Fundraiser - Retail & Affinity Groups – NCBI

NCBI Charitable Foundation

Applications invited for the following position:

Job Title:                  Fundraiser - Retail & Affinity Groups

Reports to:               Head of Foundation

Job Location:          NCBI, Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Contract Details:    Permanent role, subject to 6 month probation period

Hours:                       37 hours per week

Salary Details:        €45,000 pa

Job Purpose:

The main purpose of the job is to work with NCBI’s area and shop-based managers to animate fundraising activity at the shop level. The job also involves working with volunteers, social and voluntary groups and service users throughout the country to help ensure that their fundraising for NCBI is a success.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Development of a plan to engage NCBI’s 110 retail shops, service centres and other facilities to maximize the impact of community-based fundraising for the organisation.

  • Development of a plan to recruit, support and recognize volunteers, third party groups and individuals who act as champions for NCBI in the community.

  • Develop new events and implement a rolling programme based on best fit for NCBI and best return for effort.

  • Oversee all supporter records and ensure compliance with internal and external good practice and codes.

  • Manage relationships with a large number of partners, suppliers, community groups, individual supporters, volunteers and internal staff - with the goal of rolling out profitable events and giving programmes.

  • Engage community, workplace and school-based leaders to trigger new affinity programmes and activity on behalf of NCBI

  • Engage regional managers and shop managers in the NCBI retail chain of charity shops to develop a credible and comprehensive fundraising platform to utilize the network and skills in place.

  • Manage support staff and external suppliers

  • Generate regular progress reports and engage in wider team planning and development.

  • Other duties as required by the Head of Foundation.

Person Required:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a detailed and demanding fundraising, sales, account management, events management or communications role

  • Excellent writing skills, design, social media and presentation skills

  • Professional qualification in marketing, sales, communications or event planning

  • Previous experience of project budget management and reporting

  • Excellent team skills and professionalism in representing NCBI publicly

Other Requirements

  • This role requires some travel within Ireland for which access to a car and a clean Driver’s License will be required.

Application Process Apply with CV and Cover letter to

 NCBI is an equal opportunities employer

About the Fundraising Team

NCBI Charitable Foundation is charged with the generation of financial support and other resources for the support and development of NCBI services and capital priorities. The Foundation sits in a group structure alongside NCBI Retail and NCBI Services. (Fact sheet on NCBI attached.)

After recent reorganization, the Foundation has adopted a four-year plan to grow revenue in order to better support the work of the charity. In 2018, the Foundation enlisted the help of a dedicated external Advisory Board and appointed the new position of Head of Foundation.

The Foundation intends to build out its programmes under distinct channels (Major Gifts, Annual Fund, and Events & Affinity) and is now recruiting qualified and enthusiastic team members to fill the role of Channel Lead in these areas.

About NCBI

Partial or full loss of sight can have a significant effect on a person’s life. Vision impairment, which will affect up to one in six people, impacts on the person’s ability to engage in everyday activities - to learn, to work, to take exercise and to live independently. Census 2016 found that almost 55,000 people in Ireland report that they are experiencing significant sight loss.

For nearly 90 years, National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) has sought to transform the environment for people with a vision impairment through counselling and rehabilitation, the provision of supports and assistive technology, and the opening of pathways to learning, employment, and social inclusion.

NCBI's network of 35 centres, training facilities, support groups and library services are supported by 128 frontline professional staff, offering a comprehensive menu of free and personalised services to over 8,000 service users from all age groups. Specialist services are offered to children to enable them learn, develop and play alongside their peers and enjoy childhood to the full.

Approximately 69% of NCBI's services are funded by the Department of Health through the Health Services Executive, with the balance of €3m per annum generated by NCBI itself. NCBI receives lifetime gifts and legacies from individuals as well as the proceeds of fundraising events such as the Tree of Light, Cycle of Light, and Dine in the Dark. Over 100 NCBI charity shops generate vital financial support for services. The shops also help to provide employment opportunities, generate local economic activity, raise the profile of sight loss, and offer an environmentally-friendly means to recycle previously-used clothes and merchandise.

NCBI benefits from partnerships with professionals such as ophthalmologists, eye care specialists, social workers and teachers who share the vision to break down barriers for people with sight loss and create an inclusive society. Close working with companies, planners, politicians, and policy makers, ensures that accessibility for people who are blind and vision impaired are included in infrastructure and services.

NCBI invites supporters, volunteers and partners to help transform the landscape by removing both physical and social barriers for people with vision impairment while embracing a pool of talent for the benefit of communities, employers and society as a whole. This will provide all people experiencing sight loss the opportunity to remain fulfilled, connected and productive throughout their lives.

Key Facts

Founded: 1931

Professional services team: 128

Income in 2017: €17m


Address: Head Office, Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin D09 RP70

NCBI Group is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Ireland No. 26293. Charity No. 20902.

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