Funding Development Coordinator


Lisburn, Northern Ireland

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    £20,000 - £30,000

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JOB DESCRIPTION Funding Development Coordinator

Ref No: FR022/11

RESPONSIBLE TO Director of Finance and Corporate Services

LOCATION Primarily ASCERT head office, based in Lisburn (under review), and from regional offices across Northern Ireland when required

LENGTH OF POST 1 year (Subject to possible extension)

HOURS 35 hours

SALARY NJC Point 31 £28,221 per annum, Plus 6% pension


ASCERT has grown to become one of the leading providers of drug and alcohol services in Northern Ireland. We have extensive experience in the development, planning and delivery of drug and alcohol services.

ASCERT provide a wide range of services in areas including training, education, treatment, and community services operating from bases in Lisburn (Head Office), Omagh, Magherafelt and Belfast.

This is an ideal opportunity for a forward thinking and ambitious person to take the next step in their career within a prominent drug and alcohol services charity at an exciting period of growth. Income generation plays a significant role in the development and success of our organisation. You will be working with the management team to identify, assess and secure suitable opportunities for funding through public tendering, trusts and grant making bodies.

We are looking for the job holder to be resilient, resourceful and flexible and be able to demonstrate personal integrity and a commitment to ASCERT core values and the ASCERT brand.

Securing of funding through tenders and grant making bodies.

  • Developing and implementing income plans for the generation of grant income from trusts, foundations and public grants grant sources in line with ASCERTs overall resource strategy- ensuring ambitious personal targets are met
  • Support colleagues in achieving annual income targets identified in ASCERTs resource strategy
  • Research and identify appropriate sources of funding from tenders, grants and charitable trusts
  • Ensure a close fit between funding sought and ASCERT strategy, services and organisational priorities
  • Research and understand the specific guidelines of each funder/donor and match these with ASCERT projects and aims and objectives
  • Examine the background of each potential income source to determine their criteria, interests, funding timetables and other requirements
  • Liaise with colleagues across ASCERT to identify appropriate projects which require funding
  • Work in partnership with ASCERT staff in the preparation and submission of funding proposals to funders, leading on specific funding opportunities as required
  • Excellent planning to ensure sufficient time to collate information, complete and submit high quality applications
  • Draft comprehensive, well-structured and logical funding proposals/bids that present a convincing case for support
  • Liaise with funders to ensure their requirements are understood and met
  • Develop and deliver a funding skills development plan for key ASCERT staff
  • Seek feedback on unsuccessful bids and develop action plans for continuous improvement
  • Develop and maintain an accurate database for grants and trust activities
  • Ensure compliance with legislation, policies and procedures at ASCERT and in the external environment that may affect fundraising.
  • Develop and maintain a professional and productive relationship with current and potential funders.
  • Develop robust processes for the management and retention of funder contracts and related paperwork.
  • Building and managing a pipeline of bids to secure a sustainable mix of multi-year grants of varying sizes.
  • Evaluate and analyse progress and results and prepare reports as required
  • Encourage and nurture a dynamic and innovative approach to funding development, taking advantage of digital adoption where possible

Financial skills

  • Support other managers in identifying service resource needs
  • Assist in the development of ASCERT resource strategies
  • Preparation of funding monitoring reports as required
  • Preparation of budgetary and cash flow forecasts for funding applications

Marketing and communication

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with donors/funders, communicating the vision and direction of ASCERT with passion and motivating and inspiring supporters to maximise their donations
  • Keep well informed about ASCERT developments and services to be able to identify key income generating opportunities for the organisation
  • Attend meetings, conferences and events pertinent to trust, foundation and other relevant sources of funding
  • Encourage ASCERT staff support in the development of service ideas in line with ASCERTs strategic plan

Other Duties

  • Undertake any other duties that might reasonably be required by the Director of Finance and Corporate Services
  • Contribute to the delivery of ASCERT’s annual business plan as part of the management team
  • Contribute to the delivery of ASCERT’s strategic plan as part of the management team

This job information is not intended to be either restrictive or definitive. It is important to note that the responsibilities of the post may change to meet the evolving needs of the services that the charity provides.


The following ESSENTIAL criteria must be clearly evidenced in section (1) in the application form. Failure to do so will result in a candidate not being selected for interview.

All essential criterial will be assessed at shortlisting stage.

A. Third level qualification (or equivalent) in a related discipline

B. Proven fundraising track record gained through working in a significant fundraising role for a minimum of 3 years

C. Demonstrate experience in a lead role of preparing funding proposals/ tenders

D. Proven experience of meeting financial targets and competent budget management

E. Proven excellent written skills in producing concise and creative funding documents and bids that have secured significant funding.

The following DESIRABLE criteria should be evidenced in section (2) in the application form.

Some or all of the desirable criteria may be assessed at shortlisting stage.

F. Experience of leading a team on preparing funding proposals/ tenders

G. Good understanding of the community / voluntary sector and its funding environment

H. Membership of the Institute of Fundraising

The following Criteria will be assessed at interview stage only

I. Sound planning and organisational skills to work proactively with minimum supervision to achieve deadlines and objectives.

J. Proficiency in using desktop applications such as Microsoft office, internet and email.

K. Ability to work flexible hours (with notice) and to travel throughout Northern Ireland at times demanded by the job.

L. Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, to include delivery of presentations to a variety of audiences as well as communicating online.

M. Empathy with ASCERT’s purpose and values

N. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective internal and external working relationships

Closing Date 12pm on Friday 25th January 2019

Interview Date 30th January 2019

For an application form please click on the DOWNLOAD BUTTON.

Job Snapshot

Job Type
Third Level Certification
Charity and Voluntary, General Management
Job Roles
Development Manager, Fundraising Manager, Co-ordinator
Min Experience
3-4 yrs
Employer Type
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
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