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Director of Fundraising Unitas – Barnet’s Youth Zone

The remarkable Unitas (Barnet’s Youth Zone) is looking for a Director of Fundraising to lead the energetic and dynamic organisation’s fundraising as they continue to impact the lives of thousands of young people each year.

  • Location: Barnet, in the office three days a week, two flexible
  • Salary: £55,000 - £65,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 28th May

Who we are.

Unitas is a unique and vibrant youth centre with state-of-the-art facilities. It is at the heart of the Barnet community.

You only have to walk through the doors to feel the buzz of energy and excitement as young people meet friends, try new activities and learn essential life skills enabling them to lead happy and healthy lives.

“Unitas” was named by local young people, and opened in summer 2019 as the second OnSide Youth Zone in London.

At Unitas, they believe that all young people in Barnet should have the opportunity to discover their passion and their purpose, to find out what they’ve got and where it could take them. The Youth Zone is a purpose-built space fizzing with energy and crammed with incredible facilities. It is staffed by skilled and dedicated youth workers who truly believe in young people – helping them see what they could achieve, and giving them the skills, confidence and ambition to achieve their potential.

Since opening they have delivered life-changing support to help over 12,000 young people aged 8-19 (and up to 25 for young people with additional needs) from a diverse range of backgrounds to thrive.

The role.

This is an exciting role that sits on the senior leadership team with a significant amount of autonomy for an outstanding fundraiser and leader who is interested in further developing a fundraising function to eventually deliver c.£1.8m fundraising income per annum.

They are at a crucial stage in the evolution of their fundraising. Opened in 2019, our Youth Zone is founded on the OnSide funding model whereby the first four years of revenue is made possible primarily by major donors – Founder Patrons – who each committed a minimum of £25k pa for four years.

Now as they enter year five, they seek the continuation of this support and are in the initial stages of diversifying their income sources. They have also secured significant ringfenced funding to expand the fundraising team, and the incoming Director of Fundraising will have significant scope to shape the team around their vision and strategy. Successful achievement of goals and a sound strategy will allow for further growth in future years in order to sustain, diversify and enhance income.

Who we are looking for.

We are searching for exceptional relationship fundraisers who excel when driving their own portfolio of high-value support and leading by example.

This is a strategic and hands-on role so we are looking for candidates who will relish working cross-organisationally on the SLT as well as coaching and supporting the team to deliver success.

We are open to talented and ambitious senior fundraisers who are looking for their first director role as well as established directors who are passionate about supporting young people.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

Josh Larkin | josh@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07950 729373

Eddie Taylor, Head of Fundraising Appointments, Peridot Partners

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Welcome from Robin Moss, Chief Executive

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Fundraising here at Barnet’s Youth Zone, named Unitas by our young people.

Unitas is an enormously exciting charity. Our cause is clear and compelling – young people. We know that all young people have potential. Yet opportunity is unevenly distributed. Unitas, as a universal, open-access, inclusive, diverse and high-quality youth provision, gives young people what they all deserve – somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to in their free time. When school is out, Unitas is open. And every time we are open, we offer a huge range of activities in our state-of-the-art facility, run by youth workers whose sole focus is young people.

We are the largest provider of youth work in North London and were awarded “Charity of the Year” for 2022 by The Barnet Group.

The buzz when 150+ young people are in Unitas is incredible and really cannot be described on paper. It has to be experienced. Of course, you should check out our website and social media channels to get a flavour of what we do. But as part of the

application process, we will get you to visit to not just see but feel for yourself what we are about.

Unitas is a friendly, fun and informal place to work. We take our work seriously but equally value having fun, enjoying achieving together, and supporting one another. The impact of our work is felt literally every single day. This is not a cause that you have to abstractly describe to donors. It’s a fantastic place to bring prospective donors.

We are a local charity but with the support of a national network, meaning that we can access funding that many other place-based organisations cannot. We are led by a fantastic Board of Trustees, who really understand the need to support fundraising and get stuck in to help. As Chief Executive, I too of course play my part in ensuring that our fundraising campaign reaches its targets.

Due to a specific three-year grant, we are able to support a larger fundraising department than most charities of our size, so an incoming Director will be able to lead (and hire) a team to deliver on our targets. (We expect that after three years, these extra roles would be self-sustaining.) The Director role also sits on the senior leadership team of the organisation and I expect the postholder to model our values and lead by example.

I envisage two types of people who might be interested in this role: the first is an experienced fundraiser who has led fundraising teams before and is looking for a move and a change. The second is a less experienced fundraiser who perhaps has never led a team before but has expertise in relationship-driven fundraising, is ambitious and sees this role as a real step up and a way to prove themselves. For all candidates, experience in philanthropy or corporate fundraising, where you have landed income through great relationship building, is a must. If either of these sounds like you, please do consider applying.

We are a diverse organisation and we especially welcome applicants who can contribute to that diversity – candidates of colour, disabled candidates, candidates who have lived experience or are care-experienced etc. For us, being diverse and inclusive is part of being an organisation committed to excellence.

If you have the right skills and experience for this role, I would encourage you to apply. It’s a fantastic opportunity for a great cause, and we are looking to bring on someone who will really thrive at Unitas.

Best wishes,

Robin Moss
Chief Executive

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

    Josh Larkin | josh@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07950 729373

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 28th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: by COB Wednesday 29th May 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 5th June 2024
    Second stage interviews: w/c 10th June 2024

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