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Posted: Thursday, January 11th 2018
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Job Title:     Fundraising Officer
Organisation:     The Rural Life Centre
Salary:     up to £20,000 p.a.
Type:     Part-Time Position (2 days per week)
 Contract: 1 year
Location:     Farnham, Surrey, England
Closing Date:     Friday, February 9th, 2018
Job Ref No:    
Other Benefits:   Up to £20,000 per annum pro-rota payable monthly in arrears. Holiday entitlement is 25 days (pro-rata for part time staff) in addition to 8 public holidays with no
more than two weeks to be taken consecutively unless by prior agreement.The Old Kiln Museum Trust operates the NEST pension scheme.
Job Description:
The Rural Life Centre wishes to offer an exciting opportunity for the right applicant to become a key mover in the next phase of the museum's

Our collection of over 40,000 artifacts gives visitors a feel of rural
and village life from the 18th century through to the mid twentieth century.

We plan to greatly expand our offering to draw in greater numbers of
visitors and to do so we must update our facilities and visitor

We're already planning our new centre with offices, education spaces,
archive and visitor facilities to attract and satisfy new visitors.

We need a dynamic and experienced member of staff with relevant
fundraising to secure the funding needed to take
the museum forward into this new and exciting phase of it's life.

Do you have experience of securing funding from HLF, local and national
grant making bodies and corporate donors? Could you lead in the securing of multi-million pound funding to springboard our museum into the next fifty years?

Main Duties and Accountabilities

1. Develop a fundraising strategy through researching new sources of funding, and further developing existing funding opportunities.

2. Take the lead on the planning and delivery of a number of events as agreed with the Director.

3. Help promote the museum with professional and local organisations by attending external meetings and events.

4. Attend meetings of the Management Committees.

5. Deputise for the Director in his/her absence, utilising the resources available from the paid staff and volunteers.

6. Help ensure that the displays are correctly opened and closed each day during open days.

7. Act as key holder and primary point of contact to deal with any emergencies

8. Act as short-term relief for other staff as required.

9. Be aware of health and safety, emergency, evacuation and business continuity procedures and take a leading role if an emergency should occur.

10. Complete Museum administration and ensure compliance with policies and procedures.

11. Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and keep abreast of what is happening in the museum.

12. Any other duties as required.
Required Skills:
Qualifications and Skills


Essential - Educated to degree level or have equivalent experience in a relevant subject.

Desirable – Have a post-graduate degree in a relevant subject.


Essential - Experience of working in a charity.

Essential - Experience of working in the museum or heritage sector.

Essential - Knowledge and implementation of fundraising strategies.

Essential – Demonstrable track record of fundraising.

Essential - Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders.

Desirable - Experience of financial planning.

Desirable - Experience of managing and developing budgets.

Desirable - Experience in working with volunteers as well as other paid staff.


Essential - Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Essential - Strong organisational skills.

Essential – Ability to manage and prioritise a varied work load.

Essential - Ability to build relationships with a range of people.

Essential – Strong IT skills.

Desirable - Can take a practical and resourceful approach to projects.

Desirable - Strong influencing and negotiating skills.

Personal Qualities

Essential - A self-starter who is able to work well on their own with little supervision or as part of a team.

Essential - Able to respond well to challenges and solve problems quickly and effectively.

Essential - Adaptable, resourceful and efficient. Essential - Enthusiastic, approachable and confident.
Application Instructions:
Please send your CV to with a covering letter explaining how you can be part of our team with any portfolio material of past achievements by 5pm on the 9th February.
This is a part-time position on a one-year fixed-term contract with a possibility to extend.
Contact Name:     Ms Emma Midgley
Contact Tel:     01252 795571
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:
Address:     The Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham.  
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