Fundraising Manager

32000.00 GBP Annual + plus pension
11 Oct 2017
26 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

About The Big House

The Big House has a simple mission: to enable care leavers to fulfil their potential.

Through drama and individualised long-term support we help care leavers overcome traumas experienced in childhood so they can make the complex transition from looked-after child to independent adult. The Big House's main activities are: weekly drop-in drama and employment workshops and the 3-month Open House Project which runs twice yearly.

The Role

The primary function of the Fundraising Manager is to support the development and implementation of a sustainable fundraising strategy for growth. The Fundraising Manager will work closely alongside the Development Manager, CEO and Board of Trustees to ensure that fundraising activity is in-line with the strategic plan for The Big House.

Alongside continuing The Big House's strong track record of securing funds from Trusts and Foundations and Individual Donors, The Fundraising Manager will also support the sustainable introduction of additional income streams.

This role is vital for taking the organisation to the next stage in its development.

Skills and experience

The Big House is a dynamic and growing organisation. To thrive in this environment, you will be an exceptional candidate who demonstrates intellect, personal confidence, excellent interpersonal skills and drive. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they have the following qualifications, skills, abilities or experience.

  • A successful track record in professional fundraising (securing figures in excess of GBP50,000).
  • Strong bid and report writing skills.
  • Confident and successful use of IT systems and packages, including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook).
  • Ability to work efficiently, making good use of time and resources, prioritise and work to deadlines.
  • Ability to take the initiative, be creative and proactive.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Resilience in growing the work of The Big House in collaboration with the team.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the work of The Big House.
  • Inclusive approach which welcomes and relates to people from many different backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion at all times.
  • Happy, confident and relaxed when talking to a variety of different people, including young people who may have emotional and behavioural problems.


"Care leavers have a stigma, but here there are so many people who want to do good and do well in life, but [before coming to The Big House] they just didn't have the connections and support system. I've seen amazing changes in people." C, aged 21

"I've seen quite a lot of this sort of work with young people, but rarely anything so passionately or so brilliantly acted, and even more rarely so beautifully staged." Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage

"(Phoenix) sizzles with energy ???this is a pulsating, angry show that should make us angry, too, about the way we let down those who most deserve our care." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Visceral storytelling. Shot through with moments of pure theatre, graced with vivid, moving performances by an excellent young cast." Jez Butterworth - Playwright (Jerusalem)

"Within all of us there is a poem, within all of us there is a painting, within all of us there is a novel, within all of us there is a real expression of what we want to see of the world. And what The Big House does is open it up and bring it out. It's wonderful." The Rt. Hon Jeremy Corbyn

"I'm convinced The Big House is plugged into the community in a way that other charities are not. A genuine life transformer, helping the lost to locate a path and stick to it." Sir Lenny Henry CBE

"The impact of The Big House's work on young care leavers has been tremendous... Their dynamic approach provides an ideal platform for care leavers to develop their creative and practical skills as well as plan and set goals for the future. I am a massive supporter of their work." Matthew Blood, Tri-borough Virtual School Head for Looked after Children and Care Leavers

"I was totally bowled over by last night's performance. I have worked in child protection for over 10 years dealing with some of the most distressing issues, however not often have I felt so emotionally moved by young people's circumstances. I was so impressed by their tenacity and talent." Sophie Humphreys, Professional Advisor to Safeguarding Children Board at Hackney Council, Director of the Pause Project

Please read the Job Description below.

To apply for this role, please send a copy of your CV and cover letter (of no more than 2 sides) detailing how you meet the skills and experience required by email via the button below by midnight on 8th November 2017. Interviews will be held on 15th and 16th November.