Vacancy: Fundraising & Communications Officer

Vacancy opportunity – Fundraising & Communications Officer 

Join MicroLoan as our new Fundraising & Communications Officer and play a key role in driving engagement with our donors. 

Closing date: 17th November 
Reports to: Head of Philanthropy & Communications
Location: Waterloo – central London
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £24-£27k
Term of appointment: Permanent
Benefits: 25 days annual leave plus generous 8% pension contribution

About MicroLoan Foundation

MicroLoan Foundation supports the poorest women in remote rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa to work their own way out of poverty. By providing them with financial literacy, business training, on-going support and small affordable loans, we help these women to start small businesses for themselves.

With a regular income they are able to provide the basics for their families – food, shelter, education and medicine. We teach them to save as insurance against future crop failure, illness and other unexpected emergencies. In short, we give them hope, not handouts. Since 2002 MicroLoan Foundation has supported over 200,000 women and their families in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Our vision is a world where all those living in poverty have the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families.

Our mission is to provide the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa with the tools and skills to enable them to work their own way out of poverty.

At MicroLoan Foundation, we believe that the best way to achieve our vision is to enable the poorest and most vulnerable people to work their own way out of poverty, building independence and resilience as their financial situation improves. By providing them with small loans and the skills and tools to start small businesses, we support them to become self-sufficient for their daily needs.

Over time, the money they generate from their own efforts helps to ensure food security, improved housing, access to healthcare and an education for their children. We encourage them to make modest savings as insurance against future crop failure, family illness and other unexpected circumstances; giving them confidence in their ability to weather whatever life throws at them. We have already helped over one million of people to transform their lives. There are however millions more who need our support. With your help we can start to reach them.

This is an exciting time to join the team as we are looking to grow our income and have a pipeline of high profile campaign opportunities in 2020 and beyond.

The fundraising and communications team:

MicroLoan Foundation has a small and dynamic fundraising and communication team in London. The team is responsible for generating income and driving engagement from new and existing supporters. This is done by developing high impact long-term relationships with individual donors, companies and institutions and by engaging mass support through events, direct marketing and fundraising campaigns. The Fundraising & Communications Officer plays an important role in the organisation and we are looking for an engaged and talented individual to join the team.

The role and responsibilities:

Individual Giving

  • Managing the individual giving function to drive donations into the individual giving programme from new and existing donors. You will do this through managing direct marketing campaigns both in print and through email, taking immediate responsibility for the current cash appeals and e-newsletters with a focus to maximise return on investment.
  • Developing and managing social media campaigns to maximise income generation.
  • You will help develop a strategy to grow the income from individual giving through direct marketing and online channels.
  • Identifying, applying for and implementing media appeals (such as BBC Radio 4, BBC Lifeline, Financial Times Appeal, Creative Vison Awards and UK Aid Match Appeal).
  • Managing CRM data queries and analysing data to maximise income from campaigns.
  • Donor stewardship and communications – responding to queries and keeping donors informed about the difference their support makes.

Digital Management and Social Media

  • Managing the upkeep of the website, this includes adding and editing new pages and functions. Monthly reporting and analysis on website views/bounce rates etc to ensure pages are performing correctly.
  • Liaising with the MicroLoan USA and MicroLoan Australia teams to ensure all respective websites are updated and accurate.
  • Working with pro-bono agencies to maximise use of Google AdWords
  • Manage the day-to-day creation of social media content using the Marketing & Communications plan ensuring posts drive engagement and traffic to the website.
  • Ensure all social media content is in line with MicroLoan’s core messaging and brand.
  • Provide regular updates on the effectiveness of social media marketing and ensure MLF keeps ahead of new innovative ways to engage.

Content creation

  • Using raw data and information provided by field staff to create engaging direct marketing campaigns, success stories, reports, visual content, articles and infographics for all MicroLoan’s platforms and materials.
  • Creating marketing collateral including donation forms, business cards, t-shirts, brochures, fundraising packs, event invitations, recruitment emails etc. using design software (InDesign).
  • Proofreading and editing presentations, proposals and all external communications before it goes on the website/is sent to printers.
  • Liaising with designers, print houses, pro bono proof readers and media volunteers.

Brand Management

  • Ensuring the MicroLoan brand is cohesive and consistent across all communications and platforms. This means creating templates for the team to use and branding any new documents they need creating. You will also work with pro-bono creative agencies and volunteers to ensure that all communications they create are on brand (this includes design and content across digital and print).

General

  • Planning content across print and digital based around internal and external events across whole organisation, with support from the Head of Philanthropy & Communications.
  • You will be required to offer support at MicroLoan events some of which may be at weekends and evenings. At these events you will be expected to act as an ambassador for MLF at events, supporting the delivery of MLF’s vision and ensure that MicroLoan’s profile and reputation are enhanced.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all supporters and prospects using MicroLoan’s database, ensuring all supporter information is managed and stored in-line with Data Protection regulations.
  • Support and deliver other projects and tasks, in line with your skills and experience that might occur beyond your role and that contribute to our overall organisational objectives.

Person specification:

We are looking for a person with a proven track record of delivering successful Individual Giving or direct marketing campaigns and very strong copywriting skills. This role requires solid understanding of marketing and the use of digital channels and website management. The Fundraising & Communications Officer should have demonstrable experience of implementing a communications strategy to increase outreach and income. Experience from the international development sector or a degree in related fields would be beneficial and a passion for reducing poverty and inequality would be expected. You will be joining a small team and should be prepared to assist on projects outside of your immediate role in order to support your colleagues and MicroLoan’s overall objectives. You preferred working style will be collaborative, inclusive and practical.

Knowledge, experience & skills:

Essential

  • Strong copywriting skills – excellent grammar, proofreading, attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Experience of using Content Management System (preferably Word Press).
  • Good understanding of website processes and functions (back end).
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing successful income generating individual giving campaigns/direct marketing campaigns – print and online.
  • Proven ability to manage social media channels to increase engagement and income.
  • Exceptional communication skills both written and oral.
  • Ability to juggle a number of assignments at the same time, to react quickly, to meet deadlines, to organise a busy workload and to prioritise tasks.
  • Experience of preparing schedules and plans and delivering against them.
  • Proven ability to maintain effective stakeholder relationships both internally and with suppliers.

Desirable

  • Experience of using and analysing data from CRM database such as eTapestry or Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience of implementing brand consistency across multiple mediums and channels.
  • Experience of liaising with external agencies and suppliers.
  • Good understanding of using Google AdWords and Google Analytics.
  • Knowledge of using Adobe Creative Cloud applications (preferably InDesign but Premiere Pro and Illustrator would also be beneficial).
  • Understanding and experience of SEO.
  • Experience of working with international development issues or degree in related field.
  • Press or PR experience.

Apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please email your CV, and cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) to contact@mlf.org.uk 

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