Vacancy:  Fundraising Manager


Contract: Permanent
Location: Home-based worker, residing within easy commute of Plymouth
Employment Terms: Part-time 4 days (30 hours) a week – working hours/days can be mutually agreed
Salary: £30,000 – £33,400 pa pro rata, depending on qualities and experience

The Role

Reporting to the Trustees, you will be responsible for:

  • Researching fundraising opportunities and writing grant applications to charitable trusts or statutory bodies
  • Building relationships with major donors or companies
  • Preparing and delivering end of project reports
  • Managing information and recording the profile and fundraising activity of donors on a database
  • Quarterly reporting to Trustees
  • Managing your own budget and ensuring targets are met
  • Ensuring major donors or companies are happy with their donation scheme and are kept informed of progress and key milestones
  • Developing and organising fundraising campaigns and events
  • Spotting fundraising opportunities and raising awareness of the organisation’s work
  • Up to date knowledge of trends, risks and opportunities in the charity sector
  • Willingness to travel to meetings across the UK and work outside office hours on occasion
  • Working as part of a small team, particularly liaising closely with the business support manager, bookkeeper, operations manager and Ocean Discoverability® project manager
  • Jointly manage and monitor social media
  • Co-production of annual reports and newsletters

The role also includes covering for colleagues; answering telephones, dealing with enquires etc.

Skills and Attributes

Key skills and attributes you will typically need as a fundraising manager include:

  • Excellent communication skills: Both verbal and written communication skills are important for the role of a fundraising manager. You will also need to build long-term relationships with potential donors or volunteers and persuasively explain your charity’s cause to them.
  • Research skills: You will need to be good at researching and devising strategies, as well as spotting and taking advantage of donation opportunities.
  • People skills: You need to be adept at managing relationships, whether they be in the organisation, or donors, and have good diplomatic skills.
  • Self-motivated: A positive attitude and ability to use initiative and work effectively and efficiently without supervision.

Strong budget management skills, organisation skills and IT skills are also important as these will all support you to achieve the fundraising targets you are aiming for.

In addition:

  • You will need to have an eye for detail, a keen interest in, and commitment to, the cause you are raising money for.
  • Be able to work flexibly as might be required from time to time.
  • Be IT literate in Microsoft Office 365. Knowledge of Google Workspace advantageous but not essential.
  • Be prepared to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Willingness to undertake a voyage to understand the work of the charity in more detail.

How To Apply

To apply, please email your expression of interest with your CV to

Closing date for applications: 14 May 2024