As Grants Officer, you'll be responsible for supporting the Grants Manager and Senior Grants Manager in securing income against a defined target by building and nurturing strong relationships with current and potential funders, including charitable trusts and foundations, livery companies and the National Lottery Community Fund. Working closely with our service delivery, policy, impact and finance teams, you will source the information needed to write compelling funding applications, reports, thank you letters and 'Did you know?' moments that bring the experiences of missing people and their families to life.
Grants Officer Responsibilities:
• With Support from the Grants Manager, research prospective supporters and build relationships to create a pipeline of prospects aligned with the charity's funding needs.
• Support the Grants Manager and Senior Grants Manager in planning and delivering an annual work programme of applications and reports to ensure that income targets are met.
• With support from the Grants Manager, take ownership of our 'small grants programme', growing this income stream from trusts giving up to £5000, monitoring income and thanking and nurturing funders.
• Working with the Grants Manager and Senior Grants Manager, help to develop high quality and inspiring bids and reports for our 'medium' and 'large' funders, in partnership with colleagues across the charity.
• With support from the Grants Manager, create an engagement and stewardship programme for funders and prospective funders to get to know us and how they can help.
• With support from the Grants Manager, manage upwards to ensure that senior colleagues are nurturing potential and existing relationships with potential funders on your behalf.
• Ensure that all appropriate prospect and funder data, donations and correspondence are captured on the Raiser's Edge NXT database and refreshed as necessary.
• Ensure that the Grants Team complies with fundraising regulation and best practice by helping to develop and carry out processes for thanking, filing and data management.
• Spot and develop opportunities for securing income in other teams, and help other fundraisers to succeed for the wider benefit of the charity (for example, by assisting at fundraising events and helping with mass appeals, as required).
• Assist with the recruitment and management of volunteers, enabling them to gain skills and knowledge while increasing the capacity of the grants team.
Grants Officer Requirements:
• A proven track record of securing income through prospect research, high quality written applications and relationship management or experience in a role demonstrating relevant transferable skills, such as research, bid/report writing, relationship building, charity comms.
• Experience in a trust fundraising role, or in an applicable fundraising discipline, such as corporate, statutory or major donor fundraising (desirable).
• An understanding of trends in grant giving and emerging funding streams.
• Fundraising qualification or Institute of Fundraising Certificate (desirable).
Abilities, Skills and Knowledge:
• An understanding of the charity sector and different types of funding sources.
• Excellent written skills for drafting compelling bids, presentations, reports, briefings.
• Able to undertake thorough prospect research and develop donor stewardship plans.
• Able to interpret complex information and synthesise into simple, compelling messages.
• Able to understand basic budgeting in relation to a project or service.
• Effective time management skills and the ability to prioritise conflicting workloads.
• Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Able to motivate, enthuse and inspire others, including volunteers.
• Flexible and willing to support new projects and initiatives undertaken by the charity, taking the lead and/or working collaboratively with colleagues as required.
• Highly organised with a keen eye for detail and the ability to form and work to a plan.
• Competent in using customer relationship management databases (we currently use Raiser's Edge NXT).
• Able to understand the importance of and adhering to policies maintaining confidentiality as per Missing People's policy.
• Able to understand the importance of and adhere to Missing People's policies including understanding that Safeguarding is every employee's own responsibility.
• Occasional travel across the UK, including occasional overnight trips may be required, for example to visit a funder, undertake a training course, or to represent the charity at a donor stewardship event.
Criminal Record Check:
• Enhanced criminal record check will be completed upon appointment and must be deemed satisfactory by Missing People before the start date.
About Missing People:
Our Vision is that every missing person is found safe. Somebody goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds. We are a non-judgemental, highly skilled team of staff and volunteers working for everyone who needs us. We provide free confidential support, help, advice by phone, email, text and online, including the opportunity to reconnect. We also coordinate a UK wide network of people, businesses and media to join the search when someone goes missing. Missing People is an independent charity that relies on donations.
Location: Mortlake, London (remote / flexible working will be considered)
Type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: £24,000 to £25,000 per annum
You may have experience of the following: Grants Officer, Grants Assistant, Grants Manager, Fundraising Assistant, Fundraising Officer, Fundraising Manager, Trusts Officer, Fundraising, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Trusts Fundraising, Trusts Management, Grants, Not For Profit, IOF, Raiser's Edge, etc.
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