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Senior Fundraising Officer

England - Waterloo Uncovered

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Job Description:

Waterloo Uncovered is a registered UK charity based in South West London.
The charity combines archaeology with a veterans’ support programme. Working in partnership with some of Europe’s top universities, and through the unique perspective of a team comprised of archaeologists, veterans, and serving soldiers, Waterloo Uncovered uses the archaeological excavation of the Battle of Waterloo, to better understand war and its impact on people — and to educate the public about it.


Founders Mark Evans and Charlie Foinette have a shared history. They studied archaeology together at University College London before joining the army. Both chose the Coldstream Guards, the British regiment that played a vital role in the allied victory at Waterloo and continues to see active service across the world today. In their military careers they led men in combat, saw war up close and personal, and felt its impact first hand – on the battlefield and at home.


In 2010, returning from Afghanistan, Mark was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and his friend Charlie was on hand to help. It was Charlie’s powers of persuasion — “If you haven’t seen a Doctor by Monday I’ll bloody drag you there myself” — that set Mark on the way to recovery. It wasn’t quick and, almost four years, later when the MoD began a project to support veterans through archaeology, Charlie thought Mark would be an ideal candidate. They were both amazed by what they discovered — archaeology could help veterans recover and support their transition into civilian life.


This revelation got the friends thinking. Inspired by their shared past and the approaching bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the notion struck them of combining the worlds they knew so well to create an entirely new kind of social enterprise – a bold new venture to involve serving personnel and veterans in unearthing the secrets of the world’s most famous land battle — Waterloo Uncovered.


Senior Fundraising Officer 

Waterloo Uncovered is looking for an experienced and motivated Senior Charity Fundraiser to join our small and growing charity, at what is a very exciting time. As the charity’s dedicated fundraiser, you will work closely with the CEO to ensure Waterloo Uncovered meets its annual fundraising goals, that will allow the charity to deliver its work across its four areas of interest: Archaeology, Serving Personnel and Veteran Support, Education and Multinational Collaboration.


Since 2015 Waterloo Uncovered has successfully delivered an internationally renowned, multinational archaeological excavation on the Waterloo battlefield, with a support programme for serving military personnel and veterans as an integral part. What started in 2015 as a week-long excavation with 20 participants, by 2018 had grown to a two-week field-school with over 150 participants from 11 countries. Supported by a number of outreach and education activities, predominantly in the UK, but increasingly across Europe.


The charity has recently taken the decision to continue with a focus on the Waterloo site for the next five to 10 years, which will allow it to maximize the potential of the Waterloo site as well as to further develop relationships with existing supporters, stakeholders and colleagues. The charity will explore and resource wider and more detailed archaeological fieldwork at Waterloo while supporting an increasing number of serving personnel and veterans, and carrying out more outreach and education work inside and outside the UK.

Trust Fundraising 3 days a week

The focus of the fundraising role (three days out of five) will be to manage and grow the charity’s Grants and Funds programme (with an initial focus on the UK Veteran and Health sectors). The remainder of your time, prioritised across the year, will be spent supporting other existing fundraising activities: supporting the CEO developing the charity’s growing Major Donor and Corporate Sponsorship programmes, working with our Marketing and Operations staff to maintain our Supporter Organisations programme, and working with volunteers and the CEO to support a limited number of events.


There will be chances to work with our staff, partner and supporter organisations, archaeologists, volunteers, and veterans. Fundraising operations are currently focussed on the UK, but it is hoped you will help the CEO expand the charity’s international reach, to other participating European nations in particular. There is the potential for occasional travel, including taking part in the project’s annual two-week summer excavation – in Belgium in July.


This role is ideal for someone who is looking to play an important role in a charity that is growing quickly. Someone who wants to develop or expand their fundraising portfolio is capable of working as part of a small team but wants the opportunity to work with some autonomy and responsibility. Trust and Foundation fundraising experience with a proven track record is essential.


This is a really unique opportunity for the right person to join the charity and influence its growth and work. The work the charity will conduct will have an important impact, not only in supporting and enhancing the lives of the military personnel involved but in providing significant historical detail and accuracy. This will, in turn, provide insight into the effects of conflict, for example comparing modern day to times gone by and looking at the role of women in war.


We want to hear from all interested candidates, and to be considered for the positions we strongly recommend submitting a short covering letter along with your CV, outlining why you’re right for the role by 19 February.


Unfortunately, we’re unable to consider any applications received after the closing date.


Salary: £30,000 - £35,000


Job Category: Fundraising

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Location: England

Keywords: fundraising, Major Donor, sponsorship, Trust Fundraising

Job Expires: Endless

How to Apply:

Please send CVs with a short covering letter to John Abbey: By email only please.

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