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£29,917 Pro-rata per year
Refugee Survival Trust


We are looking for a creative fundraiser with an entrepreneurial attitude towards fundraising to join our team.  Raising funds is becoming more challenging and our destitution grant funds are in more demand than ever.  You will be responsible for ensuring that these funds are continually topped up and maximised to meet demand.  You will have considerable digital fundraising experience, including planning, evaluating and delivering successful campaigns.

Role Purpose: This is an independent fundraiser role reporting directly to the Chief Executive. Primarily responsible for continuously raising money to ensure grant funds exist to meet demand.  Responsible for the development and successful delivery of imaginative fundraising activities including digital campaigns and contributing to our fundraising strategy.

Job Title: Fundraiser

Hours: 17.5 hours per week, may involve some evening and weekend work

Location: Glasgow (with occasional travel), initially home based

Reporting to: Chief Executive

Salary: £29,917 pro-rata (SJC scale point 31) plus NEST workplace pension

Scheme, 6% employer contribution when you contribute

Duration: 12 month Fixed Term appointment, with scope for extension subject to funding


The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) vision is a welcoming, inclusive, safe Scotland for refugees and asylum seekers, where all live free of destitution and have the means and opportunities to realise their full potential. Our mission is to provide refugees and people seeking asylum with practical support when it is most needed, build connections between people and use what we learn to campaign for change. 

After a period of growth and diversification we’re improving our structure and focusing on longer term strategic planning and governance.  We have recently appointed a CEO to develop and implement the future strategy and work of RST’s vision and aims.  This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an independent, driven and creative individual to join a small committed team who deliver incredible impact for their size.  

Key Responsibilities

Identifying and imaginatively generating charitable income for the Destitution Grants fund.  Through a variety of fundraising activities, including donors, community support, Individual giving and digital campaigns and marketing
Developing and implementing new ways to generate income to secure the financial sustainability for all of our work, broadening the income base
Effective donor stewardship, including building the number of regular donors and developing effective CRM
Maximise reach, develop and coordinate web-based fundraising.  Delivering online giving campaigns and utilising RST’s website and social media channels
Write and submit successful applications to small trust and foundations
Write applications and mailshots, using direct mailing to reach a range of potential and current donors
increase funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts and philanthropists whose criteria match the charity's aims and activities
Strategically representing and promoting RST’s mission at community and professional events with a view to networking and nurturing relationships
Contribute to the development of the Fundraising Strategy
Monitor and evaluate the results of fundraising, spotting trends and adapting methods as required
Raise awareness of the charity and contribute to raising the profile
Support volunteers and community fundraising initiatives and motivate and facilitate supporters to maximise the funds they raise
Develop fundraising systems and record keeping
Manage and update databases to record donor contact and preference information
make risk analyses and balancing time-cost ratios to focus effort on the fundraising activities that are most appropriate and will have the highest chance of success

Person Specification

Technical skills, knowledge, and experience


Significant and demonstratable experience of successful donor development, stewardship and legacy management
Demonstratable experience of designing and delivering successful online fundraising campaigns
Substantial digital fundraising or digital marketing experience, including planning, evaluating and delivering successful campaigns
Experience of generating income from small trusts and foundations
Excellent writing skills to engage, influence and secure funding
Excellent communication skills, ability to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and funders
Ability to identify, create and edit strong fundraising content
Experience of fundraising event management
Existing relationships with funders
The ability to work towards and meet financial targets
Excellent organisation and time management skills
Proactive and self-motivated with the ability to work autonomously
An empathy with volunteers and an understanding of their needs
Excellent Digital & IT skills to
Ability to maintain clear and accurate records
Good organisational and project management skills


Membership of the Institute of Fundraising
A relevant qualification
Knowledge of asylum and refugee issues

Personal skills and attributes


Creative with an entrepreneurial attitude towards fundraising
Resilient, particularly when faced with setbacks
Sensitivity to the needs of volunteers and donors
Target driven and results orientated
Organised and demonstrates a high level of attention to detail
Ability to quickly understand new ideas and concepts
Ability to work collaboratively with others
Strong sense of ownership for quality of work, deliverables and service
Commitment and empathy for the mission and aims of RST


Please apply with CV and covering letter by midday on Thursday 12th November 2020. If you have any questions or wish to discuss the role further, please feel free to get in touch.