Community Fundraising and Engagement Assistant - Edinburgh

  • Entry-level
  • Posted on 24 January 2020
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Closing on 23 February 2020

Job Description

Location: Edinburgh
Position Status: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: £21,000
Reporting to: Senior Fundraising Officer

Apply by CV and cover letter before Monday, February 3, 2020

The Role
The Fundraising team plays a key role in Mercy Corps, generating income and raising our profile. MCE’s Fundraising team has ambitious goals to increase unrestricted, private fundraising across the UK and continental Europe to support our agency goals around humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding.

Mercy Corps’ European headquarters have been in Edinburgh for almost 30 years and in terms of income, is the largest international NGO based in Scotland. The Community Fundraising and Engagement Assistant will have the opportunity to take an active role in building on our local roots and grow effective partnerships with community audiences and high value local corporates to achieve fundraising and engagement targets and to increase Mercy Corps’ impact in Edinburgh and beyond. As a key member of the Fundraising team, the Community Fundraising and Engagement Assistant will lead on the delivery of events, with the support of the Senior Fundraising Officer, and effectively implement team programmes.

We are looking for an ambitious individual, who is interested in a career in the NGO sector. This is an opportunity to be involved in fundraising work that is fast-paced, and to be part of a diverse, dedicated team of people who are genuinely motivated by making a difference. You will be someone with a positive, can-do approach, who has initiative and enjoys the pressure of working to tight deadlines.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Be the first point of contact for our fundraisers, supporting them to exceed their goals
Support the Senior Fundraising Officer to develop stewardship plans for key stakeholders
Work with third party fundraisers and fundraising groups as needed, ensuring they receive high quality and consistent stewardship journeys and stay with Mercy Corps for longer
Co-ordinate ad hoc activities for corporates, schools and other organisations

New Partnerships
Monitor marketing trends and activity in the charity sector to guide fundraising innovation
Undertake research and planning to identify new partnerships and support the SFO to develop cultivation plans for them
Support the SFO with planning, coordination and delivery of employee engagement events

Engagement and Fundraising Events
Identify and recruit key supporter groups to attend engagement and fundraising events
With the support of the Senior Officer, manage the recruitment and support for volunteers
Assist in managing the implementation of event schedules and tasks
Track and monitor performance of all events and activity undertaken in order to direct future activity engagement

Other Responsibilities
Manage the volunteer-europe inbox and respond to all community inquiries to Mercy Corps
Run workshops, talks and events as requested
Responsible for the ordering, maintenance and upkeep of all community ad hoc equipment Undertake internal communications activity to promote the work of the team and create interest and buy-in from teams within the wider organisation
Support for the Fundraising Operations Team, and wider fundraising team to support team goals as required
Alongside the wider fundraising team, support in overall team planning, idea generation and researching new activities

The successful candidate will not only have the right experience on paper but also be someone who lives and breathes our culture and values, with a visible passion for the work we do and a desire to tell our story.

Organisational Learning
As part of our commitment to organisational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organisations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience
Experience / exposure to donor care or a customer service role
Demonstrated confident, flexible and resilient approach to work
Logical thinker and able to use own initiative to solve problems
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to manage competing priorities and successfully work with different teams to achieve shared goals and meet shared standards.
A self-starter with excellent organisational skills and the ability to plan own workload to meet tight and competing deadlines
Able to cope with changing priorities, often at short notice, and work well under pressure

Success Factors
Confident communicator to provide a positive experience for volunteers, donors and partners
Energetic, passionate, proactive and solutions-based attitude
High levels of motivation, professionalism and resilience
An exposure to and interest in international development issues is important, along with an empathy for Mercy Corps’ mission

The position is based in Edinburgh and may require minimal travel.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all Mercy Corps locations.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.

Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of appointment.

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About the Organization

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organisation powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In conflict, in disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps Europe (MCE) has grown rapidly in terms of volume of activity and complexity. With offices in Edinburgh, London, The Hague and Geneva, we now attract over £90m in income, and employ domestic and expatriate field team members. The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment.

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