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Job Title:     Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser
Organisation:     Jane Austen's House Museum
Salary:     £32,000 p.a. (pro rata)
Type:     Part-Time Position (3 days a week)
 Contract: 18 months
Location:     Chawton, Hampshire, England
Closing Date:     Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Job Ref No:    
Job Description:
Job title: Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser

Hours: 0.6 FTE
Salary: £32,000 pro rata
Location: Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire

This role is for 3 days a week for a period of 18 months.

Reports to: Curator

Introduction to Jane Austen’s House Museum

Jane Austen’s House Museum’s (JAHM) vision is to share Jane Austen’s home and legacy, to enrich and inspire the world. The museum celebrates the work and life of one of the world’s best loved writers. Located in a village setting, and with an intimate and personal feel, it is the only home where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public as a museum. As such it is a small organisation but of international cultural significance. We welcome more than 35,000 visitors each year, as well as providing educational activities and visits for children and adults. As well as serving to increase the knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of Austen’s world, we play a vital role in the preservation and sharing of Jane Austen artefacts of historical importance. We have a perpetual commitment to maintaining the writer’s house, ensuring that the Austen legacy remains strong for future generations.

Background to this Post:

In 2017 Jane Austen’s House Museum marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death through the launch of ‘Jane’s Fund’ a £250,000+ appeal to support capital improvements to the Museum as well as other priority projects. The Museum also welcomed over 50,000 visitors in 2017, a figure it would like to achieve every year.

The post of Trusts and Foundations fundraiser has been created as part of a follow-up programme of activity made possible through a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant. This programme of activity will run from April 2018 until December 2019.

Working closely with the Museum’s Curator and colleagues in Marketing & Communications, the Trusts & Foundations Fundraiser will share fundraising knowledge and skills with key team members as well as raising funds for Jane Austen’s House Museum primarily by means of applications to grant making trusts and foundations for the capital aspects of the campaign. Other key responsibilities will include creating a strategy for the capital aspects of the Jane’s Fund campaign and taking a lead role in supporting the introduction of a new fundraising database/CRM system to the Museum.

Crucially, the postholder will be required to dedicate time to sessions with permanent staff to allow for knowledge transfer and for crafting a fundraising action plan for beyond the project. Sharing of skills, shadowing opportunities and knowledge transfer are key parts of this project.

Key Responsibilities:

● To create a strategy for Jane Austen’s House Museum to reach its capital appeal target and to implement such strategy primarily through securing support from Trusts and Foundations.
● Developing a fundraising action plan with the Curator and Media & Development Manager for the period 2019-2021.
● To identify, research and prioritise prospect Trusts/Foundations that may support the Museum, and to make applications for support where appropriate alongside the Curator and Media & Development Manager. Focus will be on grants to support capital works and of value £5,000 and above.
● To lead a number of informal fundraising skills sessions with staff, trustees and relevant volunteers e.g. donor motivation; fundraising research; playing your part in a fundraising campaign.
● To ensure that all fundraising research is recorded on central systems for future reference.
● To lead on the implementation and usage of any new fundraising database that is acquired during the contracted period of employment, and to use best practice in using such systems, supporting other staff where necessary.
● Complying with Data Protection regulations, to ensure detailed records are kept of previous, current and prospective trust/foundation supporters.
● To report regularly to the Curator and to the Trustees on the funder pipeline and current status of applications and other fundraising activities
● To attend meetings with and write reports for grant funders as necessary
Required Skills:
The successful candidate will have:


● A minimum five years’ experience of trust/foundation fundraising with demonstrable success in this area
● Experience of training, mentoring or skill-sharing colleagues or less experienced fundraisers
● Experience of using a fundraising or CRM database
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Experience of working with in a very small team or as a sole fundraiser for an organisation
● Target driven approach with a drive for success


● Experience of working in a heritage, arts or cultural setting
● Experience of fundraising for a capital appeal
● An appreciation and enjoyment of Jane Austen
Application Instructions:
Please send your CV, a covering letter - explaining why you are applying for the post and how you meet the person specification - and the names of two referees, in an email addressed to Jen Harris, HLF Resilient Heritage Project Co-ordinator, at Please include ‘Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser’ in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is 9:00am on Wednesday 23 May 2018.

Interviews will take place at the Museum in Chawton in early June.

Please note: we will not accept late applications and may not be able to respond to applicants who are unsuccessful.
Contact Name:     Jennifer Harris
Contact Tel:     0142083262
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:
Address:     Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire, .  
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