Fundraising and Marketing Officer

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK

Home based

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract Maresa Bossano

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 22nd June 2018   3 days left

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK is recruiting a Fundraising and marketing officer

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a radical approach to the production and supply of food that builds strong, close and mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and producers. It’s defined as a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. Farmers receive a more stable and secure income and closer connection with their community, and consumers benefit by eating fresh healthy local food, feeling more connected to the land where their food is grown and learning new skills. 

The CSA Network UK is the only organisation working solely to promote CSA - community supported agriculture - across the UK.

  • We provide a network to facilitate communication and co-operation between CSAs in the UK.
  • We support new and existing CSAs through the provision of resources, events, training, mentoring and advice.
  • We raise awareness and understanding of the CSA model amongst farmers, growers, and the wider public.
  • We represent the interests of the UK CSA movement to government and other policy makers.

The Fundraising and marketing officer is responsible for securing funding from grants and other sources, and also helping to increase income from members and organisational supporters. We are looking for someone who is passionate about ecological agriculture with a track record of successful fundraising for a charity or social enterprise.


2 days, 16 hours per week


£100 per day

Job Description

The Fundraiser is responsible for:

  • Assessing the funding needs of the CSA Network UK and creating the Fundraising Strategy and work plan to meet those needs.
  • Researching and identifying appropriate potential sources of funds for the CSA Network UK, including membership subscriptions, grants, corporate sponsors, major donors, other donations, legacies, crowd funding, awards, events, consultancies, merchandise and any other form of fundraising worth considering.
  • Building a network of potential funders for CSA Network UK and keeping an up to date database to include all forms of contact made with funders.
  • Recruiting more corporate supporters and securing sponsorship from like minded companies for CSA Network activities and events.
  • Developing promotional initiatives and incentives to encourage more CSA farms, individuals and organisations to join or support the network.
  • Writing funding bids, both narrative and financial budgets, in conjunction with the network coordinator and board, and stewarding the bid process through to completion.
  • Ensuring that any reports and other monitoring requirements for funders are delivered on time, in conjunction with the coordinator.
  • Representing the CSA Network UK at meetings, conferences and events where funders may be present.
  • Preparing regular progress updates for the CSA Network UK coordinator and board.
  • Any other aspect of fundraising work considered reasonable.
  • Assisting with other CSA Network UK events and activities as required.

Person Specification

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds from a variety of sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional networks.
  • Excellent written English and the ability to adapt written materials to different audiences.
  • Experience of developing successful crowd-funding fundraising campaigns.
  • Experience of using and maintaining a fundraising database.
  • Excellent ICT skills.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working within the environmental movement, or the third sector
  • Experience of working on membership development.
  • Knowledge of community supported agriculture and agroecological farming.
  • Experience of remote working or an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working remotely as part of a small team.

Application information

To apply please email your CV and a brief covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) stating how you meet the job description and person specification to Community Supported Agriculture by 6pm on the closing date 22 June 2018.

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