RBLI – Community & Events Fundraiser


Position: Permanent, full time contract working 37 hours per week

Office: Based in Aylesford with travel

Salary: £30-35,000 per annum

Deadline: 19 October 2018

Main Purpose of Job:

Use RBLI’s Centenary Year to maximise and grow RBLI’s community and events fundraising programme in the Kent region including establishing and running events for RBLI, securing third party events, and maximising public participation in challenge events. The goal is to achieve Kent dominance during the Centenary Year.

  • Research, identify and develop new fundraising opportunities across a wide range of potential 3rd party activity.
  • Add to RBLI’s annual community events calendar, taking responsibility for event marketing, and event evaluation, in order to refine the programme.
  • Lead on RBLI’s fundraising with local schools maximising the Centenary opportunity.
  • Lead on RBLI’s fundraising with local churches maximising the Centenary opportunity.
  • Lead on RBLI’s fundraising with local groups, including regiments, rotaries, freemasons, cycling clubs, golf clubs, and sailing clubs, including approaching and engaging formal committees and securing third party activity for RBLI.
  • Achieve agreed community and events fundraising targets by creating an engaging programme of activities, and identifying potential supporters, attracting them to the cause, maximising their annual fundraising potential, and achieving healthy donor retention.
  • Personally manage key supporter relationships as well as put quality stewardship processes in place for the day-to-day management of fundraisers, and groups, in the Kent community.
  • Contribute to the development and success of RBLIs new fundraising team
  • Represent RBLI professionally and enthusiastically in the Kent region.

Overview of the Role & Team:

This is a new post established at a particularly exciting time as the Charity celebrates its Centenary in 2019. The role offers the successful candidate the chance to influence and develop an ambitious community and events fundraising programme aimed at achieving Kent dominance for RBLI. You will be a team player, with solid relationship management and events experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and monitor community and events fundraising activities taking full ownership of the  fundraising target.
  • Organise and run key fundraising events for RBLI.
  • Make recommendations for RBLI’s calendar of supporter events.
  • Propose strategies to maximise community engagement and support for this within the RBLI village and across the Kent region.
  • Proactively recruit new supporters, volunteers and companies, with a focus on Kent.
  • Effectively prioritise to ensure the right events are chosen, and the best 3rd party fundraising opportunities are given the greatest support and encouragement.
  • Evaluate event partnership opportunities carefully, assess risk, and make recommendations.
  • Review outcomes against activity and event goals and make recommendations, take remedial action if necessary.
  • During community fundraising and events activity, seek to maximise the opportunity for RBLI as a whole, and identify high net worth individuals, legacy pledgers, and trust contacts, ensure there is a follow up plan.
  • Keep all data on fundraising contacts, volunteers, and third party activity up to date and accurate.
  • Keep abreast of Charity Law and fundraising developments across the charity sector e.g. public collections, by networking, undertaking training and abiding by the Charities Act and ICFM codes of conduct.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of RBLI, including all the current projects, appeals, and exciting initiatives across the charity and social enterprise.
  • Undertake any other duties of a compatible nature as may be required from time to time.

Working Environment:

This role will be office based with travel and occasional evening and weekend work.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Experience in developing and organising fundraising events.
  • Able to develop, implement and monitor plans, present budgets and interpret financial information.
  • Able to research, assess and initiate new opportunities.
  • Able to recruit, encourage, develop, support, motivate and manage individuals, groups, to maximise their own fundraising or their event success.
  • Able to manage the detailed content involved in function/event management, take an active lead at an event, and supervise key volunteers involved in such activities.
  • Able to use interpersonal skills to engage effectively with others, understand what motivates them and respond appropriately.
  • Written communication skills and a high level of numeracy to be able to produce a range of work e.g. business plans, evaluations, event marketing material, press releases, letters, and presentations.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, able to build strong relationships, make supporters feel appreciated and deliver more formal presentations.
  • Able to work as part of a team, to see and understand the big picture and contribute effectively to team plans and goals.
  • IT literate – use of word-processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and databases.


  • At least 3 years proven track record of successful income generation from within the community and events fundraising sector and or able to demonstrate transferable skills from the commercial sector.
  • Track record of identifying, establishing and retaining effective new supporters and fundraising committees/groups.
  • Track record of working with business communities and regional social networks.
  • Experience of working as part of a team and contributing to team plans and activities.
  • Track record of managing successful fundraising events and achieving event targets, including gala events.
  • A degree is desirable and or relevant professional qualifications.

Special Conditions:

  • To hold a full UK driving licence and be prepared to travel throughout the area.
  • Willing and able to work weekends and evenings when required.

To apply:

If you wish to be considered for the above role, forward your CV and covering letter including a supporting statement to recruitment@rbli.co.uk.

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