Communications and Fundraising Officer


Post title:  Communications and Fundraising Officer

Salary: £27,000 – £30,000

Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week)

Closing Date: 11pm on the 10th of January

The role:

High Trees Community Development Trust is a community anchor charity based in Tulse Hill in Lambeth. We deliver a range of services focused in 4 key areas – Community Action, Children, Young People and Family Services, Community Education and Training and Employment and Careers.  All our work is focused on improving the social and economic welfare of the local community.

We are looking for a talented and committed individual who is able to co-ordinate all of our external communications and contribute to our fundraising work.  High Trees have been through a rebranding exercise which is shortly due to launch, which has not only created a new website and template of communications tools but also clarified our vision, mission and values.  The successful candidate will play a key role in growing the profile and reach of the organisation, ensuring our messages reach our key audiences and is utilised to effectively improve our fundraising efforts across all of our service areas

You will be able to fluently draft copy and communicate clear messaging, whether this is for our website, social media, flyers (using InDesign), newsletters and annual reports or in bids or reports to funders and potential funders.  You will quickly gain an understanding of our multiple services and projects and the ethos that underpins all our work and messaging.   You will co-ordinate our communications across the organisation, responsible for producing a communications plan and working with the service teams to ensure it is adhered to.  You will collate and produce information with which you will use our brand guidelines to speak clearly using the High Trees voice, whether this is in order to draft fundraising bids or spread the message of our work.  You will have the IT literacy needed to produce the desk based research needed to provide the context for funders that our work is needed, quickly master in-design if this is not an existing skill and use the full range of social media platforms.   You will also develop our online fundraising and opportunities for individual donations.

You will be responsible for regularly identifying and leading on fundraising opportunities and support on bid writing to increase the scope of our work.  High Trees CSR relationships are in their infancy and you will create and deliver a plan to increase the impact of these relationships and develop new ones, ensuring these are mutually beneficial and produce tangible benefits for the organisation.

You will also be responsible for the running and coordination of events across the organisation, whether this is developing and delivering these as part of the yearly plan (for example AGM’s or Community Days) or doing the event coordination and supporting on the delivery for events held by the service teams.

High Trees are far more interested in your aptitude for the role than any specific previous experience.  You will have a passion and commitment for work in the community sector and contributing to our aims and values.  You must be a talented communicator and possess excellent written and verbal fluency, with an instinct for framing our work in the way that is most effective.  You will also be very comfortable with the coordination, organisational and administrative aspects of the role, and be able to methodically plan and carry out the bulk of the communication functions within our organisations. 

Further details can be found in the Job Profile, which can be downloaded below.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter (of no more than 2 sides of A4), along with the applicant monitoring form and the additional information form to with ‘Communications and Fundraising Officer’ in the subject line.

All applications must be received by 11pm on the 10th of January Interviews held during week beginning 20th January.

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