Want to lead the growth of a young and innovative charity through grants? Have you got a real passion for our values and an ability to generate income? Then read on… User Voice is at a really exciting point in our development as we continue to grow and we are looking for a dynamic person, committed to our values, to further this growth through unrestricted income generation especially through charitable and statutory bodies. User Voice’s core belief is that rehabilitation only happens when everyone in the criminal justice system shares responsibility for transforming the ‘us vs. them’ division into real collaboration. At User Voice we build the structures that enable productive collaboration between service users and service providers. We are able to do this because our work is led and delivered by ex-offenders. This gives us the special ability to gain the trust of, access to, and insight from people within the criminal justice system. We are seeking to recruit a Fundraiser to lead on income generation with this group of donors. The successful candidate will have a track record of income generation from trusts, foundations and statutory bodies and a strong commitment to the values of User Voice. We particularly welcome applications from ex-offenders and from all sections of the community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability. Find the full job description, person specification and application details here: User Voice Fundraiser Job Description Feb17 Applicants should send a CV and a statement of their suitability outlining their experience against each point of the Person Specification to User Voice, 20 Newburn Street, London, SE11 5PJ. Deadline for applications: 20th October 2017 Interviews: 27th October 2017 Role: Fundraiser Location: London Responsible to: TBC Objective: To maximise unrestricted income generation activity to support the growth of User Voice. Salary: Up to £30,000 depending on experience plus potential performance related bonus and London weighting (1 year fixed term contract, continuation subject to funding) Holiday: 25 days per annum plus public holidays Probationary period: The post is subject to a six month probationary period USER VOICE Why We Exist We believe that the fundamental issue that causes the stubbornly high rates of re-offending and all the other associated problems is the ‘us vs. them’ culture. Society feels frustrated with those who re-offend repeating cycles of behaviour and not engaging with rehabilitation services. Yet people with convictions feel marginalised by society, with rehabilitation services which are often inaccessible and unhelpful and a system that doesn’t value their input. Whatever the truth, we won’t reduce crime unless we deal with this division. User Voice’s core belief is that rehabilitation only happens when everyone in the criminal justice system shares responsibility for transforming the ‘us vs. them’ division into real collaboration. Our Role Our role is to improve rehabilitation through collaboration. At User Voice we build the structures that enable productive collaboration between service users and service providers. We are able to do this because our work is led and delivered by ex-offenders. This gives us the special ability to gain the trust of, access to, and insight from people within the criminal justice system. The entrenched exclusion of some of the people we work with can be a huge obstacle to service providers. The involvement of ex-offenders has many benefits, not least of which is the power of a narrative of success; working with ex-offenders can be a powerful way of motivating people who often have little self-belief that they can overcome the barriers they face. All the work User Voice has done suggests offenders want to talk to people who have ‘walked in their shoes’ and experienced similar life events. What We Do In order to achieve this we do the following: User Voice Councils, which provide a platform for service users to have a voice. They have been developed for use within prisons and in the community for probation, youth offending teams and other related services. Their democratic processes enable voices to be heard and focus on collective challenges and solutions. User Voice consultations, which are bespoke projects that help service providers and commissioners access, hear and act upon the insight of their users. These include research and specifically designed workshops and have ranged from working with drug users on recovery services, to engaging with excluded and vulnerable young people on the future of social work. User Voice peer support, sometimes, through the gate, which provide support for people in the community or those who are leaving custody; one-to-one sessions and peer-led groups give practical help and inspiration. Our supporters are uniquely placed to promote and ignite real change, as advocates and role models. Impact There are two sides to User Voice’s impact: Improving Services – with service user insight and experience, services can become more effective and accessible for hard-to-reach groups. Promoting active citizenship – as service users engage with improving the services they access, they develop the skills and behaviours to become contributing members of society. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The purpose of this post is to deliver an ambitious fundraising strategy. User Voice is seeking a candidate with fundraising experience, who can demonstrate an excellent track record. Strategy: To maintain and develop a strategy to ensure that all opportunities for approaching charitable and statutory grants and similar sources are maximised. To identify opportunities to raise unrestricted and restricted funds from trusts, foundations and statutory bodies as appropriate. Identify projects: To assist in identifying budgeted activities that can be packaged as projects. To ensure that projects include as many core organisational costs as acceptable to the donor. To work with delivery staff to develop ways of communicating so that new project ideas can be identified quickly and from the ground up. Research: To prepare and update detailed research on trusts, foundations and statutory bodies. To maintain accurate paper and database records on trusts, foundations and statutory bodies. Applications: To make recommendations regarding the optimum time to approach trusts, foundations and statutory bodies. To match potential donors with projects. To collate relevant information and lead on the drafting of applications to ensure that they are of a high quality and are submitted within donors’ deadlines. To follow up approaches and check on progress to ensure that applications are fully considered by donors and that the final outcome can be monitored. Management of grants To ensure that all donations and grants are properly acknowledged in a timely fashion. To liaise with the Finance Team to ensure that all grants are received. To ensure that the Engagement Teams are aware of new funding and their obligations regarding the project delivery, through Project Initiation Documents. To work with the Research and Evaluation Team in order to develop feedback systems to meet reporting requirements within donors’ deadlines. Relationships: To assist in the creation of materials to keep donors informed of developments at User Voice. To identify high value donors to cultivate and help develop a relationship building strategy for User Voice’s Leadership Team and Board To nurture good relationships with prospective donors. This will involve showing donors around User Voice’s services and attending other events in order to present User Voice’s case for support. General: Assisting with other fundraising activities as required. To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably required. PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential: Proven track record of successfully raising funds from trusts, foundations and statutory bodies Excellent interpersonal, networking and relationship building skills as well as the ability to influence and motivate supporters’ Excellent writing skills Knowledge of the latest fundraising strategies and techniques Excellent computer skills including sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and databases An ability to multi-task and prioritise work load under pressure Entrepreneurial skills and demonstrates a flexible, ‘can-do’ approach Ability to thrive in a small team environment and manage and lead change A strong and demonstrable commitment to the aims and values of User Voice A strong and demonstrable commitment to and understanding of the promotion of equality and diversity Desirable: Experience of the criminal justice system and/or other associated systems as a service user with the ability and motivation to harness this experience positively in working with service users An understanding of the criminal justice system and associated services Knowledge and experience of fundraising within the criminal justice sector FURTHER INFORMATION Equality and diversity User Voice welcomes applications from ex-offenders and from all sections of the community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks This post is subject to a standard criminal record disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) processes.