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Fundraising and Marketing Vacancy

Job Title: Fundraising Officer

Hours: 22.5 hours a week, part-time

Salary £30,000 (Pro-rata for part-time based on 37.5)

This role is based at our head office in Rugby & homeworking (while flexible we would expect some time spent in the office e.g. one-day per-week) The hours can be spread over five days to allow for child care etc.

Reporting to: Executive Director

The post holder will be motivated by their Christian faith.

Applicant’s personal information will be used for the selection process only. To read our privacy policy and statement please see https://railwaymission.org/privacy-policy

About Railway Mission

Railway Mission – “Support on Life’s Journey”

Founded in 1881, Railway Mission now operates a dedicated and professional Christian chaplaincy service to the railway industry. Each of our regionally-based chaplains aims to be an impartial ‘friend’ for those who work on the railways. Regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, our chaplains offer face-to-face year around support, especially during an individual’s time of loneliness, stress, depression, bereavement or illness.

Many are experiencing family breakdown, mental ill-health, bereavement, financial difficulties, being victims of crime and much more. Rail staff approach our chaplains for support through these difficult times as a friend and colleague, rather than phone a stranger to receiving counselling support to talk through personal difficulties. But railway chaplains have also supported railway staff and police in the aftermath of the terrorist attracts of recent years and were also present following the Grenfell Tower fire.

“Emotional and spiritual support in a time of crisis is one of the most valuable things you can give to a person. The Railway Mission provides this help to railway staff, the British Transport Police and the travelling public – taking care of the mental welfare of our railway family both day-to-day and following traumatic incidents.”

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair Network Rail

About the role

Railway Mission has received from Supporter in 2019/20 approximately £70k and from the Railway Industry, approximately £358k; Churches and trust income is £13k with a total income is approximately £470k. Build on our success in raising increasing personal giving and industry support, the post holder will play a vital role in helping to develop our Individual Giving income stream as well as raising funds from church and railway companies, and developing other areas of fundraising that are identified.

This is a role for a highly motivated team player who enjoys and can evidence managing several projects and activities at once and can communicate well with supporters, suppliers and colleagues – face to face, by email and over the phone.

Working relationships

Internal: Director, trustees, admin and chaplaincy team as required

External: Supporters, Funders, Industry Partners

Main duties and Responsibilities

  • Fundraising, specifically through Individual Giving and from Trusts and Industry Partners
  • The role will also involve working with others in the charity
  • Helping with the production of our communications

Individual Giving

  • Working with the Executive Director to develop any new concepts and copy for warm appeals
  • Briefing artwork designer and proofreading
  • Briefing print and production
  • Ensuring appeals are produced on budget and on time
  • Monitoring results and producing Monitoring results and providing recommendations for future communications
  • Working with the database to ensure data is accurate
  • Monitoring results and reporting on campaigns
  • Monitoring results and providing recommendations for future communications

Regional Fundraising

To raise funds from regional funders (including Churches, Trusts and Foundations and Rail Industry Partners):

  • To use the fundraising database, charity commission website and other resources to identify regional funders
  • To send tailored applications to regional Trusts and Foundations to raise funds to support the costs of local


  • Directly responsible for an income target of c£160,000 a year
  • To steward new campaigns targeted at funders through thanking, invitations, updates and funder recognition
  • To promote chaplaincy to local companies and organisations, with a view to raising awareness, creating community and local company fundraising leads and finding volunteers where applicable


  • Support the Railway Mission at railway industry events such as industry lunches, awards etc. approaching companies for raffle prizes and assisting with stands at events.
  • Encourage the occasional person who does a run or a cycle for Railway Mission


  • To keep the fundraising database up to date for auditing and stewardship purposes
  • To brief Executive Director and Trustees on the requirements for all campaigns
  • To ensure the database is recording the right information for subsequent analysis

Skills and Experience


  • Fundraising experience
  • Ability to write in a compelling manner
  • Experience of managing income and expenditure budgets and working to targets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including excellent telephone manner
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Competent in Microsoft Office
  • Good presentation skills
  • Flexible and great team player
  • Good attention to detail


  • At least two years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector
  • Event management experience
  • Experience of writing grant applications
  • Experience of using a fundraising database


  • Life insurance
  • Flexible working hours

Contact details:

Application by Covering Letter and CV.

Railway Mission Rugby Railway Station Rugby Warwickshire CV21 3LA

For a confidential conversation please contact Liam Johnston

e: Liam Johnston

t: 07718971918

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