SSAFA – Challenge Events Officer (London)



Up to £28,000 per annum
37.5 hours per week
Central Office, London EC3R

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a full time Challenge Events Officer in the Corporate & Events Fundraising Team at SSAFA, the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity.

About the role
We are seeking a Challenge Events professional who will be responsible for the overall development, direction and income of ‘Team SSAFA’, the umbrella name for our challenge events portfolio.  This includes the London Marathon, Ride London 100 and endurance events. In addition, you will be responsible for the coordination of SSAFA’s own annual events, such as Ride to the Somme, Soldier 30:30 and Freedom Trail.

Your key responsibilities will be:

  • to plan and coordinate all challenge events within the calendar, liaising with suppliers and third party organisers as appropriate;
  • the recruitment and cultivation of challenge event fundraisers; where suitable working with colleagues on maximising their donor journey;
  • building excellent relationships with fundraisers by providing first rate customer service and support – maximising fundraising and awareness opportunities;
  • to work with the Marketing & Communications team to develop a promotional plan for each event to maximise recruitment and exposure;
  • to produce budgetary information on a regular basis, ensure financial targets are met and events are delivered within budget.

To carry out this role successfully you will have experience in charity corporate fundraising, with a demonstrable track record in maximising income. Excellent financial forecasting and reporting skills are essential, and you must be a ‘team player’.

You will have a thorough understanding and experience of event fundraising market, experience of organising challenge events is an advantage. You will be required from time to time to help out with other fundraising initiatives and to attend events on behalf of the charity.

The responsibilities of this role are wide ranging and diverse, so it is important that you have excellent administration skills, attention to detail and ability to produce and follow efficient processes and procedures.

SSAFA is one of the UK’s leading military charities, and has been here to provide lifelong support to our Forces and their families for over 130 years. We provide practical, financial and emotional support and a range of specialist services for servicemen and women and their families. Every year we support 90,000 people across the UK and in 14 countries around the world through our network of 7,000 volunteers and professional staff.

The Corporate & Events team forms part of a wider Fundraising team, and includes Corporate Partnerships, Special Events and Challenge Events.

SSAFA is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply
If you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact James Grant on 0207 463 9409

To apply, visit SSAFA’s website

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 28th January

Interviews: Interviews will take place during the week commencing 29th January

SSAFA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to using the Disclosure & Barring Service. Registered Charity Numbers: 210760 (England and Wales) SC038056 (Scotland). Established 1885.

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