Blesma – Head of Fundraising


Main purpose: To lead and deliver a sustainable and high-performing fundraising function that delivers a sustainable mix of income streams founded upon excellent donor relationship development and stewardship and that is aligned to the Blesma strategic plan and is compliant with UK legislation and regulation governing fundraising activity.

Key Responsibilities


• With the Operations Director, contribute to the development and implementation of the strategic plan for fundraising that is aligned to the overarching business objectives.
• Prepare annual fundraising operational plan and associated budgets factoring in risk and compliance.
• Identify development opportunities in major partnership fundraising with individuals and organisational donors.
• Ensure accuracy and completeness of the Association’s fundraising activity that evidences compliance with legislation and regulation and that exceeds minimum standards.
• Ensure that the measures are in place to deliver excellent donor experience and that they are thanked appropriately for their support.
• Ensure that all data is collected, managed and stored appropriately in compliance with GDPR.
• Report against agreed income targets and other performance indicators to the Executive Management Team and trustees. Assess key issues, report budget variance and make recommendations.
• Represent Blesma externally to relevant audiences and stakeholders. Participate in appropriateprofessional networking and development events.
• Manage external suppliers to derive best value.
• Lead and motivate the fundraising teams to deliver against agreed KPIs through clear direction,
delegation and regular feedback on key activities.
• Manage and support direct reports in line with organisational employment legislation and corporate policies and procedures – Corporate Partnership Manager, Trusts Manager, Database
Manager, Regional Fundraising Manager and Community and Events Senior Fundraising Officer.
• As a member of the Executive Team, contribute to wider business strategy development, future workforce planning and supporting organisational change.
• Champion the professional integrity of Blesma and foster a culture which promotes innovation and constantly strives for excellence.
• Work to promote the development of a fundraising ‘aware’ organisation.
• Act as deputy for the Operations Director on fundraising matters as required

• Take personal responsibility for achieving agreed income and expenditure targets.
• Monitor, analyse and report on income and expenditure variances to support the month end and quarterly forecasting process.
• Identify shortfalls in performance and, with support from the Operations Director, prepare
and implement contingency plans to ensure financial targets are met.
• Adhere to all Blesma financial policies and guidelines and ensure all financial documentation is produced to agreed deadlines.

• Work with relevant Blesma departments to achieve targets, objectives, and strategic
priorities identified in the Fundraising and Marketing strategy.
• Have a good working knowledge of Blesma’s vision, purpose, and impact including
relevant achievements through use of internal resources.

Additional responsibilities
• Undertake project work when requested by the Operations Director.
• Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by the Operations Director.

Location: Work out of Blesma Head Office –115 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0QT.

Responsible to: Operations Director

Salary and Benefits: £45k dependent on skills and experience.

How to apply

Application is by way of a CV and a Supporting Statement. Please send to

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Closing date is 14 February

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