Muscular Dystrophy Ireland: Fundraising Lead

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Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Fundraising Lead

Full-time, permanent

About MDI

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) is a voluntary organisation that provides support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland envisages an Ireland that enables people with neuromuscular conditions to fully participate in society and reach their full potential.

Our mission

Our mission is to support people with muscular dystrophy. We do this, using a member-centred approach, by:

  • Providing information and support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families through a range of support services.
  • Advocating for services and entitlements for members, and educating and informing society about the conditions.
  • Supporting researchers and clinicians to carry out quality research into neuromuscular conditions.

MDI is an equal opportunities and inclusive employer.

About muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a collective name for a range of neuromuscular conditions. It is characterised as a progressive weakening, wasting and loss of muscle mass over time. It can present at birth, childhood or manifest later in life.

Position details

Job title: Fundraising Lead.

Location: Flexible - MDI Offices, Dublin 20 and remote working.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Hours: Monday to Friday.

Reports to: MDI CEO.

Purpose of job

The Fundraising Lead will take the lead in developing MDI’s fundraising strategy, to include our marketable position, partnerships, philanthropy, grants and donor giving.

The aim of the role is to position MDI so that it can secure a regular and diverse funding pipeline, to foster relationships and build a movement of people and organisations that support its mission.

The primary objective of this role is to help deliver ambitious fundraising targets through national presence and local development.

The person

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland is now seeking an assertive, highly motivated and resourceful executive to support our Fundraising programme.

If you are a creative, highly-motivated professional with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, proven experience working in fundraising, a passion for setting your own goals and a desire to lead a department, this could be the role for you.

You will share a commitment to the vision, mission, values and strategic priorities of MDI.

Main accountabilities

  • Support the development and implementation of MDI’s fundraising strategy.
  • Ensure that all fundraising complies with the Charities Act and all relevant data protection, as well always adhering to fundraising best practices.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of all MDI’s current and past projects and future strategic goals.
  • Foster current and create future partnerships to identify how to leverage relationships for maximum mutual benefit.
  • Track philanthropic and grant funding opportunities and complete comprehensive and impelling applications, identifying opportunities for impact.
  • Identify opportunities and proactively contribute to idea generation for the development of fundraising opportunities.
  • Investigate and pursue opportunities to secure EU funding.
  • Position MDI and support the creation of content for website, social media.
  • Create marketable corporate offerings, identify organisations whose values reflect our own, and match partners to specific projects.
  • Develop high quality materials including bespoke corporate funding proposals.
  • Build relationships with decision makers and MDI management.
  • Set clear financial targets and drive activity to ensure they are met.
  • Work with CEO and Board on developing the philanthropic strategy.
  • Develop and host philanthropic events.
  • Develop and manage major donor database and arrange appointments for CEO.
  • Hold fundraiser information/recognition events and develop fundraising pack.
  • Foster fundraiser relationships.
  • Foster fundraising partnerships with the corporate sector.
  • Provide support to people organising community fundraising events.
  • Provide support to people taking part in MDI’s fundraising events.
  • Answer, log and return calls, emails and web enquiries regarding fundraising initiatives and events in a professional, friendly and caring manner.
  • Ensure all supporter data is entered into the CRM system in a timely manner, entered correctly and completely, and is GDPR compliant.
  • Proactively monitor fundraising progress and support regional fundraising.
  • Support the production of marketing materials for community fundraisers such as poster, flyers, social ads, and videos when required.
  • Liaise with supporters to generate post-event testimonials, images and videos that can be used for marketing purposes.
  • Liaise with supporters regarding fundraising materials requirements and ensure distribution and delivery of same.
  • Monitor and replenish the stock of community fundraising materials and equipment as required.
  • Liaise with suppliers and manage payment process and system.
  • Create reports and marketing lists and support post campaign analysis and evaluation as requested.
  • Ensure all relevant areas of the website are kept up to date.
  • Engage in regular one to one sessions with your CEO and participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed.
  • Work as an integral part of the MDI management team to maximise income and long-term supporter relationships in line with our growth strategy.

Specialist knowledge, skills and experience

Please note all criteria are essential unless otherwise stated.

  • Qualification and/or learned skills in fundraising / marketing / communications / multimedia.
  • Experience of working in fundraising or relevant discipline(s), ideally with one year’s fundraising experience
  • Experience of working with people with disabilities is desirable.
  • Good working knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), Google Ads and fundraising platforms.
  • A proven ability to communicate well with a broad range of people and to engage and motivate supporters, members and volunteers.
  • Excellent prioritisation and organisational skills and the ability to complete projects within time constraints, work under pressure and multi-task in a busy team environment.
  • Advanced level IT skills, ideally with fundraising-database knowledge.
  • Willing and able to work outside of normal hours to support fundraising activities as necessary.

Team working skills

  • Ability to work on own initiative and liaise with senior managers.

Planning and organisational skills

  • Ability to organise and manage time effectively and to prioritise workload in order to meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in order to meet the demands of the role and to work within varying locations and different settings.
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work independently and on own initiative.
  • Knowledge of a variety of data collection tools and the ability to collect quality data in a systematic way. IT literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel and databases, or equivalent.

Communication skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a structured way and with a range of individuals, both verbally and in writing.
  • Experience of the preparation and delivery of presentations to varied audiences in a manner which meets their needs.

Equal opportunities

  • Ability to understand and demonstrate commitment to MDI's equal opportunities policy and to ensure all activities are consistent with the MDI’s equal opportunities policy and values. This includes all staff activities and their interface with the general public.

Special conditions

  • Full-time, permanent position.
  • The contract is subject to a six-month probationary period.
  • This role is eligible for Garda vetting.
  • Pension scheme available.
  • 21 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • Some travel will be required.

Please email your CV and cover letter to: Ewa at
Please put ‘Fundraising Lead’ on the email subject line.

The closing date is extended to Friday 23rd of September 2022

Shortlisting will be applied. Phone interview screening may be necessary. Interviews will take place in September.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
24th Aug, 2022
Dublin 20 / Remote
Expiry Date
23rd Sep, 2022