Full Time, Fixed Term, Permanent Role 

Job Title:  Fundraising Lead
Hours: 35 hours a week – open to job share and part-time
Salary: Starting at £27300
Start Date: Immediate
Deadline: 30th August 2022
Employment term: Permanent
Location: Bristol-based at Babbasa Hub, Backfields House, Upper York Street, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8QJ with some remote working

About Babbasa 
Babbasa is an award-winning, Bristol-based, social enterprise with a vision to create a world where all people are inspired and able to realise their employment and enterprise ambitions, irrespective of where they live, their nationality, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality or faith. Babbasa realises its mission through its subsidiary enterprises including Babbasa’s Youth Empowerment Programmes and Recruitment & Inclusion Services.

 Youth Empowerment Programmes supports low-income and ethnic minority young people to prepare for the workplace via a series of initiatives that includes soft skills training, mentoring, and information  guidance and advice.

 Babbasa Recruitment & Inclusion Services (BRIS) was set up in response to the growing moral and business imperative to overcome the structural barriers of underrepresentation, social inequality and at times cultural differences. BRIS has a mission to support businesses to recruit diverse talent, develop cultural competencies and create inclusive work environments for all employees to thrive. Services provided by BRIS include: Recruitment Support; Inclusion Advisory Support; Cultural Competency Training; Inclusion Research and Needs Analysis; and Onboarding and Probation Support


Job Purpose

Reporting to the Head of Development this role is instrumental in building a solid foundation for the future of Babbasa.  You will be responsible for trust and foundation grant applications, bid writing, capital campaigns and evaluation reports. As part of the Development team you will also work on building relationships with individual donors and work with the Communications Lead in developing fundraising campaigns.


Core Responsibilities

Fundraising development

  • Identify and pursue new grant funding opportunities – new clients, markets, trends and services
  • Responsible for trust and foundation grant applications
  • Develop relationships with individual donors with a view to attract major gifts and legacy giving
  • Support on capital campaigns working closely with the Head of Development
  • Raise the profile and increase the brand awareness of Babbasa
  • Maintain and develop authentic and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders to 
  • Work with and deputise for the Head of development to steward funders, corporate partners and individual donors with the aim of achieving Babbasa’s annual revenue target


Management & Reporting

  • Responsible for producing evaluation reports for funders and working with other team members to ensure data is accurate and timely
  • Track, review and report progress against the Business Plan to the Head of Development and the wider team
  • Continually review risks, feedback, procedures, strategy and approach to improve profitability
  • Liaise with management team to develop plans for organisational growth 
  • Maintain excellent working knowledge of the labour market, workplace culture and changes regarding equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace

Person Specification

You are commercially aware – you know how to spot and develop an opportunity and manage the process of engagement.  You have the ability to develop relationships and make connections with and between organisations, institutions and individuals.

You have excellent communication skills – You have outstanding writing skills, creativity, and the ability to develop a portfolio to create fundraising materials..  You are a confident connector with the ability to influence decision making, whilst understanding the social value and positive impact of Babbasa. 

Working with others – You proactively identify business needs, scope and plan minor and major projects to address them, and successfully drive the project to completion, involving and engaging colleagues appropriately throughout. You develop and maintain excellent working relationships with formal and informal stakeholders at every level – with the young people on our programmes, with staff in each department, with our external consultants, with our Board and with others. You build trust and can stand in the shoes of others. 

Organised – You are well-organised and have good attention to detail. By doing so, you manage your own time well and respect the time of others. You juggle multiple deadlines and have a track-record of balancing multiple tasks and responsibilities. You are meticulous and able to prioritise conflicting needs. Effective and efficient – You are constantly reflecting on working practices and improving where necessary. A completer-finisher – you are able to work to deadlines, take initiative and are proactive in your approach to work. You create change that benefits all and is aligned with organisational strategy. Problem solving – You are able to problem solve in a complex and rapidly changing environment. Personal resilience and have the ability to stay focused in a rapidly changing environment. 

IT knowledge – You have excellent IT know-how to support strategy, generate and produce presentations and evaluation reports and web and research skills to discover opportunities for fundraising and bids.

You’re aligned with our mission – You have lived experience and/or an understanding of the critical issues surrounding equality, inclusion and diversity, including structural issues around race and class, and how they impact young people with specific reference to their leadership and employability experiences. You believe that, with the right support, everyone has potential to achieve excellence, whatever that means for them.


Skills and Abilities

  • Strong team-working skills with the ability to work by own initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and people-oriented approach to stakeholder management
  • Proven ability to explore client needs, negotiate and deliver to quality requirement
  • Excellent presentation and organisational skills
  • Ability to spot commercial opportunities and demonstrate the value proposition of BRIS
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise workloads and deadlines.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with a solid understanding of financial and commercial principle
  • High levels of literacy and numeracy

Knowledge and Experience

  • Business development skills and capability; identifying business and growth opportunities and developing, managing and reviewing a business plan
  • Experience of writing proposals, together with broader budget and financial management capability
  • Demonstrable experience and success of fundraising and building knowledge of available grants and funds
  • Knowledge of and interest in Equality and Inclusion, employment law and experience of its application within the business environment.   
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the local business community in the Southwest (UK)
  • Demonstrable commitment to Babbasa’s values and professional development

Incentives and Benefits

Opportunity to: 

  • Fulfil your passionate about diversity and inclusion in a meaningful way
  • Work in an inclusive environment and supportive team who will support you to be great
  • Have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the long term success and goals of Babbasa
  • Work for one of the few organisations in the UK honoured with Queen’s Award For Enterprise
  • Be part of transforming the lives of low-income and ethnic minority young people in Bristol, to help directly address the city’s stark ethnic inequalities and of a welcoming and supportive team


  • 31 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • 3% employer pension contribution
  • Access to flexi-working arrangements

    Please use the application form available HERE to apply and complete our anonymous Equality Monitoring Form