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Head of Fundraising and Communications Full Time

at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Oxford in Oxford (Published at 20-04-2021)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Advertising on behalf of Restore;

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for you to join our team as our Head of Fundraising & Communications (Maternity) based at our office in Oxford. You will join us on a full time, 10 month Maternity Cover contract, working 35 hours per week and in return, you will receive a competitive salary of £33,493 per annum

About Restore

Restore works in Oxfordshire with people who have severe and enduring mental health problems. We know that everyone has talents and abilities, and the capacity to make a valuable contribution to the community. We believe that people with mental health problems have the right to work, the right to the support they need to gain employment and lead fulfilling lives. We also believe that the stigma associated with mental health problems damages the whole community and in all we do, we work to challenge this discrimination.

As our Head of Fundraising & Communications (Maternity), your principal responsibility will be to ensure that Restore is excellently positioned to bring in significant income from fundraising, and to promote the activities of the organisation to the benefit of Restore?s members and the wider community of Oxfordshire.

Responsibilities as our
Head of Fundraising & Communications (Maternity) will include:

  • Implementing Restore?s fundraising strategy to strengthen the charity?s financial resilience and sustainability
  • Coordinating priorities for Restore?s fundraisers
  • Leading and strengthening the fundraising team
  • Strengthening relationships with local broadcast and print media
  • Representing and promoting Restore externally to a wide range of audiences
  • Encouraging and supporting people to raise awareness of mental health issues and the work of Restore

What we?re looking for in our Head of Fundraising & Communications (Maternity):

Please note that all areas must be addressed in your cover letter when making your application, explaining how you meet these criteria. We will not be able to shortlist you if you do not cover these.


  • A good understanding of effective community fundraising approaches, with a creative flair and an ability to work imaginatively
  • Ability to create and respond quickly and flexibly to new opportunities
  • Strong communication skills, from one-to-one conversations to persuasive proposals, powerful presentations and public speaking
  • Strong leadership qualities and a proven track record of leading, managing and inspiring teamwork and high performance in staff
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, and in a planned and organised way

Ability to create and maintain streamlined systems to store and record the work of the Fundraising & Communications team

  • Experience of writing or co-writing grant applications to grant-making bodies, with a track record of success
  • Experience of using social, broadcast and print media to powerfully communicate key messages
  • Commitment to Restore?s values and keeping the service user experience and voice at the heart of all work
  • A full understanding of budgets and reports for fundraising activities


  • An understanding of mental health issues and a commitment to challenging the stigma associated with mental illness

  • An understanding of the social, political and funding environment in which the voluntary and community sector operates
  • Experience in leading and delivering community events
  • Experience of fundraising databases (e.g. Donor Perfect)
  • A full driver?s license, access to a car, and/or willing to travel within Oxfordshire
  • A willingness to be flexible on working arrangements, including working outside regular office hours (on evenings and weekend, for which all hours worked outside of normal working hours are reimbursed as time in lieu)

In return our Head of Fundraising & Communications (Maternity) will receive the following benefits:

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • 25 days plus bank holidays (Increases to 30 with increasing years of service)
  • Travel Loan, Eye care vouchers, Cycle to work scheme and more!

Closing date:
Midnight, Monday, 3rd May 2021
Interview date: Wednesday, 12th May 2021 (In person)

If you feel you have the skills and experience to join us as our Head of Fundraising & Communications (Maternity), then please click apply today! We?d love to hear from you.

Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

This job description is likely to change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organisation agreed by the Board of Trustees.

This post will be on a 4 week?s notice period.

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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