Are you a strategic fundraising leader who believes every young person deserves the chance to reach their potential?
Carlisle Youth Zone (CYZ) is a trailblazer; the first of OnSide’s rapidly growing network of Youth Zones to be established in 2011. The charity gives young people the opportunity to discover their passion and their purpose. The vision is simple – to provide a safe and fun place where the potential of young people is developed and fulfilled and they achieve this through offering ‘somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to’.
As Head of Fundraising and Partnerships, you’ll support the charity’s strategic and sustainable development by creating and driving forward a new income generation and communications strategy.
Contract: Permanent – full time, or potential for 4 days
Culture: Flexible, life and family-friendly approach to working hours
Benefits: 25 days hols (+ bank), 6% employer pension contribution, employee assistance programme, access to gym facilities, discounted holiday club spaces, and access to OnSide Talent Academy and ongoing professional development
About the charity:
Since opening, CYZ has welcomed almost 15,000 young members, and currently receives around 1200 visits per week from young people accessing our youth offer. Integral to the charity’s work is a purpose built, £5 million facility, that include astro-turf pitches, 4-court sports hall, climbing wall, dance and drama studio, fully equipped gym, music room, sensory room, library and training kitchen. When full of young people, it is a busy, bustling and vibrant space.
Beyond the amazing facility, CYZ’s greatest strength is the team who together, are dedicated to making a difference for young people. Their work is built on the foundations of quality youth work practice; it offers young people opportunities that are educative, expressive, participative, inclusive and empowering.
About the role:
This is a new role on the senior leadership team, funded by the OnSide Foundation, to strengthen financial sustainability and enable CYZ to achieve even more impact for children, young people and families across Carlisle.
You’ll write a new 3-year income generation strategy and lead a small, but mighty fundraising and communications team. You’ll be tasked with growing existing and new income streams, including statutory funders and trusts, as well as nurturing major relationships with corporate partners and high-net-worth individuals. You’ll be encouraged to work with autonomy and ownership, aligning your strategy with emerging trends and leading with innovation.
You’re a confident and capable senior fundraising and partnerships professional with a significant track record of generating income at six-figures+.
We’d love to see you positively modelling the following experience, skills and behaviours:
- Building relationships that create lasting connections, nurturing and influencing supporters to make tangible contributions towards a shared vision.
- Exceptional communicator whose words, presentations, and ‘asks’ inspire and motivate.
- Compassionate and supportive leadership qualities, with the ability to galvanize and drive results.
- Ability to tailor ‘asks’ for a variety of audiences to align with a breadth of priorities, motivations and interests across corporate, philanthropic, grant and trust, commissioning, community and partnerships.
- Robust organisational skills, with a structured and methodical approach, able to work to multiple deadlines and goals.
- Values-led with a passion for work with children, young people and families.
If you are as excited by this unique opportunity as we are, you’ll want to get in touch ASAP for further details on how to make your application.
To apply, please send a copy of your profile or CV in the first instance to Amelia Lee at Charity People.
Deadline: 9am on Wednesday 6th December
*First stage interview: Thursday 14th December
Second stage interview: Tuesday 19th December
*If interview dates clash with your busy festive diary, please do still get in touch and we’ll do our best to find a way forward together.
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