The Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) is looking to appoint a professional fundraiser. Personable with high standing, they will have existing excellent personal contacts which will enable them to reach major business leaders and benefactors quickly on our behalf. They will have the track record and motivation to confidently raise significant additional funding for a unique, exciting multi-faceted project, Stroudwater Navigation Connected (SNC), centred on the restoration of 4 miles of canal, which has received a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
CCT is the largest canal society in the UK with over 7,500 members. It is dedicated to the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal – which together linked the Rivers Severn & Thames.
This special project is a nationally important canal restoration project. No other canal regeneration project in England has a higher profile, based on two nationally important cultural heritage assets – the canal and archive – together with a regionally significant wildlife corridor. A key part of the lost canal link between the Rivers Severn and Thames, the project will reconnect canal communities to their local heritage and England’s wider navigable waterway network, bringing with it inward investment and sustainable rejuvenation.
It also involves preserving and making available historic archives and a very major ecological and environmental upgrade of the canal/river corridor. Significant involvement and benefits for local communities, businesses, wildlife and the environment are built into the project, which includes over 700,000 hours of Volunteer effort. The environment will benefit from over 30 hectares of priority habitats created in one of UK’s largest biodiversity offsetting projects.
Whilst no formal qualifications are needed, the appointee’s standing, track record, contacts, soft skills & belief /motivation to achieve, are the relevant factors. The professional fundraiser will be a well – respected part of the existing highly motivated skilled fundraising volunteer team, bringing his/her own unique experience and knowledge to enrich and develop it. They will work with and contribute to the further development of our Fundraising Strategy, working with the CCT fundraising team, the CCT Fundraising Director and the SNC Director. The post will be based between the Stroud District Council and the CCT offices and the outreach locations.
Because of the special nature of the post and project, the type of appointment – consultancy or salaried, hours and term within the limits of the development and subsequent delivery phases – will be by negotiation. Working hours are flexible and there will be a need for some evening/weekend work.
Successful achievement of our target needs may bring the option of an extended appointment.
Further information on the post can be found in the accompanying Job/Person Specification.
If you are interested in applying for this special position please call the CCT office (01453 752568) for further details.
The closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday 24th September 2018.
It is expected that short-listed applicants will be interviewed between Wednesday 26th September and Wednesday 2nd October 2018, with the appointment to promptly follow.