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About Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)

At MRF we are driven by the call of people who have experienced the devastating effects of meningitis and septicaemia. The call is simple but powerful, to ensure “no other family has to go through what we have”.

This is the reality of our vision of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia. A world where effective vaccinations can protect everyone. A world where people who do get the diseases get the most effective diagnosis and treatments possible. A world where people affected and their families have the best support and information.

We link people with research, policy and practice. We do this by funding research into effective vaccines, diagnostics and treatments. We share results of the research with the public, health care professionals and research networks to raise awareness of what they can do to increase personal, family and community protection, optimise treatments and strengthen health systems. We advocate for policies on vaccines and the strengthening of health systems for effective health programmes. We provide direct support to people and families affected.

Over 25 years we have played an instrumental role in helping to reduce death and disability from meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists. To achieve this our incredible supporters have enabled us to fund research in Europe, North and South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Australasia. We work extensively with national and international researchers, policy makers, public health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, charities and international development organisations. We join the thinking together.

With a drive to continue ongoing work in Ireland and in the UK whilst growing our international presence significantly, we are about to embark on a new phase of development for the charity.

We believe there has never been a more exciting time to join our 40 strong team at offices in Dublin, Bristol, Edinburgh , Belfast and Blantyre in Malawi.

Corporate, trusts and major gifts officer

Salary: DOE + pension + 24.5 days A/L
Location: Dublin
Reporting to: Ireland Manager and working with the Corporate team in the UK.

This role is focused on developing corporate fundraising income by identifying Trust and Major Donor fundraising sources, writing compelling and engaging applications, providing feedback to funders and maintain updated information in the database.

This role requires previous fundraising experience along with excellent communication skills and the ability to be creative , proactive and committed to the organisation’s values.

About the candidate

The ideal candidate will be a natural fundraiser and should have contacts in the corporate sector.

To succeed, you will be comfortable and experienced in business relations and negotiations through face to face presentations,meetings and networking. You should be able to demonstrate knowledge and practice of fundraising techniques such as employee fundraising, corporate sponsorship, corporate donations and gifts in kind.

You must be able to manage and proritise a busy workload and be able to work methodically.

You will bring real energy and drive to a role that also requires high levels of attention to detail, political astuteness and ability to work flexibly to suit the role.

Core purpose of role

To enable MRF to achieve its goals through high quality corporate fundraising.

Qualifications and experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Experience of successful proposal writing in a non-profit or commercial environment
  • Experience as a fundraiser, marketer or in a related field with relevant transferable skills
  • Understanding of the corporate sector in Ireland 
  • A good understanding of marketing and PR
Responsibilities
  • Develop and manage relationships with corporate, business, and related high net worth relationships through communications, events, and other activities; work proactively and flexibly to support specific relationships on a daily basis (for example ongoing charity of the year projects)
  • Work proactively within the charity to identify corporate fundraising opportunities and prioritise potential new donors 
  • Seek grants and donations through dialogue and proposal writing, create appropriate bids and campaigns, working to an agreed programme of regular activity
  • Attend appropriate events and face-to-face meeting in order to better understand projects and funders, to develop relationships, and to present the work of the charity. Represent the foundation in a professional, confident, and client focused manner.
  • Seek to improve the quality and performance of this area of work through creativity, clear rationale, and excellent team working and influencing with colleagues 
  • Duties to be carried out in consultation with Ireland Manager, and in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Trustees, to agreed targets, plans and budgets.
If you wish to apply please send the completed application for with your CV to: paulg@meningitis.org by 5pm Tuesday, 28th February

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Appeals & Campaigns Fundraiser

Location - Bristol, UK Office
Salary - £18,000 to £21,000 (dependant on experience) + pension paid on or around 25th of each month
Hours of Work - 36.25 hours between 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday. 45 minute lunch. Occasional unsociable hours
Annual Leave - 23 + statutory & public holidays. 

We're looking for an enthusiastic and creative person to join our expanding fundraising team in Bristol. The post is a new role and will work with the Head of Fundraising to develop and implement cash and committed giving appeals to boost donations from our own supporters and the public. 
Please send completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to:

Laura Hardidge, Meningitis Research Foundation, Newminster House, Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1LT OR email laurah@meningitis.org 
CVs alone will not be considered
The closing date: Friday 3 March 2017
Interview dates: Friday 10 March 2017