The Sea-Change Sailing Trust operates from Maldon and Heybridge, taking around 200 young people and vulnerable adults each normal year to live and work aboard a Thames sailing barge. We have done this since 2007, initially using hired vessels but in 2019 commissioned the new replica Blue Mermaid to continue this work as well as developing our vision of carrying trainees and cargo with minimal carbon emissions. The barge was built as a result of a significant fundraising appeal. We also need to raise funds each year to assist people with the cost of sailing with us where necessary.
As part of our succession plan, we are looking for someone to take on the part-time role of fundraiser. You will either have some experience in this field gained elsewhere or be interested in learning the role, in which case the right person will receive support on the job as well as appropriate off-the-job training. You will need to be able to interact confidently at a senior level with funders and patrons as well as sometimes with those organising client groups; with guidance generate ideas for events and avenues of funding and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, resilience and tenacity as well as an ability to use digital technology and produce succinct applications. It is anticipated to require around two days a week (maybe more initially to learn the ropes) with a flexible approach to timekeeping and it is likely you will need to work from home as well as in a small shared office in Maldon. Depending on your aspirations it may be possible to create a paid position in future depending on funding. You will be encouraged to develop the role as far as your time allows.
Please send a typed curriculum vitae with a handwritten covering letter telling us about yourself and why you are interested in working with us. It is not essential to have knowledge of sailing, but an interest in the delivery of charitable work to a variety of clients is important.
Richard Titchener, Sea-Change Sailing Trust, Downs Road Boatyard, Maldon, Essex CM9 5HG