Philanthropy Officer

‘Working at Full Fact is such a joy - the fundraising team are supportive, ambitious and positive.’

In a world with more information than ever it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not. Bad information, whether used deliberately or accidentally, ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. Full Fact is a team of independent fact checkers and campaigners who find, expose and counter the harm of bad information.

As Full Fact’s Philanthropy Officer you’ll build partnerships with new and existing donors to help stop bad information where it causes most harm. You’ll inspire people to see how their support can reshape public debate for the better, and find new ways of telling our story.

Full Fact has a successful and growing fundraising programme and you will play a key role in diversifying our supporter base by highlighting how the abuse of facts in public debate is a problem that stops so many others getting solved.

This is an excellent role for someone who wants to develop their skills in trust and major donor fundraising. As Full Fact’s fundraising grows, we intend for this role to grow with it and you will be able to gain experience in the areas that interest you most. You will help us respond to and create new opportunities, and gain new skills. This role is being advertised following the promotion of the current postholder to a newly created fundraising role.

You’ll be part of an ambitious and supportive team, with a strong commitment to learning and development. We are experimental and collaborative. You’ll manage your own portfolio of donors and prospects, but we work towards a shared team target, sharing materials and insight, and supporting each other.

You will help raise funds to fact check the next general election, develop world-leading technology to fight misinformation, and help individuals and communities tackle harmful false claims.

If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. We are open both to supporting learning on the job and to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillsets of the best applicant.

Outcomes

  • In your first six months, you will create your own portfolio of potential funders. You will identify new trust and major donor prospects, with a giving capacity of around £5,000-£20,000.

  • You will use your relationship building skills to create strong links with both new and existing donors, including implementing stewardship processes and reporting on Full Fact’s successes.

  • After six months, you will work with the Head of Fundraising to forecast potential income from your portfolio, prepare updates for our Board and set effective Objectives and Key Results for Full Fact’s fundraising.

  • You will create and update detailed and persuasive cases for support for new and existing Full Fact projects.

  • You will take on additional responsibilities based on Full Fact’s growth needs and your interests, possibly including managing relationships with larger trusts and other areas of fundraising.

  • You will develop a learning and development plan based on your interests and your chosen areas for development and be supported to develop your skills and experience across a range of activities.

What we are looking for from you

Political impartiality and sensitivity:

  • You are committed to the political neutrality of our work and have a good understanding of impartiality (please see the rules on our website).

  • Understanding of public debate in the UK and sensitivity to the political context we work in

Fundraising skills

  • 2 years fundraising experience, preferably in trusts and/or major donor fundraising

  • Experience of writing compelling fundraising appeals and inspiring reports

  • Experience of designing and managing engagement events

  • Good understanding of working with philanthropists and charitable trusts

  • Desired experience of working with donor CRM systems to keep records up to date

We welcome candidates with equivalent skills in account management and new business development interested in applying these to charity fundraising.

Personal skills:

  • Able to communicate persuasively in person and in writing

  • Able to build internal and external relationships with integrity and empathy

  • Able to analyse and process large amounts of sometimes complex information and identify the most relevant aspects

  • An organised and proactive approach to work

  • Able to work collaboratively across a small team and coordinate input from senior staff

  • Committed to seeking and giving constructive feedback that strengthens the whole team

What we offer

Salary of £27,000-32,000 (plus pension) depending on experience.

25 days holiday plus bank holidays. We also close for a period between Christmas and New Year.

We are happy to talk flexible working, including job shares. You will have access to a central London office with very good transport links, alongside flexible working arrangements and remote working support. We are currently moving towards hybrid flexibility supporting office-based and remote work. You can be based anywhere in the UK, but will be asked to travel to London for occasional meetings and events.

Employment Assistance Programme.

How to apply

Upload your CV and cover letter here by 10am on Monday 22 November 2021.

We prefer to sift applications anonymously. Please use your initials rather than your name and leave identifying details such as email addresses off your CV and covering letter, including the file names.

Before applying please read the requirements we place on staff to protect Full Fact’s independence and non-partisanship. https://fullfact.org/about/jobs/#standards.

Applications close 10 am Mon 22 Nov.

How the application process will work


We want to see you at your best to understand your strengths and the contribution you could make at Full Fact with strong support, including for your learning and development. We also want to make sure that we use your time well during this process and don’t ask for more from you than we need to. We will make any reasonable adjustments we need to make to this process to help ensure you can perform at your best. For more information about this before applying, please contact jobs@fullfact.org.

The interview panel will be Will Moy, CEO; Louisa Johnson, Head of Fundraising and one other staff member to be confirmed.

The process starts off with an anonymised covering letter and CV. This will be read by at least two people to produce a shortlist for interview.

The first round interviews will be a phone (not video) interview, lasting no more than half an hour at a time that’s convenient for you. We will record it so at least two people can review each interview to decide who we invite back for the second round. The recordings will be deleted at the end of the process.

The second round will include a structured interview and a timed task which assumes no prior knowledge. The task can be completed prior to the interview, at a time that most suits you. The interview will be with the full panel by video and last no more than an hour. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to prepare, including anything we’d recommend reading in advance.


Additional information

  • Remote status

    Flexible remote

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Already working at Full Fact?

Let’s recruit together and find your next colleague.

Teamtailor

Applicant tracking system by Teamtailor