Fundraising & Partnerships Officer

The Diana Award

Employment Type Full time 2 year contract
Location Hybrid · London, UK London contract, with hybrid working options
Salary Up to £36,000 (GBP) dependent on experience/location
Team Fundraising
Seniority Junior, Mid-level
  • Closing: 9:00am, 11th Dec 2023 GMT

Job Description

This is an exciting time to join The Diana Award in a new role in a newly established small fundraising team as we look to build on the successes of our current partnerships with well-known funders and corporate partners.

You will be an ambitious and passionate Fundraiser, excited about our work and the opportunity to help us  attract new income to support more young people across the UK and internationally.

You will play a key role in supporting our Head of Fundraising and Partnerships to increase and diversify the types of income The Diana Award attracts, collaborating on a range of income generating activities and offering a unique partner experience to your portfolio of stakeholders.

You will have experience of working on successful funding bids and supporting powerful partnerships, be passionate about supporting young people.

You will join and thrive working in a dynamic, ambitious, and creative organisation, with the opportunity to learn more about youth work and social action through fundraising and other professional specialisms.

Job Description


  • Work alongside the Head of Fundraising and Partnerships Management on the implementation of the fundraising strategy, in line with changing landscape with a core focus on trusts and foundations, corporate partnerships, , company giving and general appeals;

  • Collaborate on ideas for creative sponsorship and funding opportunities in line with our strategic ambitions, supporting with the creation and presentation of funding proposals and identifying suitable donors and sponsors;

  • Work with key stakeholders, including our policy and programme delivery teams to scope and develop exciting new project proposals;

  • Maintain an effective database of contacts and stakeholders.


  • Support the management of existing donor relationships through working closely with the Programme Management Teams across the organisation;

  • Ensure all funding and sponsorship terms and conditions are acknowledged, recorded and completed in a timely fashion;

  • Accurately maintain and update records and databases, ensuring compliance with internal policies and procedures as well as any legal requirements;

  • Contribute to high-quality donor stewardship for existing and new partners, through timely communication, gift acknowledgement, and tailored stewardship


  • Work closely with other key functions and Teams on cross-team and organisation-wide initiatives as relevant, e.g., on workplace culture, capacity building;

  • Responsible for managing the Fundraising team inbox, ensuring any queries and requests are responded to or escalated in a timely manner;

  • Represent the organisation externally as required;


  • Stay abreast of donor trends, youth empowerment, and other topics relevant to the role and the organisation;

  • Adhere to The Diana Award’s safeguarding policies and procedures, escalating any issues arising to the Designated Safeguarding Leads.

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be required including occasional travel around UK or abroad necessitating overnight stays

Person Specification

If you are interested in applying but aren’t sure that you have all of the skills and experience, please do still apply. We are open to learning on the job and supporting the development of the successful candidate so that they are able to do the job to the best of their ability. 


  • Contribution to / previous experience working on Successful income generation and development activity, including funding applications, managing key partners, supporting with  delivering on income generation strategy, leading income generation initiatives on time and within budget to the satisfaction of all parties;

  • Experience developing fundraising material to prospects and funders, including pitch decks, periodic updates, and other donor-specific communication support;

  • Experience working with at least one of the following income streams: Trusts & Foundations corporate fundraising, and/or individual giving, and willingness to explore other income streams as per business needs.. 


  • Good knowledge of the third sector, in the UK and/or Europe/abroad; 

  • Knowledge of budget and financial management, including setting, monitoring and reporting on budgets; 

  • Knowledge of restricted and unrestricted funding. 


  • IT and database management skills, including Microsoft365, and using CRM databases.

  • Excellent organisational, and planning skills and ability to set and meet deadlines.

  •  Excellent written and verbal communication kills including confident presentation and influencing skills, and the ability to write persuasive and engaging content

  • Excellent decision-making and the ability to exercise sound judgement;

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills across internal and external stakeholders


  • Passionate about social justice and supporting young people to reach their full potential

  • Entrepreneurial, innovative, personable, collaborative, and good at working both in a team and under your own initiative

  • Flexible and dynamic, with an ability to adapt and respond quickly to a fast-changing environment

  • Able to quickly build credibility internally and externally

  • Open-minded and able or willing to thrive in a multicultural, diverse team, workplace, and network of partners.

Application Information

The successful applicant must have the right to work in the UK, and the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS or equivalent police check.

At The Diana Award we know that change is a team effort, and work hard to make sure every member of staff is inspired, nurtured and supported. You'll have your own personal training and development budget, ability to work flexibly around core hours, access to our employee assistance programme 24/7, wellbeing initiatives, equipment to support you both at home and in an office environment (if applicable), opportunities to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues both in person and online, and much more.

We are also committed to building and developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of the young people we support. We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work for us. We seek to ensure all job applications are treated fairly, with respect and without bias.

The role will close to new applicants on Monday 11 December at 9am, and we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage early applications!

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within five working days.

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