Head of Funding & Engagement

Hours: 35hours a week (some additional)
Reporting to: CEO
Closing date: 25th March

Why Soar exists

Soar exists to re-imagine how we educate and develop our teenagers so they are emotionally and mentally equipped to thrive in an ever changing modern world.

Soar creates and delivers early intervention preventative wellbeing workshops where teenagers get to explore themselves in dynamic environments, where they can increase their Awareness, Courage and Emotional Resilience.

Purpose of the role

The Head of Funding is responsible for developing, resourcing and managing a funding and sustainability plan that enables Soar’s strategy and mission, with a view to achieving Soar’s financial sustainability.
They will focus on achieving fund generation, growth and diversification of funding streams. They will lead fundraising in Soar and drive new high-value initiatives and relationships. They represent Soar to inspire and motivate supporters to connect with and contribute to Soar’s work, making a real impact in the lives of teenagers that participate in our programs.

Specific responsibilities

Funding and sustainability planning and leadership
1. Lead the development and implementation of an annual funding and sustainability strategy, with a focus on growing all income streams
2. Lead and develop new high-value, relationship-based fundraising to help meet annual targets
3. Work closely with the CEO in the planning and execution of funding activities with a view to exceeding targets and ensuring long-term financial sustainability
4. Ensure continuous improvement of Soar’s fundraising capacity
5. Ensure the feasibility and cost effectiveness of all fundraising activities prior to implementation
6. Ensure, with the CEO, appropriate ethical screening of all funders, in line with organisation culture and policy, statutory requirements and current legislation
7. Attend networking events and meetings with potential funders


Funding partnerships

1. Identify, develop and sustain high quality contacts and relationships to build a solid prospects pipeline that underpins Soar’s strategic aims
2. With the CEO, develop and maintain high quality, solid relationships with funding partners

Communications
1. Contribute to the development of marketing and communications messages and materials that will facilitate access to new and existing forms of income from major donors, corporate partners and others
2. Work closely with other team members to create impactful messages and multimedia products that promote Soar’s vision and mission, including the development of compelling proposals, stories from the field and social media content

Reporting
1. Collaborate with the CEO, Head of Programs and Head of Impact to gather and develop evidence of impact that will support general communications and reporting to funding partners
2. Lead on the delivery of timely and high quality reporting both internally against fundraising targets, and to funding partners, responsive to their specific requirements
3. Contribute to Soar’s regular organisational development reporting requirements e.g. Board of Directors updates, Financial reports including annual Budget setting and Audit of accounts

Person specification
The ideal candidate will be passionate about young people and their aspirations, dreams and possibilities. They will recognise their uniqueness, value and latent potential. They will be ambitious enough to be part of an organisation who wishes to positively influence the future direction of this country, and become an international leader in youth development and wellbeing. They will be a persuasive and confident communicator who can engage supporters and funding prospects in Soar’s mission, and convert interest to committed support. They will have:

Essential experience and education
• Relevant third level qualification in Funding Generation, or equivalent professional experience
• Excellent track record in leadership, strategic planning and communications
• Direct experience of funding partner cultivation and solicitation
• Experience operating and influencing at senior management level
• Track record of managing fundraising projects and proposals effectively, prioritising activities and tasks to achieve the best possible outcomes
• Significant experience in fundraising from a wide range of sources
• Experience in developing and managing high-level partnerships
• Experience in financial management & reporting to tight deadlines
• Experience in the NGO sector / youth sector
Essential skills and attributes
• Exceptional interpersonal, presentation and negotiation skills
• Strong Relationship building, stakeholder management and networking skills
• Excellent numeracy and analytical skills
• Strong Creativity and Innovation skills
• Commitment to continuously develop in their work and strive for continuous improvement
• Ability to maintain and present information clearly and in a way that leads to sound decision-making and compelling storytelling
• Attracted to a culture of honesty, courage and authenticity with a maverick spirit
• Demonstrated ability to organise and plan own work and manage conflicting demands
• Outstanding communication skills both written and verbal
• Passionate about our young people and sharing their wisdom
• A strong desire to make a difference and have positive social impact
• Adaptive and open communication and management style
• Can work independently as well as part of an energetic team
• A willingness to have a laugh along the way!

Appliction Process:
Please apply with Cv and cover letter to workwithus@soar.ie by 25th March 2019.
Successful candidates will be contacted via email. Because of the large number of applicants expected feedback will not be available on an individual basis.