Our vision is clear, our cause is strong and millions of people love the special places we look after and the experiences they provide. We want more people to feel we are relevant and our work matters to them. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the heart of some of the National Trust’s most innovative urban places and projects, as we work with others to shape our role in Birmingham. We are looking for a strong communicator with an ability to take a narrative and turn it into a compelling fundraising ask. As Fundraising Consultant for Birmingham you will work closely with property, regional and national colleagues to develop and implement a fundraising plan to enable our Birmingham team to grow support for our work. Calling upon your knowledge and experience in fundraising in an urban setting, you’ll be responsible for growing income from different sources and considering opportunities with local partners and businesses, grant sources and individual giving – sometimes taking the lead on submissions, and sometimes assisting regional or national colleagues as appropriate.
Join us at our Recruitment Open Evening on 18th February 2019 at the Back to Backs, Birmingham from 5pm till 7.30pm
What it's like to work here:
Not your average National Trust experience, the Birmingham portfolio includes a range of places, outdoor spaces and new partnerships – all of which speak of the ordinary and extraordinary lives of the people of Birmingham and the Black Country, and the places that are part of the city’s identity.
The Back to Backs is the last surviving of Birmingham’s 30,000 back to back courts, originally built in the 19th century for working people, many of whom came to the city from all over the world. Telling the story of migration to Birmingham, visitors can catch a glimpse into the lives of former residents of these overcrowded houses, including George Saunders from St Kitts in the Caribbean, who owned a tailor’s shop in Court 15 from 1970 – 2001.
The Clent Hills are an important ‘green lung’ for the people of Birmingham and the Black Country, offering miles of footpaths, bridleways, easy access trails and breath taking panoramic views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh borders.
The Birmingham team is also undertaking a number of projects that are at the forefront of the National Trust’s emerging strategy for urban places. This is about working beyond our boundaries and exploring ways to work with new partners to protect and bring alive the heritage and green spaces that are important to local communities in urban areas. Our Green Academies Project gives young people skills and opportunities to care for their local green spaces and look after nature on their doorstep. At Moseley Road Baths we are leading a coalition of heritage and community partners to work with Birmingham City Council to find a new future for the internationally significant Grade II* baths in Balsall Heath. The Roundhouse is a pioneering National Lottery-funded joint venture with the Canal and River Trust to bring an important Birmingham landmark back to life as a place from which to explore the city by foot, bike and boat. Working with heritage organisations across the city, we plan to increase our support for Birmingham Heritage Week and Heritage Open Days.
With the Trust’s involvement in these inspiring projects, and even more opportunities on the horizon, this is an exciting time to join the Birmingham team.
What you'll be doing:
Working closely with team members based within the Birmingham portfolio, you’ll develop a strategic plan to maximise our fundraised income for our work in Birmingham. You’ll seek out opportunities for developing strategic relationships based on your knowledge of Birmingham and the fundraising sector. You’ll explore options including philanthropy, local grants and charitable trusts, corporate partners and businesses, as well as working with national and regional colleagues to explore and follow up national opportunities. You’ll be developing and managing relationships with our funders and will support our property team to identify new – and different – fundraising avenues, submitting applications, keeping our databases up to date, supporting stewardship of donors, and keeping in close contact with the regional and national fundraising team.
Who we're looking for:
We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual with a strong understanding of fundraising. In summary, this role requires:
- High levels of strategic thinking
- A strong understanding of what makes a successful funding application/relationship
- Knowledge and experience of fundraising practices within an urban environment – ideally with knowledge and experience of working in the Birmingham area
- The ability to identify opportunities and take these through to delivery
- Excellent stakeholder and community engagement skills
- Time management, prioritisation and administrative skills to ensure deadlines are met
Provisional interview date: 14th March 2019