Fundraising and Projects Lead
Please note - candidates must be available to start immediately.
Essex is a diverse county with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country through to highly affluent communities, which creates a wide variance in life expectancy. Culture and Green Spaces will deliver exceptional customer experiences, harnessing the benefit of Essex's strategic location, with the objective of developing a financially sustainable operation.
The Fundraising Lead will generate new income streams for the service by securing capital and revenue grant income and other fundraising activities, including sponsorship and donations. The role will lead the development of funding bids across the service and be responsible for drafting applications and producing final evaluation reports.
With significant experience of developing funding applications and business cases for external funding, the role will also be required to develop and maintain a broad knowledge of different sources of potential funding across the range of services delivered by Culture and Green Spaces. The role requires an individual who welcomes change, has a growth mindset, the ability to work flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries in support of key outcomes.
Lead the coordination of funding applications for Culture and Green Spaces in consultation with other service managers. This role will focus on funding for Weald, Thorndon, Belhus and Great Notley country parks, Bradwell and Harlow outdoor centres and the Essex Record Office, as well as for new environment, green space, health and wellbeing development projects within the service.
Work collaboratively across the function, using professional expertise, to support the development of a fundraising strategy, business cases and funding applications which maximise investment, grant and sponsorship opportunities.
Responsible for delivering funding for the Culture and Green Spaces business plan, which supports the wider strategic objectives of Place and Public Health and ECC more widely.
Responsible for undertaking regular reviews of the most appropriate structures to enable the service to maximise the income that can be achieved through private and public sources.
Responsible for researching and identifying appropriate streams of funding and grants which enable the service to secure a financially viable commercial model in the long-term and on a sustainable basis.
Responsible for drafting funding applications in consultation with managers across the service. Projects will be prioritised as part of the overall Programme Management approach that will include advice from specialists such as the Fundraising Lead.
Also contribute to the generation of new income streams from legacy donations, sponsorship and other fundraising activities, including Friends groups, volunteering initiatives and donation schemes at each site and on-line. Work in partnership with the marketing and communications team to maximise income through new initiatives.
Develop own learning to increase understanding of external funding opportunities to contribute to bid writing and finding creative solutions to funding requirements. Through continuous professional development ensure that on-going learning and development is achieved.
Responsible for liaising with funding bodies and/or sponsors for the duration of work programmes; including submitting final evaluation reports and budgets.
Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Educated to Degree level or equivalent by experience.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and good knowledge in relevant professional area.
- Good knowledge and understanding of external funding opportunities and evidence of developing successful funding bids and business cases.
- Evidence of past success at raising funds through grants or other means (donations, legacies, sponsorship).
- Ability to understand, interpret and communicate funding information. Report writing skills for evaluation purposes
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders, funding bodies and partner organisations.
- Experience of carrying out research in the external market, with a particular focus on funding opportunities.
- Ability to analyse data, think innovatively, creatively and solve problems to demonstrate the "fit" between funding opportunities and service delivery.
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, if / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options.
Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please email or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday 08:30 - 16.30.