Development Manager (Trusts & Foundations)

Job Title: Development Manager (Trusts & Foundations)
Client: Salvesen Mindroom Centre
Location: Flexible working available. Can be home based anywhere in the UK with intermittent visits to the Edinburgh office
Job Type: Full Time Permanent. 5 or 4-day week (compressed hours)
Salary: Circa £36,000
Closing Date: Friday 4th March
Reference: SMC001
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To support the development and delivery of SMC’s fundraising strategy and its ambitious objectives.

To work with the Director of Development and their team to generate significant income from the following sources:

  • Grant applications to Charitable Trusts and Foundations (both UK and overseas where appropriate).
  • Lottery & public sector funding
  • Corporate

As the lead for most approaches to Trusts and Foundations, you will be responsible for significant grant applications (6 and 7 figure) but also approaches to smaller, local grant making bodies.

To work to a specific strategy and objectives, and you will contribute to the team’s operational planning. Financial goals will be set, and progress will be regularly assessed and supported.

Salvesen Mindroom Centre’s (SMC) vision is to create a world in which no mind is left behind. For over two decades they have worked with and campaigned for children and young people with neurodiverse challenges or what have historically been referred to as ‘learning difficulties.’ With a multi-talented team of more than twenty specialists based in Edinburgh, the Charity has a well-founded reputation for understanding these challenges and enabling those who are neurodivergent to flourish and fulfil their potential.

SMC’s aim is to become an internationally respected centre of excellence in neurodiversity by recognising that each person thinks, feels, and learns differently. They collaborate very closely with colleagues at the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre (SMRC) which is part of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at The University of Edinburgh. In March 2023, they are jointly hosting a major global conference in Edinburgh, titled ‘It Takes All Kinds of Minds’ – ITAKOM for short.

There is an average of six neurodivergent children in every mainstream school classroom, who are far more likely to experience a range of inequalities: early life trauma, being bullied or victimised, exclusion from school, unemployment, and poor mental health. The pandemic has exacerbated this inequity and therefore it is vital that the charity is able to fund its direct help and support services alongside its campaign, advocacy, and research work.

The charity is looking for a fundraising professional with a track record of raising funds from trusts, foundations and a knowledge of the Scottish and national trusts and foundations that support Scottish based charities. Experience of raising funds from statutory sources would be an advantage. This is a key role for the organisation, supporting the development and delivery of SMC’s fundraising strategy and its bold objectives.

We are looking for a highly experienced Fundraiser with a minimum of three years’ experience of managing grant applications to Charitable Trusts and Foundations and demonstrable success in developing high quality, compelling Fundraising propositions, and securing income from a robust pipeline of funders.

This is a key role for the organisation, supporting the development and delivery of SMC’s fundraising strategy and its ambitious objectives. The Development Team is small in size – currently the Director, a Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager and the post holder of this role. However, we are a team with big ambitions and a strategic plan that will transform our philanthropic and business development income streams over the next five years.

Therefore, we require individuals of the highest calibre who can be innovative, creative, proactive, and flexible, with the ability to turn your skills to unexpected challenges.