Trust & Foundation Specialist

Blended home/office based with travel across Scotland as required

Permanent (33 hrs per week)

Reporting into:
Senior Relationship Manager

Closing Date:
Monday 26th April 2021

Interview Date:
Wednesday 5th May 2021 (virtual)

Job Description
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You will be a skilled Fundraiser with significant experience in securing large grants and achieving fundraising targets from Trusts and Foundations.

The ability to prioritise, plan and develop compelling grant applications, in different mediums, will be key to your success in this role. An excellent communicator, you will have particular skills in prospect research and grant writing and be able to convey the impact of our work with authenticity and passion.

You will have a working knowledge of the Scottish funding landscape and the ability to develop relationships, both within our organisation and with  key funders, to secure funds which support our long-term development.

You will share and uphold Cyrenians values and believe in the work we do.

Strategy and Management

  • With support from the Senior Relationships Manager, you will deliver a strategy to maximise income from Trusts and Foundations.
  • Time all work to meet specific financial and organisational objectives, targets and KPIs.
  • Manage and develop any staff or volunteers, if required, in line with HR policies and organisational learning and development.

Securing New Income

  • Manage and develop a pipeline of prospective Trusts and Foundations, developing relationships with Grants Officers, decision makers and Trustees.
  • Identify, research and develop effective prospect engagement plans to cultivate new trust prospects, including site visits and presentations.
  • Write and design bespoke proposals, applications, cases for support and fundraising materials aimed at Trusts and Foundations in order to generate significant funding.
  • Make timely and relevant grant applications to Trusts and Foundations, collating information from a variety of projects.
  • Where necessary, make applications to other types of funders.


  • Ensure the effective stewardship of gifts including tracking current grants and maintaining systems for timely and effective reporting, and applying for renewed support.
  • Monitor and horizon-scan to maintain an up-to-date awareness of grant-making and philanthropic trends and fundraising best practice.
  • Capture and effectively record approaches, meetings, contacts, correspondence and contracts, maintaining detailed CRM records.
  • Work with other members of the organisation to maximise opportunities for philanthropic support.


  • Capture and record up-to-date Trust and Foundation information on the CRM.
  • Provide regular analysis and income reports.
  • Adhere to all Cyrenians policies and procedures; in particular to adhere to and promote good practice regarding i) volunteers ii) confidentiality; iii) Health & Safety of self, colleagues, volunteers and service users; and iv) equality of opportunity.
  • Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be expected to fulfill the role.
  • At least two years’ experience of fundraising for a third sector organisation with responsibility for generating Trusts income, ideally from a wide variety of funders.
  • Experience of public/third sector relationships through paid and/or voluntary work.
  • A sound knowledge of fundraising, compliance with standards and the current fundraising environment.
  • Experience of using digital technology for fundraising.
  • Established network and connections in funding/funders.
  • Degree level education or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Member of Institute of Fundraising.
  • Able to work flexible hours in line with the requirements of the post, very occasionally travelling and staying overnight for work events.


We are no longer taking applications for this position. Further information about our Fundraising and Charity recruitment Services.