Irish Cancer Society: Community Fundraiser

TITLE: Community Fundraiser

REPORTS TO: Community Fundraising Manager


LOCATION: Leinster North

HOURS: Full Time (35 hours/week). Time flexibility and travel required. Evening and weekend work expected.

CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed term contract (1 year)


  • To coordinate, drive and deliver community fundraising activities in the Leinster North region to deliver budgets, targets and income in line with national and regional plans and strategies.
  • To achieve this by supporting and facilitating the development of volunteer networks and fundraising groups across the region.


Putting the supporter first:

  • Recruit, manage and develop supporters to achieve agreed financial targets and develop loyalty to the Irish Cancer Society.
  • Develop and use fundraising products that best match supporters and local communities to generate maximum income.
  • Ensure the development and delivery of both local fundraising plans and activities and the roll-out of national campaigns e.g. Cups Against Breast Cancer, Daffodil Day, Relay for Life.
  • Represent and act as an ambassador of the Irish Cancer Society in order to build existing and recruit new support.
  • Develop local, high level volunteer led fundraising.
  • Develop supporter care activities designed to deliver excellent communication and support to a wide range of audiences.
  • Promote awareness of all aspects of the Society in assigned communities.

Strategy/Planning and Finance:

  • Develop annual regional revenue targets and ensure adherence to expenditure budget. (Note: the target for this region in 2019 is over €1.7M)
  • Develop annual business plans to achieve targets.
  • Research and identify new income generation opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities for major donor, corporate and legacy fundraising and share with Fundraising management.
  • Ensure that accurate and up to date financial and supporter records are maintained and accessible.
  • Participate in the continual review, development and evaluation of community fundraising events and activities and provide reports as necessary and upon request.
  • Liaise with other voluntary organisations in the region to avoid competition with fundraising activities.
  • Plan and manage time in a cost effective manner, ensuring that all efforts are focussed on activities which maximise the potential for income and awareness raising.


  • Be fully conversant with all fundraising regulations as they relate to community fundraising activities and ensure that the Irish Cancer Society complies with all relevant legislation.
  • Cash handling, banking, acknowledging and receipting income in accordance with Society policies and procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding supporter information at all times, and to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act.
  • Keep up-to-date with the current issues and developments in the fundraising arena. Establish memberships and liaise with local bodies, agencies and other associations to ensure industry best practice. Undertake training as necessary.
  • Provide occasional support in the event that another team in the department has an urgent need.
  • Assist with special projects as required or self-determined to enhance the Society’s fundraising capacity and/or programmatic objectives.
  • The Irish Cancer Society operates a no-smoking policy and the post holder must not smoke in the office or when on Society business outside the office.
  • All employees are required to be aware of their responsibilities towards health and safety and to adhere to fire regulations.
  • This job description is not exhaustive. It merely acts as a guide and may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the Society at any time after discussion with the post holder.



  • Minimum of two to three years’ experience of raising funds in a community setting on a paid basis.
  • Experience of cash handling, setting and working to budgets, targets and plans.
  • Proven project and people management experience.
  • Experience of recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers.
  • Proven experience of event planning and management.
  • Experience using fundraising database systems.
  • Experience of working as part of a team and to deadlines.


  • Experience of the non for profit sector in Ireland.
  • Experience in training volunteers.
  • Third level qualification.
  • Community development experience.
  • Knowledge of Dynamics database.


  • Excellent communication and presentation skills – written and verbal.
  • Strong empathy with and compassion for the Society’s volunteers and supporters, and a passion for putting them first.
  • Self starter with initiative and drive and an ability to work independently, think creatively, and identify opportunities.
  • Ability to set and work to achieve targets, budgets and plans.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan and organise own workload.
  • Diplomatic and tactful with the ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of people.
  • A team player with an open and flexible attitude.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects and demands.
  • Computer literate including use of databases and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Full clean driving licence and car essential.


If you are interested in this role please send a cover letter and CV (including salary expectation) to Nicola Cosgrove, HR Administrator, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4 or email

The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm on 10th December, 2019.

Interviews will take place on the week commencing 16th December 2019. If you are interested in this role, you must be available on this week.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

We do not require the assistance of agencies at this time


North Leinster

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