Gladstone's Living Heritage Fundraiser / Project Officer wanted

Gladstone's Living Heritage Fundraiser / Project Officer wanted

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Gladstone’s Living Heritage Fundraiser / Project Officer

Gladstone’s Library, Britain’s only Prime Ministerial Library, is looking for a successful and enthusiastic part-time Fundraiser / Project Officer with the requisite proven abilities for its Gladstone’s Living Heritage Project.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work for this unique institution.

Salary                        £32,000 per annum - £35,000 per annum (pro rata) and depending on experience.

Location                     Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, CH5 3DF

Type of Position       Part-Time (0.6) Three days per week.

Job Type                    Fixed term Contract:  1 year / Duration of the project. An initial one-year contract will be offered with the expectation of extension for the remainder of the project, subject to meeting agreed fundraising and project targets.

Start Date                   May 2015

Job Description

The Fundraiser / Project Officer will work closely with the Trustees and Senior Management Team to implement a fundraising programme for Gladstone’s Living Heritage. She/he will help take the project to the next stage of development and will be responsible for the administrative processes of the fundraising and bidding aspects of the project.


  • to work with the Warden, the Development Manager and the Board to develop a fundraising strategy and work within it
  • to prepare, deliver and administer well-written trust and Statutory communications (i.e. bids, progress reports, briefings and donor communications)
  • to be responsible for maximizing income by managing and prioritizing a portfolio of existing large, medium and small trusts, working to deadlines and agreed targets and objectives.
  • to maintain high quality and effective internal and external working relationships with key individuals and organisations
  • to ensure that trust and statutory relationships are managed at the highest standards, stewarded effectively and in a timely manner
  • to provide effective support to Trustees and the Warden and his team and to provide income forecasts and monthly reports
  • to work with the Development Manager to arrange a strategy, events and approaches to the Library’s Friends and supporters in UK and USA
  • to understand and conform to relevant European directives
  • to attend all relevant fundraising events – which will include some evening and weekend work.


  • to identify, research and record potential trusts using the internet, online databases and other sources
  • to ensure that all trusts, statutory and individual donations are processed, acknowledged and thanked appropriately and efficiently
  • to maintain the Library’s fundraising database and other key administrative systems to agreed standards
  • to attend and take minutes at the Trustees Project Steering Committee 
  • to liaise with the Finance Manager to prepare budgets and to keep a financial record of income and expenditure for the project.

Any other duties as may reasonably be required by the Warden.  It is important to note that this is a new post and so this job description may well develop in line with emerging needs and priorities.

Person Specification

Essential skills, experience and characteristics

  • A minimum of two year’s experience of fundraising with proven ability to secure major gifts and funds from trusts and individual donors
  • Experience of Heritage Lottery Fund applications
  • Experience of administering and co-ordinating fundraising projects
  • Proven ability to develop relationships internally and externally to the organization, showing empathy and inspiring confidence and trust
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) with the ability to articulate complex issues simply, having a persuasive manner without pressuring
  • Ability to confidently liaise with people from all walks of life including opinion formers
  • Good research skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with the ability to plan and to work to targets
  • Good computer skills including databases
  • A good general level of education to degree level

Desirable skills, experience and characteristics

  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Knowledge of European Union procurement procedures
  • Event management experience
  • Welsh speaker

We will need your CV, a covering letter and the names and email addresses of two referees.

Please send this to

Interviews will be held on Thursday 26th February.

All applications must be received by 12noon on Friday 20th February.

Copies of the project's draft Emerging Brief document are avaliable from Peter Francis. 

Gladstone’s Library requests no contact from agencies or media sales.