Meet the UK's leading team of fundraising recruitment specialists.
Whether you’re looking for a great new role or great new fundraisers, why not talk to someone who really understands what you’re looking for?
We're the only fundraising recruiters with individual specialists for each major income stream, so whether it's community or corporate, major donor or legacies, direct marketing or events, you’ll have a dedicated consultant who really knows the market, focusing exclusively on roles in your field.
That means they'll have a clear understanding of your particular challenges and requirements, and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the best opportunities, organisations and individuals in your specialism, right across the sector.
To speak with your specialist directly, just select them from the list below and click for contact details.
But if you don't fit neatly into one box, or you're just not sure where to start, don't worry! Just call any of the team for a chat and we'll be happy to connect you with the best-placed person to help.
You can reach us on 020 7820 7331, or send us an email. We look forward to working with you!
Your fundraising specialists by income stream
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|►||Natalie Lawford||020 7820 7336|
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020 7820 7329
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|►||Gemma Boyle||020 7820 7326|
|►||Zach Stuhldreer||020 7820 7332|
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Regional Director - South West
Principal Consultant - Fundraising & Events
Consultant - Major Donor Fundraising and Special Events
Senior Consultant - Scotland
Senior Consultant - Fundraising
Consultant - Community Fundraising and Challenge Events
Resourcing Consultant - South West
Harris Hill are great to work with - they are personable, reliable and honest. We have successfully recruited a number of candidates from them and they have been a fantastic asset to our organisation.
Community and Events Manager, St Mungo's
I’ve been on both sides of the table when working with Harris Hill, they supported me brilliantly when being recruited at Breast Cancer Now. They offered me lots of great advice and feedback throughout the process which led to me being really prepared and focused in my interviews. They have also been great when I’ve worked with them to recruit staff, they have really listened to the type of person and skills required for my recruitment which has led to lots of successful candidates over the years I’ve worked with them.
Interim Head of Community & Events, Sense
Harris Hill has been a fantastic recruitment partner to Livability for many years now. They have helped increase our employee brand in the fundraising sector, represent the charity in an engaging and clear way to prospective candidates, and have attracted stellar talent to the Livability fundraising team. The account management has been great; from personal relationships with Harris Hill account managers visiting our national office to get more of a sense what Livability stands for and the working culture to quick and responsive communications. It's been a pleasure working with the Harris Hill team. More recently, it's been a joy to partner with Joshua Liveras on our recruitment to a new Community Fundraiser - North. This is a strategic region Livability is growing engagement and fundraised income in, and Joshua has found us a stellar new candidate to help us make more of a splash in the region. I would personally like to thank Joshua and Harris Hill for their continued support and flying the flag of the Livability fundraising team.
Assistant Director of Fundraising, Livability
Harris Hill were a joy to work with. From meeting Hayley through to filling two corporate fundraising roles I was really impressed with her approach. Hayley really took the time to understand our needs and interrogated our job specifications in a way that demonstrated her clear knowledge of the sector but also the type of candidates we could reasonably expect. We were very happy with the candidates put forward for interview, and have been really pleased with our eventual two hires. The whole process was without stress and I’d work with Harris Hill again and recommend them to others.
I have always been impressed with Harris Hill: their consultants are tenacious and never give up until they find you that ideal fundraising candidate. I like the way they understand me and the charity to ensure that I get the right candidates. They provide a professional and comprehensive service and really know the third sector.
Deputy Director of Fundraising
Supporter Contact Officer
A charity based in Central London are looking for a Supporter Care Officer. The successful candidate will be responsible for gift aid and pledge form data entry, transactions, recording and documenting gifts, pledges and campaigns as part of the Fundraising department's Supporter Care team. Under the direction of the Supporter Care Manager, the candidate works on Gift Aid declarations and documentation, batching, filing and banking; works on entering pledges, pledge payments, one-off and recurring donations. Deals with supporter queries. Reconciles bank balances and monthly activity. Prepares reports and spreadsheets related to campaigns and appeals. Assists with general volume of processing work and transactions in support of the supporter care team. Person specification Experience of office work of a financial or transactional nature Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Ability to write; math accuracy; good customer service instincts Strong work ethic and personal flexibility in order to get the job done/deadlines met
£25,802 per year
Partnerships and Philanthropy Assistant
A leading veterans charity based in the heart of London, supporting veterans and their families at an important point in their lives, are looking for a Partnerships and Philanthropy Assistant to join the team. You will provide support for the whole team including Corporate Partnerships, Trusts and Foundations, and Major Donors. This is a junior level role for someone that is looking to develop their skills and knowledge and kick start their fundraising career in the charity sector, learning about all aspects of fundraising including corporate, trusts and foundations and major donor. You will provide research and administrative support, help in developing programmes and reports, and assist in delivering partnership events. You will have some office/ admin experience and a good understanding of general fundraising principles. You will be a great communicator, have strong attention to detail and have the ability to use initiative. This role is full time, based in Victoria and is paying a salary of 23,000 + travel costs up to 370 per month! To find out more about this exciting role please call Terri on 0207 820 7326 or email a copy of your CV to email@example.com. Get in touch today to avoid disappointment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted. Please also note, this role may close earlier than advertised.
£23k per year + Travel Costs
Senior Retention Fundraiser
Harris Hill is working with a leading disability equality charity to recruit a direct marketing professional to join their Supporter Development Team. The postholder will manage a variety of fundraising activities delivered both online and offline. The primary focus of the role is to create relevant and engaging supporter journeys that maximise cash, raffle, lottery and regular giving income. Audience-focussed, data-driven and digitally savvy, you will have a proven track record of delivering engaging direct marketing campaigns to generate income, increase value and develop loyalty. It s an exciting time to join the organisation with a big investment in acquiring new supporters and developing integrated, audience-led supporter journeys to maximise their retention. The charity has recently launched a new strategy to achieve everyday equality for disabled people by 2022. You will be part of a high performing and forward-thinking team that places great importance on personal development. This is a crucial role that would suit an enthusiastic, proactive individual who truly values supporters and is driven to produce communications of the highest quality that deliver results.
£31k - 33k per year
Individual Giving Manager
Harris Hill is working with a leading children's charity to recruit an Individual Giving Manager in to their dynamic IG team. The post holder will be campaign manager for the recruitment of regular givers through a mix of channels including telephone fundraising, door to door, private site and digital lead generation. The charity is seeking someone who has the appetite to innovate; to think of new ways to not only optimise current campaigning, collaborating with agencies to re-invent existing channels; but also to propose new routes and products to market. You will be supported by both the wider IG team including data insight and the charity's newly established innovation team to bring new initiatives to existing and new markets. You will be both a strategist and a fantastic campaign marketing lead; able to manage your time effectively to ensure the day to day is delivered to budget and on time hitting KPIs; alongside horizon setting for future growth. You will have the following skills and experience: - A strategic thinker, who is excited by the challenge of market change and has a desire to optimise campaign performance and look to develop new routes and products to market - Proven extensive experience in Campaign and Direct Marketing (in particular acquisition) - Demonstrate how you have impacted on strategy, campaign planning and delivery - Charity fundraising (client side or agency)
£38k per year
Head of Fundraisng
Harris Hill is delighted to be assisting the fantastic martime charity, Sailors' Society, in the search for a new Head of Fundraising at their office in Southampton. Sailors' Society is an international charity, striving to support individuals and their families, in all ports around the world. The organisation has a history dating back to the early 19th century. The society begun providing floating shelters and chapels on river banks, to the international network of chaplains and seafarer centres, evidencing the continual revising of its programme to meet the demands of the fats changing world. The average crew member is spending more time physically out on the water and less time in ports and on land. The expert welfare support that the charity delivers, targets three separate aspects of a Seafarers life; At Home, At Sea and In Port. This triple targeting is part of a new programme that the society are implementing. The charity are looking for an experienced Head of Fundraising to join their vibrant team. The crux of the role is to implement fundraising plans, in conjunction with developing new innovative areas of income and fundraising. Furthermore, you are tasked with the responsibility of managing the fundraising team, with corporate partnerships and events being the priority. Finally, the postholder will work right the way down to the grassroots level of fundraising, in and amongst communities, with the intention of increasing the following and support for the society's mission. To be considered for this role you will need to be well versed in building and managing relationships with current and future sources of funding. You must have proven knowledge, strong experience and expertise of fundraising across Corporate Fundraising and Events. In addition, you will have excellent written communication skills and project management skills. If you would like to receive a full job specification for this role or have a confidential conversation, please send your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Natalie at Harris Hill on 0207 820 7336. Job title Head of Fundraising Organisation Sailors' Society Location Southampton, SO19 9FF Remuneration - 45,000 Contract Permanent, 37.5 hours p/w This is a rolling recruitment so early applications are encouraged. Only suitable candidates will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you.
£45k per year
Direct Marketing Assistant (Retention)
A great opportunity has arisen for a Direct Marketing Assistant for an International humanitarian charity in order to cover busy period of approximately 2 months. Please apply ASAP to Dagmara.Depaula@harrishill.co.uk Key Responsibilities will include: Responsible for assisting the Retention team with the production of both planned and emergency response campaigns Responsible for supporting the work of the Retention Team, including providing administrative and logistical support to the wider team including DM managers and Head of Direct Marketing. Responsible for some elements of basic campaign management Responsible for some regular database and reporting tasks to ensure that results are refreshed and agencies have the data they need to run campaigns effectively. Contribute to the planning, budgeting and reforecasting process within the Retention team, supporting the team in gathering information needed to effectively plan and reforecast the annual budget. In order to apply you should have the following skills and experience: Experience of or a strong interest in Direct Marketing and/or fundraising Experience of supporting a team in a fast-paced office environment. Ability to use Excel, Word & PowerPoint and Outlook Handles multiple requests (including conflicting priorities) simultaneously, and proactively manages a varied workload with ease to ensure objectives are achieved and deadlines are met. Respond flexibly to unforeseen events. Anticipate and respond to the needs of an audience, adapting content, style and language to deliver maximum clarity Nurture professional relationships with colleagues at all levels, and with external contacts and partners, to support the achievement of the DM team s objectives. Has appetite to continuously learn and is open to exploring digital media and tools Contributes ideas, approaches and insights that enable innovation. Scans the external environment for trends, insights, ideas and best practice that could benefit charity s work. Prioritises and sustains focus on work that will have the greatest impact on agreed aims
£23k per year
Sales and Events Coordinator
Role: Sales and Events Coordinator Location: Bank, London Contract: Permanent, full-time Salary: £26,000 - £28,000 Harris Hill are delighted to be working with one of the Great Twelve Livery companies of The City of London in their search for a Sales and Events Coordinator. This is a really rare opportunity to be joining an organisation steeped in history and dating back to the 13th century. Livery companies previously regulated trade and although many have now lost their ties with trade they still have an important role to play. Our client now provides a range of philanthropic services and grants across charity and education. They also have an in house venue and catering company which is where this role will sit. We are looking for a self-motivated, well-spoken and friendly individual to join the team and help manage the companies spectacular venue. You will be the first point of contact for clients looking to rent out the venue and you will support he delivery of events. This will include liaising with suppliers and organising and attending client tastings or site visits. You will also be responsible upselling products and services whilst account managing clients whilst coordinating function sheets and processing invoices. The ideal candidate will have a couple of years experience within events, ideally working with 5* venues or within a catering context however we are open to transferable event experience. You will also have a proven track record of sales or an exemplary standard of customer care. This is a rare opportunity to join a prestigious organisation based in the heart of London. If you would like to receive an Information pack for this role, with details on how to apply, please send your CV to email@example.com or call Zach at Harris Hill 0207 820 7332. We look forward to hearing from you. Please note all applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, we won't be able to reply to all applications, so if you haven't heard from us your application has not been successful.
£26k - 28k per year
Trust Fundraiser (3 days per week)
Role: Trust Fundraiser (part-time) Location: Victoria, London Contract: 12 month FTC, 21 hours per week Salary: c. £31,000 (pro-rata) Harris Hill are delighted to be working with a lovely charity dedicated to supporting older people. Aspiring to create a society where all older people are treated with respect and have the opportunity to live fulfilled lives. You will be joining a fantastic cause who not only run several care homes also provide support for older people affected by loneliness and give grants for those living on a low income. This role will be raising money for the befriending service and grant giving side of the charity. We are looking for a self-motivated individual to help develop and maintain income in line with the Trust & Foundations strategy. You will be primarily responsible for prioritising, developing and submitting compelling applications and reports to trust donors. This role will be a 3 days a week position with good flexibility and the possibility of occasional home working. The ideal candidate will have strong experience of developing compelling 5 figure proposals and an understanding of where to source information pertaining to Trusts and Foundations. This is a great opportunity to join a lovely charity based in the heart of London. If you would like to receive an Information pack for this role, with details on how to apply, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Zach at Harris Hill 0207 820 7332. We look forward to hearing from you. Please note all applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to reply to all applications, so if you haven’t heard from us your application has not been successful.
£31,075 per year
Trust Fundraiser (part-time)
Role: Trust Fundraiser (part-time) Location: Gravesend, Kent Contract: Permanent, 17-22 hours per week Salary: £26,000 - £35,000 (pro-rata) Harris Hill are delighted to be partnering with a fantastic Hospice in Gravesend, dedicated to providing care to people of all ages. We are looking for an enthusiastic trust fundraiser to join the team to support the capital appeal and grow core income. You will be joining a fantastic cause who are the only hospice in the county that provide care to all ages. They pride themselves in providing support in at the patients place of choosing so that they can spend more time with family and friends at home. We are looking for a talented and ambitious individual to generate income through the development and implementation of a Trust & Foundations strategy. You will be involved in the planning and writing of funding bids, reporting on previous grants and the research of new funding opportunities. This role will be approx. 3 days a week with good flexibility and the possibility to be fairly heavily home-based following probation. Gravesend has great connections to London Bridge and central London. The ideal candidate will have strong experience of developing compelling 5 figure proposals and an understanding of where to source information pertaining to Trusts and Foundations. You will be an excellent communicator and happy to work within a small (but energetic) environment. This is a great opportunity to join a well-respected charity. If you would like to receive an Information pack for this role, with details on how to apply, please send your CV to email@example.com or call Zach at Harris Hill 0207 820 7332. We look forward to hearing from you. Please note all applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to reply to all applications, so if you haven’t heard from us your application has not been successful.
£26k - 35k per year
Head of Corporate Partnerships
Harris Hill are delighted to be working with a large national organisation that focuses on helping young people. They are looking to find their new Head of Corporate Partnerships. You will be working closely with the Senior Leadership Team in helping create strategy. This person will also be responsible for one of the charity's exciting new large retail partnerships, as well as leading a team of 5 fantastic corporate fundraisers. We are looking for someone with experience of raising significant funds within a charity, sales or marketing environment. You will need to feel confident in generating new business for an organisation, as well as building long term partnerships with large brands. The ideal candidate will also need to have experience of line management. You will be joining a really fantastic team who are incredibly energetic and passionate about the charity and the partnerships they work with. We need someone with this energy. The organisation has fantastic audience reach and you will have the opportunity to work on some of their sector leading partnerships. It's a great role for someone who wants to lead a team in a larger organisation or for someone looking to take that next step. If you would like to receive a full job specification for these roles or have a confidential conversation, please send your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hannah at Harris Hill on 0207 820 7331. Closing date for applications on Tuesday 26th November. Interview dates: Early December Salary is circa £45,000. Only suitable candidates will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you.
£43k - 46k per year
Salesforce Systems Administrator
I am currently looking for a Salesforce Systems Administrator to work with the internal team for an innovative research foundation. This 6 month FTC will see you delivering new key systems to the organisation including a CRM/Grant Management System (Salesforce), Finance System (Salesforce) and HR System. As the System Administrator you will provide technical solutions to maximise the capability the new systems and processes and develop the competence and knowledge of users. Main duties: Support the internal teams with the transition of new system and processes Be part of the team to undertake requirements gathering and user consultation sessions to gain background project information Support the mapping of as is and to be process maps to aid in the delivery of best possible solutions as well as responsibility for maintenance of these process maps Work on improving existing systems by studying current usage practices, taking full advantage of Salesforce functionality, and making recommendations for improvements Be part of the team to facilitate effective User Acceptance Testing for new & updated systems, fixes & enhancements Support business process workshops/training To oversee, manage, review and challenge the new systems and proactively look for opportunities for improvements Managing appropriate change management Provide a consistent and approachable point of contact for superusers of the new systems If you have the above skills and experience, please apply online or contact Sekai today!
£45k per year
A charity based in central London are looking for an Administration Manager. You would need to have experience of managing a team providing administration to a range of operational functions. This post is responsible for ensuring robust administrative processes to ensure the smooth functioning of the organisation. They will manage the administration team at head office, and provide direct support to the Managing Director, Board of Trustees, and national managers. Key responsibilities To lead, manage and ensure a high performing administration team operating in line with our values and management principles. To take overall responsibility for the delivery of excellent administrative support to the charity services, ensuring that administrative systems are streamlined and highly effective and stepping in to provide cover at times of need. To take overall responsibility for our organisational data recording, ensuring data is recorded promptly and accurately by our managers and that deadlines for submitting data are met. To act as Data Controller for charity and to take responsibility for the compliance of all paper and electronic systems. To act as the Designated Complaints Officer Person specification Experience of managing a team providing administration to a range of operational functions Strong administrative and organisational skills and the ability to consistently meet deadlines. Ability to work autonomously using initiative developing clear and effective processes and improve effectiveness. Experience of collecting and collating data, ensuring accuracy and producing of reports Evidence of the ability to offer a wide range of skills, to cope with sudden changes of task
£25,520 - 29,575 per year
A charity based in London are looking for a Services Administrator. This post will have particular responsibility for providing responsive and effective administrative support to the Services department and support the Administration Manager to ensure the smooth running of Head office. Key responsibilities Act as a point of first contact for the services, responding to and redirecting queries as appropriate Establish and maintain effective administrative and monitoring systems and resources Be responsible for the data used in reporting to local authorities Be responsible for daily checks in incoming emailed professional referrals for the charity Be confident in the use of our case management system and able to support remote staff with basic IT and admin problems Assist in the production of reports, statistics, project evaluations, fundraising applications and progress reports when necessary. Person specification Strong administrative and organisational skills and the ability to consistently meet deadlines. Experience of collating data, ensuring accuracy and contributing to the production of reports Experience of collating data, ensuring accuracy and contributing to the production of reports
£21,500 - 24,818 per year
Trusts and Statutory Officer
We are recruiting for a Trusts and Statutory officer for a wonderful and rapidly growing Education charity. Your role will be based in the development team, helping to obtain new funding to help disadvantaged children develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in life. You will be responsible for helping to deliver the sustainability funding plan and securing funding for the work of the charity in schools and communities. You will have 1-2 years fundraising experience, and ideally have a good understanding of trusts, foundations or statutory fundraising. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a fast-growing organisation with ambitious plans. This is a permanent role, is based in Vauxhall and is offering a salary of 25k. To find out more about this exciting role please call Terri on 0207 820 7326 or email a copy of your CV to email@example.com. Get in touch today to avoid disappointment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we are looking to fill the role ASAP! Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.
£25k per year
Trust Fundraising Manager
We are working on a very interesting role with a Human Rights charity based in a fantastic location in Central London. They are looking for a Trust Fundraising Manager. Your role will be to secure income from charitable trusts, foundations and statutory bodies. You will manage existing funding relationships as well as secure new business. You will have trusts fundraising experience, ideally at management level, and a track record of securing income. You will be a strong writer and have the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships. This role is offering a salary of £34,391. To find out more about this exciting role please call Terri on 0207 820 7326 or email a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get in touch today to avoid disappointment, application will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.
£34,391 per year
Assistant Director of Operations
An international charity are looking for an Assistant Director of Operations to lead a change management process to transform the operational management of the division and its interaction between the central structures within the charity and the international teams delivering the organisation's programmes on the ground. The goal is to make the operational delivery of programmes effective and efficient, with a particular focus on changes to structures and processes This is a 6-12 month contract. Key Responsibilities: -Work with the Director's to develop a robust operating model for international operations. -Working with Country Directors and the Programme Development team, support the design, development and roll out key systems and processes to standardise programme planning -Support the Programme Development team in the development of a programme design, planning and delivery training programme. Enabling teams to design and develop large-scale multi-year programmes using departmentally agreed standards. -Deliver a portfolio of programmes that meets the strategy and provide the basis for our conservation impact overseas. This will require planning and managing reviews at appropriate points during all stages of the project life cycle to provide evaluation of progress against time, costs, quality, compliance and ongoing viability. -Work with the Head of Finance and Regional Heads and Country Managers to develop departmental budgeting and forecasting and manage performance against these, -Ensure the charity complies with employment legislation, employment and other taxes and the regulatory and economic framework of the countries we operate in, with advice and guidance from the Heads of HR, Finance and Legal. -Identify gaps in policies and procedures that are required to meet bi-lateral and multi-lateral donor requirements for programme delivery and work with the appropriate central business services to develop the necessary organisational policies and procedures to fill these gaps -Ensure rigorous management and compliance of programme funding portfolio -Working with Heads, Country Managers to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of fieldwork and programmes across the charity -Ensure that global monitoring, evaluation and learning on projects are centrally captured and reported on and factored into the design of future projects / programmes. -Working with Central HR and Finance, leading on consultations with staff on the business case and subsequent change process to move to new structures. -Work closely with the HR Department to ensure effective strategic HR support for all regional and global programmes, such as organisational development, recruitment, policies etc. -Effectively lead and manage the Operations Team providing guidance, support, challenge and feedback to ensure optimal delivery and engagement. Skills and Experience Required: -Management experience of strategic operations in an international development or similar non-profit, working at a senior level across large and complex programmes -Professional contract delivery expertise with knowledge of Project Delivery Standards. -Strong understanding of in-country support needs, with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working in a range of (often complex) locations around the world and the ability to apply operational strategies and processes accordingly. -Experience of impact measurement and reporting for projects, meeting funder and strategic/organisational needs -Experience of partnering with teams such as HR and Finance to deliver change processes that develop strong operational systems and platforms. particularly leading, engaging with and communicating to teams through change. -Strong knowledge of HR and Finance policies, procedures and best practice, with experience of applying them in international organisations with significant budgets and complex grants-funded programmes. -Demonstrable track-record in working with a wide range of operational teams, with a good understanding of diverse areas such as IT, Health & Safety, -Legal & Risk Management and Procurement, and the ability to apply knowledge to complex and changing programming contexts. -Advanced planning, coordination and project management skills, with ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of diverse tasks and responsibilities. -Proven ability to develop and implement impactful strategies in partnership with colleagues from various disciplines. -Highly developed staff management skillls
£48k - 50k per year
Major Gifts Officer (Corporate)
Harris Hill are excited to be working with a leading medical international relief charity. They are looking for a fantastic fundraiser to manage a multifaceted portfolio of corporates, major donors and trusts. This person will have responsibility of generating new business too. We are looking for someone with experience of working with in either corporate, major donor or trusts fundraising environment. You will be working on five/ six figure partnerships and helping drive significant income through excellent relationship management. You will be working in a lovely team who pride themselves on creating a friendly atmosphere. You will need to have good experience of stewarding donors or corporates as well being able to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in If you would like to receive a full job specification for these roles or have a confidential conversation, please send your cv to email@example.com or call Hannah at Harris Hill on 0207 820 7331. Closing date for applications on Monday 18th November 11.59pm. Interview dates: TBC Salary is £36,000+ and is a 12 month maternity cover. Only suitable candidates will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you.
£36,239 per year
Job title - Community Fundraiser Organisation - Terminal Illness Support Charity Location - Northamptonshire Remuneration - £26-31,000 Contract - Permanent, Full Time Harris Hill is delighted to be assisting a phenomenal terminal illness support charity in the search for a new Community Fundraiser based in the Northamptonshire. A UK-based charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by all forms of terminal illness; improve the care for those suffering from the illness and those closest to them. Furthermore, they work to reduce the number of individuals who die by funding research and working closely with other organisations to create a world where fewer people die. The crux of the role entails building and developing fundraising relationships in the community. This will be done by providing excellent stewardship and support to the charities' fundraising groups and volunteers. From here, the successful delivery of the agreed Community Fundraising strategy can be carried out. To be considered for this role you will need to have successful experience of recruiting and managing volunteer groups. As well as experience raising funds in a community through marketing and PR with local medias. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide good stewardship to supporters will go a long way! To find out more please send a copy of you CV to Harriett.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note applications are being viewed on a rolling basis, so get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
£26k - 31k per year
However fulfilling our work, there may be times when it starts to feel a little stale. Even the most sprightly can struggle to stay invigorated with an overflowing inbox, the usual monthly report and another lengthy project meeting to attend. For this month’s guest article, freelance writer and HR specialist Nicola Greenbrook explores why the job we love can sometimes hit a rocky patch and offers some valuable antidotes. A new job is a bit like starting a new relationship. There’s the attraction phase (job hunting and networking), the dating stage (the exciting first few weeks and induction) and then the disappointment stage (the ‘what have I done, I want to go back to my ex-job!’ panic when you’re confirmed in post). Thankfully, the stability stage follows (at last, knowing everyone’s name and what your job actually entails) before the commitment stage (in for the long haul, chasing progression). But, what if it feels like you’re permanently stuck in the disappointment stage? What do you do if the stability stage isn’t quite as comforting as you'd like it to be, and the commitment stage is a bit musty and in need of a freshen up? According to a Personal Group survey reported in The Week, just 41% of of Brits are happy most of the time at work, a decrease from 51% in 2017. It makes for gloomy reading, but 26% report that they are almost never happy in the workplace at all. So, what can we do to go from disgruntled to delighted? Stop, reflect and diagnose the issue If you’re feeling dissatisfied but can’t quite put your finger on exactly why, now might be a good idea to take stock. • Ask yourself some direct questions and answer yourself honestly. How long have you felt like this? Was there a trigger point you can recall? Is there a root cause or several factors making you feel demotivated? Is it just work, or are there bigger life issues at the heart of it? • Get to know yourself from the inside out and consider your core values, key work motivators (i.e. reward, recognition, teamwork, culture) and the things you’re truly passionate about. Then, see where your current role falls short of meeting your requirements and assess what you can do to fill the gaps. • Book in time with your HR or Learning and Development team, and consider taking a personality test to analyse what it shows about the kind of work you truly enjoy doing (and what you’re doing now). Seek guidance from a mentor or a life coach if you feel a more detailed exploration is necessary. _______________________ Speak up If the job you once loved dearly has lost its spark, don’t suffer in silence or let your disgruntlement intensify. Schedule in an informal meeting with your manager outside of the formal review process, and ensure you prepare to avoid a moan-fest. Clearly outline the issues with a positive mindset and be willing to present and discuss solutions. Ask for their perspective on how they think things are going - it may help to remind you what your individual work (however brain-numbing it may be) contributes to the bigger picture and the charity’s overall goals. This meeting is different from negotiating a pay rise. It focuses on solutions to rejuvenate and refresh your approach to your work and maximise your performance and overall contribution, with their support and backing. It could help you stay - and prevent them losing you. _______________________ Look inward Working in charity and not-for-profit requires a clear external focus on the needs of your service users, but have you taken a moment recently to consider how the work you do impacts your colleagues, internally? According to Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, authors of ‘No Hard Feelings', focusing on work relationships rather than the actual work you do can provide a useful reminder of your day-to-day impact. If you're in need of a boost, think about how your own personal efforts have impacted or helped internal projects; Liz suggests writing down three ways your work has helped your colleagues, to get you in the right mindset. Make the effort to foster strong relationships at work; arranging lunch and the odd coffee or even simply stopping for a non-work chat every now and then could help you feel happier. A 2018 Gallup poll found that 'when employees possess a deep sense of affiliation with their team members, they are driven to take positive actions that benefit the business'. Finding a ‘work goalkeeper’, someone to keep you accountable for your work goals and general progress, could also help keep things pristine. Marshall Bright and Anna Davies, writing for Refinery29, suggest finding ‘someone who's just as psyched for you to achieve goals as you are’ can be a good way to crank up your workplace motivation. Spice up your work There’s no better way to freshen things up at work than to launch yourself into a new project or initiative, one that runs alongside the day-to-day. • Talk to your manager and suggest projects you can be involved in (or lead on, if progression is a motivator) that could make a difference internally and to your own motivation. Ask to shadow your manager/director at a client meeting or volunteer to join a committee. • Rather than simply attending, set yourself a purpose and a target; offer to take the minutes to brush up your skills and show off your writing ability. Ask a question or join in the debate. Agree to take away an action point and deliver on time to the best of your ability. Show 'em what you're made of. • Have you considered going to a work networking event on your own? It’s great to have a colleague to lean on and natter with, but going solo could improve your focus, help you find a topic you’re really interested in and seriously boost your confidence (and your networks). • Finally, explore any opportunities for secondments in another department or ways to collaborate with another charity to deliver on a project or contract. Absence can make the heart grow fonder after all. _______________________ Step away from it all... When everything gets far too much, sometimes the best thing to do (temporarily) is step away. Tim Herrera, writing for The New York Times, advises that ‘when all else fails and you just can’t find that spark of inspiration, fall back on a tried-and-true strategy: Take a little time away from your job’. Why not book in some annual leave or enquire about your organisation's sabbatical policy? _______________________ And finally… Here are some more quick-fire tips that could help put a spring in your step. • Give your desk a spruce up. A good scrub, a plant and a photo in a lovely frame can help create an extension of your personality and an encouraging space. • Listen to a podcast en route/at lunch. It could get you in the zone and excited again about your specialism/expertise and what used to make you tick. • Set up a lunch club. Whether it's a book club, Netflix dissection group or foodie crew, having something inspiring to look forward to can provide a much needed boost. • Inject your wardrobe with newness. Dress to impress… yourself. If you look disheveled and out of sorts, you’ll feel it. If budget is limited, get your old boots fixed and polished, invest in some accessories to jazz up a plain top and visit your favourite charity shop. • Reward your team. Give out weekly/monthly prizes (funniest joke, best socks etc) and consider the other 75 ways to fall in love again with your job (by Kevin Daum for Inc.). Adopting these strategies could help you and your job stay together, happily coupled, and destined for a brighter future. It could be time to go on a date again - with your job. Nicola Greenbrook - HR Specialist & Freelance Writer Contact Nicola, check out her brand new website, or follow her on Twitter. More from Nicola Greenbrook: ► How to handle the holiday handover ► How to manage stress at work ► How to negotiate a pay rise in the charity sector ________ ► More from the Harris Hill blog
If the rates in our 2019 Salary Report leave you feeling a little short-changed, what next? Requesting a raise in the charity sector can be uniquely awkward: feeling undervalued helps no-one, but does more for you mean less for those in need? Guest writer and freelance HR specialist Nicola Greenbrook has a wealth of charity HR experience and is here to tackle this tricky dilemma. How to negotiate a pay rise in the charity sector Why is it so difficult to talk about money at work? We share our career experience and notable skills to strangers at interview, we present brilliant ideas in all-department meetings and reveal our goals and ambitions in our performance review. Yet, when it comes to ensuring that we’re fairly compensated, it’s tricky to engage. Asking for a salary increase can often be shrouded in utter awkwardness or sheer terror. This apprehension can be exacerbated for those working in the non-for-profit sector, who have chosen to work there specifically for the cause and its mission. Some charities simply can’t afford to pay more than others, and in smaller organisations when funds are precious, asking for an increase can leave people feeling guilty and uncomfortable. However, as a recent article by CharityJob explains, not asking for what you deserve and have worked hard for may cause bitterness and frustration to bubble over and ultimately impact on your work and performance. Ensuring you’re sufficiently paid a salary commensurate with your talent, contribution and market worth is not only crucial for your own money management, but ensures you’re motivated to deliver on your best work for the charity. Here are some strategies to help you successfully negotiate a salary increase, guilt-free. Firstly, why is it so hard to talk about money? According to Dr Rebecca Newton, psychologist and author of Authentic Gravitas: Who Stands Out and Why, women tend to be less likely to shout about their accomplishments which can lead to their work, at times, being overlooked. Yet, it’s a topic that causes discomfort for most of us. It’s easy to talk yourself out of asking for more money and allow that pesky inner critic to persuade you that ‘it’s not the right time’ or ‘they’ll think you’re being greedy’ and so you put it off for another month. Perhaps you’re afraid of how to handle it if the increase is rejected or maybe the actual meeting itself causes you great anxiety? For those who are naturally unassertive, discussing the M-word is off bounds. You may be familiar with Noah Kagan, CEO of AppSumo, and his ‘coffee challenge’, where he encourages people to walk into a coffee shop and ask for 10% off their purchase. Daunting as it sounds to ask a complete stranger for a discount (not to mention the queue of grumpy, caffeine-deprived people behind you), it forces you out of your comfort zone. You may not really be fussed about a few pence off your morning coffee, but it could help you tackle a difficult conversation if you generally squirm at the idea of asking for money off. Why not give it a go tomorrow? Starting small could help talking finances a little more easy to handle. _______________________ Do your homework If you’re ready to take the plunge, don’t even think about diving in without getting your data in order. Do your due diligence; the more intelligence you gather, the stronger your case for an increase will be. Determine your market value by considering the following options: • Use guides like the Harris Hill and Charity Job 2019 Salary Report to benchmark where you currently sit, and where you should. This definitive guide to UK charity salaries draws from over 45,000 genuine UK charity and not-for-profit vacancies from the previous financial year and you’ll find current market rates for hundreds of different roles, so yours is very likely to be covered. • Know your numbers; get savvy about the charity’s financial performance and demonstrate how your individual contribution has impacted on the company’s bottom line (effectively, the line at the bottom of of a financial report that shows the company’s net profit or loss). • Ask your HR team about any rewards strategies or policies already in place or when any salary reviews take place so you can choose your timings wisely. • Dip into your trusted professional network; sector or industry professionals, mentors and recruiters and those who may be willing to disclose a genuine salary comparison, to get a broad perspective. Consider ways of posing the question rather than asking outright what their salary is. Avoid asking friends or co-workers. • Consider testimonials from trusted sector contacts, clients and suppliers. This could demonstrate you’re not the only one who thinks you’re smashing it and could further enhance your value. I hereby state my case In Otegha Uwagba’s Little Black Book - A Toolkit for Working Women, she presents invaluable advice on negotiating a pay rise. To ensure your salary negotiations have gravitas, the words you use will need to carry weight. She suggests outlining ‘what you’ve contributed to the organisation, presenting tangible achievements and quantifiable wins’. Be very clear on how your individual contribution to the charity justifies the need for you to earn more than you currently are. Place the focus firmly on your value by converting your successes into tangible achievements - your second to none campaigning techniques which resulted in a high profile campaign, your unrivalled ability to build long-term relationships which brought in a major donor - rather than simply discussing how busy you’ve been. Career expert Jill Jacinto, writing for Refinery29, makes the point that when asking for an increase, don't make it personal. Although it's likely your request for an increase is for valid financial reasons (a hike in cost of living, your desire to get on the property ladder, going to your tenth wedding this year), this shouldn’t be raised when seeking a raise. As Jill points out, if every manager awarded an increase on the basis of personal needs then businesses, especially charities, would cease to survive. Here are some final tips for making the request meeting, gulp, a smooth one. • Practice your talking points on a partner/flatmate/friend etc - Seek their honest feedback on your delivery. Are you umming too much? Are you speaking with conviction? Is your request clear and your reasoning sound? Perfecting the dress rehearsal could make the main performance a show stopper. If no-one’s around, video it. It might feel completely daft watching yourself talk, but you might even start to believe in yourself. Be authentic on the day though, and be prepared to go 'off script’. • Set the scene. Arrange a proper meeting with your manager, booked in with their PA if they have one, and ideally outside of a structured one-to-one where the matter could get lost amongst operational stuff. Frame it as a business discussion, although going too ‘hardball’ may not fit with your charity’s culture, so always be yourself. • Don't say sorry - Be assertive (not aggressive) and unapologetic. Be firm with your expectations and once you've stated the figure you are seeking, wait for a response rather than filling the silence. It’s now over to your manager… • Open negotiations - If you’re offered an increase, either during or after the meeting, that's lower than your expectations get ready to negotiate. Consider what’s best for the charity as well as for you - this is how the best deals are secured. If it’s an outright no, for valid reasons, be prepared to query what you need to do to get a 'yes' next time. Set a goal and a deadline to revisit, so you come away with something concrete to work on. Money talks are terrifying, no doubt. But by avoiding the topic and saving yourself the discomfort, you could be holding back your career progression and full earning potential long-term. Asking for a raise is not a confrontational discussion, it’s an honest, professional request to be paid what you deserve. As Aliya Vigor-Roberston states in People Management Magazine, open and honest discussions about money can benefit both individuals and businesses. So, there you go. No more excuses… Nicola Greenbrook - HR Specialist & Freelance Writer Contact Nicola More from Nicola Greenbrook: ► How to handle the holiday handover ► How to manage stress at work ► Charity Careers 4: meet James Harris of Rethink Mental Illness ► Back to the Harris Hill Salary Centre ► Back to the Harris Hill blog
If you like the sound of an inspiring and supportive environment, where your work helps charities of all kinds to do more, we might have just the job. Five of them in fact, with a unique and forward-thinking organisation. Read on or head straight to our dedicated CFG recruitment site for the details... A great place to work Good news may have seemed rather scarce in recent years, but for staff in the charity sector there's been at least one welcome development: employers' growing understanding of the connection between the workplace (both its culture and the physical environment) and what they can achieve. More and more organisations now recognise that investing in their people, not least by creating somewhere they actually want to work, isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have’ in the unlikely event of spare budget, but something that delivers real bottom-line benefits, keeping valuable skills and expertise on board, attracting new talent, and making them better equipped to pursue their mission. But while it's easy enough to make the right noises, making it happen can be rather more challenging, so it’s always refreshing to find an organisation like the Charity Finance Group (CFG) who’ve ‘totally nailed it’, as we’d say if this were a talent show and they’d just murdered a Nina Simone classic at us. Aims and opportunities A charity in their own right, CFG champion best practice in the sector's financial management, nurturing leadership and influencing policy makers, with a mission to put finance at the heart of social organisations. They're passionate about helping charities make their money work harder, to deliver maximum possible benefit for their beneficiaries. It's a clear mission that's easy to get on board with, so we're delighted to bring you five outstanding opportunities to do exactly that. They include a Conference Events Producer, Events Manager, Events Assistant and EA to the CEO (all permanent positions) as well as an Interim Financial Controller for a six-month contract, all working from their Islington office just moments from the Northern Line at Angel. The unique CFG culture Full disclosure: as specialists in charity finance recruitment (find the latest finance jobs here) naturally we work with CFG on a regular basis, exhibiting at their hugely-popular annual conference, regularly advertising and occasionally contributing to the group's monthly Finance Focus magazine. So while we can't claim complete impartiality, we can offer years of experience working directly with the team in various capacities, all of which confirms the impression we came away with from our latest visit: this is somewhere people genuinely enjoy working, with a friendly team who like and support each other, and who feel valued and supported by the leadership too. Pleasingly, that's because they are, as CEO Caron Bradshaw explains: ‘We spend so much time at work it should be as fulfilling and enriching as possible - and I just don’t think that is possible if individuals are not encouraged to be themselves and play to their strengths.’ We’re ticking 'strongly agree’ for that one, and from experience we know these aren’t just warm words and intentions, but how the organisation really works. Meanwhile forget any preconceptions you might have about a charity finance outfit being stuffy or austere: CFG is anything but, with a vibrant and enthusiastic team, strongly committed to their vision of helping charities achieve more, and strongly committed to their people, as Caron continues: ‘It’s about valuing your colleagues and bringing the best out of them. It’s about helping them unlock something inside them that maybe they didn’t know was there. It’s about passion, love, purpose and vision but also humility, humour and fun.’ Join the family If that sounds like the kind of ethos you'd love to find in your workplace, we thoroughly recommend learning more about these roles and the organisation - which you can do by visiting our dedicated CFG site with many more details of the positions, benefits, values, aims and organisational culture. Just click below to read on, find out more, and be inspired to apply! More from the Harris Hill blog ► How to handle the holiday handover: guest writer Nicola Greenbrook on how to ensure a drama-free departure ► London Charity Softball League 2019: meet the finalists! ► Charity Careers 4: meet James Harris of Rethink Mental Illness Don't miss the Harris Hill & CharityJob 2019 Salary Report... ...the essential new guide to UK charity salaries. With market insights from our sector specialists and the expert team at CharityJob, you'll find more than 350 current rates for roles in 26 job functions, based on over 45,000 recent charity vacancies. ► What should you be earning in the charity sector? Find out here...
Be it a glamorous getaway or simple staycation, holidays are a chance to relax and recharge. Which you'll probably need after the frantic fortnight of frenzied preparation that all too often comes first. So how do you take a stress-free break without simply cramming it all in beforehand? And what if you're left holding things together on the home front? In this month’s guest article, freelance writer and HR specialist Nicola Greenbrook has advice on pre-holiday planning to help you head away with everything in hand, keep calm with your carry-on, and be raring to go on your return. Holiday season is well and truly upon us. Oh, the anticipation of what’s to come! An opportunity to get stuck into the book gathering dust on the bedside table or to broaden your horizons at a bucket list-worthy destination. A chance to recharge and refuel. According to Dr Christian Jarrett, holidays can make us happier, healthier and even prolong our lives. Sometimes though, the pace and pressure in the weeks leading up to the holiday almost negate the benefits of the break itself. Here are some tips to help you deliver a successful handover - keeping your credibility, peace of mind and work relationships intact. Before you go... (Excited! Full of anticipation! But a bit stressed!) American polymath Benjamin Franklin quite wisely said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. He was spot on. Nailing a holiday handover is all in the preparation; giving yourself sufficient time to organise everything weeks in advance. Forewarn your absence Make sure your holiday dates are in your team and key stakeholders’ diaries as soon as your leave has been authorised; even if you sort the finer, exciting details later. If you’re client or supporter-facing or manage multiple projects, consider adding an extra line to your email signature a few weeks in advance that clearly outlines the period of your absence. Rather than appearing smug (‘I'M GOING ON HOLIDAY FOR TWO WEEKS AND YOU'RE NOT’) it instead ensures your contacts are notified well in advance and can plan accordingly at their end. It also prevents any nasty surprises on your last day. The art of the handover note It’s always a good idea to start your Holiday Handover Notes (HHN) a good few weeks before, even if you jot down headers or topics in the first instance, rather than frantically wracking your tired brain the night before you fly. Consider always having the document open in the week before you go, for ease of brain-dump, rather than scribbling a note on a Post-it that gets lost in a yellow sea of more Post-its or overloading your already full head. CJ Sinclair, founder of Go Travel and Talk, a network that provides detailed travel guides to worldwide destinations with solo travellers in mind, is always on the move; and therefore well-practised in the art of the perfect handover. She breaks her HHN down into critical priorities, current and upcoming projects and ‘things to watch’ and ‘worry or pain points’. CJ also cleverly adds screen shots and media, to break up the words and highlights important text for an easy at-a-glance view. Aim to strike the balance with a comprehensive but concise approach to your HHN. HR News suggests that ‘…there’s no need to cause an unreasonable amount of stress on the employee/s covering you whilst you’re away, so highlighting all the ‘need-to-know’ points will help them keep on top of things’. Order tasks by priority and include key delivery dates or deadlines, with the most recent first. Schedule in a face-to-face meeting with your colleague who’s taking the reins. You can talk through the HHN before you go, so they can ask questions and jot down their own points. Avoid being patronising; your team are knowledgeable enough to know what ‘pass invoice to Finance' means in practice. There's no need to go into intricate detail about the ‘third cupboard on the left with the squeaky drawer’ if everybody knows perfectly well all about the squeaky drawer. Be a clever planner In the weeks before, keep your diary as clear as possible and stay focused. It may feel a wrench missing Steve from Events’ birthday lunch, but avoiding social engagements or non-urgent appointments wins you back a few hours of uninterrupted work time. At 7.00pm on your last day when you’re panicked and finishing with all your holiday toiletries still to buy, you’ll be grateful for that hour. You can catch up with Steve and the gang on your return. If you’re a freelancer or consultant in the not-for-profit sector with no-one to actually hand over to, it's even more crucial to plan ahead. CJ finds that scheduling everything in advance with calendar reminders or apps like Later and Tailwind, can be helpful. Although "it does mean a lot of work beforehand to get it all done”, she also notes “it’s amazing how much technology can help to give you a little respite!” Avoid dumping-disguised-as-a-handover-task Be reasonable and conscientious, and tie up as many loose ends as you possibly can before you go. Don't be tempted to use your absence from the office as an opportunity to slip in a few projects that have been on the back burner, or to dump tricky tasks you’ve been putting off on to an unsuspecting colleague. This may cause resentment in your absence, confusion or delays to a project. Don't use OOO to get a LOL It’s tempting to set a comedy out of office message, but the best advice is to save it for the comedians. As funny as they might be to read, there's a fine line between light-hearted and inappropriate, and it's not necessarily in the same place for everyone. Getting it wrong and causing offence can reflect badly on the charity, its purpose and mission. A simple message that clearly states your return date and who to contact in your absence will do the trick, although it can be a nice touch to highlight a particular campaign your charity is running. Oh, and don’t forget your voicemail too if you receive direct calls. Set boundaries Depending on what works for you, let your direct reports and manager know how and when you can be contactable if a genuine emergency arises while you’re on the beach. Otherwise, you should trust your team and colleagues to adequately manage things in your absence, especially if you’ve put all of the above into place. Prioritise your wellbeing, family and friends during that precious break, and where possible, learn to switch off. If it's your turn to hold the fort... It can be tough being the stand-in. You’re managing your own workload as well as bearing the responsibility of doing a good house-sitting job. Be assertive. Even if your colleague is looking rather up to their eyes in it, ask all the questions you need before they go so you’re well informed and can maintain the proper functioning of tasks in their absence - it’s for both of your benefits. CJ Sinclair especially looks after her colleagues by cc’ing them into emails in the weeks leading up to her holiday and keeping them 100% in the picture. If the work is project-facing, she also arranges calls with clients to introduce them to the person holding the fort - so why not consider asking for the same treatment? Be proactive and schedule a meeting with the hander-over on their penultimate day to avoid a last minute panic on the final one. Politely ask that their handover notes are in good shape so that you can go through the entire document together, check your understanding and fill in any gaps. Then schedule one in the early afternoon of their first day back. Consider using Google Docs so that you can update the document with your own notes as you go along. It will save you time and allow your colleague to read through and extract the key points and actions before their return if they fancy, making their first day back easier (and yours; you’ve now just the one workload to juggle. Hurrah!). It can be hard bearing the weight of managing tasks in someone else’s absence and the risk of being overwhelmed is high. Accept that you can’t do everything and be aware of what you can reasonably do. Focus on the deadlines and priorities, and don’t fret if you didn’t even get a peek at the ‘non-urgent’ section of the HHN. These can be picked up when your colleague returns. If you’re struggling, talk to your manager and shout for help. This Harvard Business Review article has some great tips on what to do when you’re covering for colleagues - and can't keep up. When you get back... (Jet lagged! With post-holiday blues! Slightly full of dread!) It's tough coming back from a holiday. Even worse when you’ve had to come straight from airport to office, you’re desperately missing the pool/beach/mountain/all-inclusive buffet and were not at all prepared for a painful reunion with the tube. Here’s some final tips on how to restore some of that holiday-energy. • Keep your diary as clear as you can. Prioritise the meeting with your colleague who managed your work (who hopefully would have scheduled it for early afternoon) and use the morning to clear/organise your emails and get your task list up to date. The responsibility is back with you, and the chances are your colleague will be relieved to relinquish the extra load. • Be gracious and thankful for the support you received from your colleagues. If time hasn’t allowed them to complete all tasks, keep your cool and try not to be angry or concerned that things haven't been done ‘your way’. • Avoid a post-holiday grumble. You fully deserved your break and it’s always hard to come crashing back to reality when you’ve had the time of your life. However, be mindful that while you’ve been travelling they’ve been sweating it in your absence. Don’t moan about being back or repeatedly say ‘this time last week I was *add fabulous holiday thing*' and sigh, loudly. Be grateful for both a super break and a supportive team of colleagues. • Come bearing gifts. Like a bottle of that funny-coloured liquor from the local supermarket, unpronounceable sweets or some local delicacies. It doesn’t have to be expensive or purchased from somewhere impressive; a box of fudge can go a long way to say thank you. So, there you go. You’ve notified people way in advance that you're jetting off. You’ve planned, scheduled, created perfect handover notes with no nasty surprises, and your team know how to track you down in an emergency (unlikely as they’re so well-informed). Now, swap sandwiches at your desk for something delicious al fresco and lose yourself in a good book rather than a report, safe in the knowledge that everything's in hand. You deserve it. Nicola Greenbrook - HR Specialist & Freelance Writer Contact Nicola More from Nicola Greenbrook: ► How to manage stress at work ► How to switch off ► Charity Careers 4: meet James Harris of Rethink Mental Illness Check out the brand new Salary Centre ...home of the Harris Hill & CharityJob 2019 Salary Report, the essential new guide to UK charity salaries. With market insights from our sector specialists and the expert team at CharityJob, you'll find more than 350 current rates for roles in 26 job functions, based on over 45,000 recent charity vacancies. What should you be earning in the charity sector? Find out here... ► Back to the blog homepage
Loads of questions coming into the blog this week, but mainly: a) Can it possibly be time for the charity softball finals? b) Seriously, it’s been a year already? and c) Why DO Cadbury’s Giant Buttons* taste so much better than the small ones despite being exactly the same chocolate? To which the answers are respectively a) yes, b) I know! and c) no idea, it's a lightweight blog about softball, you want Mysteries of the Universe next door. (*Other large versions of small chocolates are available. As are small versions of large chocolates, but even they know they're just wasting everybody's time. Celebrations aside, obviously). But yes, the big day is very nearly upon us, and after a gripping summer of unexpected twists, extraordinary turns and fast-paced-but-friendly competition, all eyes will be on Hyde Park tomorrow, Thursday 15th August for the Season 17 finale of the London Charity Softball League! Spoiler alert if you’re still catching up on earlier episodes, but previously this season: 80 teams (made up of players from over 120 charities) battled it out in parks across London, and just six have now made it all the way to the grand finals to compete for the coveted Harris Hill Plate, Bluestep Shield and the granddaddy of them all, the Harris Hill Cup! And your six finalists are... Sustrans Sluggers vs Mind Action on Hearing Loss vs Business in the Community Anthony Nolan vs Food Fighters (Action Against Hunger and Fareshare) Naturally we'll be on hand with refreshments (by which we mean beer) for no less than our 13th year, along with our excellent fellow sponsors, and we hope to see you there! Meanwhile in keeping with more recent tradition, we also interrupted all six teams during vital last-minute preparations to fire a whole bunch of questions at them about their season and whether they’re going to win a prize. Just to throw in some extra tension and jeopardy, it's been a race against time to see which teams would make it into this career-defining feature, but three were quick enough off the mark, so please would you welcome the Sustrans Sluggers, Anthony Nolan, and the hunger-tackling hybrid of Action Against Hunger and Fareshare, the Food Fighters! ► First up, the only one of last year's final six making a reappearance, this time challenging Mind for the Harris Hill Cup: it's the Sustrans Sluggers! Sustrans Sluggers Answering the questions: Ami 'nition' Udeshi and Will 'Statman' Wright, Vice Captains About the team: Sustrans Sluggers (the Slugs) are the team making it easier for people to walk and cycle to their softball game. We can normally be spotted by the large stack of bikes piled up near the diamond. Tell us about your history in the league? We’re relative newcomers to the league having started in 2016. When we started we had no idea what we were doing - most of us just thought softball was "basically rounders", much to our captain’s dismay. Four years on and we’ve somehow slugged our way into the Cup final. What's the best thing about being part of it? Playing an amazing, inclusive sport on warm summer evenings, hanging out with your colleagues and meeting people from other charities across London. You can’t beat it! There’s always a real buzz in the office every match day. What's been your season highlight so far? Our captain “King” Cliff Batsuya and top batsman Oli “Big Slug” Gladstone promising to get slug tattoos if we win the Cup. This was at a time when no one ever dreamt we’d get this far. They’re somewhat regretting videoing their promise. Friendliest team you've played? We’ve played so many friendly teams this season, and that’s what makes this league so special. Particular shout outs must go to Amnesty International and Rethink Forward for being especially awesome. We also love playing against Pitch'n'Mix and will always organise a friendly against them if we’re not in the same league Who’s been your MVP this year? Despite only joining the team last Friday, Slugs McKenzie has already earned a place in our hearts (or maybe nightmares): Two years running in the finals - what's your recipe for softball success? For us it's down to a heady mixture of team spirit, unbridled enthusiasm and warm, cheap cans of lager. That, and a spreadsheet full of statistical analysis that puts the guys in Moneyball to shame… And lastly, what are you hoping for from the finals night? Team spirit, unbridled enthusiasm and warm, cheap lager (we're all over it - Team HH). To be honest, we’re just looking forward to an incredible evening, whatever the result. We feel a bit like whenever Scotland qualify for the World Cup – we’re just happy to be here. Best of luck to Mind, we can’t wait! ► Battle for the Bluestep Shield Our next two teams are both in contention for the Bluestep Shield, and the Nolans might appear to have a distinct advantage numbers-wise, plus a surprising amount of twins on the team, but it's purely because we've seamlessly (honestly, you'll never see it) stitched together two photos to try and get everybody in. Paging team captain Amy Holland! Anthony Nolan Answering the questions: Amy Holland, Team Captain and Donor Provision Coordinator at Anthony Nolan, meaning I look after donors when they’re selected to donate. About the charity: Anthony Nolan is the charity that makes lifesaving connections between people with blood cancer and incredible strangers ready to donate their stem cells. We’re saving three lives a day, in fact. By growing the stem cell register, carrying out ground-breaking research and providing the best post-transplant care, we’re giving families a future. So how long have you been involved in the league? Anthony Nolan have been in the league for about five years (it pre-dates the team we have now so we’re not entirely sure). We got to the Cup finals a few years ago but were defeated, and we made it through to the first round of the Cup last year but were beaten by Cancer Research! Who are the friendliest team you’ve played this year? We’ve had some great competition this year and some lovely catch-ups in the pub after. A few notable mentions go to Southwark Sluggers, WWF and NDCS last week! Who’s been your MVP? Probably Xenia - a few weeks ago we were missing most of our usual pitchers so I kind of threw her in (pun intended) and she was awesome! But she is also a great all-round player, picking up whatever position I put her in and being the only girl this season to hit a home run. Of course, everyone has been fantastic and played their part in getting us here! Is that the secret of your success? I don’t think I can pick one thing; we can really knuckle down when the pressure is on which is great, and we have a really strong fielding team which has got us out of more than one tight spot this season! But we’re a really friendly team who all get along really well. We’ll be in the final without our co-captain, Chris, who left Anthony Nolan last week and moved to Cornwall for a new job in the NHS. Yet to determine whether this is an advantage or disadvantage to the team… And how are you feeling about your chances on Thursday? Pretty good, it feels great to have even got this far so to win would be the cherry on top of an already-great cake. We have a strong team and everyone is pretty determined. One of our ex-colleagues plays for the opposition so it could get interesting…!! ► It could indeed: we don't know if they're in the photo below, but speaking of the opposition... Food Fighters (aka Action Against Hunger and Fareshare) Answering the questions: Luke Wiechula, Co-Captain of the Food Fighters and Community & Corporate Fundraising Partnerships Officer for FareShare. About the charities: We have different means as charities, but we both agree that the notion of people going hungry in this day and age is absolutely abhorrent. Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children. They ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare, and enable entire communities to be free from hunger. FareShare believes that no good food should go to waste. We redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals. We are doers, a community, and we change lives. How did the partnership come about? Though FareShare have been playing for a few years this is our first year as a merge team (and Action Against Hunger’s first ever), all of our admin contacts left and therefore we lost our spot as an independent team. However Action Against Hunger were kind enough to allow us to join them, both teams agree this has turned out to be a great decision and we’ve all made some great friends and memories as a result. What are the best things about the league and making the final? Considering a few months ago most of us had never met, we’ve got lots of people playing their first ever softball season and to make it to the final is no small achievement. We’d love to lift The Shield, let’s hope the softballing gods are on our side. Besides that, it’s about: - the camaraderie - tactics (when they come off) - summer days spent in London’s finest parks, glove in one hand, beer in the other Who’ve been your toughest opponents this year? We played my old charity SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, a team that I helped set up - they bested us in that particular match thanks to some sublime fielding. Able to resolve all of our differences in the pub afterwards! And the friendliest? Scope! Fantastic team, really closely fought but friendly game, looking forward to catching up with them on Thursday. What about memorable moments on the pitch? Rich ‘arm-cannon’ Guion (think Barrett from Final Fantasy VII) had managed to get to a ball that landed way beyond him in deep field, cranked up the arm-cannon, launched it to myself in short stop and as the runner was making her way between third and home I threw another hail mary and we were able to get them out. Great team play! (Louis Theroux voiceover): 'None of us understood what Luke was saying, but there was an important softball game at stake, so we decided to move on'. Any mascots, MVPs or special mentions? Hope ‘Superhands’ Rapp. A stalwart on first base and most frequently-awarded MVP (to the extent that she has her name pencilled in every game) for being so reliable, I honestly can’t think of a time she’s fumbled a ball. So what's brought you all the way to the finals? Although we enjoy winning and we're all thrilled to make it to the finals, we as a team make sure that we're having fun first and foremost. There have been some teams that have beaten us, but I can guarantee they haven’t had half as much fun as our merry band! There have been some high pressure situations this season, but if we think positive and trust in the rest of the team, our positivity has allowed us to make it this far. Will it be enough to lift the trophy on Thursday night? We know our strengths and intend to play to them, who knows how it will go. We can only do what we can do, but I think as a team we are quietly confident. All the planning can go out of the window immediately with someone injured or restricted by transport options. Keep happy, have fun, plan for the worst, hope for the best. ► Planning for the worst certainly sounds like good advice right now, but the sun always shines on the softball finals (eventually) so we're sure it'll be a triumph as ever! Huge thanks to Luke, Amy, Ami and Will (not forgetting Slugs), best of luck to the teams from Mind, Action on Hearing Loss and Business in the Community too, and we'll see you at the bar! Team HH More from the Harris Hill blog: ► How to handle the holiday handover: guest writer Nicola Greenbrook on how to ensure you enjoy a drama-free departure ► Softball season is here! an introduction to the 2019 charity softball season ► Charity Careers 4: meet James Harris of Rethink Mental Illness Don't miss the Harris Hill & CharityJob 2019 Salary Report... ...the essential new guide to UK charity salaries. With market insights from our sector specialists and the expert team at CharityJob, you'll find more than 350 current rates for roles in 26 job functions, based on over 45,000 recent charity vacancies. ► What should you be earning in the charity sector? Find out here...
We're delighted to bring you more than 20 great opportunities with Adviza, a vibrant and innovative charity working to make a positive difference for young people and adults, and with a great reputation for supporting their own staff too. They're currently looking for flexible and enthusiastic individuals for a range of permanent, temporary and contract positions, all based in the Thames Valley and starting very soon. Adviza delivers services for communities through a range of contracts such as The Prince's Trust, National Careers Service, Building Better Opportunities and National Citizen Service, and their work is all about giving young people and adults the best possible chance to progress successfully in learning and work. The good news for anyone joining the team is that they're equally committed to supporting and investing in their workforce too, and were recently awarded silver status by Investors in People thanks to the highly positive feedback of their current staff. There's so much to say about these superb opportunities that a blog post alone wouldn't suffice, so check out our dedicated Adviza recruitment pages for the full details.
We don't normally highlight individual vacancies here at the blog... ...but it's not every day we have one of the country's very biggest fundraising opportunities to talk about. Specifically, a new and hugely exciting role as Director of Income Generation for Tenovus Cancer Care, Wales' no.1 cancer charity and a fantastic organisation to work for. Read on or check out our dedicated Tenovus pages for details of what's likely to be a truly career-defining opportunity. Tenovus Cancer Care’s ambition is a future where fewer people get cancer, and those that do have equal access to the best treatment and support. With annual incomes of £9.6m, 250 staff and c.2,000 volunteers, Tenovus Cancer Care funds high quality research into major cancers, provides support to those affected by cancer, and educates the public and health professionals on cancer issues. Tenovus Cancer Care has cemented its position as a leading and well-respected cancer charity, with a track record of success in helping to improve people’s lives and growing income from its 63 shops in England and Wales, and via funding from donations and other sources. They're currently looking to recruit a Director of Income Generation, a fantastic new role in which you'll provide strategic leadership to the Income Generation team in order to achieve long term, sustainable income that enables the charity to achieve its strategic ambitions. Based in Cardiff, you’ll continually grow and develop our income streams including Community, Corporate and Events, Individual Giving, Major Donors, Legacies, Lottery and Retail. You will also be a member of the Leadership Team where you’ll work alongside other senior managers to shape the strategic direction of the charity and ensure that its aims and objectives are delivered by integrating and delivering a joined-up service. This is such an exceptional opportunity that we couldn't do it justice with a simple job description. Instead, check out our dedicated Tenovus pages where you'll find a welcome from CEO Judi Rhys, a video that provides a real flavour of the charity and their work, and plenty more on the benefits of working for this outstanding organisation. ► Find out more about this role ► What should you be earning in 2019? The Harris Hill & CharityJob 2019 Salary Report has the answers... ► More from the Harris Hill blog
Our very own haphazard duo Jessamine Green and aptly named Harriet Mountain (with the team name Hazzamine) are embarking on the epic Three Peaks Challenge this weekend on 3rd August 2019. The Three Peaks challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. So to help prepare and understand why they have decided to embark on this madness we thought we would ask them a few questions. What made you decide to do the three peaks challenge? Jess: I’ve always wanted to do the three peaks and so when the opportunity knocked to be able to do it for a good cause I signed up immediately! Last year I fundraised for the Nepal Earthquak Recovery Fund by trekking the Himalayas and building a water tank in rural Nepal. I realised how all the funds went directly to those affected by the earthquake, the amazing work the charity had done previously to allow the basic need of clean water, after villages and towns had been wrecked and people displaced (two earthquakes in two years) and I am so enthusiastic to support this charity to continue their work. Harriet: I’ve always thought about doing a challenge like this but then Jess mentioned she was doing it and I thought why not? It can’t be that hard and then signed up on a whim without realising quite what it entailed! I also really admired the work that NERF do as all the funds go directly to those affected by the earthquake. How are you feeling about it? J: Terrified! Trekking last year was very difficult and I am hoping for no altitude sickness and some good weather (Trying not to think about 24 hour time cap!). Even seasoned trekkers find it difficult so hoping my strong legs and stubborn attitude will help. H: I’m absolutely terrified if I’m honest. I don’t feel very prepared and have not done anywhere near enough training. It’s the completing it in 24 hours that is really worrying me as I would be really looking forward to it if it was at a more leisurely pace! Who have you chosen to raise money for? J+H: The Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund Have you done much climbing before? J: I’ve done trekking in Malaysia, Israel and last year went to Nepal to hike the Himalayas. H: I’ve done Snowdon before and also climbed Mount Kinabalu (4,095m) in Borneo a couple of years ago How's the training plan going? J: …what training plan? H: SNAP!...what training plan? I have done a couple of long walks and attempted the gym a few times but not gone to plan. Eeek! I did do a 10 mile walk in and around Richmond park on Sunday but then ended up a pub afterwards for six hours for a well earnt roast and a few gins! How confident are you feeling and what's going to be the biggest challenge? J: I think resilience and determination is my driving force as I’ve always loved a challenge and the feeling once you’ve exceeded your own expectations. Even for experienced hikers it’s supposed to be gruelling and incredibly difficult. I think the last peak will be the hardest as I know the end is getting near and my legs will be ready to buckle. H: I’m not feeling that confident as training hasn’t gone quite to plan but I am quite resilient and feel that will be a help and also I don’t want to let the rest of the group down so that will keep me going! The biggest challenge is going to be the timeframe as I do like a little rest and don’t think there’s going to be much time for that! I’m also worried as I have got Boomtown Festival three days after we finish so am going to be sore for that! Are there any of your recruitment skills that will come in handy during the three peaks challenge? J: My persuasion and assessment skills and breaking down a project into bitesize chunks (persuading myself to tackle one peak at a time!) H: Resilience is something I have really developed in recruitment, dealing with candidates dropping out, clients choosing other candidates etc. You have to develop a thick skin and roll with the punches. I just keep going… I will just keep going up the mountains! What are the biggest challenges you face in charity recruitment and how does the three peaks challenge compare? J: The biggest challenge I experience is managing multiple jobs with multiple candidates and the seasonality of the recruitment cycle – I feel myself a little a daunted at the prospect of these multiple peaks and working to a strict deadline. H: The biggest challenge I experience is managing multiple varying jobs with multiple candidates at any one time, at least it will be just one peak one at a time. How's the fundraising going and most importantly, where can we donate? J + H: Fundraising is going a little slowly with a consensus of donating on completion – however, it would be more encouraging to see the faith of our friends and colleagues if donate ahead of doing it! J: You can donate here! H: You can donate here! J+H: Please! And last but not least, what are you most looking forward to when it's all over? J: A cold beer in the national park in Snowdonia. H: A BIG gin and tonic! Well cheers to that! I am sure after all that climbing you will most definitely deserve it. Good luck! If you would like to donate to either Jess or Harriet’s pages these can be found here and here. Or if you wish to donate directly to the Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund this can be found here.