Our unique community spirit is epitomised by the way our advisers and staff come together to raise money for good causes, through The Openwork Foundation. The Foundation was originally launched in 1981 and we have worked together to raise more than £19.7m for disadvantaged children, both in the UK and abroad. Since Openwork’s launch in 2005, we’ve raised more than £6.8m by taking part in everything from overseas cycle challenges to charity curry nights.
As part of the Openwork Foundation team you will be responsible for the delivery of the Foundation business plans through fundraising (£750k-£1m per annum), grant giving (£500k per annum) and volunteering programmes. You will promote and maintain the Foundation as an integral part of the culture and ethos of the Openwork Group, supporting our core values.
- Run Openwork Foundation fundraising events including their promotion, registering participants, creating materials, managing communication and ensuring a positive fundraising outcome through accurate processing and monitoring of income and expenses.
- Complete the monthly bio and financial downloads to the donor management system.
- Support and/or personally organise key events such as partner roadshows, staff briefings, Owl roadshows and cycle challenge fundraising events.
- General income generation initiative, including the annual Christmas card and Moneyfacts publications.
- Run the monthly Foundation lottery.
- Engage with leavers of Openwork to maintain regular donations.
- Manage the annual Gift Aid declaration exercise, meeting the current HMRC requirements.
- Manage the production and checking of the annual tax reclaim return to HMRC for sign off by the Head of the Openwork Foundation.
- Support the production of the fundraising toolkit.
- Key contact for the Openwork Foundation including current and potential charity partners and grant recipients.
- Manage the local grant programme process, including screening funding requests and grant applications, reviewing documentation for Committee meeting, document decisions of Grant Committee for audit purposes and organising grants payments.
- Review and agree discretionary grants.
- Track success of the grant impact through surveys and analyse the impact of the grant programme, sharing responses with the Head of the Openwork Foundation and Grant Committee.
- Design, promote and manage all aspects of the Openwork community volunteering programme, including brokering volunteering opportunities from charities, production of the challenge toolkit, accurate processing and monitoring of income and expenses and communications of competed events.
- Track success of the volunteering programmes and analyse the impact through surveys, sharing responses with the Head of the Openwork Foundation to demonstrate the link to personal development in conjunction with HR.
Communication & Advocacy
- Point of contact for all Openwork Foundation post and telephone queries, deferring to the Head of the Openwork Foundation where required.
- Draft and publish engaging internal communications across Openwork’s UK network.
- Ensure that all internal and external communications about the Openwork Foundation on Openwork Group companies websites are up to date and accurate.
- Organise, attend, actively contribute and minute Openwork Foundation Sub-Committee meetings.
- Publish outcomes from sub-committees on portal and in Foundation and corporate newsletters.
- Active member of the Foundation and wider Governance Teams.
- Contribute to management of the Foundation budgets, risk management issues and controls and annual audit.
- Ensure risk of financial error is minimised through accurate and effective monitoring, reconciliations, QC and signoff processes, referring any issues to the Head of the Openwork Foundation.
- Develop new administration processes and controls as required to support new programmes or fundraising methods (e.g. on-line giving, contactless payments).
What will you need to succeed?
- Good awareness and understanding of the UK voluntary sector.
- Thorough understanding of charity and fundraising regulations.
- Good knowledge of financial accounting for income, donor management, grant payments and Gift Aid rules.
- Understanding of audit processes and inspection, money laundering and data protection rules, and health & safety and insurance requirements.
- Good knowledge of Openwork’s business structure, previous experience of FS sector desirable but not essential.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as relationship building at all levels.
- Highly numerate with excellent attention to detail.
- Fantastic organisation and planning skills, able to manage and prioritise effectively.
- Creative, able to challenge and innovate.
- Good problem solving, decision making and judgement.
We’re a dynamic, fast-paced and growing business with huge ambition. And we believe this is all made possible by the brilliant people who are part of the Openwork family. We’re investing heavily in the development of our people, continuously striving to give them the platform to reach their full potential. We’re also very proud of our culture, having recently placed in the Top 100 Best Companies to work for, coming 25th in the South West!
On top of offering a great place to work with bags of development opportunities, we also offer a highly attractive benefits package to reward you for your hard work, which includes a competitive base salary, bonus, enhanced pension, healthcare and a range of other flexible benefits.
To apply please submit your CV, including a note on your salary expectations and availability.