Fundraising Manager

Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust
10 Jan 2018
08 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Frustrated and undervalued in a large charity? Restricted in taking your ideas forward in a small charity? Prevented from developing current strategies for the better? For over 900 years Chichester Cathedral has welcomed visitors through its doors - worshippers, seekers, tourists, people of all faiths and none.  The Cathedral plays an important role for the city, the region and the diocese of East and West Sussex: alongside the primary purpose of worship and prayer, we foster learning, volunteering, music making, public debate and social action.  Living and vibrant, drawing in people to learn, explore, engage and be inspired, our Cathedral is also a haven of peaceful prayer and reflection.  In his 2016 book 'England's Cathedrals', Simon Jenkins describes Chichester as 'a friendly, popular Cathedral'.  Open every day our Cathedral welcomes 350,000 worshippers and visitors each year and is an important contributor in the local and regional economy. Chichester Cathedral maintains a free entry policy, and this is only possible through the essential work of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust. As an experienced fundraising professional, with a proven record, you will work closely with the Head of Fundraising to develop and increase the Cathedral's fundraising activity, and resultant income, across a variety of disciplines.  Building on that which has proved successful over the years, we also need to develop and increase efforts in other areas, to raise essential funds for the Cathedral's restoration and development needs.  To date, the predominant funding priorities have been focussed on restoration and whilst this remains a high priority, of increasing urgency is the need for funds to maintain and develop the valuable work undertaken by the Cathedral.  At a time when we are faced with a major £5.8 million roof project, we also need to develop our revenue fundraising activity in addition to the significant capital project funding needs. Experience of fundraising in the heritage and culture sector would be beneficial and experience of a wide variety of different fund raising techniques is essential.  Funds are typically raised through grant giving bodies, major donors and legacies, and so experience in raising revenue funding from these sources would be advantageous.  Other key requirements of this role are: Excellent communication and organisational skills, drive, the ability to get on with others at all levels, common sense, resourcefulness and a readiness to work on a flexible basis to meet the requirements of the post. So if you are looking to join a small dedicated team in a charity that is willing and prepared for change, one where you can make a significant impact and operate across a range of fundraising disciplines and, if you are not afraid of a challenge, then we look forward to hearing from you. The successful applicant will be sympathetic to the aims and values of the Church of England in general and to the mission of Chichester Cathedral in particular. Please apply with CV and cover letter using the link below by the 25th January 2018. Your referees should include your current employer, if applicable, but these will not be taken up without your permission. Interviews will be held in the first two weeks of February and we ask that you include a daytime telephone number to enable us to contact you as soon as possible should you be called to interview. Although advertised as a full time position, there may be some flexibility for an exceptional candidate.