Community Fundraiser Merseyside & North Wales (MUST live in Merseyside)

JOB TITLE: Community Fundraiser – Merseyside and North Wales (MUST live in Merseyside)
WORK BASE: Working from home, covering the Dioceses of Liverpool, Shrewsbury And Wrexham
RESPONSIBLE TO: Community Outreach Manager
Schools Team
Fundraising & Marketing Team
HR Manager


Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is responding to increasing levels of engagement by forming an innovative, brand new team of nine full-time Community Fundraisers based in strategic locations throughout the UK. Each ACN Community Fundraiser will receive regular training and excellent managerial support, and will be directly involved in the creation of a thriving, positive Community Outreach team culture. Working collaboratively across the team and the freedom to make full use of individual experience and specific skill sets will be the norm. This post is ideal for a creative, enthusiastic fundraiser who is self-motivated, willing to learn from others and keen to make a real difference in the lives of suffering and persecuted Christians around the world.

Providing key support to the Community Outreach team as a whole to realise the fundraising and marketing objectives set out in ACN UK’s overall Strategic Plan. Work will be carried out across parishes, schools and our broader benefactor base in the area to which the post holder is appointed.

This post will report to the Community Outreach Manager and will focus on agreed aspects of the Strategy, which contribute to effective fundraising and awareness and ACN’s core aim of providing more aid to the Church in Need.

The main tasks the Community Fundraiser is responsible for will include, but not be limited to:

1. Awareness – to raise the level of awareness of the activities of this Catholic charity’s pastoral and spiritual work;
2. Names – to increase the number of active benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need by collecting the names and contact details of those who wish to receive information about our work;
3. Donations – to produce income for the charity by inspiring people to make donations;
4. Sale of ACN Trading items – to produce income by marketing and selling a selection of ACN Trading items;
5. Engagement – to increase engagement with ACN in schools and universities and among the broader community by recruiting and managing Parish Representatives and independent Fundraising Groups and by providing initial contact with High Value prospects.


The Community Fundraiser will have excellent personal connections on a regional or diocesan level; this might be with clergy, schools or special interest groups, and will carry out the above tasks by means of:

Strengthening community engagement within

• Dioceses – by establishing and strengthening links to individual bishops, diocesan communications staff and diocesan education and formation departments;
• Parishes – by carrying out a minimum of 30 ACN parish appeal weekends per year, as well as giving talks and presentations for parish groups, organising trading stalls at parish events, recruiting and managing Parish Representatives and supporting parishes undertaking specific projects or initiatives in support of ACN;
• Schools, Colleges and Universities – by developing strong links for ACN with educational and pastoral networks within the assigned area, organising and attending meetings and presentations to encourage the use of ACN teaching resources, prayer engagement and fundraising, initiating INSET Days and any other meetings/conferences as appropriate, and establishing a reliable contact list and distribution networks for ACN teaching and other materials;

Founding and supporting of Fundraising Groups and DIY Fundraisers – by working with the Community Outreach Manager to identify those existing Parish Representatives, ACN parish groups, parishes and DIY fundraisers who are already actively fundraising for ACN with the aim of transforming them—individually or, at times, collectively—into semi-independent Fundraising Groups and by providing guidance and support as required to maximise profile-raising, advocacy and/or fundraising from all external efforts in aid of ACN;

Managing High Value Donors, Legacy Donors and Active Loyal Benefactors – by improving the prospect list of High Value Donors and Legacy Donors, by initiating contact, and maintaining existing contact, with High Value Donors, Legacy Donors and loyal benefactors within the assigned area and by establishing and maintaining engagement with members of the above groups identified by the Community Outreach Manager or the Head of Marketing and Fundraising.


Management and Team Member

This post will report to the Community Outreach Manager with whom immediate as well as long-term targets will be agreed. The Community Outreach Manager will provide the Community Fundraiser with the necessary support to develop this role.

This role will also develop strong working relationships and liaise with the other members of the ACN Community Outreach Team, ACN Schools Team, diocesan RE advisors, head teachers, Youth Ambassadors, university and school chaplains, youth group/movements leaders (e.g. Youth 2000, Catholic Voices etc.), RE Teacher Training Colleges, diocesan retreat centres, parish youth workers, parish priests and religious orders within the assigned area.


The Community Outreach Manager, a member of the ACN Schools Team or another member of the ACN Outreach Team will deputise to cover speaking engagements; necessary cover will be organised in conjunction with the Community Outreach Manager.


The Community Fundraiser will be evaluated by the Community Outreach Manager on successful completion of duties and agreed targets being met.


Technical Competencies

• Practising Catholic and in-depth understanding of the Catholic faith and Church teachings.
• Excellent personal connections on a regional or diocesan level with clergy, schools or special interest groups.
• Ideally, with professional experience in Community Fundraising, but experience in other fundraising areas will be considered.
• Confident communicator and public speaker.
• Excellent communication skills and manner at all levels both over the telephone and in person.
• Clarity and sensitivity when communicating with benefactors and members of the clergy in person and in writing.
• Excellent eye for detail and proofing skills.
• Good organisational and administration skills.
• Excellent negotiation and relationship building skills.
• Hold a driving licence, have access to a car and be prepared to travel with occasional overnight stays.
• Knowledge of bespoke database The Raiser’s Edge desirable.
• ICT literate in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as experience with the professional use of popular social media platforms.

Personal / Interpersonal Competencies

• Excellent inter-personal skills.
• A self-starter, able to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Exceptional time-management skills.
• Willing to ‘own’ distinct areas of work.
• Creative, practical and hands-on approach.
• Keen to input ideas.
• Willing to learn and to undertake online and offline training.
• Tenacity, persistence and flexibility.

Strategic Competencies

• Motivated by the cause supported by Aid to the Church in Need, sympathy with the mission and values of Aid to the Church in Need, and a good knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Church.
• Experience of developing fundraising and developing fundraising strategies.
• Experience of or an interest in the charity sector.


• Salary £28,000 to £30,000 per annum according to experience.
• Full-time: A 37.5 hour flexible working week spread over 7 days, including some weekends.
• Annual leave: 25 days pro rata plus bank holidays rising to 30 days plus bank holidays after five full years of employment.
• Laptop and mobile phone.
• Auto-enrolment onto our pension scheme after three months’ probation with 5% matched contributions.
• After probation, 50% funded further qualifications that are relevant to the role, plus paid exam days.
• Relevant annual professional memberships funded in full.

Closing date – Wednesday 30th June 2021
Interviews – Tuesday 6th July 2021 by Zoom

How to apply:
If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please send your CV and a personal statement of no more than one side of A4 explaining why you are interested in this role, to Portia Borrett, Head of HR & Office Manager: [email protected]