South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Fundraising Officer (Heritage Fund Funded) - Arnos Vale

This wide-ranging fundraising role will be perfect for someone looking to further develop their career in fundraising, with particular interest in Trust and Foundations.
1-year contract with potential to extend subject to funding. Arnos Vale is a special place that people love to visit, some say it casts a spell. We are an uplifting site of culture, history, nature, wellbeing, events and memories. More than 300,000 people are buried or remembered here, from much-loved members of ordinary Bristol families to those who changed our world or sacrificed their lives in war. Community is at our heart. We are a 45-acre green space saved by the Bristol community. This is an exciting new role and you will work with the whole team to enrich our future. We’d love to find someone who is as excited as we are by the potential of this place. Could you be the right person to help develop our fundraising activity? For you, it’s the chance to help us build something amazing. We’re looking for someone who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and lead by example. You’ll lead on the development of a new fundraising strategy and identify opportunities and new ways of working. You’ll have the passion and skills to help us raise valuable funds. We’re looking for someone who is motivated to take ownership, creating a dialogue with our supporters. People are central to Arnos Vale, our visitors, volunteers and neighbours are what makes us special. No two days will be the same. As a charity we have a range of visitors on site. With 2 indoor venues, one outdoor and 45 acres of nature reserve, there are a range of challenges and opportunities. We’re a small team, so we all help each other out. You’ll enjoy being a member of our team and be eager to help us protect and enhance this cultural place. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys a challenge and thinks strategically, whilst knowing that your work helps to raise a smile every day – this is the job for you! The Opportunity: This wide-ranging fundraising role will be perfect for someone looking to further develop their career in fundraising, giving the successful applicant an opportunity to work across a wide range of fundraising disciplines, with particular interest in Trust and Foundations, individual giving and legacy development. You’ll be highly organised, proactive and enthusiastic with excellent communications skills. You’ll enjoy building relationships and delivering exceptional customer service. In this varied and busy role, you’ll be the first point of contact for all funder enquires and a key player in the development and delivery of our fundraising strategy. This is an exciting time to join a developing team to shape fundraising at Arnos Vale. The role will play a key part in meeting the organisation’s fundraising targets. The first priority will be to help develop a relevant and realistic fundraising plan for the site. As a multi-faceted charity distilling down our case for support will be essential. You will help develop and implement all fundraising strands ensuring the organisation’s resilience in the future. Specific Tasks General Fundraising
  • Lead on the development of a new fundraising strategy for Arnos Vale
  • Contribute new ideas for fundraising and identify suitable funding initiatives
  • Maintain organised files of all fundraising information and produce reports
  • Stay abreast of fundraising good practice, ensuring compliance with codes of practice.
  • Contribute updates of fundraising events and activities for newsletters and blogs
  • Write and design fundraising materials
  • Draft reports and communications to donors
  • Monitor fundraising performance
  • Work with the Chief Executive to raise the profile of the charity Legacy Giving
  • With the CEO develop a strategy around increasing legacy giving
  • Design materials and text to develop legacy giving Trusts and Foundations
  • Write tailored applications to secure funding
  • Build on relationships with existing trust supporters, writing reports to deadlines
  • Identify new trusts and foundations that have not previously supported our work, and lead on approaches to them Individual Giving
  • Develop public fundraising opportunities and activities
  • Provide first line support for all fundraising enquiries and ensure they are followed up appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Deliver and develop excellent supporter relationships
  • Generate appropriate communications including tailored thank you letters
  • Draft communications to supporters as required
  • Inspire new supporters to donate, while maintaining and developing relationships with existing supporters Corporate
  • Work with other team members to develop a clear corporate offer
  • Identify, research and approach local corporate prospects Communications
  • Contribute to the production of the Annual Review and Newsletter, including writing copy, liaising with printers and donors
  • Support the Marketing Manager with fundraising updates for social media
  • Keep the fundraising pages on the website updated Data
  • Update and maintain supporter data, ensuring all information relating to funders and prospects is accurate and up to date and adheres to data protection guidelines Perform any other duties consistent with the role and / or reasonably required by the CEO

Personal Specification


  • At least 2 years’ experience in fundraising
  • Experience of charity fundraising over a range of methods providing income generation
  • Proven record of successful applications for substantial funding from Trusts and other grant-making bodies
  • Experience of legacy and gift in wills strategies
  • Experience of researching funding opportunities
  • A good understanding and knowledge of the fundraising sector
  • Up to date knowledge of GDPR Skills and Competencies
  • Excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative bids
  • High standard of computer literacy
  • Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision
  • Highly organised with great administration and planning skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills required to build relationships with donors
  • Ability understand and generate budgets
  • Ability to set and work to goals and targets
  • A flexible and strategic mindset
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people including volunteers
  • An understanding of the wide range of work carried out at Arnos Vale and its impact
  • Able to communicate Arnos Vale’s values and range of work to supporters and stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends when required
  • Some experience of social media and digital marketing

To apply for this role, send a covering letter, CV (2 pages max) and a completed Equality and Diversity monitoring form (available on the job advert on our website by Monday 20th January 2020 to Interviews likely to be held week commencing 27th January 2020.

Organisation name: Arnos Vale

Contact name: Ellie Collier

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01179719117

Contact website: http://www.

Type: Part-time (fixed term)

Salary: £26,000 pro rata- 22.5 hours/ week (actual £14,560) Consultancy role considered

Location: Bristol

Deadline for completed applications: Monday 27 January 2020

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