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Fundraising Executive

  • Full time
  • £23,000 – £25,000
  • Edinburgh (with home working)
  • Closing 30th May 2022

  • Advertised from 16th May 2022
  • 35 hours per week. Permanent Contract.


Are you a budding fundraiser with a passion for equality, diversity, and inclusion? Our supporters are at the heart of what we do at Deaf Action and the Fundraising Executive role offers a unique opportunity to work with our fantastic supporters daily.

We are a deaf-led charity working together for an equal and better future for all deaf people since 1835. We have a range of services which support our aim of empowering deaf people of all ages to fulfil their potential and thrive.

You will be someone experienced in fundraising, delivering first-rate supporter care and relationship building, ideally in the Third Sector. To succeed in this role, you will be a multi-tasker and a proven team player, with communication skills, a creative mind, and the ability to problem solve. You will be self-motivated and able to effectively prioritise whilst delivering excellent supporter care. This is the perfect opportunity for an ambitious fundraiser who is keen to learn and develop new skills whilst advancing their career. You will have a commitment to empowering deaf people and be willing to learn British Sign Language as part of your role. The role reports to the Fundraising Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing and delivering first rate supporter stewardship to ensure that our supporters have the best fundraising experience
  • act as an excellent and enthusiastic first point of contact for all fundraising queries
  • proactively explore new opportunities and partnerships for community and corporate support
  • supporter stewardship for third party events in Scotland
  • thanking supporters and updating database in a timely manner
  • delivering talks, pitches and being present at community events and cheque presentations
  • manging volunteers in region and developing volunteering fundraising
  • supporting with fundraising events and other events as required
  • supporting and input with all campaigns, appeals and fundraising activities
  • processing donations thanking supporters, and updating relevant supporter records
  • maintaining mailing lists to ensure they are up to date with valid GDPR consent
  • ensuring regular contact with subscribers and other mailing lists contacts
  • managing administration of online fundraising tools (e.g., JustGiving) and preparing reports
  • assisting with administration and promotion of fundraising campaigns
  • assisting with event planning and coordination
  • processing Gift Aid claims
  • fundraising and event research such as event suppliers, raffle prizes, new third-party events, and contacts for corporate and community group pipelines
  • sending out fundraising materials and merchandise across the team including supporter packs
  • act as an ambassador for the charity

Additional responsibilities

  • inbox and calendar management for shared inboxes / calendars
  • providing updates to wider staff team on Development projects and progress
  • acting as a first point of contact for a wide range of enquirers and supporters, always maintaining a professional approach
  • taking responsibility for ensuring that full records are accurately maintained, and that data processing is in accordance with GDPR compliance

Person Specification (Essential):

  • at least 2 years previous fundraising experience, either in a work or voluntary capacity
  • sound understanding of fundraising practices and experience of supporter management and relationship building
  • a desire to develop further experience in fundraising (particularly high value) and events
  • excellent written and communication skills
  • an aptitude for building rapport and developing relationships
  • ability to work proactively, prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • ability to develop good working relationships internally and externally
  • motivated collaborator
  • strong research skills
  • working knowledge of Office 365 packages
  • willingness to learn British Sign Language
  • enthusiastic about learning new skills in event management and fundraising

Person Specification (Desirable):

  • knowledge or awareness of deaf issues and culture
  • experience of working with CRM systems and data
  • experience of managing volunteers

Applications from people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.

What’s on Offer

  • entitlement to join the occupational pension scheme which has employer contributions of 5% (above the minimum requirement)
  • more than the statutory minimum annual leave entitlement (32 days including bank holidays) with additional leave entitlement accruing with length of service
  • access to an Employee Assistance Programme provided by Health Assured
  • access to the Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to a Mental Health First Aider
  • access to an IT Voucher Scheme
  • support for Learning and Development through our PDR process
  • BSL Classes to Level 2
  • a range of flexible working practices

Application notes

Closing date: 30 May 2022

Provisional Start date: 1 July 2022

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter, your cover letter can be a BSL video explaining why you are a suitable candidate for the role to

PVG checks will be requested. Applications welcome from all sections of the community. We expect you will share our commitment to the core values of Deaf Action. British Sign Language training will be provided if necessary.

Deaf Action is a Company Limited by Guarantee and registered in Scotland SC 396876. Scottish Charity Number SCO09898