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Fundraising and Development Organiser

At a glance

£165.50 per day
Closing date
Fixed Term (12 Months)
2 days per week


Xenia brings together women from different backgrounds to connect, share and learn. In particular we welcome women learning English to participate alongside women who speak fluent English, using Xenia sessions as a time to connect with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet and learn about each other’s perspectives through friendship and shared learning. We are based at various heritage venues, arts centres and museums, using the objects and stories from our shared history to help us connect with each other and the history of our area.


To drive the next phase of the organisation as we grow our activities and external profile. To lead on the organisation’s income generation & maintaining key relationships with funders/donors.


Xenia is a grassroots women’s organisation on a mission to create more inclusive, equal and welcoming communities. We deliver weekly workshops in London and Sheffield which support women from all backgrounds, ages, faiths, cultures and immigration statuses to share, connect and learn together.

Participants are at the heart of the Xenia community. Migrant, refugee, asylum seeking, and British women come together as active equals at our workshops where we use the arts, heritage and power of conversation to connect, learn from each other and take part in local civic life. Together we create a community that supports practising spoken English, reduces social isolation, connects different cultures, and gives underrepresented women access to civic and democratic opportunities.



  • Securing circa £130k per year from a range of sources. This includes submitting applications to trusts, foundations. It may also include maintaining major donor relationships, and establishing new relationships and leading on public fundraising campaigns.
  • Developing other sources of income generation as agreed with the Finance & Fundraising sub-group.
  • Work with the team to develop Communications and Fundraising Strategies, with support from Organising Team members and Trustees.

Grant management

  • Liaison with funders and donors.
  • In collaboration with Delivery Organisers: coordination & submission of grant reporting, monitoring grant deadlines and submission requirements.
  • In collaboration with Operations Organiser: putting together grant budgets and monitoring grant allocations.

Strategic partnerships and external relations

  • Developing professional strategic relationships with the wider sector.
  • Writing blogs, speaking at conferences, contributing to sector discussions.
  • Being a spokesperson for Xenia at events.


  • Occasionally creating digital assets for social media and or contributing posts, blogs or promotions, especially in relation to grant funders.
  • Producing a monthly newsletter.

Being an active member of the team

  • At Xenia we do not have a hierarchical management structure; instead all team members play an active role in the staff team making decisions that best guide our organisation.
  • As part of this role, you will be expected to play an active role in the Xenia Team. You will join other staff team members in sitting on the Finance and Fundraising sub-group and quarterly Trustee meetings.
  • Conduct all work in a way that reflects the values of Xenia.
  • Commit to personal development in the role, attend training and development opportunities as is beneficial for you and your role at Xenia(these will be mutually agreed).
  • Attend a Xenia workshop every 1 or 2 months for which you will be able to take time off in lieu*.

Xenia can offer regular freelance work at approximately 8 days per month at £165.50 per day. Hybrid working in our Hackney office and online remotely.


Skills and Experience


  • Experience of securing funds and donations, particularly from charitable trusts and foundations and/or major donors and corporates, and experience of managing funder relationships.
  • Experience creating strong networks and being a public spokesperson for a group or organisation.
  • Experience in building partnerships within the voluntary and social enterprise sectors.
  • Excellent oral communication with a range of audiences, and a confident public speaker.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication , for example blog writing, funding applications, public statements, social media.


  • Experience in following sectors: migration, heritage, social integration, loneliness, women, equalities.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies.
  • Experience working in a small charity/social enterprise/start up/ non-hierarchical organisation.

To view the full job description and how to apply, please click here –> Xenia – Fundraising and Development Organiser JD

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