Fundraising Officer

Organisation: Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust

Salary: £25,000

Location: Scottish Fisheries Museum, St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3AB

As we emerge from a very difficult period, can you help the Scottish Fisheries Museum to diversify and boost our income streams to ensure our ongoing financial sustainability?

The Scottish Fisheries Museum was founded in the old fishing port of Anstruther, at a property known as St Ayles, as a trust and charity in 1969, to collect, record and interpret the history of the fishing industry in Scotland. The Museum has expanded to occupy several adjacent properties and holds collections of over 65,000 artefacts, including full size fishing vessels. We are now seeking to develop our overall reach and visibility to a wider audience by developing our facilities to the standards expected of a contemporary museum of our stature and expanding the narrative about the fishing industry in relation to political changes and the climate emergency, while maintaining our core services.

This full-time post has been grant funded for one year by the Museum Development Fund from Museums Galleries Scotland.

Responsibilities Scope and Purpose

To help us achieve our goals a new role of Fundraising Officer has been created to work alongside the Director of Development to manage the fundraising campaign.

There are three key responsibilities in the post:
• Provide support to the Managing Director, Director of Development, Board members and senior volunteers in developing relationships with potential donors to the Museum. Be directly involved in the fundraising, preparing proposals and meeting donors.
• Manage a high-quality events, activity, and communication programme to engage donors and potential supporters.
• Run the fundraising operations ensuring effective systems and processes are in place for research, engagement, and stewardship to deliver a professional fundraising programme.
The post reports to the Director of Development. S/he will work closely with all areas of the Museum.

Specific Responsibilities

• Work to an identified list of funding priorities, including both core costs and development opportunities, and assist in matching these to potential supporters and funders
• Manage a list of individual donor prospects.
• Assist in preparing fundraising applications to Trusts, Foundations and Statutory Bodies and Corporates for sponsorship.
• Prepare plans to support senior staff and volunteers actively engaged in fundraising.
• Implement a stewardship programme to ensure all donors are cared for in a systematic and professional way.

Campaign Events & Communications
• Co-ordinate the engagement and cultivation activities to engage and involve potential supporters. This will involve arranging visits, invitation to exhibitions and private lunches, dinners, and receptions.
• Co-ordinate communications with donors, ensuring an effective stewardship of donors, helping to build a community of supporters.

Fundraising Operations – Database, Research Finance and Reporting
• Run the fundraising element of the contact database ensuring full details of Campaign donors and potential donors are kept up to date.
• Be familiar with data protection and fundraising regulations to ensure the fundraising campaign is compliant.

Profile of Successful Candidate

This post will suit an energetic person, who enjoys working to create their own success. This is a one-year post, and the future of the post will be determined by the success and achievements within the year. The Board recognises that some aspects may take several years to come to fruition. There is huge potential to grow the role and make a real difference to The Scottish Fisheries Museum. The successful candidate will need to be interested in philanthropy with a willingness to learn more about campaign fundraising and the Museum. Experience of fundraising or marketing would be an advantage, but the ability to bring a range of special skills, attributes and enthusiasm to the post is just as important.

While the postholder will be expected to be present at the Museum on a regular basis, we are willing to consider an element of virtual/ home working for the post. We will discuss the details of this as part of the interview process. It is expected there will be some travel involved in the role, in particular to meet potential donors.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience, and attributes in both the written application and the interview process.

• Demonstrable people skills, able to motivate and enthuse supporters, volunteers, and colleagues.
• Comprehensive and flexible communications skills, including the ability to write proposals, fundraising text and reports.
• Ability to plan and co-ordinate and deal with the unexpected.
• Good IT skills including the use of CRM systems.

Personal Attributes

• A flexible approach that enjoys managing several things at once while keeping a clear overview.
• A friendly person that enjoys working with a wide variety of people.
• Energetic and committed with a clear focus on achieving results and willing to go the extra mile.
• A systematic well organised person who takes pride in the quality and sustainability of their work.
• An interest in the museums and heritage would be an advantage.

Application Deadline: Monday 21/03/2022