JOB TITLE: Development Officer
REPORTING TO: Development Manager (Corporates, Organisations & Affiliates)
BASED: British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HD
TERMS: Full time 35 hours per week, permanent contract
SALARY: £20,000 - £25,000 depending on experience

Overall Purpose of the job

The British Science Association (BSA) is a charity with a vision of a world where science is a fundamental part of culture and society.  Our mission is to support, grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science; and to strengthen their influence over science's direction and place in society.

We are recruiting a Development Officer to join our Development team; you will play a key role in supporting the Development Team in identifying, acquiring and stewarding prospective and existing partners and donors to help fund the BSA’s programmes and activities.

This is an exciting time for the BSA as we look to develop our programmes, establish new activities and create more partnerships to help us reach these goals.

Download the full job specification (pdf)

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake prospect research (on potential supporters including corporates, organisations, trusts and individuals)
  • Provide written briefings for colleagues (on corporates, trusts and foundations and major donors) as directed
  • Prepare presentations on aspects of the organisation’s work and helping to develop and tailor ‘case for support’ documents and sales decks
  • Develop relationships with existing sponsors and partners, and take responsibility for administration of key accounts (including ensuring their requirements are met and regular reporting against objectives)
  • Work with the Data & Impact Officer and colleagues from the Finance Team, to ensure a thanking plan is in place for every gift
  • Assist at fundraising events aimed at cultivating or stewarding partners and donors
  • Create and manage the content of the website that is relevant to our funders
  • Draft compelling copy for other relevant collateral, such as membership bulletins, the Annual Review
  • Maintain accurate records of our current funders, prospects and previous partners (using our CRM database)
  • Participate in the wider activities of the BSA, and develop a network of external contacts
  • Undertake other duties as directed by line manager or Director, as reasonably expected

To apply: Please send your CV and covering letter that summarises your interest in this post. Please provide evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification and send it to:

The closing date for applications is 26 February 2016 at 5.00 pm

The interviews for this position will take place week commencing 29 February

Terms and conditions
From time to time the job entails working extended hours, for which no overtime payments are made. However, The British Science Association does operate a time off in lieu policy. Applicants should note that hours may be particularly demanding, including weekends, during the British Science Festival in September of each year.

The Association offers a number of benefits to employees including a contributory pension for eligible employees after three months’ service. Employees are also entitled to either an interest free season ticket following their probationary period or after three months' service (whichever is the longer) or a bicycle loan following the probationary period. All employees are eligible to have death in service insurance from day one of service.

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to bring along proof of nationality and/or proof of ability to work in the UK.
Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013)? The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account.

It is the policy of the British Science Association to appoint successful candidates on the lower end of the pay scale. This allows for progression for the successful candidate during their time at the BSA.

Due to number of responses we receive we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and a company committed to diversity. The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially discriminating factor. Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. It is the practice of the Association to examine job descriptions from time to time and to update to ensure they relate to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate whatever changes are reasonably required, in discussion with the post-holder.