Head of Fundraising

Bore Place - Commonwork Trust

Chiddingstone, Kent
£42,000 FTE

Paid • Part Time • Permanent


Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 5th July 2024  

Head of Fundraising 

Hours: Part-Time permanent role, 3 days a week – flexible working considered 
Salary: £42K FTE depending on skills and experience
Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, Kent TN8 7AR

Bore Place is looking for a new Head of Fundraising to be part of our team. This role will report to the CEO and work closely with the Senior Management Team and others to support us to develop and deliver our ambitious ‘people and nature’ programmes by identifying and securing the necessary funds to achieve our vision. 

Who we are: Bore Place is situated on a 500-acre organic farm estate in West Kent. Our mission is to enhance the planet in all that we do, to inspire people to live and work sustainably and lead happy and fulfilling lives. We provide a unique venue, educational programmes for young people, public activities and courses, and a site that is open to all. 

We are now at one of the most exciting stages in our development. With a new CEO in place, you will be joining the organisation at a pivotal moment as we approach our 50th birthday in 2027.

We are a small organization with a culture of ‘can do’ and everyone mucking in. We currently do not have a fundraising team but anticipate the Head of Fundraising will build such a team on the back of increased income generation. 

Your role: In this role, the fundraiser will use expert communication skills and a keen sense of initiative to identify fundraising opportunities, develop relationships with potential donors, and manage fundraising campaigns. By coordinating events, writing proposals, and recruiting and leading volunteers, the fundraiser will hone speaking, writing, and leadership abilities while moving the Commonwork Trust closer to its financial goals.

The ideal candidate will be motivated, professional, and organised with a strong track record of successful fundraising. We’re looking for someone who believes in the mission of the Commonwork Trust and has exceptional drive for furthering our fundraising efforts as well as strategising and delivering on new ones. 

We would love to hear from you if you have: 

  • Fundraising experience – you will have at least three years of experience at developing a fundraising strategy and understanding how different income streams operate with a strong track record in securing income 
  • Demonstrable experience in securing funding – you will have experience in identifying key voluntary income streams and securing funding support from trusts and foundations, and be comfortable with ‘making the ask’ of wealthy individuals 
  • Grant funding – you will have a strong track record of identifying, securing and monitoring grant funding. 
  • Communication skills – you will have excellent communication and relationship-building skills 
  • Leadership skills – you will have experience in leading and motivating colleagues and volunteers 
  • Charity experience – you will have worked in the charitable sector, preferably with a focus on environmental issues and have an understanding of how a mission-based organisation operates and the wider sector considerations that a charity operates within 
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Certification, diploma, or similar qualification in fundraising would be a bonus 

What we offer: As an organisation, we seek to be an inclusive and fair employer. We are a happy and supportive team and recognise that people are the heart of our organisation and value them accordingly. This is an opportunity to use your skills and experience to support the organisation to reach its full potential. 

We aim to be an organisation with a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants across all identities and backgrounds.

We offer: 

  • flexible working
  • opportunities to learn and develop 
  • free parking at our beautiful rural location 
  • staff discounts on events and organic vegetables when in season 
  • a pension
  • life insurance and an employee assistance programme 
  • 30 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays (pro-rata) 

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, 5th July 2024. 

First interviews are planned to be held at Bore Place on Monday 15th July, 2024, with second interviews on either Thursday 18th or Friday 19th July 2024. 

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