We’re hiring! Fundraising Officer

Are you passionate about making a difference to young people’s lives? Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is an award-winning youth work charity, delivering life-changing voyages at sea for young people aboard its sail training vessels.

Now that the delivery of our youth work at sea has recommenced following the pandemic, securing funding for our invaluable youth work is a priority.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Fundraising team as we emerge from the covid-19 pandemic. Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is seeking a motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic fundraiser to hit the ground running on the management and development of existing Trust and Statutory funding relationships.

Experience in securing funding via applications to funders such as The Robertson Trust, the Big Lottery and other major grant making trusts and foundations is essential. The ideal candidate will be a positive and creative individual with the ability to confidently embrace a diverse workload.

The successful candidate will be responsible for progressing a wide range of small, medium, and large grant requests to various funders. We are looking for an organised, detail-oriented storyteller with demonstrable experience in developing high quality applications, reports, budgets and supporting documents for a wide range of audiences including existing and new grant funders. This role would be ideal for someone who is highly organised, calm under pressure and a great communicator who has the confidence to reach out to familiar and new audiences.

A can do, positive attitude is what we look for – we thrive on a happy, successful workplace. You will need to be flexible and a team player, as due to the size of our organisation there are times when it’s all hands on deck!

This role would best suit an aspiring or experienced fundraiser looking for an exciting and varied role including managing a portfolio of funders, assisting with social media and general fundraising admin as required.

Personal Specification

Experience Excellent written and verbal communication skills with good copy writing and proof-reading ability
Minimum of one year’s successful experience in fundraising
Administration experience in a busy, fast moving environment
Experience of administering data and ensuring deadlines are adhered to
Experience of handling incoming and outgoing telephone calls
Ability to handle competing demands
Proven track record of generating income from a range of trusts, foundations, and grant giving bodies
Educated to degree-level or equivalent work experience
Event Fundraising experience
Digital communications via website, email campaigns and social media
Experience working with volunteers

Excellent IT skills and understanding of Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, database, internet and spreadsheets
Experience using a CRM database  

Ability to handle competing demands
Ability to work on own and as part of a team with a strong team work ethic
Confidence to interact with supporters face to face, representing the organisation at fundraising events
Ability to be a reliable and effective team player to work with others to deliver the plan
Strong interpersonal skills and relationship building abilities with the personality to work collaboratively with co-workers, volunteers and donors
Results orientated with a proactive attitude, positive outlook, high level of energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the mission and goals of OYT Scotland
Ability to prioritise a varied workload, good time management skills
Excellent written skills gained through producing correspondence and/or reports for internal and external audiences
Confidence in dealing with people at all levels, demonstrating professionalism and diplomacy
Copy-writing skills
Negotiation skills
Driving license  

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to fundraising@oytscotland.org.uk

Location: Greenock (but some possible home-working)

Hours: Full Time – 35 hours per week

Salary: £25,792 to £27,352

CLOSING DATE: 1700 Friday 6 May 2022 (Interviews: Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th May 2022)

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