Opportunities

Major Donor Officer

We at Balmer Dawson are delighted to partner with Focus Ireland in their search for a suitably qualified Major Donor Officer to join their motivated and collaborative team. This is a brand-new position due to expansion of the department.

Balmer Dawson Executive Search is delighted to partner with Focus Ireland in their search for a suitably qualified Major Donor Officer to join their motivated and collaborative team. This is a brand-new position due to expansion of the department.

Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. They are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong.

Focus Ireland has developed a new ambitious strategic plan to prevent homelessness ever occurring for as many people as possible, to provide effective support and solutions to homeless for those who do become homeless.

Since its foundation, Focus Ireland has continued to grow and its research and advocacy work ensures that the rights of people who are homeless remain on the political agenda. In addition to its Dublin projects, it now has services and housing projects across Ireland including in Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Sligo and Limerick.

Values should make it clear what is expected of both leaders and employees in the organisation. The expectation is that for every employee the values of Focus Ireland are reflected in work practice, written documentation and in their relationships with each other, with customers and tenants, volunteers, partners, donors and funders and the wider public.

Focus Ireland’s models of service provision are dictated by the needs of their customers. Therefore, the quality of services delivery is equally as important as the kind of services they provide. These values underpin their behaviour and attitudes in the provision of service to all stakeholders.

Role Purpose:

The role of the Major Donor Officer is a brand-new role due to the expansion of the team and will report into the Philanthropy Manager. It is of strategic importance to the development of Individual Major giving, working closely with the Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy, other senior management including the Fundraising Director and CEO office. The role will manage and develop strong pipeline of individual major donors, utilizing a moves management approach.

The Major Donor Officer will utilise proven research skills and strategic techniques to support all major gifts identification, activity and cultivation of potential major donors and where appropriate to assist in the recruitment of volunteer leaders.

This role requires a strategic focus with major gift, sales or development experience, relationship development skills, and proven project and event management.

The Major Donor Officer will:

  • Be responsible for the delivery of ambitious fundraising targets as a key member of the Partnerships & Philanthropy team.
  • Represent and act as an ambassador of Focus Ireland, working with senior management to develop and implement an ambitious major gift function to ensure transformative funding is achieved.
  • Play a key role in Focus Ireland and lead in improving and developing major gifts learning, experience, culture and techniques within the organisation.
  • Work closely with all members of the Fundraising team with a focus on major donor acquisition.
  • Drive and manage the cultivation and stewardship of the donor portfolio and to put appropriate systems in place to manage this effectively.
  • Conduct research, briefings and major gifts request meetings in conjunction with relevant Focus Ireland leaders, staff and external leaders.
  • Ensure high quality, timely and accurate completion of gift acknowledgements, mailings and invitations.
  • Manage and deliver major donor cultivation events as required.
  • Build relationships with donors and create opportunities to expand giving, including working with Focus Ireland Women’s Philanthropy Circle.
  • Arrange and represent Focus Ireland at meetings, conferences, events, networking opportunities and seminars as required.
  • Develop and submit persuasive proposals for philanthropic support.
  • Compile and share detailed reports / performance analysis / identify areas for leverage and opportunity.
  • Develop on-going high quality campaign materials as required.
  • Analyse the major gift area to maximise opportunities and use learnings for area development.

General Responsibilities:

  • To demonstrate creativity, drive, dynamism, commitment, attention to detail and best practice in all activities.
  • To work closely with the Strategic Digital and Marketing Manager in relation to content, branding and profile.
  • To ensure that all messaging is appropriate to the audience and is promotes excellent person-centred approach.
  • Ensure information systems are maintained and kept up to date as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance of charities regulation, data protection acts, governance and best practice.
  • Well experienced in MS Office and CRM software (Microsoft Dynamics desirable but not essential).
  • To keep abreast of current developments in the NFP sector.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience with proven track record of securing 5+ figure Major Gifts.
  • Relevant 3rd level qualification (business/marketing/communications/social studies/social sciences etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Previous experience in briefing and working with third party agencies/consultants desirable.
  • Proven project and event management skills.
  • Proven experience in stewardship and developing new business.
  • Proven success in fundraising target achievement, along with project and budget management.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Flexibility, innovation, initiative and a growth mind-set.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as proactively working alone.
  • Strong computer skills to include MS Office  – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience in the use of one or more CRM/Database system.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Strong business and commercial acumen.
  • Proven ability to deliver on financial targets.
  • Excellent presentation, communication (written & verbal) and organisational skills.

 Remuneration:

  • Salary will be in the region of €40,000 – €43,000 (Depending on Experience)

Benefits:

  • Annual Leave –25 days, with flexibility to carry annual leave days to following calendar year.
  • Concession days – 3 days – Good Friday plus 2 days following St. Stephens day.
  • Pension – Defined Contribution – 5% employee contribution and 7% employer contribution.
  • Education Policy  – provision of financial support for upskilling/qualifications.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Tax saver scheme.
  • EAP – Employee assistance programme –staff counselling.

Location:

  • This role will be based in Christchurch (when restrictions allow) but with requirements for travel and out of hours activities.
  • Focus Ireland has developed a hybrid working policy which will commence once Government restrictions allow. This will see a mix of in office and home-based work for all employees where possible.

Application process:

  • To apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter (maximum one page) outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at the following email address: info@balmerdawson.ie 

Closing date: 

  • The closing date for applications is Friday, 8th October by 5pm

Corporate Fundraising Manager

We at Balmer Dawson are proud to partner with Focus Ireland in their search for a suitably qualified Corporate Fundraising Manager to join their dynamic, expanding and collaborative team.

Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with Focus Ireland in their search for a suitably qualified Corporate Fundraising Manager to join their dynamic, expanding and collaborative team.

Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. They are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong.

Focus Ireland has developed a new ambitious strategic plan to prevent homelessness ever occurring for as many people as possible, to provide effective support and solutions to homeless for those who do become homeless.

Since its foundation, Focus Ireland has continued to grow and its research and advocacy work ensures that the rights of people who are homeless remain on the political agenda. In addition to its Dublin projects, it now has services and housing projects across Ireland including in Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Sligo and Limerick.

Values should make it clear what is expected of both leaders and employees in the organisation. The expectation is that for every employee the values of Focus Ireland are reflected in work practice, written documentation and in their relationships with each other, with customers and tenants, volunteers, partners, donors and funders and the wider public.

Focus Ireland’s models of service provision are dictated by the needs of their customers. Therefore, the quality of services delivery is equally as important as the kind of services they provide. These values underpin their behaviour and attitudes in the provision of service to all stakeholders.

Role Purpose:

The Corporate Fundraising Manager will oversee the delivery of the corporate fundraising target, track income and expenditure versus budget and targets. This role will oversee cultivation and all aspects of the corporate donor stewardship process and put appropriate systems in place to manage this effectively.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to become part of a very professional and motivated team. This role is of strategic importance to the development of the Corporate Fundraising team and is central to delivering Focus Ireland’s corporate fundraising programme.

The Corporate Fundraising Manger will report into the Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy; and will also work collaboratively across the fundraising team and the organisation.

The Corporate Fundraising Manager will:

  • Manage and lead the corporate fundraising team.
  • Deliver a programme of research on new prospects and develop and deliver high quality bespoke pitches, proposals, applications and concepts for winning new large-scale partnerships.
  • Be responsible for the acquisition of new Partnerships to Focus Ireland, working in collaboration with the Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy.
  • Work with the senior management team where necessary to prepare for donor meetings and events.
  • Ensure adherence to conversion rates, income target achievements and creating recovery plans if targets are not being met.
  • Closely work with the campaigns team to deliver exceptional experience of Shine A Light @ Work, and maximise opportunities for cultivation of new corporate supporters.
  • Identify and engage in business development opportunities, networking and engagement opportunities.
  • Develop materials required, and other communications materials for corporate supporters.
  • Develop a suite of corporate partner communications to build the brand, cases for support, web and social media materials that position Focus Ireland as a leading professional organisation for corporate support.
  • Work with the marketing and digital team to maximise marketing and brand opportunities.
  • Be responsible for quality management of all key information in the donor database to ensure accurate reporting on activity is available, for ongoing partnership development activity and effective moves management etc.
  • Compile and share detailed reports / performance analysis / identify areas for leverage and opportunity.
  • Develop of on-going high quality campaign materials as required.
  • Attend events and conferences to build Focus Ireland’s profile within the corporate sector and identify opportunities to present Focus Ireland’s work to prospective and existing donors.

General Responsibilities:

  • To demonstrate creativity, drive, dynamism, commitment, attention to detail and best practice in all activities.
  • Ensure information systems are maintained and kept up to date as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance of charities regulation, data protection acts, governance and best practice.
  • Well experienced in MS Office and CRM software (Microsoft Dynamics desirable but not essential).
  • To keep abreast of current developments in the NFP sector.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum 3+ years relevant experience with proven track record of securing high-level multi annual corporate donations.
  • Relevant 3rd level qualification (business/marketing/communications/social studies/social sciences etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Previous team-lead or team management experience desirable.
  • Proven project and event management skills.
  • Proven experience in stewardship and developing new business.
  • Proven success in fundraising target achievement, along with project and budget management.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Flexibility, innovation, initiative and a growth mind-set.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as proactively working alone.
  • Strong computer skills to include MS Office  – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience in the use of one or more CRM/Database system.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Strong business and commercial acumen.
  • Proven ability to deliver on financial targets.
  • Excellent presentation, communication (written & verbal) and organisational skills.

Remuneration:

  • Salary will be in the region of €48,000 – €52,000 (Depending on Experience)

 Benefits:

  • Annual Leave –25 days, with flexibility to carry annual leave days to following calendar year.
  • Concession days – 3 days – Good Friday plus 2 days following St. Stephens day.
  • Pension – Defined Contribution – 5% employee contribution and 7% employer contribution.
  • Education Policy  – provision of financial support for upskilling/qualifications.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Tax saver scheme.
  • EAP – Employee assistance programme –staff counselling.

Location: 

  • This role will be based in Christchurch (when restrictions allow) but with requirements for travel and out of hours activities.
  • Focus Ireland has developed a hybrid working policy which will commence once Government restrictions allow. This will see a mix of in office and home-based work for all employees where possible.

Application process:

  • To apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter (maximum one page) outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at the following email address: info@balmerdawson.ie 

Closing date: 

  • The closing date for applications is Friday, 1st October by 5pm

Philanthropy Manager

We at Balmer Dawson are proud to partner with Focus Ireland in their search for a suitably qualified Philanthropy Manager to join their dynamic, expanding and collaborative team.

Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with Focus Ireland in their search for a suitably qualified Philanthropy Manager to join their dynamic, expanding and collaborative team.

Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. They are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong.

Focus Ireland has developed a new ambitious strategic plan to prevent homelessness ever occurring for as many people as possible, to provide effective support and solutions to homeless for those who do become homeless.

Since it’s foundation, Focus Ireland has continued to grow and it’s research and advocacy work ensures that the rights of people who are homeless remain on the political agenda. In addition to its Dublin projects, it now has services and housing projects across Ireland including in Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Sligo and Limerick.

Values should make it clear what is expected of both leaders and employees in the organisation. The expectation is that for every employee the values of Focus Ireland are reflected in work practice, written documentation and in their relationships with each other, with customers and tenants, volunteers, partners, donors and funders and the wider public.

Focus Ireland’s models of service provision are dictated by the needs of their customers. Therefore the quality of services delivery is equally as important as the kind of services they provide. These values underpin their behaviour and attitudes in the provision of service to all stakeholders.

Role Purpose:

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to become part of a professional and motivated team. This role is of strategic importance to the development and stewardship of Major Donors, Mid-Level donors, Trust and Foundations, and Legacy supporters. The Philanthropy Manager will work closely alongside the Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy, Fundraising Director and the CEO office.

This role requires a strategic focus with major gift/donor development and relationship development skills, with proven project and event management skills.

The Philanthropy Manager will:

  • Have responsibility for the delivery of ambitious fundraising targets across major donors, trusts & foundations, mid-level giving circles and legacy as a key member of the Partnership and Philanthropy team.
  • Have strategy development experience from execution to impact & analysis; the role involves strategy development, planning and implementation of a busy programme of research, cultivation, developing and closing proposals that engage large funders and philanthropists to support their work.
  • Play a key role in improving and developing major gifts and philanthropic learning, experience, culture and techniques within the organisation.
  • Develop the legacy giving strategy and implementation plan, supporting the legacy officer to embed the plan across all fundraising departments and the wider organisation.
  • Utilise proven research skills and strategic techniques to support all gifts identification, activity and cultivation of potential philanthropic and major donors.
  • Devise and oversee the set-up of a reporting system that will deliver pertinent and timely information to donors and funding partners informing them how their gift is being spent.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for the delivery of ambitious fundraising targets as a key member of the Partnership and Philanthropy team.
  • Strategy development, planning and implementation of a busy programme of research, cultivation, developing and closing proposals that engage large funders and philanthropists to support their work.
  • Represent and act as an ambassador of Focus Ireland at all times. Working with the Director of Fundraising and Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy to develop and implement an ambitious major gift function to ensure transformative funding is achieved.
  • Management and development of high performance fundraising team to achieve goals.
  • Develop persuasive proposals, pitches, presentations and meeting briefs to secure donor support.
  • Drive and manage the cultivation and stewardship of the donor portfolio and to put appropriate systems in place to manage this effectively.
  • This role will utilise proven research skills and strategic techniques to support all major gifts identification, activity and cultivation of potential major donors and where appropriate to assist in the recruitment of volunteer leaders.
  • Support the growth of Focus Ireland’s Women’s Philanthropy Circle.
  • Line manage the Philanthropy Officers and other members of staff as appropriate.
  • Co-ordinate and manage department’s budget.
  • Develop knowledge of Focus Ireland programmes and projects to understand and articulate impact to prospective supporters.
  • Use Focus Ireland launches, hospitality evenings, thank you occasions and other planned events as part of the cultivation and ongoing relationship management process.
  • Organise and oversee project visits as appropriate to the cultivation process.
  • Conduct research, briefings and major gifts request meetings in conjunction with relevant Focus Ireland leaders, staff and external leaders.
  • Ensure high quality, timely and accurate completion of gift acknowledgements, mailings and invitations.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum 3-5 years Major Donor fundraising experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Experience of working with Major Donors /Mid-Level donors /Trust and Foundations /Legacy supporters, successfully bidding for their support and providing ongoing stewardship
  • Proven success in fundraising target achievement
  • High level of emotional intelligence
  • Flexibility, innovation, initiative and a growth mind-set
  • Strong computer skills to include MS Office  – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience in the use of one or more CRM/Database system
  • Strong storytelling and creative writing capability

 Remuneration:

  • Salary will be in the region of €48,000 – €52,000 (Depending on Experience)

Benefits:

  • Annual Leave –25 days, with flexibility to carry annual leave days to following calendar year.
  • Concession days – 3 days – Good Friday plus 2 days following St. Stephens day.
  • Pension – Defined Contribution – 5% employee contribution and 7% employer contribution
  • Education Policy  – provision of financial support for upskilling/qualifications
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Taxsaver scheme
  • EAP – Employee assistance programme –staff counselling

Location: 

  • This role will be based in Christchurch (when restrictions allow) but with requirements for travel and out of hours activities.
  • Focus Ireland has developed a hybrid working policy which will commence once Government restrictions allow. This will see a mix of in office and home-based work for all employees where possible.

Application process:

  • To apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter (maximum one page) outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at the following email address: info@balmerdawson.ie 

Closing date: 

  • The closing date for applications is Friday, 24th September by 5pm

Director of Development – No Longer Accepting Applications

We at Balmer Dawson Executive Search are proud to partner with the Mater Foundation in their search for a suitably qualified Director of Development to join their dynamic and collaborative team.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with the Mater Foundation in their search for a suitably qualified Director of Development to join their dynamic and collaborative team.

The Mater Foundation (MF) is focused on raising funds to fulfill their mission to harness their supporters’ kindness and generosity and work together with their partners to continuously transform and improve patient care at The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. They will ensure that the Mater Hospital is at the forefront of research and innovation and is a leader in healthcare in Ireland.

This is a hugely exciting time to join the Mater Foundation having just completed a comprehensive strategic review. The organisation now has a 5 year roadmap to harness their success and implement this ambitious strategy for greater impact to fund vital transformational research, medical equipment and redevelopment.  Being embedded in the hospital highlights their cause, and they see first-hand the impact of their work.

The strategy has been fully endorsed by an extremely committed board of directors who have fully supported the need for investment to drive future growth.

Role Purpose:

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development will be part of the Senior Leadership team and will be responsible for managing the fundraising & communications team (currently a team of 5) and developing this team as required.

The Director of Development will:

  • Lead and direct all fundraising and communications operations to ensure existing and new business opportunities are developed and maximized.
  • Work with the CEO to develop a fundraising and revenue generation strategy to deliver net income targets.
  • Oversee the effective implementation of a sustainable strategy to deliver targets incorporating a diverse range of activities to include but not limited to corporate partnerships, major donors, direct marketing, digital fundraising, individual giving, events, community fundraising and philanthropic giving.
  • Monitor and report on performance against KPI’s and adjust plans to ensure delivery across all areas.
  • Expand fundraising activities in new directions to ensure a sustainable, successful and diverse fundraising portfolio. Develop and submit proposals where required.
  • Ensure excellent supporter care is in place to achieve optimum supporter retention.
  • Ensure effectiveness and efficiency across all fundraising activity, maximizing return on investment.
  • Ensure all appropriate policies and procedures are in place to manage all public fundraising initiatives and ensure compliance with best practice and regulatory requirements.
  • Manage expenditure budgets on an on-going basis ensuring all activity is implemented within agreed budgets.
  • Manage the organisation’s wider communications activities and campaigns.
  • Lead and oversee the day to day running of the communications function and line-manage the Communications and Marketing Officer to ensure timely delivery of communications objectives and targets.
  • Build relationships across the organisation with the Board, current supporters, patients & their families and MF’s wider stakeholder network.
  • Oversee the organisation’s media relations.
  • Increase and develop brand awareness through compelling stories that shows MF’s reach and reputation across the country.
  • Represent the organisation externally at events, networking forums and in the media where required.
  • Ensure production and dissemination of creative and strategically aligned information and materials that raise awareness of the MF, their work and their impact.
  • Ensure that all fundraising initiatives receive publicity and promotions through appropriate communication channels.
  • Contribute as a member of the Senior Leadership team to support and deliver on strategic direction, management and growth of the organisation.
  • Take responsibility for decision making and risk management as part of the Senior Leadership team.
  • Develop comprehensive communications plans in line with organisational strategic objectives
  • Foster a team culture that is target driven, encourages accountability and innovation and a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Assume responsibility for the recruitment, retention, development and training of the fundraising and communications team.
  • Participate in MF’s performance management system and engage in supervision and appraisals on a regular basis.
  • Accept, advance and pursue any new objectives or responsibilities that may be assigned by the CEO including transfer of existing duties and/or reassignment to other responsibilities should the organisation so require.

Essential Experience & Qualifications:

  • Third level qualification in Business / Marketing / Communications or other relevant studies
  • 7+ years proven track record of success in senior leadership roles within a fundraising environment
  • Experience leading, developing and motivating staff and volunteers
  • Experience of creating and delivering fundraising strategies and annual work plans
  • Effective project management skills including planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Broad generalist fundraising skills at senior level and experience of a variety of methods of supporter acquisition
  • Sound understanding of the principles of fundraising and strategic planning
  • Experience of managing an organisation’s communications function

Essential Skills:

  • Strong understanding of the charity sector and codes of best practice in fundraising and governance in Ireland.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills with an ability to communicate to different target audiences.
  • Excellent story telling skills – writing and editing to create compelling fundraising materials, showcasing impact and strong case for support.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and influencing abilities.
  • Strong project management, people management, organisational and planning skills.
  • Experience in digital marketing.
  • Excellent analytical and commercial skills to identify and target new objectives.
  • Strategic thinking capable of constructing, articulating and implementing annual development/fundraising plans.
  • Strong IT skills including MS Office, CRM management (Raisers Edge), website and social media management.
  • Strong experience in major donor, corporate and regular donor fundraising desirable.

Person Spec:

Confident personality, with a can-do approach.

  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Self-motivated, approachable, innovative and enthusiastic.
  • Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team.
  • Must be a self-starter with high levels of drive and resilience.
  • Must have a flexible approach and a commitment to solution-based working.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Excited to work in a fast-paced creative environment with a commitment to the work of the Mater Foundation.

Terms:

  • Attractive basic salary on offer in the region of €80,000-€85,000 (DOE)
  • Full time
  • 6 months probationary period
  • 30 days annual leave
  • 35 hours per week
  • Pension entitlement after probationary period
  • Training & Development support
  • Professional membership fees

Application:

To apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter (maximum one page) outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at the following email address: info@balmerdawson.ie 

Closing date for applications is Friday 13th August at 5pm

The Mater Foundation is an equal opportunities employer

Fundraising Manager – No Longer Accepting Applications

We at Balmer Dawson Executive Search are proud to partner with the Congregation of the Holy Spirit to seek an experienced self-motivated and collaborative Fundraising Manager to join their team, to sustain and expand their work, and to secure their valuable legacy.

FUNDRAISING MANAGER

 Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with the Congregation of the Holy Spirit to seek an experienced self-motivated and collaborative Fundraising Manager to join their team, to sustain and expand their work, and to secure their valuable legacy.

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit – more commonly known as The Spiritans – is a catholic missionary congregation with over 180 professed members in Ireland and on mission across the world, as well as a smaller number of lay associate members.  Globally the Spiritans have missionaries in 56 countries.  Members of the Irish Province currently serve in 15 of these, across Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas.  As missionaries, Spiritans work with communities living in situations of entrenched poverty around the world.

Spirasi (Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative) is their national centre for the rehabilitation of survivors of torture, serving asylum seekers and migrants for over 20 years.  An Tobar, their Spiritan Spirituality Retreat Centre located outside Navan, is where Spiritans, parish groups, the local community and others can come together to reflect, collaborate and learn. There are four Spiritan Parishes in Dublin – Greenhills, Bawnogue, Deansrath and Kimmage, where they focus on lay leadership, youth formation, social awareness and adult participation in faith.  As part of the Spiritan global network operating in 56 countries around the world, 50 Irish Spiritans are involved in relief and development projects in areas of entrenched poverty and deprivation in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

For over 160 years the Spiritans have been involved in education, social outreach and parish life in Ireland.  Today they educate over 5,000 students in their schools in Ireland – Blackrock College, Rockwell College, St Mary’s Junior and Senior College, St Michael’s Junior and Senior College, Templeogue College, Willow Park Senior and Junior Schools.

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of Promotions, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of a long-term fundraising strategy building income across all streams to include international development opportunities (involving travel to Africa and South America)

  • Manage, inspire and develop a team of three staff within the Promotions office
  • Develop, manage and monitor fundraising strategy and activities securing sustainable income from a variety of sources including individual and regular giving, legacies and gifts, corporate philanthropy, events and campaigns
  • Develop existing and new relationships with advocates, prospects and donors in support of fundraising objectives
  • In collaboration with colleagues in the Provincial Leadership Team, Province Communications, the Province Education Office and the Overseas Development Office, develop print and digital communications and fundraising tools and publications which promote strong brand recognition for the Spiritans’ service and work
  • Implement a regular cycle of fundraising communication with donors and key stakeholders, including the Dublin Archdiocese, development agencies and schools
  • Develop and maintain effective supporter journeys for the development of relationships and retention
  • Organise events and special activities in support of fundraising for identified Spiritan causes
  • Work with the Overseas Development Office to identify and develop opportunities to link Spiritan development projects and external funders
  • Ensure that all legal, regulatory and governance obligations are met in relation to fundraising activities and reporting, including full accountability and transparency in all fundraising practices and procedures
  • Provide regular key performance indicators and financial reporting to the Provincial Leadership Team and Finance Manager

 Essential Experience:

Ideally, the candidate will possess the following qualifications, experience and professional characteristics:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in successfully managing and delivering increased donor giving including major gifts, with decision making and budget responsibility
  • Strong generalist fundraising experience at management/leadership level
  • Experience of international development fundraising with the capacity to identify projects and develop programmes abroad
  • Proven track record of bringing creative thinking and fresh ideas to an organisation and its work
  • Strong story-telling capability with passion and ability to convey impact to a wider audience
  • Written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present and convey complex ideas and issues clearly and coherently
  • High level of emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Experience of harnessing the strength of organisational brand for a charity
  • Proven ability to effectively build, manage and develop key stakeholder and donor relationships
  • Self-motivated, decisive, with strong organisational, multi-tasking and collaborative skills
  • People management and strong leadership experience
  • Strong IT literacy including MS office, CRM software, digital communication tools and social media tools
  • Strategic mindset with the capability to capture the culture and structure of a complex organisation and develop a fundraising strategy to suit the needs of the organisation
  • Degree educated within communications, marketing, business, overseas development or similar

Desirable:

  • A keen interest in Spiritan work and service
  • Flexible to travel overseas in support of fundraising for Spiritan relive and development projects
  • Full driver’s licence and use of a vehicle
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends where necessary

Location: 

Based in Dublin, with some international travel including developing countries

Hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, with flexibility around weekend events

Package:

Attractive remuneration package on offer for the right candidate depending on level of experience.

Please apply by email with your CV and cover letter, (maximum one page), outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role in the strictest of confidence to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at info@balmerdawson.ie for review.

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit is an equal opportunities employer.

Chief Executive Officer – Position Successfully Filled.

We at Balmer Dawson Executive Search are proud to partner with the IRDG in the search for a suitably qualified CEO to join their progressive team. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an innovative and collaborative group; where you can use and grow your entrepreneurial skills for the advantage of IRDG and it’s members.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Basic Salary €120,000+ (DOE) + Bonus + Benefits

Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with The Industry Research and Development Group (IRDG) in the search for a dynamic and committed CEO to join the team on a permanent, full-time basis. The selected candidate will be responsible for the successful leadership and overall general management of IRDG and will be expected to have a significant impact on the future development of the organisation. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an innovative and collaborative group; where you can use and grow your entrepreneurial skills for the advantage of IRDG and its members.

The IRDG is a membership-based, industry-led representative group serving the needs of RD&I – performing companies in Ireland since 1992. The Group is an independent, non-profit body and membership is divided between Irish-owned and overseas-owned companies, who range in size from start-ups to the largest companies in Ireland. Today, the IRDG represents all sectors of industry including electronics, software & telecommunications (ICT), financial services, food, software, engineering, healthcare & life sciences, plastics and utilities.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Act as the face of the organisation and as primary public representative of IRDG
  • Focus on the benefits, value proposition & quality of the IRDG to member companies
  • Organise and coordinate key conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the year
  • Continuously review & develop services offered to member companies
  • Achieve annual membership growth targets
  • Liaise with government agencies as an influencer
  • Promote Research, Development and Innovation
  • Lead the development and implementation of the group’s strategic plans
  • Plan and continuously manage the financial budgets
  • Develop an excellent external network to include government departments, development agencies and bodies, other external organisations as appropriate
  • Foster and promote collaboration between companies
  • Develop and implement PR and social media communication plans
  • Mentor and oversee a small team of staff within IRDG
  • Act as Company Secretary for the Board

Required and Desirable Skills: 

  • Third level qualification in a STEM discipline
  • Relevant post graduate qualification desirable – STEM, MBA, Business, Marketing
  • R & D industry experience desirable
  • Excellent and proven leadership skills
  • High level of business & financial acumen
  • Strong relationship development and management skills
  • Demonstrate a good level of entrepreneurial spirit and initiative
  • Be a motivated self-starter with a high level of negotiation & influencing skills
  • High level of confidence with presenting
  • Strong communication skills: facilitation, analytical, presentation and report writing skills.
  • Demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence: relationship building, team mentor.
  • Ability to travel extensively within Ireland.

Attractive remuneration package on offer for the right candidate. 

Basic Salary €120,000+ (DOE) + Bonus + Benefits

Benefits include

  • Annual Bonus
  • Health Insurance
  • Company Car / Mileage allowance
  • Pension
  • Work from Home
  • Broadband
  • Laptop
  • Mobile Phone
  • 25 days Holidays per annum

Please apply by email in the strictest of confidence with your CV and a one page cover letter to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at info@balmerdawson.ie  for review.  The closing date for applications is Friday, 30th July 2021 by 5pm (GMT)

Senior Fundraising Executive – Position Successfully Filled.

Fantastic new opportunity to join the dynamic team at CRC for a Senior Fundraising Executive with experience in Trusts, Foundations and Grants.

SENIOR FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE

Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with CRC in the search for a suitably qualified Senior Fundraising Executive with specialist experience in the area of Trusts, Foundations and Grants. This is a really fantastic opportunity for you to join a small but dynamic team with ambitious plans to further develop and increase giving programmes in line with the CRC strategic plan. Currently there are five in the team, with scope for future growth. The position offers you the opportunity to develop and grow this key function within the fundraising team. In addition, this is a very unique opportunity to make the role your own.

The CRC delivers a range of services to children and adults with disabilities both nationally and locally through their centres in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and their Outreach Service. The mission of the CRC is that by working together they make a positive difference to the lives of people with disabilities, their families and carers. Their vision is that people with disabilities achieve their potential and live full lives and equal and valued citizens.

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the Head of Fundraising, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Leading the planning, research, monitoring, writing and stewardship of the CRC’s grant applications. 
  • Developing a 3-year strategy to ensure that all opportunities for approaching charitable trusts, foundations and statutory funds in Ireland and in Europe are maximized.
  • Delivery of high-quality reporting and stewarding service to the trust, foundation and grant making supporters.
  • Developing and secure multi-year grants.
  • Achieving agreed KPI’s and income targets.
  • Managing and nurturing trust and foundation supporters through e-mail, telephone, written proposals and other forms of communication with the aim of ensuring their on-going and increasing support.
  • Participating in relevant training and development courses as agreed by the Head of Fundraising.
  • Acting as primary person responsible for the organisations awards applications and write compelling applications in collaboration with internal stakeholders.
  • Providing support to fundraising department in preparation of events.

Person Specification:

  • Minimum 3 years TFG fundraising experience 
  • Third level degree in Business / Research / Communications / Social Sciences or other relevant area essential
  • Experience of writing and securing complex grant applications essential
  • Proven track record in securing multi-year grants
  • High class communication and interpersonal skills
  • Generalist fundraising exposure / experience in research desirable
  • Flexibility, innovation, initiative and a growth mind-set
  • Strong computer skills to include MS Office  – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience in the use of one or more CRM/Database system

Remuneration:

  • Salary will be in the region of €40,000 – €50,000 (Depending on Experience)

Benefits:

  • Generous annual leave – 29 days per annum
  • Group health insurance
  • Support for training
  • Further Education Support through CRC Higher Education Fund
  • Bike to work scheme
  • On-site parking
  • Subsidised canteen

Location: 

  • This role will be based full-time in Clontarf with flexibility to work from home (to be discussed)

Application process:

  • To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter by email to Zena Dawson, Director of Balmer Dawson Executive Search to info@balmerdawson.ie

Closing date: 

  • The closing date for applications is Wednesday 23rd June by 5pm

*Please note, this is a full-time 3-year post with scope for renewal*