Kickstarter: Fundraising Officer

Are you motivated and organised, aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit? Do you have experience of account management or fundraising and want to grow your experience alongside a dedicated charity team? Read on… 


KICKSTARTER PLACEMENT: Fundraising Officer (Stewardship) 

Terms: part-time 25 hours per week, hybrid working with office based in Salford, six-month placement 

Remuneration: National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant 

Department: Fundraising 

Accountable to: Corporate Fundraising Manager 

Primary objective: To increase income through the stewardship of current supporters. 

Kickstart Requirements: 

Our Kickstart programme is an opportunity for young people aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit. You will gain valuable paid work experience for six months at Kidscan, the children’s cancer research charity. All applications should be submitted only after consultation with your Job Centre+ Work Coach for a Kickstart placement. 

To be eligible for the Kickstart programme you will need to be: 

Aged 16-24 

Unemployed in receipt of Universal Credit 

Referred by your Jobcentre Work Coach 

Be available to work for 25 hours 

Be able to undertake a 6-month work placement programme 

Please note eligible applicants must be referred by their local JobCentre Plus as you will be asked for your unique introduction code. 

Brief Role Outline 

To work with the Fundraising Managers to deliver stewardship plans for existing supporters including corporate supporters and key community supporters 

Liaise with Head of Operations and Marketing to brief external designer to generate artwork for corporate supporters 

Assist Corporate Fundraising Manager in creating a series of engagement events for existing Kidscan supporters 

Generate funding reports for key supporters when required 

Liaise with marketing team to engage with supporters through a range of platforms 

Work with the Content Marketing Manager to identify key success stories: securing content for social media and PR. 

Distribute communications to existing supporters including newsletters, key milestone certificates etc. 

Work with the fundraising and marketing teams to identify and re-engage existing supporters. 

Job summary 

Currently in the UK 20% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive because treatment options are limited. Of those who do survive, 60% will go on to develop late-effects such as hearing loss, organ damage and bone damage caused by treatments use to save their lives.  

Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research are dedicated to finding safe new treatments for children with cancer. To do this we rely heavily on our corporate and community supporters who raise money so that we can fund vital research across the country.  

The Fundraising Officer (Stewardship) will play a vital role in ensuring that all of our supporters who choose to fundraise for us have a quality, seamless experience that reflects how important they are to our cause.  

Working with the Head of Fundraising you will be responsible for creating and delivering a number of stewardship plans for our existing corporate supporters and a number of key community supporters. This includes working with the marketing team to brief external designers on any artwork needed, identify any supporters who require social media support and ensure the website is up to date with corporate case studies. You will also be responsible for liaising directly with supporters, keeping them up to date with newsletters and key communications and producing funding reports when required.  

Working with the Head of Fundraising you will take the lead on identifying and re-engaging existing supporters. During the 6-month placement you will also have the opportunity to work with the Head of Fundraising to create a number of engagement events for new and existing supporters including lab tours and lunches.  

As this is a diverse role you will have the opportunity to develop and showcase a wide range of skills including fundraising, project management and communication skills.  

The placement will be a hybrid of homeworking and in-office working. The 25 hours will be split across 4 days and your shift patterns will be agreed on appointment; however you will be expected to work at least 2 days of the week in the office: Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research, Alumni House, University of Salford, Salford, M54NY. 

Essential skills, experience and qualifications  

Although training and mentorship will be provided throughout the placement, we do expect that the ideal candidate will be able to hit the ground running and will therefore have working experience in account management or fundraising.  

You will also be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (in particular excel & word) and will have strong spoken & written communication skills in English. 

Working pattern and contracted hours 

25 Hours split across 4 days to be agreed on appointment. A standard working day is 7.25 hours. Kidscan has embraced hybrid working including working from home, but you will be expected to attend the office in Salford 2 days per week minimum. 

Hourly rate of pay 

National Minimum Wage, dependent on age. 

Details of employability support incl training opportunities 

During the 6-month placement you will be mentored by the Head of Fundraising who will guide you through the role. You will receive training on different platforms including our CRM system.  

In addition, Kidscan is working with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to provide support. Because we are a small team you will also have the opportunity to work with other members of the team and learn about other third sector roles including marketing.  

Closing date for applications 

Please send your CV and covering letter to Kirsty@Kidscan.org.uk by midnight on 30th September 2021

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