We’ve genuinely been so busy placing brilliant charity professionals* all week that we’ve yet to properly celebrate #UKCharityWeek, though do check the Twitter feed to see what others have been up to. Thankfully nothing says celebration like a hastily-cobbled-together blog, so here's a whistlestop tour of some of our top charity jobs around the country right now, just in the nick of time.
* Every time this occurs by the way, a celebratory choon of the consultant's choice is briefly blasted out here at Harris Hill HQ to great delight (and some rather less-great singing). Since they’re rather good at this recruitment lark, this can happen many times a day. However, being December it's Christmas songs all the way, on which the blog will say only this: don't feel too bad if you mess up an interview this month. Yes, you might not get the job, but you’ve probably spared someone 30 seconds of Slade and if that isn’t making a difference to society we genuinely don’t know what is.
Back to the matter in hand though, and unlike every UK weather forecast you’ve ever seen, let’s start in the North and work down.
LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE
We're in Leeds first of all, here in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse - which will be brilliant just as soon as we’ve got some power. And some houses.
We jest of course, because as anyone who already does will tell you, Leeds is a fantastic place to live and work, well-connected and thriving with all the arts and attractions, retail and restaurants, sports facilities and splendid architecture you could ever need. Not to mention a quality of life that many of us crammed into the lower corner of the country can only dream of in our cupboard-sized flats.
This is a 6 to 9-month interim role with considerable responsibility, which is reflected in the salary of £61,000 per annum (pro rata) plus company benefits, or a day rate for the right person.
Click the job title (or here) for the full ad, and our finance specialist Simon Bascombe is the man in the know if you’d like to find out more.
• Associate Director of Resources
• Head of Events
• Philanthropy Manager
• Partnerships Manager x 3
To the other side of the Peak District now, and while it might seem like one of those places that only exists in the minds of motorway services planners – Charnock Richard, Leigh Delamere, Gordano-for-heaven’s-sake, 'Reading' - it turns out that Keele is both real and more than just an opportunity for overpriced sausages on the M6.
Founded in 2000 by the hugely successful entrepreneur and philanthropist John Caudwell, then better known as the man behind Phones 4U, Caudwell Children has a vision to create a better world for all disabled children, and is now one of the fastest-growing children’s charities in the UK.
They’ve got ambitious plans for the future too, hence our current search for six new fundraising professionals to join their 53 existing full-time staff, but there’s so much more to tell you that we’ve created a Caudwell Children microsite specifically for that purpose - go check it out!
Demonstrating an equally innovative and ambitious approach to the term ‘South West’, Ben Pountney of our South West office in Bath is your contact for more on these superb opportunities.
BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
An hour down the aforementioned M6 brings us to Britain’s second-biggest city - just don't mention this in Manchester - where we have a fabulous (darling) opportunity with one of Birmingham’s best loved theatres.
Once at the heart of the West Midlands' car manufacturing industry, Birmingham has since moved on to other leading roles and currently stars as one of Britain's best-kept secrets, continually surprising unsuspecting audiences with how nice it is these days.
As Head of Corporate Development for the theatre you’ll focus on fundraising, developing a corporate development strategy, establishing and building partnerships and (hopefully) delivering lots of lovely income as a result.
Legend has it that around the turn of the 11th century a large group traversing the country in search of Amersham became lost in the Chilterns, where they happened upon a similar group traversing eastwards in search of the mythical Cheshunt (probably to resolve some longstanding beef with Tesco).
Tired of traversing, and each tribe declaring the other ‘quite fit, actually’, they settled and thus was the town of ‘Chesham’ created, after narrowly-but-wisely rejecting ‘Amershunt’ in a town hall vote. These days, due to its position as the very last stop, it's almost exclusively populated by people who've fallen asleep on the Metropolitan line.
Admittedly these tales may not bear scrutiny by fact-checkers – even the fake ones – but what’s undoubtedly true is that we have a brilliant opportunity for a community fundraiser in the Chesham area to join a small but mighty organisation.
Cardiomyopathy UK is the specialist national charity for people affected by this type of heart disease, providing support and information services, raising awareness of the condition, campaigning for better access to quality treatment, and promoting research.
It’s a wide-ranging role where everything you do will make an impact - one of the benefits of smaller charities - and our community fundraising specialist Harriett Stevens has all the details if you’d like to know more.
Westward bound now, to a Fairtrade city and the first in the UK to win European Green Capital status in 2015, named the UK’s most environmentally friendly in 2017 and World Vegan Capital in 2018, a UNESCO City of Film that’s been declared the kindest and most artistic in the UK, voted best city to live in by the Sunday Times in 2014 and 2017, and one of the ten happiest cities to work in by The Guardian.
Albeit only at number ten so y’know, pull your finger out Bristol.
Yep, it’s fair to say that Bristol has pretty much everything going for it, and these days that even includes a nearby Harris Hill office, where our South West specialist Charlie Webbwould love to hear if you’re interested in one of these excellent roles.
Both based in Bristol itself, the first leads on supporter care for a conservation trust, helping to sustain the region's vital nature reserves, while the other is in individual giving for a well-established and highly influential disability charity with international reach and ambitions.
For the last leg it’s straight through 'Gordano country' and down to the idyllic Devon coast for our final resting place at The Donkey Sanctuary, an all-too-plausible outcome in so many of our lives, we suspect.
That said, there are few better places to end up than the beautiful home of the world’s leading authority on donkeys and mules and one of the world’s largest equine welfare charities, with ten sanctuaries around the UK and Europe and reaching approximately 1.8 million donkeys and mules in almost 40 countries worldwide.
They’re a fantastic organisation for whom we’ve recruited a number of roles before, so there’s a wealth of further information on our Donkey Sanctuary microsite available here.
Meanwhile the posts we’re currently working on are for three key members of the board: the chair of the board of trustees, and two of those very trustees, one with expertise in finance and the other in the management of property and estates.
Naturally our very own leading authority on all things equine is your contact for these positions, Mr Ben Pountney.
That’s the end of our tour for now, but while December’s traditionally a quiet time in recruitment world, we’re bucking the trend and starting to add new jobs for January 2020 already, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the site if you’re contemplating a new year move.
Meanwhile we hope you’ve had a fantastic #UKCharityWeek 2019, and if we don't speak before, have a great Christmas too!
Team HH x
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