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Could you be our new Fundraising Officer?


Two RLS employees listen to a client


London, 09/04/2024


We're recruiting for a Fundraising Officer to take up a new role in our team to help to drive our future growth and sustainability so we can help more people than ever.


  • Role: Fundraising Officer

  • Responsible to: Fundraising Lead (Management Team)

  • Purpose: fundraising and income generation

  • Location: London (hybrid)

  • Hours: 37.5 hours/week (applications from people seeking 0.8 FTE are also encouraged, as are independent contractors)

  • Contract: permanent 

  • Salary: £32,000 per year / £135 day rate

  • Closing date: 3rd May 2024

  • Application: CV and cover letter to nick.pilkington@refugeelegalsupport.org


Full job description attached at the bottom of this page.


About RLS

Refugee Legal Support works in solidarity with people who migrate. We operate in the UK, France and Greece, promoting and protecting rights through legal support, casework, engagement, training and partnerships. We advocate for safe migration and oppose discriminatory immigration systems and policies.


The role

Our recent growth and ambitious plans for the future mean that RLS needs to raise more sustainable funding than ever before. The new Fundraising Officer role will be central to this, playing a key role in the future of the organisation. 


You’ll work closely with the Fundraising Lead to secure the financial support to allow the organisation to thrive and fight alongside more people who need our legal support. 


Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Researching, identifying and pursuing funding opportunities: you’ll proactively seek out and apply for funding opportunities to maximise income from trusts, foundations, and other relevant sources.

  • Funder relationship management: you’ll build and nurture relationships with existing and potential funders, ensuring their continued support and engagement with our cause.

  • Reporting and budget management: you’ll work with the Fundraising Lead to prepare detailed reports on fundraising activities, monitor progress against targets, and design budgets that align with our strategic goals.

  • Drafting communications: you’ll draft compelling communications and fundraising materials, utilising your excellent written and verbal communication skills to engage donors and stakeholders.

  • Supporting and leading other fundraising initiatives: you’ll contribute to the development and execution of various fundraising strategies, including individual giving and major donor engagement, to diversify and strengthen our funding base.


Who we’re looking for

We’re seeking someone with:

  • A track record: we want to see that you have a track record of income generation for non-profit organisations.

  • Communication skills: exceptional written and verbal communication abilities, capable of crafting persuasive proposals and engaging stakeholders.

  • Passion for our work: genuine interest in and commitment to our mission, eager to make a meaningful contribution

  • Strategic thinking: tactical, strategic, and creative thinking skills, with the ability to develop innovative solutions and strategies for fundraising.

  • A results-driven mindset with the determination to meet and exceed fundraising targets.

  • The ability to simplify complex concepts: our work can be complicated. You’ll need to make it understandable for a variety of audiences.

  • Leadership and teamwork: you can work effectively on your own as well as in a team, when working towards your work plan targets and objectives.

  • Lived experience of navigating immigration systems


What you can expect

You’d be joining a driven, friendly and supportive team and can expect:

  • Mentorship and Support: the opportunity to work closely with an experienced Fundraising Lead, gaining insights and guidance to excel in your role.

  • Strategic contribution: our Fundraising Lead is looking for a partner who can help to shape fundraising strategy and tactics. You’ll help to shape what we do and how we do it. 

  • Growth and Development: as a growing organisation, we offer exciting opportunities for professional development and career advancement.

  • A Supportive team environment: our team prides itself on its welcoming and supportive approach to those who want to work hard towards our mission and values. 


How to apply

Email your application to nick.pilkington@refugeelegalsupport.org with “Fundraising Officer” included in the subject line. Please include:

  • Your CV 

  • A covering letter expressing your interest in the role, explaining how your experience and skills match the person specification. This should be no more than 2 sides of A4. Please ensure that you state your preferred starting date and notice period if applicable and include contact details of two professional references in your cover letter.


The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd May.


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