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ERRC Seeks Fundraiser

17 May 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a fundraiser to focus on all aspects of fundraising and donor relations for a dynamic organisation at the forefront of human rights litigation and advocacy on behalf of Roma throughout Europe.

The fundraiser will be an important part of the ERRC team. The successful candidate will track existing grants and coordinate grant reporting and donor relations, and more importantly lead the search for new funding sources. The fundraiser will coordinate the ERRC’s response to calls for proposals from international organisations, bilateral donors, and private foundations, and ensure that the ERRC has the proper approach, external partnerships, processes, and tools to respond to and manage such opportunities.

Primary responsibilities

The fundraiser has primary responsibility for developing and implementing a new fundraising strategy in order to:

  • Secure resources from international funders and identify opportunities for supporting the development of income from foundations, institutions, public funding sources, and high net-worth individuals.
  • Build and maintain relationships with, and support from, a range of relevant global funders.
  • Develop and build a strong and extensive international network that will generate knowledge, insight, and information leading to contact with potential funders.
  • Represent the ERRC externally with confidence in respect of its programmes generally, and its fundraising strategy specifically.
  • Provide direct support on programme development and design on large or complex applications where the team lacks donor-specific knowledge that would significantly increase the chances of success.

The fundraiser will combine vision, creativity, and innovation with exceptional communication and negotiation skills, self-confidence, energy, and a strong spirit of teamwork.

Desirable Experience

  • Knowledge and familiarity with Roma languages and cultures would be a distinct advantage.
  • Proven and relevant experience in fundraising/development.
  • Experience of developing and implementing long-term fundraising strategies, coordinating inputs from a range of stakeholders and adapting these strategies to take account of changes and/or stakeholder needs.
  • Experience in developing relationships and delivering fundraising proposals and reports to funders, in particular foundations and institutional funders.
  • Experience of engaging, nurturing and maintaining funder relationships across all levels.
  • Experience of senior internal and external engagement which have led to the inception of new relationships/partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management, including developing forecasts and budgets and monitoring expenditure for a diverse range of projects including experience in analysing, compiling and editing budgetary information for large projects.
  • Experience in monitoring and overseeing budgets and taking decisions on most cost-effective solutions, taking into considerations funders’ requirements.
  • Proven ability to write and edit compelling, creative, succinct, and clear proposals and reports.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

Skills and Qualifications Required

  • Relevant professional qualification and/or membership of relevant professional body desirable but not essential.
  • Excellent computer and IT skills, including the use of standard MS software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), as well as ability to use fundraising databases.
  • Fluency in relevant language(s) other than English would be an advantage.

Personal Attributes

  • Willingness and enthusiasm to contribute to ERRC-wide responsibilities and development, where appropriate, in pursuit of the ERRC’s mission and vision.
  • Excellent judgment and creative abilities, including influencing, negotiating and problem solving skills.
  • Versatility to combine self-management and self-support when working alone with productive team membership and leadership.
  • Empathy with and interest in the ERRC’s mission and objectives.

Remuneration package

Remuneration depends on education, experience, and demonstrated skills. The ERRC also offers a fringe benefit package.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, together with an English-language writing sample of work unedited by others and a list of two referees by email, to:

Hajnalka Nemeth

Deadline for applications:

As soon as possible and at the latest by 22 June 2017.

Only selected applicants will be contacted. Short-listed candidates will be required to attend a formal interview. The job offer will be conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references.

The ERRC is committed to equal opportunity for all. Romani candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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