Development Officer

Grange Pavilion Development Officer

Post Title: Grange Pavilion Development Officer

Salary: £28,000

Duration: 12 month fixed term contract, extension possible, dependent on funding

Hours:  37.5 hours per week

Location: Hybrid, with shared office space in Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 7LJ

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 12th February 2024

Our commitment to our social values means that we’re always looking for ways to give back to the communities we serve. We have the chance to work on innovative projects at the heart of one of Wales’s most diverse wards, making a real difference to the lives of local residents. As a Real-living wage employer, we’re committed to valuing the contributions and experiences of our community, staff, and board. We promote diversity and inclusivity in everything we do, encouraging applications from underrepresented communities and local residents in Grangetown.  Join us and help make Grangetown the best place to live, work, and play.

About Grange Pavilion

Grangetown is one of the largest wards in Cardiff, and at the heart of this area sits Grange Pavilion.

Grange Pavilion is a resident-led community centre in the heart of Wales’s most diverse ward. Grange Pavilion provides affordable space-for-hire, a community-focused café offering employment and training opportunities to local young people, biodiverse outdoor space for gardening, seasonal growing and environmental education programmes and much-needed accessible public amenities in a popular inner-city park.

Grange Pavilion is led by our CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) board, which is comprised of Grangetown residents, individuals from local organisations with key expertise, and community volunteers. We were constituted in 2017 and achieved charity status in June 2018, and have been working in partnership with Cardiff University’s Community Gateway team.

Grange Pavilion supports many different groups of people in Grangetown:

  • Young people benefit from the award-winning Grange Pavilion Youth Forum, led by young people from the area. The Youth Forum, consisting of approximately 20 young people between the ages of 14 and 25, meets weekly, online or in person, with members collaborating on creative projects, helping each other with schoolwork and devising campaigns to tackle anti-social behaviour amongst young people in the area.
  • People of advanced years are supported through the Friends and Neighbours meetings held at Grange Pavilion, bringing people of different backgrounds and ethnicities together to share stories over a cuppa.  Grange Pavilion has an open-access policy and encourages residents who are alone and isolated to pop in any time for a sit-down and a chat.
  • Parents and families can access regular activities at Grange Pavilion, including after-school clubs offering dance and physical fitness sessions, weekly yoga for pregnant ladies, and singing with tots’ sessions.
  • Local interest groups such as the Grangetown Historical Society, Grangetown Community Choir and Grangetown Community Action regularly benefit from Grange Pavilion as a home for their meetings and activities and through partnership.
  • Home and freelance workers can find company and feel less isolated by working in the café or benefit from a professional coworking space within the Grange Pavilion office, providing free Wi-Fi and drink-making facilities.
  • Residents with low incomes are supported in several ways, including free hot breakfasts and free hot drinks provided by the Hideout Café with support from local residents and grant funding, free nutritious lunch parcels delivered by Grange Pavilion in collaboration with a local church and space in the café to access free Wi-Fi.
  • Mental health service users and carers are supported by an annual event bringing together providers from several local services to help prevent suicide in the young and substance misuse, assisting people to deal with mental health issues and isolation, supporting carers and people with long-term chronic pain leading to declining mental health.

Job description and purpose

The position of Grange Pavilion Development Officer requires an individual who can effectively manage and cultivate relationships with funders and partners supporting the Grange Pavilion. This will be a hybrid role, with flexible remote work and access to a shared office in the Pavilion. You will be responsible for securing financial support from various public and private funders and maintain these relationships to establish a sustained support portfolio for our work. Reporting to the Grange Pavilion Manager and the Grange Pavilion CIO Board, you will also play a key role in developing mechanisms to support the growth of local charitable groups and organisations and emerging businesses that regularly use the Pavilion to benefit the local area.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducting research and identifying funding prospects in collaboration with Trustees, staff, and community partners.
  • Developing and submitting high-quality grant applications to appropriate grant-making organisations, Trusts, and Foundations.
  • Developing relationships with businesses and suppliers to leverage partnerships and sponsorship to support our work.
  • Building engaging content about fundraising initiatives, engaging effectively and professionally with our current donors, and working with colleagues to incorporate this message into Grange Pavilion communications and social media posts.
  • Effectively administrating all aspects of fundraising, including monitoring the progress made with prospects and keeping accurate and secure records of donor information and donations.
  • Reporting on fundraising income and performance to the Grange Pavilion CIO Board at monthly meetings.
  • Proposing and developing mechanisms to support the development of locally based charitable groups, organisations, and locally emerging businesses who regularly use the Grange Pavilion to benefit the local area.

Person specification

Essential Criteria

  • Experience in working in a fundraising environment.
  • Experience developing strong, professional relationships with colleagues and working with them to create fundraising proposals.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • High level of initiative and ability to find innovative and effective solutions to problems.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of organisation, managing several priorities and deadlines.
  • Good administrative and project management skills, including strong IT skills.
  • Adaptable and takes responsibility.
  • Reliable, honest, punctual, and enthusiastic.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in fundraising in a community context.
  • Welsh or another community language skills are desirable but not essential for this role.

Application Process

  1. Please send us your CV and Cover Letter (a maximum of two sides of A4) outlining your desire to join the Grange Pavilion and how you meet the criteria for the role.
  2. Deadline: 9 am Monday 12th February 2024.

Please return your completed applications to board@grangepavilion.wales.