Development Officer

Friends of Barnes Common

Barnes Common, London
£12,000 pa (0.4 FTE)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Wednesday, 28th October 2020   6 days left


Overview: This is an opportunity to join a small but dedicated and dynamic management team, working closely with the Board of Trustees, in an award-winning organisation, recognised for leadership in 3rd-sector conservation management and education. The Development Officer, a new post, will be responsible for managing the ‘Friends’ database, fundraising activities (individual and third party donors) and contributing to communication strategy.

FoBC is a charitable company, limited by guarantee that manages Barnes Common LNR, Vine Road Recreation Ground and Leg o’Mutton LNR, in partnership with Richmond Council (LBRuT), from which it receives the majority of its funding. FoBC’s remit is to maintain and enhance these vitally needed open spaces, providing first class amenities for the public.

With an estimated 30,000 people living within easy reach of and benefitting directly or indirectly from our sites, there is clearly scope to double and re-double the current membership of 700. Fundraising will include identifying grant opportunities relevant to FoBC’s activities and encouraging sponsorships, legacies and other schemes for giving.

FoBC is actively looking to expand its current activities through various conservation and education projects, including a potential, major revitalisation for the Vine Road Recreation Ground, incorporating landscaping and a new centre that will provide an educational and social hub. (see website:;.

FoBC is an equal opportunities employer.

Based at: The Pavilion, Vine Road Recreation Ground, Barnes Common, London Borough of Richmond, SW13 0NE. It is expected however, that much of the work can and would be conducted from home with flexible working hours.

Responsible to: The Board of Friends of Barnes Common, reporting to the Treasurer.

Contract & Hours: This is a fixed term contract until 31/10/2021 for two days a week (0.4 FTE 37.5 - 15 hours) based on an annual salary of £12,000. Flexible working is entirely possible, for example, fewer hours over more days. The post may require some occasional evenings for events or meetings. There may be potential to extend hours and/or offer financial incentives subject to performance, although this will be entirely at the discretion of the Board. It is fully expected that the contract will be extended after October 2021 but will be subject to ongoing funding from LBRuT.

Performance: Targets will be set by the Board. It is expected that the cost of the post would be seen to be ‘self-financing’ from regular donations and fund-raising after an initial year. It would then build to the order of three times costs within three years, with targets adjusted to reflect work on major one-off project funding. Performance will thus be judged by outputs rather than being purely time based.


Principal Duties:

To research and keep abreast of relevant sources of funding, whether local or national, public or private and bring opportunities to the attention of staff and trustees in a timely manner.

To initiate contact, fully understand requirements and build relationships with officers within relevant grant or funding bodies.

To develop proposals and bids and to submit applications where necessary within the required deadlines, ensuring recognition and reporting requirements on any grants received are met.

To build upon the existing base and generate ideas for attracting additional support, whether from Friends, other donors, legacies, sponsors, supporters or corporate bodies.

To engage with the local community by promoting FoBC activities to help increase membership of the Friends.

To manage the database for the Friends group and donors, recording new member and donor details, relevant payments made through the bank and gift aid details. An updated copy of the database will be submitted to the trustees every month along with a breakdown of funding and donations received.

To liaise with trustees and staff at all times, disseminating information accordingly. Attendance at Board and relevant committee meetings will be expected. Currently meetings are held on zoom on a monthly basis.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent).
  • Previous experience of fundraising or grant awarding activity would be an advantage but marketing, PR or business development skills also considered.
  • A keen interest in conservation, the environment and education / outdoor learning.
  • Ability to enthusiastically and effectively communicate with people at all levels including members of the public, volunteers, council officers, school children and other staff in a courteous, articulate and friendly manner.
  • Good administrative skills, particularly Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to network along with a good understanding of the social media landscape, in particular Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Mail Chimp.

Personal Qualities:

  • A team worker but also a self-motivated individual that has a proactive approach
  • An out-going, enthusiastic, personable and friendly personality.
  • Good organisational and forward planning skills.
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • A satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
  • Will be required to give two referees.


Salary: £12,000 per annum
Hours: 2 days a week equivalent (0.4 x 37.5=15 hours) but hours are flexible over the week. Occasional evening meetings.
Holidays: 11 working days per annum (0.4 x 28 day) in addition to the normal 8 public bank holidays.
Pension: A basic ‘defined contribution’ pension complying with the government ‘opt out’ pension legislation
Probationary Period: 3 months
Notice Period: 1 month’s notice
Place of Work: The post will be based at Vine Road Recreation Ground, Barnes Common, London Borough of Richmond, SW13
Training: FoBC is committed to supporting personal development and training

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to

Closing date: Wednesday 28th October 5pm - first interviews at Vine Road, Barnes in week commencing 2nd November.

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