Funding and Communication Manager

16-25 Independent People
£28,203- £30,480 per year (NJC Scale 32 - 35)
30 Nov 2016
07 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

1625 Independent People Funding and Communication Manager Full time. Permanent. Bristol based.

Closing Date: 9am Thurs 8 Dec 2016
Interviews:  W/c 12Dec 2016

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives through housing and support for over 30 years. 
Our service works because we keep young people's needs at the centre of all delivery. 
With over 100 staff in four locations, we provide housing support and advice to around 2500 young people per year. We're one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 9am Thursday 8 December 2016
Interviews: W/c 12 December 2016

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours per week :  37.5  
  • Contract type: Full time, permanent
  • Pay: £28,203- £30,480 per year (NJC Scale 32 - 35)
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Flexi-time and Flexible Working
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Sum of T&Cs below)
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, this post will include some evening and weekend work
  • You must have either a full driving licence or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustments

1625 Independent People is one of the largest charities in Bristol, providing youth homelessness services across the South West. Last year it was awarded National Lottery Best Charity Project in the UK.

We are looking for the right person to lead and expand our fundraising activities and also oversee our Corporate Communication function. Through grants, statutory funding, corporate support, major donors, individual and community giving, you will make sure we are able help even more vulnerable young people have the stability, support, opportunities and relationships they need to succeed in life.

This is a great role for someone with substantial fundraising experience and a good understanding of corporate communication, who enjoys leading a team and the buzz of winning new funding.

The main function of the Fundraising and Communication Manager is to support the development and implementation of our fundraising strategy. You will play a key role leading all fundraising activity, working closely alongside the Partnership Director to make sure fundraising activity is effective in meeting our organisational priorities.

Alongside maintaining our strong track record in securing statutory funding and large grants, you will lead in securing new funding from Trusts, corporate relationships, major donors and the community.

You will focus on bringing in new sources of income generation, identifying new ways for us to raise money to meet the needs of young people and take us to the next stage in our charity's development.

You will also manage our organisational communication on a day-to-day basis assisted by our Funding and Communication Officer. Your team also includes an experienced Senior Funding Officer and several volunteers.

You'll be the first point of call for our current corporate accounts and you'll be actively pursuing new relationships.

You will oversee efforts to attract major donors and be on the look out for potential links with high net worth individuals who might be a good fit for our organisation.

You will oversee the Fundraising Team's agreed targets and ensure the team keeps things on track, using databases and software (e.g. Etapestry, Grantfinder) to regularly report to the Senior Management Team.

Events and volunteers play a big part in engaging our sponsors, donors and supporters so you must have strong event management skills.

It's not just about money, our fundraising activity has to be respectful, appropriate and considerate to our work with young people, always promoting them in a positive light. We don't do sad stories or guilt ridden appeals - we want people to engage with us because it makes them feel good about the positive work we do.

About you

You have proven experience of writing successful bids, applications, pitches and proposals for funding. You are also able to develop and maintain excellent relationships with businesses at all levels.

You enjoy leading a team of staff and volunteers and have experience of developing and supporting people to be motivated and successful in fundraising.

You have a demonstrable understanding of the Corporate Communication function and dealing with the press. This may have been gained in a previous role or working closely alongside a Corporate Comms Team or external PR/Comms agencies.   

You have great negotiation skills, are diplomatic and can comfortably deal with people from all walks of life and community standing. You're just as happy talking to the Lord Mayor, a CEO of a large corporate, a volunteer or a young person and you can see a positive opportunity in every situation; then turn that into a tangible benefit to young people and the organisation. You're not a ruthless money-grabber though, more of a conscientious opportunist! 


We believe in equal opportunities for everyone - you can read our full statement on our website.

If you'd like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Jamie Gill, Partnerships Director on 0117 317 8800.

Download the documents in the Job Pack at or email  0117 317 8800.

Closing Date: 9am Thurs 8 Dec 2016
Interviews:  W/c 12Dec 2016