SSAFA – Challenge Events Officer


Up to £28,000 per annum 

37.5 hours per week

Central Office, London EC3R 8AD

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, and income generation for ‘Team SSAFA’, the umbrella name for our challenge events portfolio. This includes the London Marathon, Ride London 100, Great North Run, London Landmarks Half Marathon and endurance events. In addition, you will be responsible for the coordination of SSAFA’s own bespoke events, such as our annual cycle ride.


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

You will have a thorough understanding and experience of the event fundraising market. You will be required from time to time to help 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.

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.


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.

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

If you wish to apply for any of our vacancies, you will be asked to answer some screening questions before completing an application form and uploading your CV.  Personal data to progress your application for employment is covered under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Article 6 Section 1b and Article 9 2b and c. Your details will not be used for any other purpose or shared with a third party without your permission.  Data on unsuccessful candidates will be retained for one year from the vacancy being filled. If you take up employment with us, your information will be held for the duration of your employment plus six full calendar years. Further details are contained in SSAFA’s Privacy Statement at

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 November. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 10 November.

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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