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Fundraising Executive

REPORTS TO:  Fundraising Manager 

LOCATION: ISPCA Blackrock, Co. Dublin

HOURS:  Full Time (35 hours/week).

  • Time flexibility and travel required. 
  • Evening and weekend work expected. 

CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent 

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

The ISPCA: 

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is Ireland’s largest animal welfare charity, and represents 20 affiliated member societies. Together the ISPCA and our members, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome thousands of animals of many different types. Our role is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to pro-actively relieve animal suffering in Ireland. 

The Role: 

You will be primarily responsible for the ISPCA’s events based fundraising activity from community fundraising, runs, marathons and overseas challenges. As well as motivating supporters to participate in events based activities you will be required to build and cultivate a database of committed fundraising volunteers. You will have a track record as a successful events fundraiser, be a self-starter and have at least 2 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector. The position of Fundraising Executive is an important position within a growing ISPCA national fundraising department. You will help identify, grow, develop and implement events fundraising initiatives and drive participation from individuals, corporates and schools. 

Principal Duties:

  • To coordinate, drive and deliver events based fundraising activities for the ISPCA nationally to deliver budgets, targets and income in line with national and regional plans and strategies.
  • To achieve this by supporting and facilitating the development of volunteer networks and individual fundraisers.
  • Recruit, manage and develop supporters to achieve agreed financial targets and develop loyalty to the ISPCA
  • Develop and use fundraising products that best match supporters and local communities to generate maximum income.
  • Represent and act as an ambassador of the ISPCA in order to build existing and recruit new support.
  • Develop volunteer led fundraising.
  • Develop supporter care activities designed to deliver excellent communication and support to a wide range of audiences.
  • Promote awareness of all aspects of the ISPCA in assigned communities. 
  • Ensure the delivery of events on time and within budget.
  • Research and identify new income generation opportunities.
  • Ensure that accurate and up to date financial and supporter records are maintained and accessible.
  • Participate in the continual review, development and evaluation of fundraising events and activities and provide reports as necessary and upon request.
  • Plan and manage time in a cost effective manner, ensuring that all efforts are focussed on activities which maximise the potential for income and awareness raising.
  • Cash handling, lodging, acknowledging and receipting donations.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding supporter information at all times, and to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act.
  • Utilise giving platforms and social media to enhance supporter participation in ISPCA events.
  • Provide support and assistance to the Fundraising Manager as required.

Person Specification:

  • Excellent event management skills.
  • Strong sales experience ideally in cold call environment.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • An ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • An ability to work on own initiative.
  • Experience of social media management, an advantage.
  • Knowledge of CRM system ThankQ, an advantage.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of events fundraising.
  • Self-starter with initiative and drive and an ability to work independently, think creatively, and identify opportunities. 
  • Ability to plan own workload
  • Full clean driving licence and car essential. 
  • Knowledge of the charity sector, important.
  • Knowledge of animal welfare issues, desirable.

HOW TO APPLY:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your CV and cover letter referencing fundraising executive including current remuneration package to: recruitment@ispca.ie.  

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 6th March 2015.


Fundraising Administrator

REPORTS TO:  Fundraising Manager 

LOCATION: ISPCA National Animal Centre, Longford

HOURS:  Full Time (35 hours/week).

  • Occasional evening and weekend work expected. 

CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent 

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

The ISPCA: 

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is Ireland’s largest animal welfare charity, and represents 20 affiliated member societies. Together the ISPCA and our members, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome thousands of animals of many different types. Our role is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to pro-actively relieve animal suffering in Ireland.

The Role: 

To manage ThankQ CRM for the ISPCA Fundraising Team. To assist the Fundraising Team achieving their fundraising target, primarily supporting the Individual Giving and Events fundraising functions. The position includes but is not limited to database management, financial processes, tax back appeals, donor care, mailing run/ event fundraising packs to supporters, financial tracking and stock management and procurement for the ISPCA online shop. This role will also support the wider ISPCA team as required. 

Principal Duties:

  • Manage the administration of ISPCA donations to ensure tasks are completed in a timely fashion. 
  • Answer, log and return calls, e-mails & web enquiries from existing supporters and leads in a professional, friendly and caring manner. 
  • Record all communications with existing supporters and leads, build and maintain within ThankQ database. 
  • Work with Finance Department on daily batch reconciliation.
  • Upload all new Direct Debits to ThankQ, send confirmation letter, welcome pack and manage all donor care in relation to this type of supporter.
  • Download web-based sponsorship reports and input into ThankQ.     
  • Administer annual Tax Back appeals on behalf of the Fundraising Team.
  • Supplement the database with additional supporter information throughout the year as required. 
  • Distribute fundraising buckets, T-shirts, posters and sponsorship forms as requested to event participants.
  • Record, store, distribute and manage the stock of event packs, publicity materials & equipment and online shop stock in line with approved ISPCA processes and procedures. 
  • Working with the Fundraising Executive phone event participants to ensure all minimum individual sponsorship amounts are met and submitted, proactively encouraging supporters to meet fundraising targets. 
  • Working cross-functionally as required, informing department about key campaigns and plans as required. 
  • Some weekly content management update for ispca.ie. Training will be provided.
  • Participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with the Fundraising Manager. 
  • To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time as required by the Fundraising Manager.

Person Specification

  • Experience of CRM database management a requirement, ThankQ, Raisers Edge, CARE, Salesforce etc.
  • Excellent organizational and administration skills 
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise & multi task 
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic, warm friendly manner 
  • Ability to learn on the job 
  • Proven experience in customer service/administration
  • Office Administration FETAC Level 5 or Diploma in Customer Services or equivalent
  • An interest in animal welfare desirable

HOW TO APPLY:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your CV with cover letter referencing fundraising administrator including current remuneration package to:  recruitment@ispca.ie.  

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th March 2015.