Special Olympics Great Britain Is Recruiting!

Do you have a passion for making a difference?  Are you a self-starter looking for your next big challenge? Fancy going on a journey of a lifetime.

We are a small but mighty team, with huge ambitions to transform more lives of those who live with an intellectual disability, through the power of sport.  We are looking for four new people to join our team as we embark on our next journey.

Special Olympics Great Britain Is Recruiting!

Over the last two years, Special Olympics Great Britain has undergone significant organisational change as part of a new and ambitious growth strategy in place for 2021-2024. We are now looking to align our Special Olympics GB National Office team structure to allow us to effectively deliver our new Strategic Plan.  We are looking to appoint two Heads of Fundraising and two Network Development Managers to join our dynamic and ambitious National Office team.

We continue to be focused on our vision to create an inclusive world for all, driven​ by the power of sport, through which people with intellectual disabilities​ live active, healthy and fulfilling lives. ​  The Covid-19 pandemic has meant we have had to look at our operating model in more detail and look for areas to adapt, improve and rebuild. Recent world events, broader societal changes regarding inclusion and the rapid pace of change that technology is having on the world around us means that we have an opportunity to explore new routes to reach more of the 1.5 million people who live with intellectual disability in GB. 

We are searching for two brilliant creative and innovative fundraisers, and two fabulous sports development professionals to join our team.

  • Head of Fundraising (Grants, Trusts and Foundations) - £40-£45k per annum
  • Head of Fundraising (Individual Giving, Campaigns and Events) - £40-£45k per annum
  • Network Development Manager (Clubs) - £28k-£32k per annum
  • Network Development Manager (Workforce) - £28k-£32k per annum

We are a very small team with huge ambitions, so you need to be comfortable operating in this environment. We are looking for people who are passionate about Special Olympics and are completely aligned with our values.  We are authentic.  We act with honesty, integrity and respect.  We are creative and innovative.  We love to embrace difference and doing things differently.  We are brave, courageous, resilient and determined.  We listen and are led by the voice of our athletes.  We are always kind.  We are inclusion in action.

We have secured some funding which allows us to appoint these critical posts at this really important time in our development.  We are building a high performing team who care for each other and care about our cause.  Our athletes are the most inspirational, courageous and insightful people you could ever wish to meet, and they deserve a team who are equally committed and passionate about our mission.

The challenge is great, but the rewards are greater.  If you are an experienced fundraiser and/or brilliant sports development professional, who wants to be part of a movement which transforms lives through sport, then please have a look at the job descriptions in more detail.

The two Heads of Fundraising key appointments reporting directly to the Director of Engagement and working closely with colleagues across the organisation and externally.  Each role will have a different fundraising focus area.  We are looking for a Head of Fundraising (Grants, Trusts and Foundations) and a Head of Fundraising (Individual giving, Campaigns and Events).

The Head of Fundraising (Grants, Trusts and Foundations) will lead on sourcing and pursuing potential funding opportunities, as well as writing and submitting grant applications alongside any supporting materials, with the clear objective of achieving growth in income and diversification of funding. This role is primarily focussed on raising funds from grant making bodies including trusts and foundations and other organisations.

The Head of Fundraising (Individual giving, Campaigns and Events) will have a focus on fundraising led campaigns, events and corporate partner fundraising engagement and donations, with the clear objective of achieving growth in income and diversification of funding.

The two Network Development Managers are also key appointments reporting directly to a Head of Sports Development and will work closely with colleagues across the organisation with a specific focus on our athlete growth, volunteers and club development.  Both roles will support the post Covid-19 recovery through development and delivery of Special Olympics GB’s strategic objectives relating to Infrastructure Development.  As a member of the Organisational Growth team, these roles will play an important part in shaping the delivery operations of capability and capacity building, driving it forward and actively support, and implement the strategic plan in accordance with the stated mission.

For Job Role specifics please check out the Job Descriptions here Jobs & Opportunities | Special Olympics (specialolympicsgb.org.uk)

How to apply

If you are just looking for a job, then we are probably not for you.  If you are looking for a challenge, a chance to make a huge difference and you want to be part of a high performing team which gets things done, then we would like to hear from you.

To apply, please send in a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) explaining why you wish to work for Special Olympics Great Britain. It is important that all prospective employees understand our mission and are driven by our cause. Please be specific about how your skills and experience will help you undertake this role. Generic letters will not be considered.

Please also include your CV and send along with your covering letter to recruitment@sogb.org.uk being very clear about which role you are applying for and why.

Please state the job title that you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

If you require any further information, please contact us via recruitment@sogb.org.uk

If you have challenges with written communication, then please call Laura Baxter, Director of Organisational Growth on 07932 650946 to chat about alternative application options for you.

Closing date for applications is Friday 18th June 2021 at 5pm. First stage interviews will be held w/c 21st June and w/c 28th June 2021.

Early application for all four roles is encouraged as we will be assessing them as they come in.

Special Olympics Great Britain is committed to equality and diversity and encourages all sections of the community, particularly those living with a disability, who meet the job requirements to apply. The job holder will need to provide evidence of their ability to live and work in the UK.

We will only contact those who have been selected for interview.

We request no contact from agencies.

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Date published: 04 June 2021
Date updated: 04 June 2021

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