt communication style according to the audience; ability to build rapport with external stakeholders (essential)
  • Detail oriented with excellent proofreading skills (essential)
  • Good eye for design and visual presentation (essential)
  • Outstanding planning and organisational skills (essential)
  • Ability to learn new technical and soft skills quickly (essential)
  • Experience of using a CRM database (highly desirable, especially Salesforce)
  • Experience of contributing to event delivery (desirable)

Personal Characteristics:

  • Interest in London and its future (essential)
  • Interest in policy and the development of cities (desirable)
  • Client-facing attitude, presentation and outlook (essential)
  • Natural inclination to empathise with external stakeholders (essential)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence communicating with high level stakeholders (essential)
  • Flexible and proactive (essential)
  • Able to take ownership of a task, with the personal drive necessary to see the task through to completion (essential)
  • Comfortable working with minimal supervision (essential)
  • Willing to positively contribute to team life (essential)
  • Ability to handle sensitive material with confidentiality (essential)

Start Date

6 March 2017 (or sooner should the successful candidate be available)

Application Process

Applicants should apply via email, with the subject ‘Development Officer Application’, to [email protected]

Please attach a 1 page covering letter setting out why you want to work at Centre for London, why you want to work in fundraising and development, what attracts you to this role and your suitability for the position. Please also attach your CV. The deadline for applications is 10.00am on Monday 6 February 2017.

Interviews are likely to be held throughout the period of advertisement, therefore early applications are highly encouraged.