New Vacancy: Fundraising Coordinator

BFN is looking for a Fundraising Coordinator: the closing date for applications is Wednesday 26 July.

15 hours (2 days) per week, 6 months fixed term contract with the potential for extension, based on available funding 

Location: Home-based, with the ability to travel to Bristol for occasional in-person meetings 

Salary range: £31,258 pro-rata

Holiday: 28 days annual leave per year (pro-rata), including 8 bank holidays. 

Benefits: Company Pension

Reports to: General Manager 

About Bristol Food Network 

Bristol Food Network (BFN) supports, informs and connects stakeholders across Bristol who have an interest in making our food system more sustainable, just and resilient. We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) and have been engaging and working with food systems stakeholders in the city for over a decade. We have coordinated a number of significant projects and campaigns including Bristol Good Food 2030, Bristol’s Silver and Gold Sustainable Food Places Awards; the Bristol Independents campaign to support the local food economy and the annual Get Growing Trail which opens up community growing spaces across the city to the public. We are at an exciting stage in our development as an organisation, having brought on board a number of new directors and staff in the past 18 months, as we seek to grow and expand our impact both within Bristol and beyond. This role will make a critical contribution to the future development and success of BFN. 

Main Purpose of the Job 

You will be responsible for delivering all fundraising activities and will work closely with the General Manager to develop a fundraising strategy. This is a new role created to support the long-term financial sustainability of BFN; fundraising activities will look at both core organisational running costs and project specific funding to support BFN and the city’s stakeholders to collaboratively deliver the Bristol Good Food 2030 vision and more. BFN is looking to secure significant funding for the coming years and you will be responsible for identifying and managing a pipeline of the most suitable funding opportunities. You will develop and submit compelling funding bids and work with the General Manager and the Board of Directors to develop a robust, forward-thinking fundraising strategy. You will manage relationships with funders and coordinate funder progress reports as required. 

Person Specification 

Experience: Writing funding applications with a successful record of securing significant funds (at least five figures), ideally in a small, third sector organisation Identifying and securing new funding sources (i.e new grantmakers, trusts, foundations that the organisation has not previously been funded by) Experience implementing an individual giving strategy an advantage Working to and achieving fundraising targets Writing and submitting funder progress reports Experience working with CRM systems an advantage 

Skills, knowledge and abilities: Knowledge of the funding landscape for small, third sector organisations (ideally in the food sector) – i.e. knowledge on suitable trusts, foundations and other funders to approach Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate with different audiences, tailoring messages appropriately Excellent numeracy skills Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Proven ability to actively seek out, develop and maintain strong working relationships, both within the organisation and with external stakeholders Accuracy, meticulous attention to detail and excellent proofreading skills Experience working within, or good knowledge of, sustainable food systems a distinct advantage 

Values and behaviours: A self-starter with proven ability to work on own initiative, meet objectives and tight deadlines Determination, persistence and the ability to problem solve creatively Values high quality work and strives for continual improvement A commitment to equal opportunities An understanding of, and sympathy with, BFN’s values, vision and mission. Flexibility of approach and can-do attitude Ability to work effectively within a team as well as alone

Please send a CV (no more than two pages long) and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in the role and highlighting your most relevant experience to: