Senior Funding Officer

1625 Independent People
NJC Scale 28 - 31 (£24,964 - £27,668 per year) starting on Point 28 (Note that the increase in NJC scales for 2018-19 has not yet been agreed.)
Contract Type: 
Full Time
Details of Role: 

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives through housing and support for over 30 years. 


Our service works because we keep young people's needs at the centre of all delivery. 
With over 100 staff in four locations, we provide housing support and advice to over 2000 young people per year. We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field - no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.


You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Pay and conditions:

  • Hours per week:  37.5
  • Contract type: Full time, permanent
  • Pay: NJC Scale 28 - 31 (£24,964 - £27,668 per year) starting on Point 28 (Note that the increase in NJC scales for 2018-19 has not yet been agreed.)
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Flexi time and flexible working
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare 
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summ of T&Cs below) 


The role

Based at our Head Office in Old Market, you’ll be managed by the Funding and Communication Manager (who reports to the Partnerships Director) and work alongside our Communication Officer.

Your mission is to successfully increase our annual funding from grants, trust funds, corporate relationships and major donors. You’ll actively seek out and cultivate new funding opportunities, cultivate existing funders to a scheduled programme of activities and communication, and support with the identification new ways for us to raise money.

You’ll also account manage a number of current corporate relationships and support the F&C Manager in actively pursuing new relationships and opportunities through an identified pipeline. Working with the F&C Manager to achieve agreed annual targets and KPIs, together you’ll keep things on track, using databases and software (e.g. Etapestry, Grantfinder) to regularly report to the Senior Management Team.

Events and volunteers play a big part in engaging our sponsors, donors and supporters, so we’re looking for someone who has proven experience of working with and managing volunteers, and in organising events and developing them to maximise income and awareness.

It’s not just about raising money, our fundraising activity has to be respectful, compliant with regulations and GDPR, considerate to our work with young people, always promoting them in a positive light. We don’t do sad sensationalist stories or guilt ridden appeals – we want people to engage with us because it makes them feel good about the positive work we do.

About you

You’ve done this job and have at least two years’ experience of writing bids, applications, pitches and proposals for funding. Whilst your previous work may not have been in the youth homelessness sector, you have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.

You’ve account managed corporate partnerships, successfully ensuring agreed outcomes and KPIs are on track and that partners feel valued. You may have this experience from a corporate background or similar.

You enjoy taking responsibility for your part in a team effort, improving the team’s fundraising systems and are happy pitching in when needed but are also able to work alone. You will lead on a range of aspects of the job so it’s essential that you have the ability to coordinate and lead with staff and volunteers on projects and processes.

You’re diplomatic and appropriate, can comfortably deal with people from all walks of life and community standing. You’re just as happy talking to the Lord Mayor, a CEO of a large corporate, a volunteer or a young person and you can see a positive opportunity in every situation; then turn that into a tangible benefit to young people and the organisation.

Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018 - 10:00
How to Apply: 


We believe in equal opportunities for everyone – you can read our full statement on our website. For an informal chat about the role contact Bev Mackenzie, Funding and Communication Manager on 0117 317 8800


Download the documents in the Job Pack at or email  0117 317 8800.


Closing Date: 10am Tuesday 30 January 2018


Interviews:  Wednesday 7 February 2018

Contact Person: 
Kayleigh Bond
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
01173 177080
Postal Address: 
1625 Independent People Kingsley Hall 59 Old Market Street Bristol BS2 0ER