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Senior Fundraising Officer James’ Place, London

James’ Place is recruiting for the position of Senior Fundraising Officer, based in their beautiful and recently opened London centre, to seize new and exciting opportunities that will contribute to their incredible 3-year appeal.

  • Location: London (Hybrid with minimum of 3 days per week in the office)
  • Salary: £40,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

About James’ Place

James’ Place Charity was set up by Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley in 2008, after their twenty-one-year-old son, James, died by suicide ten days after a minor operation. James had no history of mental illness or depression and had sought urgent help for anxiety and suicidal thoughts but didn’t find it. We know that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, and we know that many men find it difficult to reach out for help.

James’ Place was set up to make the experience of finding help as easy as possible. James’ Place offers men who are experiencing a suicidal crisis a brief, intensive, therapeutic intervention in a safe environment. Men who walk through the door at James’ Place will be in a space where they feel valued and respected.

The first James’ Place opened in June 2018 in Liverpool, the first of its kind in the UK, and has to date, supported more than 800 men experiencing suicidal crisis. Our trained, professional therapists have delivered over 2,000 therapy sessions using an innovative and safe therapeutic intervention. We are independently evaluated and can prove our impact. We provide a calm and peaceful environment both inside the centre and in our landscaped garden, accessible to men who visit us as well as their friends and families.

James’ Place has recently replicated this in London, offering our service in a temporary space until the HRH, the Duke of Cambridge, opened our permanent home near Old Street in May this year.

Later this year, we will launch a £10m appeal to raise the funds needed to deliver our life-saving intervention on a national scale. We will open three further centres in England by 2025, following a local and national appeal strategy that this role will be central to.

This will give over half the male population access to a James’ Place in times of crisis.

Services

We believe suicide is an avoidable death and have created a place where men in a suicidal crisis can access support, advice, and help. We provide a safe therapeutic environment in which men are cared for and respected. Our mission is to help men aged 18+ who are in crisis, by providing quick and free access to non-residential therapy and support. We offer an individualised person-centred intervention to men experiencing a suicidal crisis.

Our team works with referrers to offer an intervention to men who have arrived at a crisis point, in response to predominantly social and psychological stressors, such as debt, loneliness, and relationship problems.

James’ Place does not offer longer-term mental health or psychotherapeutic support but supports the person practically and emotionally through the crisis period, helping them to access any longer-term support they may require via other services. We do not replicate or replace existing statutory services, but instead, we work closely with the local NHS and wider services to ensure the right men are referred to our service and supported when they leave it.

To inform the design of James’ Place, we worked with men who had previously been at risk of suicide, or who work with men at risk of suicide. We incorporated their experiences and views to ensure we created a calm, welcoming and safe environment.

James’ Place is a registered charity and almost all of our funding comes from voluntary donations given by charitable trusts, companies and individual supporters.

The role

We are seeking an experienced fundraiser to work in our new London centre, focusing on two key areas:

  • working with the Head of Development to deliver the £10m appeal; and
  • taking overall responsibility for building on our already strong networks in London to establish our centre as a sustainable source of life-saving support for men in suicidal crisis.

Whilst this is a new role in London, there is another Senior Fundraising Officer based in our centre in Liverpool, who would be your peer and colleague. We are also recruiting a Fundraising Assistant to support the team and enable outward-facing fundraising staff to be as efficient as they can be.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and growing organisation, working for a vital cause, where you can have a huge impact. The postholder will work collaboratively and take responsibility for fundraising activity in London, with appropriate support from centre staff and regional fundraising colleagues, the Head of Development and the Chief Executive and Trustees.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious individual who is keen to build their skills and career in a very supportive environment.

Principal accountabilities

Direct fundraising work:

  • Responsible for a portfolio of donors, volunteers and prospects and an annual fundraising target of £500,000, from a variety of sources including philanthropists, trusts and foundations, companies and individuals who are fundraising for us.
  • Build a network of donors and volunteer supporters and influencers in London, across a range of audiences, maintaining and developing relationships.
  • Work with the Head of Development on the national appeal and other central fundraising work. This will include attending events and writing major grant applications and other proposals.
  • Support the Head of Development to maximise opportunities through the Appeal Board.
  • Build compelling cases for James’ Place projects to put to prospective and existing funders, ensuring accurate financial information is presented clearly.

Fundraising administration:

  • Work with colleagues in the London centre and across the organisation, to develop their experience and confidence in fundraising activities, ensuring they are fully briefed and supported at all times.

Work in the wider charity:

  • Work with the team to build our understanding of men in suicidal crisis and how suicidal behaviour develops.
  • Deputise for the Head of Development and represent the charity as and when needed.

Who we’re looking for

We are seeking an experienced Senior Fundraiser, aiming to take their career to the next level, who can work both independently and collaboratively to deliver a transformative national appeal.

We are searching for an ambitious individual and a team player, who is comfortable both working with major donors to secure high-value gifts and supporting colleagues to reach organisational targets.

Suitable applicants will be confident relationship-builders who are able to take responsibility for projects, whilst working closely with other senior team members to deliver the best possible outcomes for the organisation and the men it supports.

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 | 07905 814273

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

Eddie Taylor, Head of Fundraising Appointments, Peridot Partners

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Policy statement

The charity is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make the best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (protected characteristics).

The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff treat visitors, clients, service users, trustees, customers, suppliers and former staff members.

All staff have a duty to act in accordance with this policy and treat colleagues with dignity at all times, and not to discriminate against or harass other members of staff, regardless of their status

Recruitment and selection

We aim to ensure that no job applicant suffers discrimination because of any of the protected characteristics above. Our recruitment procedures are reviewed regularly, to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Job selection criteria are regularly reviewed, to ensure that they are relevant to the job and are not disproportionate. Shortlisting of applicants should be done by more than one person wherever possible.

A copy of our policy statement on equal opportunities can be sent on request to those enquiring about this role.

We take steps to ensure that our vacancies are advertised to a diverse labour market. Where appropriate, the charity may approve the use of lawful exemptions to recruit someone with a particular protected characteristic – for example, where the job can only be done by a woman. The advertisement should specify the exemption that applies.

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  • Questions necessary to establish if an applicant can perform an intrinsic part of the job (subject to any reasonable adjustments).
  • Questions to establish if an applicant is fit to attend an assessment or any reasonable adjustments that may be needed at interview or assessment.
  • Positive action to recruit disabled persons.
  • Equal opportunities monitoring (which will not form part of the decision-making process)

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To ensure that this policy is operating effectively, and to identify groups that may be underrepresented or disadvantaged in our organisation, we ask that applicants fill out an anonymous equality monitoring survey, which can be found after submitting your details on the ‘How to apply’ tab.

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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 | 07905 814273

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

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 20th July 2022
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 22nd July 2022
    First stage interviews (virtual): Monday 1st August 2022
    Second stage interviews (in-person): Monday 8th August 2022

     

     

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