Fundraising & Development Manager

Job Title: Fundraising & Development Manager
Client: Eric Liddell Centre
Location: Edinburgh
Job Type: Full Time Permanent
Salary: £35,000 or pro-rata for 4-day week
Closing Date: Post successfully filled by Caithness Consulting
Reference: ELC001
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The Eric Liddell Centre (ELC) is undergoing a period of growth/expansion with a new vision for the delivery of caring services, alongside exciting plans for 2024.

The Fundraising & Development Manager plays a key role in developing the Fundraising strategy of the organisation and driving forward new initiatives and projects to assist the long-term sustainability of the Centre.

You will identify, generate, and grow charitable income to underpin the ELC’s work in the community by managing a portfolio of funders and prospects, creatively stewarding existing relationships and maximising opportunities for giving.

You will work closely with the wider team, SMT, trustees and volunteers and will liaise with the recently established ELC Independent Fundraising Committee to ensure a co-ordinated and consistent approach to all fundraising and events activity.

You will have line management responsibility for the fundraising team comprising the Grants and Trust Manager, and the Fundraising & Database Officer. It is anticipated that the Sustainability Strategy will continue to increase the capacity of the team.

The Fundraising & Development Manager will be one of the key contacts for our philanthropic and grant funders and you will be expected to account manage the portfolio of funders to the highest standard.

You will work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve a significant income target for the Fundraising function and be responsible for developing accurate budgets for funding bids, tracking expenditure budgets against agreed deliverables, and ensuring all actions are taken with a view to the long-term sustainability of the charity.

The ELC has developed a positive Sustainability Strategy – the Fundraising & Development Manager will play a key role in the implementation of this, also supporting the CEO in the development of the Eric Liddell 2024 Centenary Initiative.

The Eric Liddell Centre has a proud history of enabling people within Edinburgh’s communities to engage in opportunities that support their health, wellbeing, and social connections. They do this with compassionate social values as a continuation of the legacy of their namesake and sporting legend, Eric Liddell. They are dedicated to inspiring, empowering and supporting people of all ages, cultures and abilities, as an expression of their all-inclusive caring principles.

Their mission is to be at the very heart of the community, enhancing health and wellbeing while improving people’s lives. Over the last 40 years the Centre has evolved into a renowned community hub and well-respected provider to a vast array of community-identified caring, social, and recreational services for local people. Their highly qualified staff and skilled volunteers deliver person-centred social and emotional support to people living with dementia, their families, and unpaid carers.

Since they were established, they have developed many valuable services across the city of Edinburgh, including their specialist Dementia Day Care Service, Carers Programme, Befriending Service, and Caring Soles (footcare) Service.

They aim to show that living a full life can be achieved with the right support

Coronavirus has affected every sector of society, but the hardest hit is the elderly. People living with dementia and their carers, face many day-to-day challenges and Coronavirus has left an already vulnerable section of society feeling confused, anxious, and at times, scared. For those without family support nearby there are deep feelings of isolation and loneliness. This is where the Eric Liddell Centre comes in; founded in 1980 in memory of the 1924 Olympic 400m gold medallist, Eric Liddell, its mission is to be at the heart of the community, enhancing health and wellbeing and improving people’s lives.

And this is where you come in! We are looking for an experienced fundraising professional who will be part of the Senior Management Team, supporting the development of a new vision for the future of the charity. You will also play a key role supporting the exciting new initiative linked to the 2024 Centenary of Eric Liddell’s Olympic Medal winning performance working with a team of high profile strategic and international partners.

If you are an empathetic leader, working to bring out the best in your fundraising team, this could be the role to enhance your personal and professional development. You will lead on identifying, generating, and growing income by managing a portfolio of funders and prospects from a range of income sources including trusts, corporates, individuals, community events and high net worth individuals.

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising would be an advantage, as would attendance at the CIOF’s relevant Special Interest Groups, which provide funding workshops, training, and the opportunity for peer support.