Only Connect

2019-03-27 02:02:00

Job location London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Consulting & Corporate Strategy

Job description

We are looking for a Fundraiser to help us fulfil our mission of transforming the lives of people with experience of the criminal justice system and to ultimately reduce reoffending.

As Fundraiser, you will play a crucial role in Only Connect's future plans. We have some excellent statutory contracts but we want additional funding to pay for developments that we hope could transform approaches to reducing reoffending.

You will be charged with generating income through trust fundraising. You will have a key role in maintaining our social media presence, and you will help produce materials and content. You may also be involved in statutory bids, putting on events and anything else that might bring in the money we need.


Identify and assess the suitability of funding opportunities (using internal Business Development processes) from a wide variety of sources ensuring they are in line with organisational strategies.
Project Manage bids end to end, including contribution to writing, budget building and operational design.
Work with colleagues to identify market research/analysis relevant for the development of key products and bids ensuring we have the relevant knowledge and understanding of the markets Only Connect operates in.
Work with colleagues to develop and deliver presentations and pitches to a wide range of statutory and voluntary income commissioners.
Work with colleagues to Identify, manage and mitigate potential risks associated with bids, tenders and proposals.
Maintain a working knowledge of effective practice, relevant legislation, statutory instruments, and codes of practice, and assist in the interpretation of and implication of new legislation across the organisation.
Deliver business development training to operational colleagues.

Company Description

We are Only Connect. We're on a mission to transform the lives of people with experience of the criminal justice system and to ultimately reduce reoffending. We do this by helping Londoners aged 16+ who are serving - or have recently completed - a sentence to harness their own potential and strengthen their relationships so that they can live crime-free lives.

Only Connect exists to help people who have been in prison to lead crime-free lives. We do this by providing support and training opportunities, with a particular focus on helping our Members get jobs and strengthening their relationships.

The principles we go by are:

1) Handshake not handout.

In other words, we are not going to do things to people or for people, but with them, as equals. Change is difficult, and we won't try to make people change. We want to be there with them, to help them, if they want our help.

2) It's got to work.

We're not interested in doing things that don't work. This means three things:

We want to know it is working by having real, robust evidence
We want to know why it is working, so it has to have a sensible theory behind it
It's got to work for others. We want our ideas to influence the way prisoners are treated nationally and so we are aiming to create models that can be rolled out across the country.

3) We want to be excellent

We want to provide a superb service that really helps our Members. This means we need to learn from our mistakes, provide training for our staff and review our performance.

Person Specification


Fundraising (at least 1 year), preferably from grant-making trusts
Creating web content that would appeal to potential donors.
Writing and winning bids / tenders / proposals.


Knowledge of statutory and voluntary funding mechanisms and the external funding environment.
An understanding of how market research and analysis can contribute to strong product development, bids, tenders and proposals and how these interlink to generate income.
Criminal Justice, Job search support or relationship support
An understanding of project budgets.


Able to write engaging copy as blogs and tweets
Understanding of budgets


Ability to manage your own time and priorities
Ability to network and develop meaningful relationships likely to contribute to income generation.
Generate bids and get them out
Work flexibly as an active member of a lively, busy team
Take setbacks with resilience

Additional information

Salary: £27,000

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