Women’s Aid: Fundraising Senior Project Leader

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About Women’s Aid:

Women’s Aid is a national, feminist organisation working to prevent and address the impact of domestic violence and abuse. We do this by advocating, influencing, training, and campaigning for effective responses to reduce the scale and impacts of domestic abuse on women and children and providing high quality, specialised, integrated, support services

Purpose of the role:

To drive the new Women’s Aid Fundraising Strategy and generate and build diverse income streams to support the charitable activities of the organisation. The Fundraising Senior Project Leader will also oversee the day to-day support and supervision of the fundraising team.

Reference: FSPL2023 (please cite in all communications with Women’s Aid).

Reports to: Head of Strategic Communications and Fundraising.

Contract: Permanent, full-time.

Hours: Women’s Aid’s full-time working week is 35 hours (excluding lunch). Core working hours are ordinarily between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, unless a role requires different contracted hours.

Location: Primarily based at Women’s Aid head office at Wilton Place, Dublin 2, but a % of hybrid working will be required.

Salary: €50,000 – €55,000 pro rata, Senior Project Leader scale. Rate subject to relevant experience.

Direct Reports:

  • Individual Giving & Legacies Project Leader (p/t)
  • Digital, Community & Events Project Leader (f/t)
  • Corporate and Philanthropy Project Leader (f/t)
  • Supporter Services Executive (f/t)

Key Responsibilities

The Fundraising Senior Project Leader will:

  • Alongside the Head of Strategic Communications and Fundraising be responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of Women’s Aid’s fundraising strategy.
  • Lead the fundraising team to deliver on raising a diverse range of income streams from: corporate partners, charity of the year fundraising and corporate campaigns, individual giving, digital challenges, events, community fundraising, legacies, trusts and foundations.
  • Deliver on annual income targets within budget, and meeting all KPIs to ensure the long-term growth of diverse income streams.
  • Use research and data-led insights to inform a strategic approach to all fundraising activities.
  • Be responsible for setting high standards of ethical fundraising and will maintain a culture that is supporter focused, results driven and encourages growth and innovation.
  • Provide support and supervision to four team members, inspiring and motivating the team while also holding to account by setting and measuring against targets and KPIs
  • Develop, in consultation with Department Head and Financial Controller, of annual budgets for all aspects of fundraising and manage fundraising expenditure budgets on an on-going basis ensuring all activity is implemented within budget and defined cost ratios.
  • Regular review of fundraising income against targets and related expenditure to inform a dynamic delivery of the strategy, innovating or adapting in consultation with the Department Head if required.
  • Ensure that all third-party suppliers are sourced and managed effectively to deliver best value.
  • Externally represent the organisation to extend its influence and profile amongst trusts & foundations, and other key donors.
  • Manage the relationships with existing donors implementing stewardship plans with the Fundraising Team.
  • Realising opportunities to expand the charity's supporter base by driving new business.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with other parts of Women’s Aid, continually helping to foster a culture of fundraising across the organisation while ensuring all fundraising is informed by the organisation’s overall Strategy – including trends and requirements identified through delivery of the organisations frontline activities.
  • Stay well informed of existing and new fundraising legislation and guidance from the Charities Regulator, ensure this is regularly communicated to the Fundraising team, and Leadership Team as appropriate, and forms the basis of the Women’s Aid’s Fundraising activities.
  • Ensure all charity fundraising activity (including "in aid of" events) is compliant with relevant charity and statutory legislation and the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public.

Other Duties

  • Participate in organisational meetings, events and working groups.
  • Attend regular support and supervision meetings with the Head of Strategic Communications and Fundraising.
  • Arrange and attend regular support and supervision meetings with direct reports in accordance with organisational policy.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate to the post as may be assigned from time to time, commensurate with the responsibility of the post.
  • Promote the overall aims and values of Women’s Aid.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a fundraising role with a national charity/charities.
  • Excellent understanding of fundraising best practices and compliance.
  • Strong and demonstrable experience in financial planning, budgeting and monitoring, with the ability to identify and manage risks.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in supervising employees.
  • Knowledge of digital fundraising, community, corporate, philanthropy and individual giving.
  • Be an experienced networker with an ability to manage multiple relationships at all levels.
  • Excellent presentation creation and delivery skills.
  • Excellent writing skills, with the capacity to write for different audiences.
  • Excellent oral communication is essential.
  • Have demonstrable strategic thinking skills and experience.
  • Significant experience in growing income streams.
  • The ability to take multiple campaigns forward at the same time without losing track of deadlines and quality requirements.
  • Experience of working with Excel and databases to extract and analyse data.
  • Experience of managing and developing creative materials and liaising with print and media agencies.
  • Be a self-starter with high personal standards and the ability to pursue goals with drive and energy and to be resilient in the face of obstacles.
  • Strong interest in equality and commitment to achieving zero tolerance of domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women.
  • Access to a suitable home working space for some hybrid working, including excellent connectivity.
  • Capacity to work evenings and weekends to attend supporter meetings and events as required.

Other requirements

  • A full driving licence and access to a car as this position requires some travel
  • Flexibility to attend fundraising related meetings and events as required.
  • All applicants must have the right to work in Ireland, with all relevant visa permissions in place if required.

How to Apply

See Application Form and Recruitment Pack attached below.

Application forms, clearly referenced FSPL2023 in the subject line, should be sent by email only to Carmen Iturregui, Strategic Communications and Fundraising Administrative Officer, email: carmen@womensaid.ie. CVs will not be considered.

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 14th April 2023.

Interview schedule: It is anticipated that first round interviews will be held week commencing 24th April 2024

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Region: Dublin 2 / Hybrid