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Business Development & Data Officer
The London Irish Centre

Job Description

The London Irish Centre is seeking a Business Development & Data Officer to play a critical role in helping us to prepare for the next stage in our fundraising strategy. It’s a key time for a successful and growing team with ambitious plans for a major capital campaign. We are looking for someone with the relevant skills but above all someone who is committed to the LIC’s mission and values.

The Business Development & Data Officer is a newly created role, which will work closely with the CEO to help achieve and grow our annual fundraising targets, across both the redevelopment project and core charity activity. The role will lead on growing our Friends Scheme and helping LIC to better communicate our impact in the community to our current and potential donors/funders. The Business Development & Data Officer will enable the CEO and Campaign Committee to maintain and grow positive relationships with donors by providing excellent administrative and systems support.

The London Irish Centre

The London Irish Centre is the Irish Heart of London. Our Mission is to empower and enrich lives through Irish community and culture

For over sixty years, we’ve been proud to provide vital frontline welfare services to multi-generational Irish diaspora in London, whilst instilling positive impact within local communities through education, entertainment and cultural awareness; courtesy of our vibrant venue and home: The London Irish Centre. As a charity, we represent all that is celebrated about Ireland: warm, welcoming, inclusive, diverse, unique, and open to every generation. As a venue, we represent heritage and history, but modern innovation. The opportunity to foster friendships for life, advance your business ambitions or be entertained. Our commitment lies in meeting the wants and needs of our shared communities, now and for the future.


Redevelopment Project

  • Provide administrative support to the capital fundraising campaign and the Campaign Committee
  • Provide support where necessary during fundraising events for members, Corporate Partners and Major Donors
  • If appropriate, attend meetings with funders and prospects, cultivation events and networking events

Core Charity Income Generation

  • Help to maintain and develop various income generation streams e.g. grants, annual fundraising appeals to meet annual financial targets.
  • Undertake research and identify additional funding opportunities to support our core work and projects
  • Lead on growing members as part of the LIC Friends Scheme, by focusing on engagement & relationship management

Digital, Communications & Impact

  • Work with the Marketing & Communications Officer to ensure that fundraising and campaigns are clearly woven into the LIC’s wider communications strategy
  • Contribute to the running of the website
  • Survey and consult our clients and audiences, and use this information to help inform future activities
  • Develop existing systems to update our impact management and measurement
  • Liaise between project managers to ensure impact reporting is on track
  • Lead on production of the Annual Impact Report
  • Support the Director of Operations with implementing the Digital Strategy
  • Provide cover for the Marketing & Communications Officer when they are on annual leave

Administration & Finance

  • Lead on the implementation and management of the fundraising CRM (Donorfy), including managing donor relationships, producing reports and recommendations for senior management to inform strategy, compiling and analysing fundraising figures, and general Donorfy admin.
  • Work with the Finance Manager and CEO to track all fundraised income
  • Lead on administration of all Direct Debits, Standing Orders and Gift Aid claims, ensuring customer records are updated accurately and promptly on Donorfy
  • Ensure all processes comply with GDPR guidelines and are in line with our administrative processes and best practice, the Fundraising Regulator and any other regulatory bodies


Person Specification

Essential skills and experience

  • Basic knowledge of and enthusiasm for charity fundraising
  • Excellent statistical, analytical and numeracy skills and a high degree of literacy in databases
  • Tech & Digital savvy, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Understanding of data protection legislation and its implications for organisations
  • A genuine understanding of and enthusiasm for the London Irish Centre and our work
  • Educated to degree level

Desirable skills and experience

  • Demonstrable experience of working in a fundraising environment and securing gifts from individual donors and/or trusts by researching, preparing proposals and making approaches
  • Experience and understanding of HMRC and Gift Aid regulations
  • Knowledge of fundraising trends and good practice
  • Knowledge of Donorfy or other similar CRM system
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Mailchimp (or other automated marketing system)

Personal attributes

  • A proactive, flexible, enthusiastic and solutions focused attitude to work
  • Articulate and persuasive face to face, over the phone and in writing
  • Methodical and with a keen eye for detail
  • The ability to deal confidently with people at all levels and maintain thriving relationships with supporters
  • An ability to stay calm under pressure and work on your own in a busy environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to work collaboratively and take responsibility when required
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and show initiative
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of small team and to take a hands-on approach to work

Staff Benefits

  • Free tickets to LIC core cultural programmed events (subject to availability and may not apply to fundraising events and partnership events at external venues)
  • 50% discount on LIC education courses (subject to availability)
  • 20% staff discount at the LIC shop and 10% staff discount at the LIC bar
  • Headspace membership
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.