|8 Jul 2021|
ROLE: (F/T 5 days) Permanent contract
DEPARTMENT: Samaritans Ireland
LOCATION: Samaritans Office, Dublin with a mix of office and home working
POSITION IN ORGANISATION: Reports into: Samaritans Ireland Executive Director, with strong working relationship to Income Generation team in UK
Reporting into the Executive Director of Samaritans Ireland, this is an exciting time for an enthusiastic professional fundraiser to join the organisation. This new role, the first paid fundraising role for Samaritans Ireland, represents a huge opportunity to drive change. The successful candidate will be in a position to shape, guide and execute fresh fundraising plans to achieve income growth, broadening the impact and reach of our critical service.
Our vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Established in Ireland in 1961, the Samaritans have had millions of potentially life-saving conversations over the past 60 years. Samaritans is the only charity in Ireland offering emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone who needs someone. There are 21 Samaritans branches across Ireland – 13 in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) and 8 in Northern Ireland (NI). These local branches are run independently by a network of approx. 1500 volunteers, with support given from the Samaritans Ireland (SI) office staff on Usher's Quay, Dublin. Samaritans Central Charity, based in Ewell, Great Britain is also a source of support to both the Samaritans Ireland office and the local branches from a service and fundraising perspective.
To date, fundraising has been predominantly driven at branch level – organic, locally driven and volunteer led. In many ways, this approach has served the organisation well – the funds raised have successfully funded the delivery of our services for decades. However, there is a need to grow the scale of income generation for the organisation, and there is an appetite to evolve. While this was underway before COVID 19, the pandemic has accelerated the need for change, particularly with traditional community fundraising channels under pressure.
Main Purpose of Role
The Head of Income Generation will build on the set of recommendations produced by a recent fundraising audit to build & deliver a new all-island fundraising strategy. They will design and execute ambitious growth plans for the organisation, driving income generation on the island of Ireland. They will work closely with UK-based fundraising team, adapting existing UK campaigns where feasible and effective and generating economies of scale through sharing of resources.
The role will also play a key role in driving brand awareness, to raise the profile of the organisation in the marketplace and build key relationships with our stakeholders.
The successful candidate will require strong working relationships with a number of key internal stakeholders, including but not limited to those described below:
GENERAL DUTIES OF A SAMARITANS’ STAFF MEMBER
The successful candidate will be expected to:
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Third level or professional qualification in marketing, fundraising or related field is preferred but equivalent experience will be considered.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should apply by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org enclosing a CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability and interest in the role by Wednesday 28th July 2021.
Initial interviews for this role will take place via Zoom in the week of 9th August 2021. Only those who meet the essential criteria will be shortlisted for interview.