Fundraiser Job at COAM

Fundraiser job at COAM

We are seeking to recruit a Trust, Foundation and Corporate Fundraising Officer to join the COAM team this is a new role within the Museum’s structure.

Job Title: Trust, Foundation and Corporate Fundraising Officer

Hours: 40 hours per week
Usual hours will be Monday to Friday. You may be required to work one weekend day a month, during the Museum’s open season as Duty Staff.

Reporting to: Museum Director

Contract: Permanent

Salary: up to £25,000 depending on experience

Holiday entitlement: 28 days including Bank Holidays

Chiltern Open Air Museum is looking to appoint a Trust, Foundation and Corporate Fundraising Officer to enhance the Museum’s fundraising. The role is outward facing so excellent organisational and communication skills are essential.  The successful applicant will work closely with the Museum Director and the senior management team developing the fundraising effort. We are a 45 acre site with a collection of over 30 historical buildings and it is essential that the individual appointed is prepared to work outdoors in all weathers on occasion.

Summary / Overall purpose

To raise funds from charitable trusts and foundations, funding organisations and corporate donors, to ensure that targets in these areas are met.

Principal Tasks

  • Work with the Museum Director to develop the overall fundraising strategy
  • Manage and build on existing relationships with charitable trusts, foundations, corporate and funding organisations
  • Work with the Museum Director to identify and develop relationships with larger trusts, foundations and other organisations including the likes of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, to prepare and submit applications to support capital projects at the Museum
  • Work with the Museum Director to research and identify trusts, foundations and other organisations, to prepare and submit applications for support for our revenue funding needs
  • To co-ordinate fundraising applications undertaken by other staff or volunteers
  • Conduct and/or support face-to-face meetings with key trust, foundation or corporate supporters (with support from senior management and/or the Museum Director when appropriate)
  • Maintain a communications calendar for trusts (applications, reports, charity literature etc.)
  • Manage and develop existing corporate relationships
  • Work with the Museum Director to identify new corporate prospects and develop relationships
  • Work with the Museum Director to develop individual or give-as-you-earn giving campaigns for the Museum, as and when appropriate
  • Promote Museum events and opportunities to corporate contacts and employees
  • Develop and manage corporate support for key events where sponsorship and/or advertising is possible
  • Maintain appropriate records and ensure the fundraising database is kept up-to-date and complies with all relevant regulations
  • Liaise with colleagues on website, social media and offline marketing for relevant trust/corporate supporters
  • To keep up to date with all fundraising developments, including regulation and taxation
  • Attend and support Museum events when necessary
  • Undertake Museum Duty Staff role when required, including some weekends and Bank Holidays during the Museum’s open season

Person Specification


  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in charity fundraising from trusts, foundations or corporates
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with sensitivity and discretion
  • An appreciation of the importance of the role of volunteers in heritage and fundraising
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent numeracy, verbal and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sensitivity and discretion
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds
  • Ability to prioritise own workload in order to meet deadlines
  • Good IT skills including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook, experience of working with databases
  • Flexible, creative and innovative approach to work
  • Good understanding of Data Protection regulation (GDPR) and Fundraising Code of Practice
  • Car owner with driving licence

An advantage

  • Experience of working with Customer Relationship Management systems
  • Experience of working with Mailchimp and collating marketing data
  • Experience of membership schemes, subscriptions or regular giving programmes
  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Knowledge of heritage fundraising organisations like Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England
  • Interest in historic buildings and environments

Application Process

Application forms BY EMAIL ONLY – to Sam Hatfield, Museum Director, on

CVs may be sent as supporting information, but CVs without application forms will not be considered.

We regret that we are unable to provide feedback on all applications received. If you have not been contacted by the date of the interview, please assume that on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful. Thank you for your interest in this post and our Museum.

Applications via Museum application form downloaded here: Museum Application Form


Application deadline:  2nd January 2017

Interview date: Week commencing 8th January 2018

Start date: February 2018