Trusts and Foundations Bid Writer

Oaks Consultancy
03 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
About Oaks Oaks is a growing team of business development specialists with a restless focus on outcomes. Formed in 2008 by two brothers, our team has grown to a core of 17 full-time staff and over 10 supporting associates – all with a mix of business development experience and expertise. Based in Solihull, with a small presence in London too, our team reaches organisations of all sizes and shapes across the UK – with clients including the Tennis Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the School of Hard Knocks, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the Newcastle United Foundation. We help these organisations to raise their game by supporting with critical functions such as business planning, organisational development and income generation. Our sector-leading fundraising team specialises in bid-writing advice and support - with successful bids ranging from small scale awards of £1,000 up to large investments of £2 million+.  @oaksconsultancy The Opportunity Building on this success, we are now offering another fantastic opportunity for an experienced and talented bid writer to join our growing fundraising team – supporting our trusts and foundations work with several high-profile clients. This new role will be responsible for writing compelling funding applications to a variety of trusts, foundations and other relevant grant funders for several different charities, reviewing applications written by others, and training new members of the team in the art of bid-writing. This is a unique opportunity to hone your bid-writing skills in a variety of not-for-profit contexts – working with schools, sports clubs, national governing bodies, club community organisations and regional and national charities to secure their long-term futures and deliver real social impact. Key responsibilities will include: Providing fundraising advice and support to a number of organisations in the sport and not-for-profit sectors Identifying new opportunities in the trusts and foundations grants landscape that are suitable for our clients and their award-winning charitable programmes Developing high-quality, creative and ultimately successful bids to trusts and foundations for each of our clients – managing the whole application process from design to award Making a conscious effort to train and develop individuals within our team to be able to provide high-quality bid-writing and wider fundraising support Core Skills and Experiences Essential: A proven ability to secure >5-figure grants from trusts/foundations and statutory funders Excellent written skills, with experience of putting together compelling and persuasive funding proposals Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to talk confidently, passionately and persuasively both on the telephone and face to face Experience of researching trusts/foundations and statutory funders and evaluating their propensity to offer grant support Excellent numerical and analytical skills, with the ability to put together and interpret budgets The ability to schedule and manage a range of projects and tasks and to meet key deadlines Proficient IT user Meticulous attention to detail Ability and willingness to travel to engage with sporting and charitable organisations Ability and willingness to work outside of regular working hours to attend events and meetings when necessary Desirable: Line management experience, particularly experience of motivating a team to achieve financial targets A passion for sport and the impact it can have on people’s lives Experience in developing and implementing fundraising strategies, plans and budgets Experience of developing new relationships with organisations in the sport and not-for-profit sectors