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Fundraising and Communications Officer

Job Title:  Fundraising and Communications Officer

Full-time 37.5 hours per week

Job Description

Your strategic fundraising work, combined with your communication skills and operational abilities, will transform the lives of people living in poverty in Africa. You will provide strategic direction and thought leadership through research and planning. Working with partners in Ireland and in Africa, you will shape the vision and the strategy for how Aidlink can reach more people in need, making a lasting difference to countless people. You will serve as a representative of Aidlink, promoting and representing the organisation to our partners and to the community. We are especially dedicated to keeping girls in School in Kenya and Uganda, where Irish Aid have funded us to lead a major ‘Every Girl in School’ Project for the next three years. You will work closely with the Aidlink CEO to make that vision a reality.

Principal duties

Fundraising (70%)

  • Working with the CEO and Fundraising Committee of the Board develop and implement the organisation’s fundraising strategy to increase Aidlink’s revenue
  • Coordinate and deliver community fundraising events and campaigns delivering revenue against agreed targets
  • Manage the fundraising budget (total and individual campaign budgets)
  • Provide support for the delivery of major, public fundraising events
  • Maintain and manage Aidlink’s current donor relationships
  • Build new fundraising relationships with individuals, schools, community groups
  • Identify and work with companies where CSR and Aidlink values are aligned.

Communications (15%)

  • Deliver the organisation’s annual communications plans
  • Management of all donor and supporter communications including, donation acknowledgments, donor updates and newsletters
  • Development of Aidlink promotional material and the organisation’s Annual Report
  • Content creation for website and social media accounts
  • Engagement with media and press

Administration (15%)

  • Monthly bookkeeping and financial reporting
  • Administration of the organisation’s CRM (Salesforce)
  • Logistic and administrative support for oversees field visits and development education projects
  • Administrative support to the CEO and Board of Directors
  • General office management and administration, maintaining efficient filing and information systems

 Essential Requirements

  • Educated to degree level
  • At least 2 years work experience in a fundraising, marketing/communications or administrative role
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to plan and prioritize
  • Flexibility in relation to hours of attendance to meet the requirements of the role

Person specification

  • Ability to self-motivate, takes initiative, and work independently within a small yet collaborative team.
  • Strong strategic awareness and influencing skills.
  • Natural relationship builder, networker, and connector with an intuitive ability to identify opportunities for engagement.
  • Innovative and creative approach, with solution-oriented problem solving skills.
  • Proactive with ability to work to tight deadlines and skillfully manage multiple projects.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the changing needs of a small charity and shift priorities accordingly.
  • Employs active listening skills and responds to prospect, supporter, volunteer, and team needs in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the Aidlink’s purpose and best practice in the charity sector.

Please note, only candidates legally entitled to work in Ireland will be considered.

Location

Dublin

Application Process

Please send your CV and a Cover Letter by email to info@aidlink.ie.  Closing date: October 1st, 2021.

About Aidlink

Aidlink is a small, but impactful international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living in poverty in Africa and increase the awareness of social justice issues in Irish communities. Working with our African partners in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana, Aidlink has a long track record delivering sustainable improvements to the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most isolated communities; currently the Masai, the Turkana and the Karamajong.

Aidlink partners with Irish Schools to give Irish schoolchildren a unique educational immersion experience in Africa. We have a clearly differentiated model, which we believe delivers both short term and long term change, with education at the heart of all our activities both in Ireland and Africa.