Vacancy: Fundraising Development Officer (part-time)

RHASS is entering a period of growth and has an exciting new opportunity in the Fundraising & Partnerships Team for a passionate and motivated major gifts fundraiser. This is a stimulating and challenging role with built-in job flexibility which combines uniquely with the chance to make the most of a strong skill set and background in major gifts fundraising.

Fundraising & Partnerships is a small team which is tasked with raising funds for a new building at the Royal Highland Centre, in addition to RHASS's regular sponsorship and charitable activities. This is an opportunity to get involved in a capital campaign through prospect research, planning and coordinating the cultivation of high-level donors and the RHASS membership. The job holder will work closely with the Fundraising & Partnerships Manager and members of the RHASS Board.

We are delighted to be able to offer attractive flexible working arrangements, subject of course to the requirements of the role.

Knowledge & Experience:
We are looking for a minimum of 2 years’ experience in major gifts fundraising. Previous experience of working on a capital fundraising campaign and/or in a membership organisation would be useful.

If the chance to combine a challenging role with job flexibility appeals to you, you will find full details in the Job Description below.


Closing date: 31st October 2018, but we encourage early applications and reserve the right to close the vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications.  

To apply, please send your CV to, along with a covering letter explaining how your skills, abilities and experience meet those in the job specification, and in particular, demonstrate your background in securing major gifts.


Job Title: Fundraising Development Officer
Department: Fundraising & Partnerships
Responsible to Fundraising & Partnerships Manager
Engages with F&P Team, Convenor of the Partnerships Committee, RHASS Directors and Members, Current and Future Sponsors and Donors.
Chief Executive, PA to Chief Executive, Senior Management Team and all RHASS staff.

Working pattern Part-time permanent role, 24 hours per week, flexible working patterns to be actively considered
Salary £25-34K pa FTE

Further hours required in the lead up to, and during, the Royal Highland Show.

Since 1784, The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), has been the respected standard-bearer for farming and rural industry in Scotland. With around 16,000 members, its key remit is to promote Scotland's land-based and allied businesses. A registered charity, RHASS plays a pivotal role in the creation of a better understanding of the management of Scotland's land and rural resources.

The Role:
Working closely with the Fundraising and Partnership Manager, you will support the major donor fundraising activity and capital campaign through prospect research, planning and coordinating the cultivation and stewardship of high-level donors and the Society’s 16,000 strong membership body, and supporting the Board in its fundraising activities.

Knowledge & Experience:
You will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience gained in major gifts fundraising, with a proven track record in supporting major gifts of £5k and above against budget, timescale and deadlines.

You will be familiar with the donor development cycle and possess a good understanding of donor motivations and capacity for philanthropic giving. Experience of working on a capital fundraising campaign in a support role, or with a development board is desirable. Experience of working in a membership organisation would be useful.

We are looking for a self-motivated, passionate and committed team player who can build effective professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Strong research, organisational and communications skills are essential, as is experienced in the use of a CRM. A creative and innovative approach is desirable and, while not essential, some knowledge or experience of Scotland’s agricultural sector and rural business will be useful.

Main Duties:
• Prospect research and network mapping
• Planning & organising cultivation meetings and events
• Devising and supporting a stewardship and recognition programme
• Devising and supporting membership fundraising for the campaign
• Reports for the Partnership Committee and capital fundraising Board
• Maintaining the donor contacts database
• Building a future donor pipeline
• Other duties as from time to time required, including support for sponsorship of the Royal Highland Show

Key Skills:
• Prospect research & planning skills
• Communications for fundraising, both written and verbal
• Ability to work independently and exercise initiative and judgement
• Ability to build relationships with potential HNW donors and Board members
• Ability to spot opportunities
• Effective time and resource management
• Team working skills with the ability to negotiate and influence
• Strong IT skills, including WORD, EXCEL PowerPoint & Microsoft Dynamics or similar

• Flexible working arrangements subject to the requirements of the role
• Annual holiday entitlement starting at 20 days per annum (pro-rata), in addition to public holidays (pro-rata) and up to 4 discretionary Directors’ days to be taken between Christmas and New Year
• Contributory pension scheme under which RHASS contributes 10% of basic salary on the provision that you contribute 6%.

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