Fundraising Officer

Job description

Overview of the role

As Fundraising Officer, you will support the CEO and Senior Corporate Fundraiser with the identification and administration of grant applications, whether to trusts, foundations or corporate funders. You will help to develop bespoke written applications, research new funding opportunities and collate information on projects and impact to support the composition of applications.

Alongside this, you will work closely with the Projects Team to help secure sponsorship for our projects, as well as collate and monitor the impact of our work, reporting directly to funders where appropriate. You will also attend a wide range of Beacon events, supporting and meeting our beneficiaries regularly.

Central to your role will be the ability to form and maintain relationships with our supporters and funders, to organise and manage competing demands and a strong command of written English. As an entry-level role, you will work closely with our Senior Corporate Fundraiser and CEO, learning directly from their experience and taking on new responsibilities and opportunities that appeal to you and match your skill set.

The successful candidate will be an effective administrator, researcher, organiser and communicator who will relish this varied role. You will show initiative and drive, and be able to work well alone or collaboratively with the other members of the Beacon team.

Key details


£20,000 – £22,000


Full-time, 37.5 hours per week


September 2022




One year fixed-term with the potential to move to a permanent role


Beacon Office, Cambridge, CB1 2BL; hybrid working options available though regular work in the office is required

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Work closely with the Senior Corporate Fundraiser and CEO to write funding proposals.
  • With the Senior Corporate Fundraiser and CEO, develop existing, and pitch for new, corporate relationships to maximise fundraising, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), gifts in kind, and other forms of corporate giving.



  • Help manage and maintain relationships with grant-making bodies, funders and potential supporters, helping to sustain an active fundraising pipeline for the organisation.
  • Manage and steward any ad-hoc requests from individuals wanting to fundraise on our behalf or individual one-off donations to Beacon.



  • Research and identify potential donors and trusts to feed into the prospective pipeline.
  • Help to monitor successful grants and liaise with the wider Beacon team to deliver financial and impact reports to supporters about our projects.
  • Maintain and develop the database of supporters, contacts and donors.


In line with the nature of small team working, additional responsibilities and duties may be added on an ad-hoc or long-term basis according to the needs of the organisation and interest of the successful applicant. 

Personal specifications

This is an entry-level role suitable for an individual with some experience in fundraising or administration.


  • Experience in administration and research.
  • Good organisation, with experience managing and prioritising multiple tasks.
  • A confident communicator with the ability to build relationships with a variety of people.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills, with an ability to work independently and seize opportunities.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Strong presentation and persuasion skills.
  • Computer literate and confident using all MS Office software, especially with data management.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the objectives of Beacon.



  • Experience in fundraising and the production of written proposals
  • Experience in developing relationships with companies and oral presentation.
  • An understanding of the charity sector and/or rare disease field.




25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays and additional leave for office Christmas closure

5% pension contribution

Flexible working practices, including hybrid working and flexitime

A close knit and friendly small team environment, giving you a meaningful voice in the direction of the charity

Dedicated training budget to support personal and professional training opportunities 

Time off in lieu to support appropriate work/life balance

Valuable experience working in the charity and healthcare sector

Frequent opportunities to meet and interact with beneficiaries, supporters and collaborators

Opportunities to expand your professional network through attending events and conferences 

We are currently actively exploring additional employee benefits with the aim of providing further support to our employees. We are happy to discuss these with any prospective candidate during the interview process.

Application process

Please email an up-to-date CV and cover letter to Dr Rick Thompson (CEO) and Mary Rose Roberts (COO) at by 9am on the 15th August, outlining your relevant skills and experience. We welcome enquiries about the role to the same email address.

As we are recruiting for numerous roles simultaneously, please ensure that your name and the role you are applying for are noted clearly in the email subject line (e.g. John Smith – Application for Fundraising Officer).

Shortlisted candidates will initially be contacted for a phone interview, with the final round of interviews likely taking place between the 15th and 26th August.

Please note that we are currently unable to sponsor UK VISA applications.

Dr Rick Thompson


Mary Rose Roberts

Chief Operating Officer