Fundraising and Grants Assistant

Based: EJF offices in London or Bath (with home working)

Closing date for applications: 6 pm 14th January 2022

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Salary range: £26,000-£31,000 (according to experience and location)


Private healthcare and life insurance

Generous pension rising with each year of service

Generous annual leave increases with each year of service

Cycle-to-work allowance

About the role

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is looking for a Fundraising and Grants Assistant to join our growing international team raising funds for our investigations and campaigns, holding those responsible for environmental destruction accountable and strengthening our vital support for environmental defenders across the globe.

The role will help diversify and grow EJF's income from grant makers, ethical businesses, universities, and individuals. This recruitment is an unusual opportunity to join a dynamic charity and develop a range of skills and expertise whilst delivering impact for EJF's campaigns and grassroots conservation programmes. The role will work directly with the senior team in the UK and liaise with EJF filmmakers, campaigners and community activists working to protect our natural world and defend human rights.

Position overview

The Fundraising and Grants Assistant is an exciting and rewarding role for an ambitious, enthusiastic, and motivated self-starter with superb communications skills, meticulous attention to detail and a confident and outgoing personality. You will have a track record producing concise and compelling materials for different audiences and thinking of new and creative ways to attract support for EJF's campaigns and grassroots programmes.

You are organised and able to track your progress against agreed timeframes. Ideally, you have worked in a fast-paced organisation where you could prioritise your work and meet competing deadlines, and you can show how your previous roles have made a difference. You share EJF's commitment to protecting the natural world, wildlife and human rights directly linked to environmental justice.

Key responsibilities

  • Research and liaise with private trusts, foundations, and public grant makers (UK and international) and compile winning grant applications.

  • Identify opportunities to engage ethical business, liaise with companies and produce materials to inspire their support for our work.

  • Maintain the grant database and calendar, ensuring the EJF teams are aware of reporting deadlines and other priority needs.

  • Connect with colleagues worldwide to draft grant reports, request photos, quotes and other updates for funders.

  • Assist with bespoke fundraising initiatives and events and other ad hoc fundraising needs such as the T-shirt project and EJF's online shop and connect with universities to promote EJF as the charity of choice for student support.

Essential skills and attributes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, you pay attention to detail and can engage and inspire different audiences.

  • Meticulously organised with solid time management skills.

  • Reliable, motivated and happy to work on your own and in a team.

  • Creative and want to find new ways to engage supporters and grant makers.

  • Experience in data management and confident user of CRM and other software.

  • Fluent in written and spoken English; other languages are an asset.

  • Friendly, outgoing and confident with a positive outlook.

  • You share EJF's vision, commitment and determination to make a difference for our world.

Applications: please send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right person and what you will bring to the role:

No other form of communication and no agencies. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: 14th January 2022. Applications will be assessed upon receipt.