INTEGRATED EDUCATION FUND
MAJOR GIFTS FUNDRAISER
JOB TITLE: Major Gifts Fundraiser
LOCATION: IEF Offices, 41-43 University St, Belfast, BT7 1FY
REPORTING TO: Campaign Director
To support the work of the Campaign Director to develop and implement a major gift fundraising
campaign to meet agreed targets and objectives working effectively as part of the Fundraising
Team. The Major Gifts Fundraiser will ensure effective cultivation and stewardship of prospects
and donors to secure new sources of funding and to help retain existing support.
1. Co-ordinate approaches to potential donors through prospect research and identification,
volunteer involvement, prospect development, face to face meetings and, where
appropriate, asking for and securing gifts to meet targets.
2. Apply a variety of appropriate communication methods to build and influence prospect and
3. Plan and prioritise approaches to prospects and donors, including maintaining a prospect
4. Work with the Fundraising Team to develop and achieve team objectives and plans,
including forming an effective working relationship with the Campaign Director, volunteers
and all IEF staff.
5. Work with the Fundraising Team to ensure the success of a programme of agreed
engagement and fundraising events.
6. Identify funding opportunities and, through liaising with the Campaign Director and Grants
Officer, produce detailed funding project proposals for presentation to individuals,
corporations and other trusts and foundations.
7. Regularly monitor grants available with potential benefit to the campaign using NICVA's
Grant Tracker and other available resources.
8. Liaise and build positive working relationships with grantees and beneficiaries and
accurately and regularly report their progress to donors.
9. Assist in keeping the IEF fundraising database up-to-date with appropriate and relevant
information on donors and prospects.
10. Prepare case studies for marketing and fundraising purposes and dissemination to donors,
about schools/projects funded by the IEF.
11. Raise awareness of the need for funding and widen the IEF network in the target market.
12. Contribute to the overall Campaign by working with other departments and colleagues to
effect optimum use of resources.
1. At least 4 years fundraising experience with a proven track record, which should include a
minimum of 2 years experience in securing major gifts from individuals, corporations or
2. Knowledge and understanding of the principles of major gift fundraising.
3. Experience in developing detailed and persuasive funding proposals and reports,
demonstrating excellent written and analytical skills.
4. Experience of researching individuals, companies or foundations as potential sources of
funding using the internet, publications, agencies and other tools in line with current Data
5. Experience of working to, and meeting, agreed targets, including financial.
6. Experience of planning and managing events.
7. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work as a member of a
small team, developing and maintaining good working relationships with all colleagues.
8. Ability to demonstrate experience of building successful relationships with donors and
9. Ability to demonstrate innovative and creative thinking.
10. GCSE English and Maths, Grade C or above, or equivalent.
11. Two A-levels or equivalent.
12. Proficiency in computer skills with experience of using MS Office, including Access, Outlook
and the internet in a work environment.
13. Ability and willingness to maintain flexibility in working hours to enable attendance at
meetings, events and networking opportunities, as required, outside normal business hours.
14. Empathy and commitment to the values and ethos of integrated education.
15. Hold a full driving licence and access to transport for work purposes, with appropriate
insurance, or access to another form of transport, with appropriate insurance, that would
allow the post holder to meet the travel requirements of the post in full.
16. Ability and willingness to travel and work outside Northern Ireland as required.
The IEF reserves the right to apply the desirable criteria when shortlisting and these would be
applied in merit order as follows:
1. More than 2 years experience in securing major gifts from individuals, corporations or
2. A proven track record in securing a number of major gifts each of £25,000 or more.
3. Understanding and knowledge of the target market including high net worth individuals in
or from Northern Ireland.
SUMMARY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Salary: NJC Scale Points 33 - 38 (£27,849 - £31,754) depending on experience.
Pension: The IEF will contribute 5% of gross salary to the employee’s personal pension
scheme after successful completion of the employee’s probationary period.
Hours: 35 hrs per week, 9.00am – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday.
Type of Post: Full-time.
Overtime: None. Time off in lieu (TOIL) will be given for any agreed additional hours
Holidays: 20 days per annum annual leave plus 13 days per annum customary holidays.
The IEF values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.