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Job Title:

Head of Fundraising

This position is a home-based role with regular online meetings with colleagues.

Closing date:

30th July 2021.

Salary:

£40,000-£45,000 dependant on experience and track record.

Trial:

6 months probationary period

Annual leave:

25 days plus statutory holidays

Pension:

3% employer contribution

Reporting to COO

Job overview:

We are at a crucial time in our development and have ambitious plans to grow. We require a senior fundraising professional to support the strategic goals of the World Literacy Foundation’s UK and global initiatives through targeted and persuasive Trust and Foundation applications and timely reporting.

We are looking for a highly experienced Trusts & Foundations fundraiser who aligns with our mission to support the most disadvantaged children with access to literacy support and quality education.

You will have a proven track record of maximising and growing income through Trusts and Foundations and securing 5 – 6 figure donations. You will be excellent at researching, developing and creating a concise and strong case for support, complex bids and where required working with the COO/CEO to develop partnerships to enable the organisation to raise large sums (6 figures) 1- 3 years.

You will have outstanding relationship management skills and experience of producing detailed reports and project monitoring. You will enjoy a varied working day and you will have a persuasive communication style and passion for storytelling.

Your compelling communication skills will be integral to our growth to meet an unprecedented need for child literacy support across the world. The focus of this role is 60% UK funding, 20% Africa funding and 20% rest of the world

Visit worldliteracyfoundation.org for more information.

What we do:

Our vision is a world in which every child has the opportunity to read and write and reach their full potential.

Established in 2012, we have developed and implemented crucial literacy interventions across the world to improve literacy rates amongst highly disadvantaged children. Visit sunbooks.org, aprendeleyendo.org, roop.org.au, ukreads.org, usareads.org.

As a leading international literacy organisation, we facilitate a bi-annual global conference at Oxford University to foster collaboration and improve dialogue in the literacy sector.

Job Description:

  • To develop and deliver Trust and Foundation strategy that significantly increases income.
  • To support corporate and major donor proposals, relationships and implementation.
  • To implement strategic processes for efficient execution of Trust applications and reporting.
  • Manage multiple application, proposal, report and relationship requirements to deadlines.
  • Work closely and effectively with colleagues and key stakeholders.
  • Lead on national and international funding applications and reporting.
  • Proactive and thorough research of new Trusts, consistently developing the charity’s pipeline and initiating new and long-lasting relationships.
  • Work closely with the global team to understand funding requirements.
  • Work with Project Managers to develop new project templates, monitoring and evaluation systems that demonstrate impact of funding.
  • Collate monthly financial and impact data reports against the set targets and KPI’s, manage budget forecasts and pipeline reports.
  • Collaborate with the global team to ensure an efficient and cohesive flow of information that can support the global team objectives.
  • Tasks as directed by COO and CEO which are in alignment with the responsibilities of this role.

Person Specification:

  • 3+ years’ experience of Trusts and Foundations fundraising with proven record of leading, managing and writing winning applications, including multi-year funding within the NGO arena.
  • Proven track record of generating 5 – 6 figures from Trusts and Foundations.
  • Experience of developing and implementing a Trusts and Foundations income generation plan.
  • Ability to collate thorough pipeline research and identify funding opportunities (including Trusts, corporate and major donors)
  • Compelling and persuasive communicator across multiple formats to varied key audiences.
  • Exceptional organisational and planning skills, with a track record of meeting and exceeding targets and deadlines
  • Outstanding communication skills and a confident presenter.
  • Prioritise workload with immediate and pipeline requirements.
  • A determined self-starter with the ability to self-motivate and be solution focused.
  • Ability to travel to meet with funders, to visit projects and attend events regularly across the UK when travel restrictions are lifted, and it is safe to do so.
  • To work flexibly including some evenings due to teams in multiple time zones.

To apply: please send a CV and cover letter (1–2-page max) demonstrating how you meet the job criteria to  [email protected]

For an informal conversation, please email.

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Suite 225 – 46 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1DA United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7 842930125
[email protected]
Charity No. 1154264

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World Literacy Foundation (WLF) aims to eradicate illiteracy by 2040. UK Reads – a WLF initiative focuses directly on the children impacted by illiteracy in the United Kingdom. This initiative provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds access to suitable, fun and engaging free books. New scientific research confirms that a child’s early years brain development shapes the adults they become, the success they achieve and the contributions they make to the economy and society. Research has also identified the “word gap” which means many children who grow up in low-income families enter school with substantially smaller vocabularies than their classmates. This disadvantage leads to further disparities in achievement and success over time, from academic performance, persistence to earnings and family stability, even 20 to 30 years later. UK Reads focuses on early intervention so that every child has the strongest chance to reach their full potential.

Our UK story so far… In 2005, the World Literacy Foundation started the transportation of children’s books to Africa and a few years later we expanded our programs to the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. In 2012 we began the World Literacy Summit at Oxford University, bringing together the global literacy community to build greater collaboration and partnerships. Due to its success, the summit was held again in 2014, 2018 and in 2020 we moved to a Covid-19 safe online conference. As a response to the vital need for UK children to have access to books at home, supporting parents to become their child’s first teacher and literacy support, UK Reads was launched in 2020. Our UK services will reach 2000+ children this year.

Mission To promote reading skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth to nineteen years old and to support parents to become their child’s first teacher Vision For every child in the UK to have access to free books and the literacy support they need by engaging and supporting families to understand the critical importance of childhood literacy and take a proactive role in their child’s reading development.Our global impact In 2019, the team reached more than 315,000 children and young people with our services in the US, Australia, UK, Africa, and Latin America – all thanks to generous donations and volunteer support. Literacy is the pathway to young people reaching their full potential.

Children today read less frequently than any previous generation and enjoy reading less than young people did in the past, according to new research. Flora Ferguson, with her storybooks. How I managed to raise a little bookworm in the age of smartphones and tablets Read more The work, to be published by the National Literacy Trust in the run-up to World Book Day on Thursday, shows that in 2019 just 26% of under-18s spent some time each day reading. This is the lowest daily level recorded since the charity first surveyed children’s reading habits in 2005. It also found that fewer children enjoy reading, and that this dwindled with age: nearly twice as many five to eight-year-olds as 14 to 16-year-olds said they took pleasure from reading. Overall, just 53% of children said they enjoyed reading “very much” or “quite a lot” – the lowest level since 2013. The poet and former children’s laureate Michael Rosen said the findings should act as a wake-up call for the government. “We have countless examples of research showing that children who read for pleasure widely and often are best able to benefit from what education offers. Berating parents, children or teachers for ‘failing’ will solve nothing. It [improving reading levels] needs full government backing, with as much money and effort as they put into compulsory phonics teaching, to support schools and communities in this.” The survey found a marked gender divide when it comes to reading for pleasure: less than half (47%) of boys were keen readers, compared with 60% of girls. A third of children surveyed reported being unable to find things to read that interested them. World Book Day, a charity event held annually in the UK and Ireland, will this year call on readers of all ages to “share a million stories” by reading aloud or listening to a story for at least 10 minutes a day with friends and family. World Book Day chief executive Cassie Chadderton said this activity can turn a reluctant reader into a child who reads for pleasure.

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World Literacy Foundation (WLF) aims to eradicate illiteracy by 2040. UK Reads – a WLF initiative focuses directly on the children impacted by illiteracy in the United Kingdom. This initiative provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds access to suitable, fun and engaging free books. New scientific research confirms that a child’s early years brain development shapes the adults they become, the success they achieve and the contributions they make to the economy and society. Research has also identified the “word gap” which means many children who grow up in low-income families enter school with substantially smaller vocabularies than their classmates. This disadvantage leads to further disparities in achievement and success over time, from academic performance, persistence to earnings and family stability, even 20 to 30 years later. UK Reads focuses on early intervention so that every child has the strongest chance to reach their full potential.

Our UK story so far… In 2005, the World Literacy Foundation started the transportation of children’s books to Africa and a few years later we expanded our programs to the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. In 2012 we began the World Literacy Summit at Oxford University, bringing together the global literacy community to build greater collaboration and partnerships. Due to its success, the summit was held again in 2014, 2018 and in 2020 we moved to a Covid-19 safe online conference. As a response to the vital need for UK children to have access to books at home, supporting parents to become their child’s first teacher and literacy support, UK Reads was launched in 2020. Our UK services will reach 2000+ children this year.

Mission To promote reading skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth to nineteen years old and to support parents to become their child’s first teacher Vision For every child in the UK to have access to free books and the literacy support they need by engaging and supporting families to understand the critical importance of childhood literacy and take a proactive role in their child’s reading development.Our global impact In 2019, the team reached more than 315,000 children and young people with our services in the US, Australia, UK, Africa, and Latin America – all thanks to generous donations and volunteer support. Literacy is the pathway to young people reaching their full potential.

Children today read less frequently than any previous generation and enjoy reading less than young people did in the past, according to new research. Flora Ferguson, with her storybooks. How I managed to raise a little bookworm in the age of smartphones and tablets Read more The work, to be published by the National Literacy Trust in the run-up to World Book Day on Thursday, shows that in 2019 just 26% of under-18s spent some time each day reading. This is the lowest daily level recorded since the charity first surveyed children’s reading habits in 2005. It also found that fewer children enjoy reading, and that this dwindled with age: nearly twice as many five to eight-year-olds as 14 to 16-year-olds said they took pleasure from reading. Overall, just 53% of children said they enjoyed reading “very much” or “quite a lot” – the lowest level since 2013. The poet and former children’s laureate Michael Rosen said the findings should act as a wake-up call for the government. “We have countless examples of research showing that children who read for pleasure widely and often are best able to benefit from what education offers. Berating parents, children or teachers for ‘failing’ will solve nothing. It [improving reading levels] needs full government backing, with as much money and effort as they put into compulsory phonics teaching, to support schools and communities in this.” The survey found a marked gender divide when it comes to reading for pleasure: less than half (47%) of boys were keen readers, compared with 60% of girls. A third of children surveyed reported being unable to find things to read that interested them. World Book Day, a charity event held annually in the UK and Ireland, will this year call on readers of all ages to “share a million stories” by reading aloud or listening to a story for at least 10 minutes a day with friends and family. World Book Day chief executive Cassie Chadderton said this activity can turn a reluctant reader into a child who reads for pleasure.