27th January 2016
I work for Frome based charity We Hear You and I have to say I love it. I’m heading off on maternity leave from April and am looking for someone wonderful to take over the reigns for me.
I have two small children already and the job works perfectly around them. It’s a very small team, most of whom have children themselves so there’s a brilliant understanding of what it’s like to be a working mum. This makes it incredibly flexible. The job does involve working some evenings and weekends so flexibility is required on both sides.I’ve worked in the charity sector now for 14 years and I thought the jump from working for a big organisation (Save the Children) to a relative small organisation might be a difficult one. I have to say though, I’ve found my time at WHY ridiculously rewarding.
As the Fundraising and Communications Manager of a small charity you are expected to be a bit of a jack of all trades. The only area I don’t have to worry about is our grant fundraising as my lovely colleague Ruth takes care of our bid writing but everything else falls to me. I manage everything from our community and corporate fundraising to our in memoriam giving and regular giving. I also manage our Press and PR and all our communications out to our supporters. Development of the website and social media also sits with me so it’s incredibly varied.
Working as part of a small team is lovely and we all support each other. Whilst there is no hiding behind anyone and the success of the department does depend on you, the rewards are so high.
If you take my job on you will manage the lovely Helen, our fundraising assistant and who is there to support you in the work that you do.
It’s difficult to give you an idea of what an average day at WHY looks like. It’s busy, that’s for sure but busy also means dynamic and we have a lot of fun. One day I can be delivering a corporate pitch to win a charity of the year partnership, I may be talking to sixth formers about how they could support us or I might be recruiting runners for the Bath Half Marathon and the next I might be interviewing people who have been affected by cancer to try and share real stories to help people understand why we exist.
It’s an incredibly exciting time at WHY. We are just about to go through a full rebrand which is creating a brilliant buzz in the office and hopefully it will enable us to scale up our fundraising. We have lots of new supporters and the support for WHY in the local area is brilliant. However, there is plenty of potential for growth
I came to WHY after taking a career break for three and a half years off to have my daughters. It has been a phenomenal introduction back to work. I learn lots every day and I love knowing that I have a director who understands if my daughter is unwell or I need to swap a day for some reason.
I’m very passionate about WHY and about the service we deliver so I want to leave my department in safe hands! If you are interested in my job then please get in touch, I’d love to talk it through with you. We are open to someone who lives in Bath and the surrounding areas and would consider some home working if necessary. My email is: email@example.com
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