Fundraising and Communications Officer

Summary

Join the Learning with Parents team to support the sustainable growth of our ambitious charity, so that one day every child is supported at home to fulfil their potential

Job TitleFundraising and Communications Officer
Reports toFundraising Manager
Salary£23,400 full time equivalent (FTE)
Contract

Permanent

Full time or part-time considered, minimum of 30 hrs per week. 

Learning with Parents also operates a flexible working policy to support parents and other staff with caring responsibilities.  

LocationHybrid (Mondays and Tuesdays at our office in Bristol, other days remote) 
Deadline28th July 2024
Start dateASAP but we would be willing to wait for the right candidate

About Us

Learning with Parents supports all families to have positive learning interactions together and leads the sector to learn what works in tackling inequality.

In partnership with 150 primary schools, we support families across the UK to enjoy learning together at home. Families are motivated to sustain and enjoy frequent and positive interactions together.

Our parental engagement journey with schools starts by focussing on reading. Our digital reading log is an inclusive way for schools and families to record reading, replacing physical reading records.

Our full Maths and English programme builds on the positive habits fostered by our reading log. It replaces traditional Maths and English homework with fun activities which have parent-child interaction at their heart. Through behavioural insight research, innovative technology and teacher training we ensure that as many families as possible are supported effectively.

We are working to improve parental engagement across the sector, by producing evidence of parents’ impact and generating insights into how schools can best support them. Learnings are disseminated through the Parental Engagement Forum and amplified through the Fair Education Alliance.

You can read our 2023 impact report here and see our latest news and blogs here.

About the Role

There are 1.4 million primary-aged children growing up in poverty in the UK, and we are currently only working with a fraction of them. We have grown rapidly over the last few years and are now looking to grow our Fundraising team to the next level.

The Fundraising and Communications Officer will work as part of the Fundraising team to deliver Learning with Parents’ fundraising strategy. Their primary focus will be strengthening our existing funding pipeline through prospects research and managing the donor database. They will also be responsible for drafting compelling applications and reports for new and existing donors. They will develop and adapt our fundraising resources and provide wider support to the team. 

The Fundraising and Communications Officer will also be responsible for managing Learning with Parents external communications, including creating and posting engaging blogs and social media posts, drafting the Annual Impact Report and managing the organisation’s brand guidelines.  

Lastly, the Fundraising and Communications Officer will provide logistical support for the Parental Engagement Forum.

Core areas of responsibility

Fundraising support
  • Research prospects who are a good fit for our work including corporate funders, trusts and foundations, High Net Worth Individuals and Sector Awards
  • Working with our Fundraising Manager, build our funder pipeline in order to support accurate forecasting for the organisation
  • Working with our Fundraising Manager, craft well-written project proposals and briefings to inspire and engage funders including corporate funders, individuals and Trusts and Foundations
  • Cultivate and steward existing and new donors, helping to secure ongoing support and identify potential uplifts
  • Build relationships across the Learning with Parents team to source and manage information about our work, keeping up to date with progress and impact
  • Manage Learning with Parents’ reporting schedule, feeding into our draft reports as required 
  • Draft and spend out engaging and impactful quarterly funder newsletters
  • General support across different areas of fundraising, including but not limited to: working with the wider team to draft cases for support for new projects; keeping existing fundraising resources up to date and developing new ones as required; keeping our databases up to date; and supporting with event planning.
External communications
  • Manage the charity’s social media accounts, working across the Learning with Parents teams to ensure regular and engaging content
  • Make updates to the charity WordPress site 
  • Write regular blogs on a range of topics connected to our work
  • Format and publish the blogs on the WordPress site
  • Manage our annual impact report including planning the content, coordinating with other members of the team and liaising with the graphic designer
  • Manage brand guidelines, keeping them up to date with any changes to our sales & marketing strategy
  • Ad hoc support creating sales & marketing materials.
Coordinate the Parental Engagement Forum
  • Send out meeting updates, reminders and follow ups
  • Set up the quarterly meetings and assist the chair and speakers with logistics
  • Support speakers with slide templates and any other information required
  • Manage the participant list, adding and removing members as required and ensuring the links are shared at each meeting.
   
   

About You

This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience across fundraising, communications and project management at a fast-paced education-tech charity. A successful Fundraising and Communications Officer will be eager to work in a small team, enjoy creative writing, have a can-do attitude, and be keen to get stuck in to support the charity’s growth and impact. 

Our ideal candidate would also be able to provide examples of when they have used the following skills and experience: 

  • Strong writing and editing skills and an ability to produce clear and compelling narrative from your research and understanding of an organisation 
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise effectively – you’ll be in a busy role, working on several projects
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work well as a team and with a range of different stakeholders – you’ll need to adapt to a range of audiences as engagement will be key to this role
  • A desire to champion and uphold our organisation’s vision, mission and values.

 

Our ideal candidate might also be able to provide examples of when they have used  some of the following skills and experience, although these are not essential: 

  • An understanding of education inequality in the UK
  • Lived experience of some of the barriers that families from disadvantaged communities face in engaging with children’s learning 
  • Experience with WordPress, Canva, and mainstream social media channels.

Our Values

Our Learning with Parents values are key to how we work and inform our strategy, programme, and how we collaborate.

Ambition: We strive do more for the families, schools and organisations we work with

Collaboration: We value the voices of others and achieve more by working together

Exploration: We are curious and seek evidence to inform our work

Innovation: We test, learn, adapt and embrace failure in our pursuit of progress

Integrity: We act responsibly and honestly, and default to transparency

Supportive environment: We work to create an environment which supports growth, belonging and wellbeing for everyone

Benefits

We have a passionate team and supportive culture, which was recognised as we were named one of “The top 100 organisations to escape to in 2022” by Escape the City. In addition, we offer:

  • Generous holiday allowance (36 days, including bank holidays and a Birthday day)
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave policy
  • Income protection in case of sickness
  • Flexible working times
  • Social events
  • Environmental (Net Zero) Pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Benefit Hub, including virtual GP and discount scheme

To Apply

Submit a CV and one-page Cover Letter outlining your interest and suitability for this role by the 28th July 2024.

We would be grateful if you could also complete and submit our Equality and Diversity form. This helps us to monitor how we are doing against our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and identify areas we need to improve. Submitting this form is voluntary and will not affect how your application is assessed.   

Provisional dates for the first-round interviews will be online on Friday 2nd August. Second round interviews will be in person, at our Bristol offices the week commencing the 12th August.

We think it is important that our charity reflects the lived experience of our beneficiaries, and we want to be an organisation where employees and supporters from any background can thrive. We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans including non-binary (LGBTQ+) candidates, and candidates from low-income families. These groups are currently underrepresented at Learning with Parents, and we are committed to increasing representation and diversity at the charity.

Due to the nature of our work with young people, on acceptance of offers all Learning with Parents employees are subject to a DBS check in accordance with Safeguarding Policies and offers will also be subject to reference checks. 

If you have any questions about the role and applying, please contact us at hr@learningwithparents.com.

Application form

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I consent to my quotes being used to promote Learning with Parents’ work, for advocacy, communications and marketing materials or to advertise the product to other schools, or for any other purposes in line with our charitable goals and values. I understand that neither my name, nor any identifying features, will be shared.

We know that supporting children’s learning at home is not always easy for families and we are currently working with your child’s school to gather insights into the barriers parents face to engaging in their child’s learning. These insights will help us develop our programme so that we can support all parents.

We are running parent voice workshops to gather feedback from parents and carers. The insights provided will be used by Learning with Parents to make improvements to our platform and shared with other organisations working in education to strengthen practices. A publication written based on the insights from these discussions will be available on the Learning with Parents website.

Feedback collected will be analysed to identify trends by the Learning with Parents. The feedback you share may also be shared with researchers from another institution. All feedback will be stored and shared anonymously. Data will be held for 5 years to allow for any re-use and will be destroyed after that.

We will record audio of the session to help us transcribe your feedback afterwards. These recordings will not be shared with anyone outside of Learning with Parents and will be deleted within three months.

Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw your consent at any time.

Your name will not be in any publications, nor will they be shared with anyone.

Learning with Parents is committed to processing information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The personal data collected on this form will be held securely and will only be used for administrative purposes.

 

Your rights

You have the right to request to see a copy of the information we hold about you and to request corrections or deletions of the information that is no longer required. You can ask Learning with Parents to stop using your data at any time, in which case it will not be used in future but still analysis or quotes may continue to appear in publications already in circulation. To withdraw your consent, please contact: hello@learningwithparents.com.

You have the right to lodge a complaint against Learning with Parents regarding data protection issues with the Information Commissioner’s Office (https://ico.org.uk/concerns/).

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Terms and Conditions

PARTIES

(1) LEARNING WITH PARENTS a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales with charity number 1189812 whose registered office is Newminster House, Bristol, BS1 1LT (Company);

(2) Your school or setting (School);

WHEREAS

(A) The Company has developed a programme to motivate and empower parents to engage in their child’s learning.

(B) The School wishes to use the Company’s programme to help their children and families.

(C) The Company has agreed to grant access to sections of its website to the relevant school staff and families.

(D) The Company has agreed to provide and the School has agreed to pay for access to the Company’s website on the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS

1. Definitions

The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in this Agreement:

  • “Initial Price” is the price for the Initial Subscription Term. This is calculated by the “Price Calculation”.
  • “Initial Subscription Term” means the initial term which shall begin on the date this contract is entered into and end after one calendar year.
  • “Intellectual Property Rights” means patents, rights to inventions, copyright and related rights, trade marks and service marks, business names and domain names, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off or unfair competition, rights in designs, database rights, rights to use, and protect the confidentiality of, confidential information (including know-how) and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, renewals or extensions of, and rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world.
  • “Learning with Parents Package” means a section of the Company’s website personalised for the School that contains the Videos provided by the Company via the Website or any other website notified to the School by the Company from time to time.
  • “Ongoing Price” means the price for the applicable Ongoing Subscription Term calculated by the Company. This will be shared with the school at least 30 days prior to the renewal date. It is dependent on the number of classes whose parents or carers are offered access to the Learning with Parents Package, as reported by the School in accordance with clause 4.5 below.
  • “Ongoing Subscription Term” means the term which shall begin at the end of the previous Subscription Term and last for one year.
  • “Permitted Users” means the School’s current staff, and parents and carers of pupils currently at the School, in each case as at the applicable time of use.
  • “Price” means, in respect of the Initial Subscription Term, the Initial Price or the Ongoing Price, in respect of the applicable Ongoing Subscription Term.
  • “Price Calculation” means the value calculated using the formula agreed upon initial sign-up, or updated upon renewal.
  • “Subscription Term” means the Initial Subscription Term or the Ongoing Subscription Term, as applicable.
  • “Videos” means the videos provided within the Learning with Parents Package which consist of short clips of children explaining school techniques and are supported by related activities that parents can complete with their child.
  • “Website” means mathswithparents.com, learningwithparents.com, learningwithparents.org, englishwithparents.com or any subdomain of those domains, as appropriate.

2. Learning with Parents Package

In consideration of the School paying the applicable Price to the Company (in accordance with clause 5 below) the Company grants the School a nonexclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to access, and to allow the Permitted Users to access, the Learning with Parents Package during the Subscription Term.

3. Company’s Obligations

Subject to payment by the School of the Price (in accordance with clause 5 below), and compliance by the School with its obligations under clause 4 below, the Company agrees to:

3.1 provide the Learning with Parents Package to the School and use reasonable endeavours to ensure it can be accessed by the Permitted Users at all reasonable times.

3.2 work with the School to support increased parental engagement

4. School’s Obligations

4.1 provide the Company with such information and materials as the Company may reasonably require to supply the Learning with Parents Package and ensure that such information is accurate in all material respects;

4.2 ensure that only the Permitted Users use the Learning with Parents Package and that they do so inaccordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement;

4.3 allow the use of the School’s name and logo on the Company’s website and marketing materials;

4.4 no later than 30 days prior to each Subscription Term, provide an accurate estimate of the number of classes whose parents or carers will be offered access to the Learning with Parents Package.

5. Payment

5.1 The Company shall invoice the School up to 30 days prior to the start of each Subscription Term, or earlier if requested by the School, in respect of the Initial price or Ongoing Price, as applicable.

5.2 The School agrees to pay each invoice submitted by the Company within 30 days of the date of the invoice to the account specified in the invoice.

6. Intellectual Property Rights

6.1 No part of the Website including but not limited to the Learning with Parents Package and Videos may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means to anyone other than the Permitted Users without the prior express written consent of the Company.

6.2 The School acknowledges and agrees that the Company owns all Intellectual Property Rights in the Website, the Learning with Parents Package and the Videos and except as expressly stated herein, this Agreement does not grant the School any rights to or in such Intellectual Property Rights.

6.3 The School shall promptly give notice in writing to the Company in the event that it becomes aware of any infringement of any Intellectual Property Rights owned by the Company.

7. Termination

7.1 Without limiting its other rights or remedies each party may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if:

7.1.1 the other party commits a material breach of its obligations under this Agreement and (if such breach is remediable) fails to remedy the breach within 30 days after receipt of notice in writing to do so; or

7.1.2 the other party’s financial position deteriorates to such an extent that its capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Agreement has been placed in jeopardy.

7.2 Without limiting its other rights or remedies the Company may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect if the School fails to pay any amount due under this Agreement on the due date for payment.

7.3 If the Agreement is terminated pursuant to this clause 7 during a Subscription Term, there will be no refund to the School of the amount of any Price paid by the School in respect of that Subscription Term.

8. Renewal

At the end of each Subscription Term, this Agreement shall automatically renew for one additional year as an Ongoing Subscription Term unless written notice of non-renewal is provided to the Company by the School at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the then-current Subscription Term.

9. Indemnity

The School shall indemnify the Company for any loss suffered by the Company as a result of the School breaching its obligations under this Agreement.

10. Variation

No variation of this Agreement shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).

11. Entire Agreement

11.1 This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous agreements, arrangements and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

11.2 Each party agrees that it shall have no remedies in respect of any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in this Agreement.

11.3 Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in this Agreement.

12. Assignments

Neither party shall assign, transfer, subcontract, or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights and obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party.

13. Counterparts

This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when executed shall constitute a duplicate original, but all the counterparts shall together constitute the one agreement.

14. Third Party Rights

This Agreement does not confer any rights on any person or party other than the parties to this Agreement and where applicable their successors and permitted assigns pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

15. Governing Law

This Agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

16. Jurisdiction

Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).

The parties acknowledge that they have read and understand this Agreement and voluntarily accept the duties and obligations set forth herein.