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
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
Direct Marketing Officer
Harris Hill is delighted to work with an International charity, find a Direct Marketer to support them for 2 months. The role will support the Direct Marketing campaigns as well as support their eCommerce. No previous eCommerce experience is required but is desirable. Digital skills gainedin Direct Marketing will support you in that. You will however, have previous experience of planning, delivering and analysing Direct Marketing Campaigns. These will be digital based but you may get involved with some offline stuff too. The client is offering around the £30-31k as a salary benchmark. Experienced candidates are also welcome as they may be flex on salary for more senior candidates. Please enquire for more information.
£16.48 - 17.02 per hour
Harris Hill are delighted to be working with one of the UK's most loved charities to recruit a home-based Philanthropy Manager to look after the Yorkshire region. This high priority, fully supported role will focus on developing new relationships with major donors across Yorkshire. This role would suit an experienced fundraiser looking for a new challenge or someone confident working with HNWI's who is keen to start in a charity environment. Key responsibilities will include; Develop new and existing relationships with high value donors Utilising all resources available to you to maximise engagement with donors, volunteer boards and other advocates Prospect researching and working effectively with the wider fundraising team to identify potential new donors within the existing network Work towards an income target Be a "face" of the organisation, present at meetings and appointments as neccessary The successful candidate will; Be an excellent relationship manager, able to work effectively with HNWI's Be target driven and able to develop new business relationships Enjoy working as part of a collaborative team Be a strong communicator, able to write in a compelling and creative way Enjoy home working and be able to travel throughout the region For more information about this position please send your CV now and a consultant will be in touch to discuss next steps.
£24k per year
Head of Learning and Public Engagement
Chelsea Physic Garden is London's oldest botanic garden and contains a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful and medicinal plants that have changed the world. First established as the Apothecaries' Garden in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries to grow plants to be used as medicines. This four-acre physic garden, the term referring to the science of healing, is among the oldest botanical gardens in Britain, after Oxford founded in 1621 and Edinburgh in 1670. Chelsea Physic Garden - Head of Learning and Public Engagement- £35,000 to £38,000 Chelsea Physic Garden has existed on the banks of the Thames since 1673, delivering its founding mission to demonstrate the importance of medicinal and herbal plants to the well-being of humankind. As London's oldest outdoor classroom, the Garden has a thriving learning programme of walks, talks and workshops. Chelsea Physic Garden is entering a period of large scale project development, as they move toward a celebration of their 350th Anniversary in 2023. The project development and implementation are focused on the ambition to restore, refurbish and re-present the buildings and facilities associated with this Grade 1 listed garden, with a major fundraising appeal supporting this process. They need a dynamic leader to take on the role of Head of Learning & Public Engagement to help integrate learning in everything we do across our organisation as we build towards, and look beyond, our 350th Anniversary. As a financially self-supporting charity, the Garden's challenge for the future is to reinforce its relevance and popularity whilst strengthening its diverse income streams. The work of the Learning team is integral to help deliver their mission to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind. Key Responsibilities: -You will develop and implement a coordinated Learning and Public Engagement programme that delivers learning for a range of key stage areas, whilst also encouraging wider use and understanding of, interest in and enjoyment of Chelsea Physic Garden by students, visitors and educators. -You will meet, or exceed, annual targets for the number of students and educators that experience the Garden or outreach participants that take part in a programme delivered by or on behalf of the Garden. Ensure that the department meets income budgets for learning and outreach participation. -You will annually lead in the creation of a financially profitable, dynamic and engaging public engagement programme that broadens the Garden's reach and engages a wide range of audiences. -The HLPE reports to the Deputy Director (Visitor Experience) who in turn reports to the Director. The HLPE line manages three reports, Schools & Family Officer, the Learning & Public Engagement Officer and the Learning & Public Engagement Co-ordinator. Key Skills and Experience required: -Classroom based teaching experience at either Primary or Secondary school level and Experience of working with teachers to implement the National Curriculum -Experience in developing website and digital learning projects -Experience of curating a Public Programme with considerable experience of and a wide network of contacts within the sector to bring to bear. -Confident, accomplished and experienced manager of staff teams -Ability to be pro-active and to initiate projects and create and drive curriculum linked projects. -Ability to think strategically, write and present proposals and reports. -PGCE or suitable equivalent teaching qualification in a relevant subject area (e.g. botany, medicine, ecology, conservation, art history, ICT). (Desirable) -Experience of teaching in a museum or similar institution (desirable) Closing date: Friday 27th March Interviews: Thursday 2nd April If you are potentially interested and would welcome a confidential conversation, please contact our advising consultant, Harriet Mountain at Harris Hill on 020 7820 7328 or via email at email@example.com.
£35k - 38k per year
Philanthropy and Individual Giving Fundraiser
Harris Hill are delighted to be supporting a community-focused, higher-education college to recruit a philanthropy and individual giving fundraiser. In this newly created role you will be responsible for driving forward the individual and regular giving programmes and increasing future fundraising through development of alumnae and legacy programs. This is a great opportunity to join a genuinely unique organisation and have real influence over their future fundraising. Key responsibilities will include; Implementing a direct marketing and regular giving and/or legacy strategy Managing an identified portfolio of mid-value donors and prospects Management of cultivation events Workign with external agencies to deliver campaigns as required Maintaining an up to date donor database The successful candidate will; Have experience of implementing and delivering successful fundraising programmes Have a creative and innovative approach to solving campaign problems Be experienced in individual giving, trust and/or legacy fundraising Be an excellent relationship manager, with both internal and external donors and alumnae Knowledge of GDPR regulations would be beneficial For more information about this vacancy please send your CV here and a consultant will be in touch to discuss further.
£35k per year
Harris Hill are excited to be working with an internationally focused animal charity to recruit a Philanthropy Manager. In this slightly less traditional Philanthropy role you will have oversight of major donor, trusts, statutory and individual giving income. Managing a team of three you will manage the development and delivery of the Philanthropy strategy. This position would be ideal for someone looking for a broad, senior management position in an international social welfare charity. Key responsibilities will include; Managing the delivery of the major donor direct marketing and stewardship programme Manage prospect research, approach and acquisition of new donors Manage the trust and statutory fundraising programmes, writing compelling bids and applications Ensuring communications and approaches are in line with the wider fundraising and marketing strategy strategy Providing line management for a team of three Setting targets and having oversight of how your team are performing The successful candidate will; Have experience in one or more areas of fundraising including major donor, trusts, statutory or direct marketing, preferably within a charity environment Have a record of working towards and achieving against income targets Have the ability to research and identify donors and trusts in line with fundraising strategy Be an experienced line manager Be an excellent relationship manager, able to communicate effectively with a range of donors and stakeholders For more information about this position and how to apply please send your CV now and a consultant will be in touch to discuss further.
£40k per year
Corporate Fundraising Executive
Harris Hill are delighted to be working with a charity focused on young people on their search for a new Fundraising Executive in Cardiff. They want someone who can help them to broaden, develop and inspire their work with current corporate partners and work with senior team members and supporters on delivering new corporate partnerships. The key aspects of this role are: - To be responsible for the establishment and development of both existing and new corporate partnerships, with the aid of coaching by more senior fundraising colleagues. - To undertake specific fundraising projects and activities as required. - To work collaboratively across the organisation to maximise the potential value of corporate partnerships - To keep abreast of the commercial, sector and departmental best practice, bringing and sharing within the team and in order to create a standard of excellence in our corporate support which is unsurpassed in the sector This is an ideal role for someone who is looking to get a their first step into the charity sector. You will be part of a lovely supportive team, where you will learn and develop. If you want to hear more or chat about the role on the phone then please do get in touch with Hannah on firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call on 02078207331. CV and supporting statement is required. Only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£19,000 - 20,135 per year
Are you an enthusiastic fundraiser based in the West Midlands? A beloved national charity are looking for a fantastic relationship manager and self-starter to become their new Corporate Fundraiser in Solihull. You will be joining a wonderful regional team who are wanting to focus on engaging with local corporates, where you will working on partnerships that have a value of 25,000+. This role is created to drive income growth across the West Midlands with corporate supporters. To identify, negotiate and establish viable partnerships with corporate organisations, ensuring that fundraising potential is maximised across a range of fundraising channels. The charity are at a really exciting point in their regional fundraising, so do get in touch if you are interested to know more! Salary up to £31,000 If you want to receive a full job description then please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can call Hannah on 02078207331 or email her on email@example.com. Closes end of March and looking to interview in the first week of April. CV and supporting statement required. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£26,044 - 31,000 per year
Corporate Partnerships Officer
Harris Hill are thrilled to be working with the Charity Finance Group in recruiting a Corporate Partnerships Officer. This role will be responsible for managing key relationships with existing and potential corporate members, across various financial services. You will liaise with senior professionals keen to engage with the charity and their members, with firms including Natwest, Bates Wells, and Goldman Sachs. You'll also ensure that members receive exceptional customer service, maximise income generation from a variety of activities, and support the creation of a viable pipeline for new income streams. This role is a mix of account management and new business, but at its core it is about building relationships. You will work with the marketing team to produce attractive and effective publicity materials in line with the charity's brand and house style. In addition, you will: be a natural relationship builder with strong communication skills be innovative, ambitious, questioning and solutions focussed feel comfortable meeting with senior professionals across various sectors be a team player working collaboratively with wider colleagues on cross-organisational projects be open, approachable and a firm believer in continuous development This is a perfect step for someone who wants to enter the charity sector. If you are keen and want have an informal chat about the role then please do get in touch with Hannah on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 020 7820 7331. Salary is £26,780 and there is flexible working available. A CV and supporting statement is required and please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£26,780 per year
Senior Fundraising Executive - Trust, Statutory and Lottery
We are looking for a Senior Fundraising Executive focusing on raising funds from Trust, Statutory and Lottery sources for a national charity. In the role you will work as part of a successful team of 3 that are responsible for building relationships and writing compelling proposals to charitable trusts and foundations and lottery and statutory funders. We are looking for a dynamic trusts fundraiser who has a positive approach to building strong relationships with project teams and funders. You will have a proven track record of success, and great written and verbal communication skills. This is a full-time role based in Southwark, London and is offering a salary of £33,328. To find out more about this exciting role in this vibrant organisation 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.
£33,328 per year
Harris Hill are delighted to be working with an internationally focused animal charity to recruit a Philanthropy Officer. This broad role encompasses supporting on major gifts programmes, donor mailings, supporter care, some events and prospect research. This role offers lots of opportunity for development the ability to gain varied experience within an international development charity. Key responsibilities include; Supporting the major gifts fundraising programme Managing the major gifts mailings and thanking programme Project managing a small number of major donor events Providing general administrative support and maintaining the donor database Develop and manage a prospect pipeline, including researching new prospective donors The successful candidate will; Have experience of writing engaging copy Be an excellent communicator across a broad range of audiences Be a strong administrator with attention to detail Preferably have experience of working in a charity or fundraising environment be able to work equally well independently and as part of a team For more information about his position and how to apply please send your CV now and a consultant will be in touch to discuss further. Please note, CV's will be sent and interviews conducted on a rolling basis so to avoid disappointment please enquire now.
£26k per year
Charity Shop Supervisor
I am currently looking for an experienced Charity Shop Supervisor for an amazing homelessness charity, this is short term holiday cover assignment lasting two weeks. Main duties: Day to day management of the shop to help reach the sales targets: Promote a professional, friendly and welcoming environment for both customers and volunteers Support and manage volunteers Serve customers professionally at the till and on the shop floor Follow existing finance procedures to process daily income Display and replenish merchandise on the shelves and in the window display to maximise sales Sort and price all donated items as per Sales and Donations Policies Encourage donors to register for Gift Aid Adhere to Health and Safety Policies and Emergency Procedures, to maintain a clean and safe working environment Personal specification: Experience Evidence of retail supervision including stock management and pricing Experience with cash handling and reconciliation Experience of managing staff or volunteers Experience of achieving success against financial targets Competencies Excellent communication skills Excellent team working skills to build co-operation and mutual support Ability to work on own initiative Behaviours Ability to work in a pressurised environment Positive in outlook, enthusiastic and flexible in approach to work Commitment to equal opportunities policy and practice If you have the above skills and experience and are available 20th April-6th May 2020, please apply online or contact Sekai today!
£11 per hour
Trusts & Statutory Fundraising Manager
We are recruiting for a Trusts and Statutory Fundraising Manager to work for a rapidly growing Education charity that help improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most. In the role you will join a team of 4 that are responsible for generating income from charitable trusts and statutory funders to support the work of the charity. You will prospect, draft, manage and submit applications. We are looking for a strong fundraiser who has a track record of raising income from trusts, foundations and statutory sources. 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 £33,000. 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, 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.
£33k per year
Senior Major Donor Manager
A really exciting opportunity has opened up to join a leading media charity who work across radio, magazine and interactive websites. Our client is on the search for a Senior Major Donor Manager to join the expanding team, providing first-class relationship management to a portfolio of high value donors. Role: Senior Major Donor Manager Location: Pimlico, London Salary: 40,000 - 45,000 per annum Contract: Permanent, full-time With an audience of more than one million people every week across the different media platforms, our client represents a strong Christian voice in the UK, and part of what they do is to campaign on issues of concern to all Christians. We are looking for an experienced major donor fundraiser to cultivate their own portfolio of HNWI's and identifying new donors through the use of our clients extensive and established networks. You will also be given the opportunity to help lead on cultivation events. To be considered for this exciting opportunity, you must be a strong major donor fundraiser with a proven track record of 5 and 6 figure gifts. You will enjoy desk-based research as well as getting out to meet new donors. We are also very open to looking at candidates from other fundraising streams such as corporate or community. This is a great opportunity to join a leading faith-based organisation. You do not need to be Christian to be successful in this role but an understanding and empathy for the faith is important. If you would like to receive an Information pack for this role, with details on how to apply, please send your CV to Hayley.email@example.com or call Hayley on 02078207306. Closing date for applications: Rolling We look forward to hearing from you. Please note that due to the high volume of applicants not all candidates will be responded to.
£40k - 45k per year
In joining this well-loved South London Hospice as an Events Fundraiser you will ensure maximum income is generated through an exciting events fundraising programme. You will work with the team on the delivery of bespoke events including mass participation and special events. This is a fantastic opportunity to build you events fundraising experience within a small and successful team at an organisation with real impact. This role will ensure that the hospice can continue serving the community by: Supporting the development of a strong stewardship programme, ensuring supporters experience is enhanced, fundraising potential is maximised, and relationships are strengthened. Project managing an exciting portfolio of fundraising events to attract a wide range of support and achieve agreed income. Recruiting and managing large teams of volunteers supporting the fundraising events. Work cross divisionally on the delivery and promotion of all the event materials that you lead on. Building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have: Fundraising or event management experience Demonstratable experience building engagement Proven ability to deliver presentations or speeches to a variety of audiences Experience managing volunteers Full Drivers Licence To find out more please email a copy of you CV to Harriett.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02078207302. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, so get I touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.
£24k - 26k per year
Community Fundraising Officer
One of the UK's largest children's charities are looking for a Community Fundraising Officer to join their successful team at their London Head office. Location: London-Essex Border Salary: c. £28,500 - 31,000 Contract: Permanent, Full-Time Key Responsibilities and Activities will include: -Consultation with the Senior Community Fundraising Manager, devise an operational marketing plan for growth across allocated community programmes -Monitor and evaluate financial targets and KPIs, raising any potential shortfalls with the Senior Community Fundraising Manager and planning in contingencies when required -Lead on developing and maintaining a portfolio of high value supporters, fundraising volunteers and organisations providing first class stewardship management and supporter care -Advise and optimise the fundraising of supporters who wish to fundraise through their own efforts for the charity -Influence key supporters and stakeholders within the community fundraising environment to deliver the organisations strategic goals -Own and develop a portfolio of high value supporters, following an excellent reward and recognition programme to maximise retention and repeat giving rates -Implement, manage and execute a proactive programme of activity to drive growth across the allocated community programme In order to apply for this position, you should have the following skills and experience: -Significant experience within community fundraising -Experience of working with individuals, businesses and community groups in a community fundraising context. -Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal -Excellent project management skills -Strong organisational, multi-tasking and administrative skills -Ability to build strong relationship To find out more please send a copy of your CV to Harriett.email@example.com. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, so please get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted with further information.
£29k - 31k per year
Community and Events Manager
A great opportunity has arisen for a Community and Events Manager in order to manage and implement a programme of events in line with the fundraising annual income target. The successful candidate will also create and agree the strategic development of the charity event programme. This will be a full-time role for an approximately 3 months. Please send your CV ASAP to Dagmara.firstname.lastname@example.org Key Responsibilities will include: Each year a target will be agreed for community and Events the Event manager will take the lead in delivering the agreed targets. There are a number of traditional events that must also be in the programme to include but not restricted to the annual charity golf day, concerts, ball and the walk. The event manager will work closely with the Community fundraiser to support and promote active challenge events. To be support and a guide for the implementation of community fundraising plans. Whilst developing the Community Fundraiser to take greater control as time elapses. To manage key relationships and liaise with, organisations, groups and individuals who hold events for the charity. To provide support for the community fundraiser to develop and deliver community or third party fundraising events. To work with the corporate manager to help establish and further develop relationships with local businesses, initiatives that will include sponsorship of events, advertising and stewardship. To actively seek new ways to grow our supporter database through community and events To recruit, brief and manage volunteer staff working on community and event projects Be strategic and work with the management leadership team to Identify and develop new fundraising/event opportunities. Manage risk assessment process for events, visit all appropriate event venues and carry out detailed risk assessments for all events Follow best practise ensuring all events comply with the organisations insurance and health and safety guidelines To manage projects and event participation, marketing and income through the use of Raiser s Edge. Own and manage overall with appropriate delegation to the community fundraiser the community and event annual P&L In order to apply you should have the following skills and experience: Significant experience and proven track record in organising profitable events Experience of creating and working with events, project budgets and project management of events. Ability to manage a P&L Able to manage staff working at events Strong organisation skills Good project management skills Good public speaker Excellent interpersonal skills Ability to plan and prioritise a varied and busy workload Proficient IT user Informed understanding of the key elements of successful charity events Ability to identify and implement new ideas for fundraising events Knowledge and understanding of completing risk assessments Ability to deal with people at all levels including celebrities and patrons Ability to work with colleagues in many different disciplines Desirable: Knowledge and experience of using Raiser s Edge database Broad understanding of charity legislation as it applies to fundraising events, Gift Aid etc.
£17 per hour
Senior Regional Fundraising Officer
An animal charity in London, seek a Senior Regional Fundraising Officer for 6 months on a full time, fixed contract. This role is based in London but covers the West of England and Wales, so you will be required to travel at least once a month to this area. The post holder is responsible for maximising net income across the region by recruiting new and stewarding current ongoing volunteer fundraisers (groups and individuals), introducing new and managing current volunteer supported special events and identifying new fundraising opportunities. The post holder will also help promote all fundraising events and activities in the region, generate legacy enquiries and pledges and establish regional corporate partnerships in the region. Experience: Proven track record of achieving set income targets and monitoring and reporting against budgets in a community fundraising setting. Experience of successfully setting managing an annual income and expenditure budget Demonstrable experience of scoping and managing fundraising campaigns and events. This includes devising and managing marketing strategies, event plans and being fully accountable for the outcomes Proven experience of recruiting and stewarding high value volunteer fundraisers or fundraising groups and developing their skills to maximise the success of their fundraising activities Demonstrable experience of scoping and managing fundraising campaigns and events. This includes devising and managing marketing strategies and being fully accountable for the outcomes
£32,069 per year
Assistant Director of Partnerships
Harris Hill is working in partnership with Caudwell Children to help find their new Associate Director of Partnerships. This is a permanent position and will be based at their Head Office in Keele, Staffordshire. The Associate Director of Partnerships will lead a high performing partnerships team to coordinate and implement Caudwell Children's partnerships strategy and to deliver the partnerships we need to achieve its goals; with a focus on Corporate, SME, NHS and Govt audiences. You will inspire a team to secure and build partnerships with the major players that Caudwell Children must engage with to achieve its new organisational strategy. The Associate Director is ultimately accountable for ensuring the team's successful acquisition, cultivation and growth of partnerships in line with the organisation's new strategy delivering to income, advocacy, public engagement and growing support objectives. Essential Criteria: Proven track record of supporting the leadership of an organisation at a senior level, Track record in strategy development, corporate engagement and partnerships Track record of achieving six-figure financial targets and delivering wider value for an organisation Prior experience of leading teams and of matrix working and budget management Experience of engaging at C-Suite level and representing an organisation externally at highest level Knowledge of the management of a charity, social enterprise, public or private sector organisation, gained through significant experience at a senior leadership level Knowledge of income-generation and financial control within a charity/social enterprise setting. With practical knowledge of local, regional and national sources of grant and unrestricted funding Over the next decade we have grand ambitions for growing the vision of Caudwell Children, becoming innovators and early interventionists in child disability and getting known for removing barriers during childhood and providing uninhibited futures. This transformational period also brings the need for development of all our income streams to enable this growth, which all makes it a fantastic time to join this dynamic and fact-moving charity at a time when we will undoubtedly attract national and international attention. For more information on this fantastic opportunity please contact our retained consultant Ben Pountney at Harris Hill or visit the microsite at www.harrishill.co.uk/caudwellchildren
£45k - 50k per year + Bonus
Previously in 2020: fires, floods, locusts and a global plague, but if you're not playing Apocalypse Bingo and you're keen to hear about our inter-charity quiz (or just desperate for literally anything new to read by now), you’re in luck! A quiz to remember Cast your mind back if you can, to the halcyon days of February 2020: that carefree age when you could leave the house at will to go around touching your face and buying toilet paper with abandon. It was in this bygone era, when gathering hundreds of charity people in a bar was a convivial prospect rather than an invitation to certain doom, that the 2020 Harris Hill Charity Series Quiz Night took place. And rather good it was too. You’ll perhaps be wondering who held the winners’ trophy aloft, but let's not get ahead of ourselves - who knows how many months we might have to spin this out for - so firstly some very well-deserved thank-yous: to our wonderful hosts at Patch St Paul’s, who’ve hosted countless times and always manage to make a hectic night look effortless with smiles all round; and to our quizmasters extraordinaire Rob Wyatt and Matthew Glass, not to mention all the rest of the organising committee who work so hard to bring these events together so brilliantly. The big draw There are also thank-yous galore when it comes to the other big draw of the night, the fundraising raffle, which this year will make a real difference close to home, contributing to a much-needed specialised wheelchair for Muscular Dystrophy's Ravi, who never misses an event despite living with the condition himself. We’ve had some fantastic prizes before but this year’s selection was surely the biggest and best to date, all donated thanks to the huge generosity of the organisations and businesses below that we would strongly encourage you to go and frequent! Not right now obviously – they’ll be closed and you might get arrested, which is never as much fun as it looks. (In no particular order, that's Vauxhall's Embody Wellness and Floatworks spas, the Movember Foundation, Mondo Brewery, Northcote Biscuiteers, Linnaen restaurant and spa, Headcase Barbers, stylish retailer Oliver Bonas, Psycle Clapham, Sadhana Yoga & Wellbeing, the Sipsmith Gin Distillery, Beefeater Gin Distillery and a small team you may be aware of called Manchester United Football Club!) There were even more prizes on the night too - we don't have all the details in this new home-working world, but our huge thanks to you too! Of course there’d be nothing raised if nobody bought tickets, so an enormous thank you to every single person who did, and once again to our CEO Aled Morris for bumping up the total quite significantly to raise a fantastic final figure of £2,200! ---------- And so to the winners… There are some familiar names among our titans of useless trivia this year, and after a closely-fought contest there was a tie for second place between 2018 winners the Canal & River Trust, who nearly barged (sorry) right back to the top, and the combined talents of The Brooke and C40, collectively known as The Globetrotters! But out in front and fast becoming Charity Series legends, a team who know things as well as they throw things (given their second place in 2018's quiz and victory in November's bowling), our congratulations go to the irrepressible Citizens Advice aka The BearOs! All of which begs the question, can they follow up those consecutive quiz and bowling triumphs by doing the triple and topping this summer’s charity softball league? Sadly the coronavirus may have something to say about that, as we wait to see the extent of its impact on the 2020 season. Naturally the committee will be watching developments closely and doing whatever can possibly be done, but safety of course comes first, so all we can say for now is watch this space! Just not all from the same place, obviously. Until next time - whenever and wherever that may be - take care and stay safe! Team HH x More from the Harris Hill blog Should you be working for a large or small charity? ► The Harris Hill and CharityJob 2019 Salary Report ► How to be assertive at work ► How to set goals (and stick to them in style) ► Back to the blog homepage
Ever wish you were more assertive, when those 'few little requests' become a giant mountain of work? Our guest blogger, freelance writer and HR specialist Nicola Greenbrook has been finding out how, with insight from professionals in and out of the charity sector. How to be assertive at work Assertiveness is an essential workplace skill, but can be tricky to apply if you’re an introvert or have trouble speaking up. Many of us avoid being more assertive through fear that our colleagues, and boss, will think badly of us. Yet, taking on just.one.more project despite a full inbox can lead to over-work, over-tiredness and overwhelm - not to mention a dent in your personal life. So, how can we reclaim the power? Should I be aggressive, passive or assertive? First, let’s explore these different behaviours: • Aggressiveness can be defined as ‘a determination to win or succeed, and the use of forceful action to do this’. Fictional fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly is a wicked master of this. • Passivity on the other hand is ‘acceptance of what happens, without active response or resistance’. Always going with the flow and yielding to other people’s demands can lead to burnout and resentment. • Assertiveness falls somewhere between the two extremes. Not simply being calm, confident and firm with your convictions and decisions, being assertive is a state where you approach situations assuredly and objectively and are happy to seek feedback, aware of the growth and development it can bring. A satisfying compromise. Assertiveness in the charity world For people working in the third sector, the need to balance assertiveness with empathy - listening to service users, understanding their circumstances and inspiring action - can often be a particular challenge. In a recent LinkedIn thread, the author had observed the number of women in her office who over-apologised (for getting into the lift, having the door held open for them or just taking up space). As part of the discussion, Garry Wilkinson, Head of Charity Partnerships at Vintage Cash Cow considered whether being a chronic apologiser isn’t necessary limited to women. ‘Maybe it’s also something to do with sorts of people who work in the Third Sector; they tend to be people with high levels of empathy and are very conscious of the feelings of others,’ he suggested. Christina Grant, an executive coach and trainer for the fundraising sector has considerable insight in this area. She believes the fundraising role is fundamentally an influencing one. However, she observes that whilst her trainees are drawn to the sector by a desire to make a difference, limited budgets can often mean they lack adequate training or support in influencing and assertiveness. Fundraising also attracts a high number of women. Yet senior teams, major donors and senior leaders in organisations remain predominately male-dominated - and so influencing is even more critical. She believes the fundraiser has a challenging role, because in a first meeting with a donor or supporter, ‘they have to be seen as friendly and warm whilst also being authoritative, knowledgeable and credible’ so as to be trusted with a gift. Women also face even greater challenges at work when they start displaying assertive behaviours in the workplace which are then deemed as ‘bossy’ or overly aggressive. So what can we do to address this? The power of words We’ve all heard people say ‘you need to be more assertive!’. But what if you can’t find the words or find yourself apologising instead? Olivia Dunn, Head of Marketing and Communications at Halpin Partnership Ltd has observed women and men disempowering themselves with the words they use at work. In her insightful article ‘The shortcut to empowered communications’, she offers valuable advice on using emboldening language without bravado. Olivia suggests ditching ‘just’ (‘I’m just part-time’) and ‘I think’ which can dilute your point before you’ve even made it. She makes a compelling argument; it’s not the words you add in but the ones you remove which can empower you. Why it's win-win to be assertive at work Being professionally assertive can increase your self-confidence and lower your anxiety and dependency. It can also help you stay in control and communicate more effectively and healthily. A graphic designer from London shared with me how assertiveness worked for them: ‘Last year I worked on a particularly messy job for a lovely client.’ they explained. ‘Remaining assertive throughout the project meant the experience for both me and my client remained positive - even when the project became a source of stress. The feedback at the end of the job was that I handled things with grace’. Setting clear boundaries about what they were OK with in their own mind before conveying them externally, as well as taking control when requests from clients or others feel ‘too much’, was a useful strategy for them: ‘Instead of saying ‘no’ and explaining why I can’t do what they want, I try to respond positively. I explain what I CAN do and when, or I pass them on to someone who may be able to help, instead of giving the impression they’re inconveniencing me. If someone ignores or shuts down my assertiveness with a passive-aggressive response (including no response), I’ve learnt to let it go, move on and find people to work with who are a much better fit.’ How to be assertive! Assertiveness may not be an innate characteristic for everyone, but it can be learned and developed. Christina Grant emphasises the importance of body language and gestures in key meetings, especially when making first impressions. She explains, ‘For example, it’s important for women to seat themselves in prime spots in a meeting room and to be present in the room physically’. She points out that seemingly little things can affect this; being overly concerned about everyone's comfort and refreshments or taking responsibility for taking notes when no one else does. ‘This can sometimes damage our own credibility without us realising it (although if a woman has enough confidence she could take notes and make tea and it would not have an impact on how she is perceived)’ Christina explains. She also encourages women to ‘open’ meetings with a two-minute, strong introduction, to ensure other attendees know they're ‘leading’ the meeting and will sense their authority. ‘It should help other people to relax and feel confident that you have a plan and you're in control - not in an aggressive way, but rather a signal that you’re confident in your world’. Here are some final strategies on being assertive at work: • Practice outside of work first. Build up your assertiveness muscle; speak up about bad service or ask for the table you want at a restaurant. • Set clear boundaries. Career and business coach, Nathalina Harrison likens good assertiveness to good parenting. Put clear boundaries in place on how you want to be treated and communicated with and be clear about the consequences if they’re not adhered to, whether upwards (your manager and stakeholders), sideways (your peers) and downwards (your direct reports). • Be analytical. If you want to be assertive but you're hesitant and reluctant to speak up, do a quick analysis of the situation. What’s the worst that could happen? ______________ Assertiveness is an invaluable skill. It can bolster your career progression, improve your visibility and credibility in meetings and strengthen relationships with colleagues, clients and contacts. Being confident in your approach, removing disempowering words and setting clear boundaries will ensure you nail it at work. I’m certain you’ll like your assertive (not aggressive) self a lot better than the passive, exhausted resentful one and soon that mountain of work won’t look so daunting. Just don’t be Miranda Priestly, OK? That’s all. Nicola Greenbrook - HR Specialist and Freelance Writer Contact Nicola, check out her website, or follow her on Twitter. More from Nicola Greenbrook How to set goals (and stick to them in style) ► Podcast your way to workplace wellbeing ► How to negotiate a pay rise in the charity sector ► More from the Harris Hill blog Should you be working for a large or small charity? ► Caudwell Children: Building a better world for disabled children ► The Harris Hill Charity Series 2020 ►
HRRRRRRRRNNNNK! HRRRRRRRRNNNNK! Yes, as you’ve so rightly guessed, that's the unmistakable sound of the Harris Hill Charity Series klaxon signalling the start of the 2020 Series! But what is the Harris Hill Charity Series? We decided to ask the question. In slightly larger blue type. What is the Harris Hill Charity Series? We’re so glad you asked. In the most straightforward terms, it’s a series of three fantastic inter-charity contests that just get more and more popular by the year: February’s big quiz night (more of which in a moment), bowling night in November, and right through the summer from May to August, the daddy of them all: the London Charity Softball League! For us, it's also a way to give something back to the sector we love working with. We can’t claim credit for organising the events – that’s all down to the tireless and super-committed committee from numerous charities who heroically (and entirely voluntarily) do the hard work in their free time to make it all happen, and who we really can’t thank enough. But we're delighted to have been lead sponsor since time immemorial, currently estimated to be somewhere around 2005. If you’re under 35 or so, that’s a year from the distant past when you were probably still at school or uni, while for the more ‘vintage’ among us it’s one of those that feels about three months ago and cannot possibly be FIFTEEN YEARS already. Yikes. How can my charity get involved? Via the aforementioned committee who you can read about here and here, and much like the other A-Team, ‘if no-one else can help... and if you can find them' (ideally Mr Leo Visconti, founding father of the softball league) maybe you can sign up for the next available event. All charities are welcome, and if you're keen to play softball but don't have the numbers for a full team, do not despair: many of the league's top teams are a hybrid of two or more charities working together, a great example of the collaborative and supportive spirit that makes the league something really quite special to be part of (but still fiercely competitive!) Meanwhile, speaking of hybrid teams and the next event... It's the 2020 quiz night! Yes, tomorrow if you're reading this today (Feb 24th), today if you're reading this tomorrow, and 'some time ago' if you're watching this on catch-up, the Harris Hill Charity Series Quiz Night is back! Around 40 charities will be heading to the fabulous Patch St Paul's, where the winning combo of Can Mezzanine and Disability Rights UK (aka The Cantelopes) took top honours in 2019, very closely followed by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and Lumos. Just a few rounds of challenging questions now stand between us and knowing who's the smartest in the sector (SPOILER ALERT: probably not us), and there are some particularly fantastic prizes to be won in this year's fundraising raffle. So our huge appreciation and a round of applause if you will please, for these brilliant businesses who've kindly donated prizes, including Vauxhall's Embody Wellness and Floatworks spas, Mondo Brewery, Northcote Biscuiteers, the stylish Linnaen restaurant and spa, Oliver Bonas, Psycle Clapham, Sadhana Yoga & Wellbeing and the ever-popular Sipsmith Gin and Beefeater Gin! One last note for those attending, don't forget to bring some cash for raffle tickets if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning one of these brilliant prizes (and there are more to come!), may the best team win, and we'll see you there! Team HH x More from the Harris Hill blog ► View all current charity vacancies ►
Does size matter? It’s a question we’re certainly not the first to tackle - if that’s the word - but what size of charity is best for your career? The bigger the better? Or do the best things really come in small packages? Here's what our fundraising team and deputy CEO Faye Marshall had to say in a 2019 article for The Fundraiser (relevant for most other charity jobs too), updated here for the blog. Should you be working for a large or small charity? As specialist recruiters we work with charities of all sizes, helping fundraisers find those best aligned with their priorities. For some the environment or location will be more important than progression, for others career development may be paramount, and for many of course, the cause in question will be top of the list. Sometimes only one type of charity will do, but in many cases there are both larger and smaller options, each with their own advantages. So how do you know where to go? Appropriately enough there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but what we'd recommend generally depends on three things: where you are in your career, your experience to date and where you ultimately want to go. Let's start at the beginning. Starting out If it’s your first charity job, the best place for your baby steps may be the biggest organisations. That might sound counter-intuitive but as with any new job, there’ll be downtime while you learn the ropes and won’t be fully productive. You’ll also need training, and someone with the time and resources to deliver it. All of this means there are costs, which are often unaffordable for small charities operating on little more than Hobnobs and hope. However their larger counterparts are more likely to have support for new starters in place, as philanthropy manager Annabelle Burt told us of her role at NSPCC: "Starting my charity career in a large organisation has without a doubt been the best decision I’ve made. The organisation invests a great deal in personal development, and they’ve already given me countless opportunities to attend nationwide conferences and training with the best in the business. I’m given all the support I need to succeed in my role and really value being able to learn about different areas of the charity sector from collaborative working with other departments." Stick or twist? Perhaps you’ve now got a couple of years under your belt, doing direct marketing for a major charity. You're enjoying it, maybe even to the point you can't imagine doing anything else - but nevertheless it’s usually wise to diversify. Specialising too soon may limit your options later – for example after six solid years when you see the perfect direct marketing job, but the candidates you’re competing with have four years in DM and two in other fields. Many employers will favour your competitors for their more varied, well-rounded experience. And the same of course applies should you change your mind and want to branch out later. So it’s worth trying different things: don’t put yourself in a pigeon-hole unless you’re prepared for the possibility of living there permanently. Like beanbags, debt, and conversations with people who’ve taken up CrossFit, they’re easier to get into than out of, and best avoided if possible. Shifting down can be the best way up Moving to a smaller charity is often a fantastic way to branch out. Leaving that large DM department behind, you might now be a team of one - and it's unlikely to be the only thing you do. Whatever your job title might suggest, in a small team you’ll always need to help each other out, which could mean events, community projects, partnerships with local businesses and more. And with few support staff you’ll likely do more than just fundraising, which could mean admin, marketing, media relations, procurement (somebody’s got to buy the teabags) or even catering and hospitality, because those cakes for the big event won’t bake themselves. It's a challenge for sure, but a great way to develop existing skills and discover others you didn't know you had, while gaining diverse and multifaceted experience that's likely to broaden your future options. Speaking of which... Further into your career: where next? By now you’re perhaps looking for your third or fourth fundraising job, and having worked for both larger and smaller charities you’ve got the experience to go in either direction. The best move now largely depends on where you're ultimately looking to go, so it's a good time to take stock and think hard about where that is. Then, consider what you've done and more importantly, what you haven't yet done to help you to get there, and aim to plug any gaps that could hold you back. If you’re aspiring to a directorship with a top ten charity for example, you’ll need to start boosting the big-name experience on your CV. Ultimately it may just come down to the environment you prefer, and on which side of the whole big fish/small pond question you feel more at home. Both have their advantages (and drawbacks) of course, so here are some that we've yet to cover: ► Autonomy can be huge part of the appeal: if you’re the entire corporate fundraising team, guess who’s in charge? If you’re used to following procedures and losing even your most brilliant ideas to multi-layered, glacially-paced approval processes, the freedom to chart your own course is both liberating and exhilarating. ► As a result you’ll be very hands-on, designing and delivering your campaigns from end to end. You’ll get to do it all yourself, the only drawback being that you’ll have to do it all yourself, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in making things happen. Whatever you do will be noticed, so you can bask in the credit when it works - though of course with nowhere to hide if it doesn’t. ► That close connection with leadership helps small charities to be more agile, changing course more quickly than their bigger brethren. Getting the whole organisation on board with your new initiative is a lot easier when you can fit everyone in one room. ► Usually you’ll also be close enough to your beneficiaries to see that you’re making a difference – something fundraisers buried far from the frontline in a major charity HQ may envy. ► Having a well-known name can have significant advantages in key areas like fundraising and marketing. For one thing, if you don’t need to explain who you are, you’ve got more time or space to make your case. And there’s no denying it looks good on your CV. That said, while a big name might open some doors, it isn’t always an advantage: a 2018 study by the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership found public trust in national charities significantly lower (at just 29%) than in local community charities (43%). ► However, you’ll have more resources to call on in your fundraising efforts, and often on a larger scale: partnering with a major corporation for example, or a national TV advertising campaign, experience you’re unlikely to gain locally. ► Arguably the clearest advantage is the prospect of progression. If you’re the events person for a small charity but want to manage a team, you’ll either need to grow the charity considerably (and fast) or move somewhere big enough to have one. Even if there’s a role above you to aim for, there could be a long wait before it’s a vacancy. By nature, larger organisations will have more opportunities more often, so there’s more chance of moving up without having to move out entirely. What about salaries and benefits? Things are more evenly matched when it comes to things like flexible working and staff benefits. Both large and small charities tend to score highly, but large-scale events and the social side of bigger organisations may give them an edge, depending on your preference. As for salaries, check out the Harris Hill & CharityJob 2019 Salary Report which has market rates for more than 120 different roles in the sector, including differences in pay between small, medium and large charities. While larger organisations do appear to pay a little more in general, as you might perhaps expect, the full picture is rather more complex. Most of the disparity is at senior levels, based on larger remits and scope, but at the junior end there's often very little difference. There are certainly big name charities who offer small starting salaries, knowing their brand alone will bring in new talent, just as there are smaller organisations paying above average to attract potential staff. So at least in the early part of your career, charity size is unlikely to have a huge impact on pay. You might earn a little less at a smaller charity, but that could pay off handsomely in future thanks to your greater breadth of experience. So where should you go next? Most of the fundraisers we work with move between both large and small organisations several times in their career, and it’s a good strategy. The strongest CVs have a balance of both, and the breadth of experience you’ll gain will give you the option to move in either direction. Meanwhile if you’re switching charity sizes, be sure to read the job description in detail. Jobs with the same title may have very different remits depending on the size of charity, so know what you’re in for and be wary of assumptions. Don’t let the bright lights of a big brand blind you to what’s actually a more limited role, for example, or dismiss a superb opportunity on account of a name that you’ve never heard of. And if you’re not sure of your next move, consider where you eventually want to be, and what’s missing from your CV to get there. The chances are that’s your answer. Final thoughts: we've inevitably made some generalisations here, and for every trend we’ve mentioned there are charities busily bucking it. But both large and small charities can offer superb career opportunities, and the best advice we can give is to make the most of them however you can. Plenty of factors can make a great employer, so a charity’s size isn’t everything. Believe it or not, it really is what you do with it that counts. 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Welcome back to Charity Careers, in which freelance writer Nicola Greenbrook invites key influencers in the charity sector to share their career story and how they navigate the professional world. We discover what they've learned along the way, what motivates them to get up in the morning and what their dream breakfast might look like when they do... Kicking us off for 2020, Nicola was delighted to chat to Chris Oak, Associate Director - HR and Facilities for Society For The Protection Of Animals Abroad (SPANA) about his career, keeping your perspective, why he bounces out of bed in the mornings, giving back to the community, and an extraordinary commitment to Doctor Who… Hi Chris. Please tell us a little bit more about SPANA and its mission? Put most simply, we believe any working animal is entitled to live a life free from pain. We facilitate this in a number of ways; free veterinary care, veterinary training (in some of the countries where we operate veterinarians receive no hands-on training whilst studying) community training and education programmes. The cornerstone of our work is the three ‘T’s - treat, train, teach. What are you responsible for? My role encompasses the full range of HR-related functions; looking after selection/recruitment/on-boarding, appraisal and one-to-ones, Learning and Development, organisation design, policies and procedures, support and business partnering for managers and disciplinary and grievance management. I provide support on teams and structures to the senior management team, advice to trustees on HR related matters and off-boarding and exit interviews. I also lead on all IT and premises-related aspects of SPANA which includes, room and desk allocation and IT projects. We’re currently out to tender for an integrated IT service that would include IT, telephony, printing, video conferencing and connectivity across our countries of operation. Is there a particular appeal or campaign you're focusing on in 2020? • Blindness - Every year, SPANA vets treat thousands of working animals facing sight loss. • Traditional practices - From pouring engine oil into an open wound to pressing scorching hot irons onto a working animal’s skin, traditional ‘cures’ seem barbaric. But owners that carry them out are trying to treat their animals in the only way they know how. • Lameness - Lameness is misery for thousands of working animals and is most commonly caused by problems in the feet. This suffering could be avoided with a simple solution – proper farriery. Where and how did you start your career? Were there any key roles along the way that helped your progression to Director? I began my career in Leisure Management, where I continued to work for 26 years in a variety of roles for a variety of employers. During this time I worked as a Manager, Deputy Manager, Gym Manager, coach and Personal Trainer, Marketing Manager and Sales Manager. I’ve also worked as a lecturer in PE, done youth work and was the Records Library Manager at University College Hospital. Had you planned to move into the charity sector? It wasn’t always my intention, but I’ve always been drawn to work where I feel I can make a difference to the lives of others. When I saw the (then-advertised) HR Manager role at SPANA and read the JD, I was very interested, especially when I read further into what the charity did. Although, admittedly, I hadn't heard of SPANA before then, having experience and a background in various forms of education meant I was very interested in the work SPANA does in that field. What advice would you give to, for example, graduates considering a move into charity or emerging leaders about to make their first leap into management or a director role? To graduates I'd say the most important thing is not so much their passion for the charity’s work but rather the role and its main purpose. Being excited about the work of the charity is the icing on the cake; but first and foremost must always be the ability to do the job. For emerging leaders - I’d always say, think of the additional responsibility that comes with moving into management. If you’re taking on team leadership for the first time, ensure you've gained skills in both management and leadership; so you can move beyond technical competency in your current area and towards being skilled at getting the best out of others. Similarly, for moving into a director-based role - there’s always a need for the ability to take the bird’s eye strategic view of the team and the organisation. As people move up the ladder, another key skill is the ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues at all levels and move beyond straight hierarchical methods of managing. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given, who gave it and why does it stick in your mind? Keep your perspective. I can’t remember exactly who said this, but I think it was one of the senior youth workers I worked with when I first started in that field. It sticks in my mind because I so often see - and have occasionally been dragged into the trap of - trying to do everything every day. We should always strive to do the best we can and help others achieve their best…but the world won’t end if the things we selected to do today don’t get done! What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? Bringing other managers to a point where they can recognise their own responsibility as managers, so HR can evolve into the business partnering role it should be; advising colleagues and moving away from being mostly a reactive service. What’s the best/most rewarding part? Seeing people flourish and moving on to new ways of working that engage a wider audience. Bringing change to the people element of the charity. What have been some of the biggest challenges in your career? Of all time, it was building children’s holiday activity programmes when I used to work in the leisure industry. In one case we started with no programme and no children, building up to a maximum of 130 children per day offering activities for children aged 5 – 16 years every holiday. At SPANA, I think it’s been the introduction of a more focused HR function taking control of a wide range of activities. In my past three roles (all new HR roles for growing organisations) it's been establishing HR as a standalone provision with a purpose, beyond ensuring the admin functions it was originally envisaged for are delivered. Who do you look up to - either in the charity sector or more generally? Very few and very many people! I think we can all take inspiration from the work of almost anyone around us - and should do this. Looking only at the top of the mountain sometimes obscures the great views to be obtained on the slopes. If I had to choose just one, I’d lean towards Richard Branson - more for his support for the development of all of his staff. As for a quote to live by I’d probably go for Charlie Chaplin: 'Life laughs at you when you are unhappy. Life smiles at you when you are happy. But, life salutes you when you make others happy’. Let's finish with some quick lifestyle questions: are you a snoozer or a spring-out-of-bedder? My alarm goes off at 6.00am - and I’m a spring-out-of-bedder! I almost always get up immediately and most days go out for a morning run in the park behind my house. What's your dream breakfast (and your actual breakfast?) Dream breakfast is either scrambled egg and smoked salmon or a full fry up. Most days I actually have either cereal, or boiled eggs with croissants. In either case it is always washed down with a large glass of water (I’m not a tea or coffee drinker). Is there such a thing as your typical day? NO such thing! Much of the work is reactive and unpredicted as I tend to spend quite a lot of time giving support and advice to managers in meetings, which I see as a key part of my role. I deal with organisational matters (payroll, pensions, benefit management etc.) as well as the usual bundle of ‘vital’ emails that arrive every day. What gets you out of bed in the morning, even when it’s cold and raining? I love the morning even if it is cold, dark and wet! I’ve always seen this as a magical time of day when it feels everything is made new ready for us. As a reflection of this, I’ll soon be launching a new activity for people in my local community called ‘Spirit Walks’. This will be held either at sunrise or sunset and once a month throughout the year, providing the opportunity for gentle contemplative walks in our park and to greet either sunrise or sunset with prayers, poems or reading that feel apposite. This will be open to everyone and free; part of what I consider to be my service to the community. What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment? I don’t really do podcasts but I was watching Grimm recently. I’m a fan of Death In Paradise as well as Doctor Who (I’ve seen all of them in real time except the very first one, with William Hartnell as the Doctor!). I’m reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman as well as Marathon by Hal Higdon (I’ll be running two marathons and an ultra-marathon this year). What else do you do outside work? Lots of exercise has always been a key part of my ‘off work’ time, as well as community work. I served as chair of my local residents’ group for five years, organising various activities during that time. I'm also an active member of my faith; I am Baha’i (a religion teaching the essential worth of all religions, and the unity and equality of all people) and have served the faith in a number of capacities over the years. And finally, what have you committed to do (or not do!) in 2020? As above, two marathons and one ultra-marathon (50 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh) so far. I’ll be doing a couple of half-marathons too. I’m also committed to my monthly Spirit Walks as well as the free walks I lead in my local park every Saturday for all people which encompasses gentle walking with a range of functional exercises. Aside from that, I’ll also be trying to complete my second novel, a children’s story - I’m yet to find a publisher for my first children’s novel, but the search continues… Sounds like a very busy year for you, Chris! We wish you all the very best with your many endeavours, and thank you for taking the time to share your story and career insights with our readers. Nicola Greenbrook - HR Specialist and Freelance Writer Contact Nicola, check out her website, or follow her on Twitter - and to find out more about SPANA just click below to visit their website. More Charity Careers Charity Careers 1: Sara Rees, head of fundraising for Rays of Sunshine ► Charity Careers 2: Hannah Sanders, consumer brand partnerships, Save the Children ► Charity Careers 3: Andy Harris, director of income generation, Shelter ► Charity Careers 4: James Harris, Associate Director of Communications, Marketing and Membership, Rethink Mental Illness ► Back to the Harris Hill blog homepage ►
A better world for disabled children That’s the aim of Caudwell Children, the unique charity founded in 2000 by entrepreneur and philanthropist John Caudwell, better known then as the man behind Phones 4U, and we’ve got five fantastic opportunities to be fundamental to their fundraising team. Specifically, they're seeking experienced fundraisers to join them as: • Head of Events • Philanthropy Manager • Partnerships Manager (x 3): three positions in which you'll focus on corporates, SMEs or government partnerships, depending on your skills and expertise About the charity With a vision to create a world where all disabled children and their families have choice, opportunity, dignity and understanding, the organisation reached a key milestone in May 2019 with the opening of the Caudwell International Children’s Centre. Based in the Science and Innovation Park at Keele University in Staffordshire, the centre is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility that's been purpose-built to deliver innovative services and ground-breaking research that could change the way some disabilities are treated, potentially affecting millions of people around the world. Now recognised as one of the fastest growing children’s charities in the UK, the organisation's running costs are fully covered through the unique association with the Caudwell family, allowing them say with legitimacy that 100% of direct donations are used to directly support disabled children. Naturally that's a real advantage for fundraisers, and just one of the factors that makes each of these key opportunities such an unusual and exciting proposition. So exciting in fact, that we couldn't do them justice with job ads alone, so we built a dedicated microsite to tell you much more about them and this unique organisation. Just click below to get started! More from the Harris Hill blog ► Top regional charity jobs for #UKCharityWeek 2019 ► And the winners of the Harris Hill Charity Series bowling AND our Golden Softballs competition are... ► The Harris Hill and CharityJob 2019 Salary Report
Can a podcast progress your career and improve your wellbeing? With a varied and often overcrowded podcast ecosystem, what should you listen to when time is precious and it's hard to keep up? For this month’s guest article, freelance writer and HR specialist Nicola Greenbrook is plugging in her headphones and checking out the best charity, career and all-round useful podcasts. Podcasts aren’t a new thing. A portmanteau of the words ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast', defined by Wikipedia as 'an episodic series of digital audio or video files that a user can download in order to listen’, the first podcast is commonly believed to have been published in October 2003. Actor, writer and director Matt Schichter had launched a weekly radio chat show called The BackStage Pass, with The Beach Boys and B.B. King as guests, recorded live and transcoded to audio for ‘dial-up online streaming’. Later known as ‘Matt Schichter Interviews’, the first podcast as we know it was born. A year later, journalist Ben Hammersley created the term ‘podcasting’ for what was then a nascent technology - and we’ve never looked back. The rise of the super podcast Fast forward sixteen years later and we’ve gone all-out podcast-fanatical. Writing for Third Sector at the beginning of this year, award-winning digital communications consultant, writer and trustee Kirsty Marrins predicted that 2019 would be the year of the charity podcast. Her prognosis wasn’t wrong. According to Ofcom, around 7.1 million of us in the UK now listen to podcasts every week. That’s one in eight people, and a 24% increase over the past year - and more than double over the past five years. We just can't get enough of them; on average those who are regular podcast enthusiasts listen to around seven podcasts a week. That’s a lot of podcasts. Podcasts are also big business. Spotify reported in the summer that its podcast audience has grown by over 50 percent since the last quarter, and almost doubled since the start of the year. They recently redesigned its app to focus on podcasts, with 500,000 podcast titles available on the platform. Again, that's a lot of podcasts. The benefits of being a podcast enthusiast There’s no escaping it, winter is on its way and with that comes the frantic, multi-tasking lead up to Christmas. Attempting to balance the getting everything finished at work by the end of the year with social commitments and festive celebrations can feel like a commotion. Inevitably, focusing on your personal learning and development, enhancing your skills or broadening your knowledge base is often put on the back burner. That's where podcasts can come in. Challenging though it is in some respects, wintertime and frosty weather can also offer the perfect time to focus on podcasts as the nights (or should I say, 4.30pm) draws in and when you’re keen stay inside at lunchtime. Informative but relaxing and, arguably, better for our minds than a quick scan of our smartphone, listening to a podcast can provide an excellent way to satisfy curious, but frazzled, minds during busy periods. The CIPD recognises the progression of digital learning, which includes the use of podcasts. It has become a viable way of training and developing people at work and can often be part of an organisation's wider learning strategy. Getting into podcasts means you have a continuously available learning reference which you can access from anywhere at anytime; you could get in to work early and listen for a while over your morning coffee before the day really begins or go for a walk at lunchtime while listening. Further benefits include: • Access to a wide variety of podcasts that can broaden your knowledge and help you to discover new topics or trends in your sector, specialism or beyond • Podcasts can provide a helpful bank of knowledge from which to learn new self-care strategies and aid mental health • They can help to regain your motivation if you feel it has been dwindling, and help you to keep things fresh at work • The motivation and encouragement to help you get away from your screen or smartphone at lunchtime - and if you’re walking then you've effortlessly added in some exercise too • For multitaskers; you could even podcast while filing, preparing your lunch in the office kitchen or even cooking at home later than evening (just don't forget to intersperse this with human interaction too!) The podcast market is swarming, so don't let the wrong choice ruin your commute or your lunch break. Here's a selection of useful podcasts that you might want to get stuck into: Charity Digital Podcast Examining key topics and issues surrounding digital technology in the charity sector. In Good Company This successful monthly podcast with author and founder of Women Who, Otegha Uwagba, features practical advice, ideas and interviews with inspiring and successful women to help women get to where they want to be. Third Sector The monthly podcast from the UK’s leading publication for all things voluntary and not-for-profit sector. Recent topics have included what happens when your small charity goes viral, racism and representation in the charity sector and social media crisis communications. Untangle Patricia Karpas and Ariel Garten interview a wide range of authors, experts and thought-leaders and discuss topics including mindfulness, brain health practices, leadership, life and more. Each episode aims to teach you how to slow down, reduce your stress levels and create a feeling of calm when you need it most. CIPD The podcast series from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development focuses on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues which are useful to non-HR professionals too. In Focus In conjunction with Marriott Hotels and chaired by journalist and podcast host Pandora Sykes, this inspirational series is designed to empower individuals to pave their own way to success and includes advice, guidance and practical tips for those who want to get ahead in their careers. The Do More Good Podcast A light-hearted discussion on professional development and fundraising in the charity sector, with guests from the industry sharing their experience and insight. Recorded informally across Central London pubs. How to Fail with Elizabeth Day A podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better. Charity Chat Fortnightly podcast from the not-for-profit forum for learning, and contribution to encourage social commentary. Quality content with a conversational tone. Finally, Kirsty Marrins shared her ten sector podcasts that she thought you need to know about earlier this year. ----- Podcasts can help you learn, focus and broaden your mind as well as look after yourself. There’s a podcast out there for everyone and everything - have fun choosing yours! Nicola Greenbrook - HR Specialist and Freelance Writer Contact Nicola, check out her brand new website, or follow her on Twitter. More from Nicola Greenbrook: ► Charity Careers 4: meet James Harris of Rethink Mental Illness ► How to set goals (and stick to them in style) ► How to negotiate a pay rise in the charity sector Back to the blog homepage ►
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 Director of Finance and Resources (6 - 9 months) 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. KEELE, STAFFORDSHIRE • 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. It’s got a highly-regarded university for starters, home to the Keele Science and Innovation Park, which is where you’ll find the brand new, state-of-the-art Caudwell International Children's Centre. 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 Head of Corporate Development 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. And in the role of 'corporate fundraising specialist who'd be delighted to tell you more', ladies and gentlemen, please would you welcome...Miss Hannah Laking! CHESHAM, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Community Fundraiser 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. BRISTOL, er...BRISTOL Supporter Care and CRM Manager Individual Giving Fundraiser 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 Webb would 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. Check them out here and here and do get in touch with Charlie if your boat has been duly floated. SIDMOUTH, DEVON Chair and Trustees 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. View all jobs ► 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 More from the Harris Hill blog ► And the winners of this year's Charity Series bowling (and our Golden Softballs competition) are... ► How to set goals and stick to them in style ► The Harris Hill & CharityJob 2019 Salary Report