We’re hiring! Would you like to be part of the team bringing life-changing residential programs to young people across the UK? We’re looking for passionate people with experience in fundraising and communications.


LIFEbeat is a registered charity formed in 2009. Our mission is to improve the emotional wellbeing of young people – giving them the skills and inspiration to overcome the challenges they face, to navigate the divisions in society and to lead confident, healthy and purposeful lives. More information is available on www.lifebeat.co.uk

The Position 

LIFEbeat is looking for a Head of Fundraising and Communications to develop, implement and keep under review LIFEbeat’s fundraising strategy to raise over £600k by 2021 from major donors, corporates, trusts and foundations. As part of the senior management team, the appointed person will play a key role in the leadership and direction of LIFEbeat, acting as a role model for others. He/she/they will manage LIFEbeat’s London office and be responsible for the following:


• Develop and execute the LIFEbeat fundraising strategy to create reliable and diversified revenue streams from: Trusts and Foundations, Patrons and Individual Donors, Community Fund Sponsors, Corporate Funders

• Write funding applications, manage and develop relationships with donors to maximise their support, ensuring that reporting requirements are fulfilled and new applications prepared and submitted where appropriate

• Build on the recently created community fund initiative, organise funding events and help LIFEbeat grow in size

• Maintain and develop the administration, research and systems required to effectively target the most appropriate donors, both institutional and large foundations

• Create and manage the fundraising budget in consultation with the Board of Trustees

• Deliver on annual income and expenditure targets

• Provide reports and analysis of fundraising activities for the Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees

• Regularly analyse cost and return on investment, review strengths, weaknesses and performance of the various income streams and act accordingly

• Keep abreast of current funding issues or new funding sources available within the sector

• Keep accurate and up to date records on Salesforce

• Represent the organisation


• Develop LIFEbeat’s image as a leading charity with funding bodies, governments and other organisations in the sector

• Maintain effective networks and seek opportunities to expand and promote the role of LIFEbeat

• Develop the branding and external communications strategy of LIFEbeat, ensuring that communications are fresh, relevant and appeal to key stakeholders

• Oversee the design of the website and keep it up to date and effective. Support the development of our digital presence, including social media strategy, e-marketing activities and the website

• Be responsible for the quality of all external communications

Candidate Profile 

Key attributes for the post:


• A minimum of 4 years’ fundraising experience with Trusts, Foundations, Major Donors, Corporates, and fundraising events.

• A proven record of achieving and exceeding income targets, including being personally responsible for converting contacts into donations. Ability to close a deal

• Experience of analysis, review and monitoring of fundraising performance

• A proactive approach to developing relationships with funders and influential decision makers

• Ability to plan an annual schedule of approaches to donors to ensure both efficiency and good stewardship

• Willingness and ability to give presentations

• Experience of using digital media and social networking

• Experience of recruiting and working with high profile ambassadors


• The ability to write compelling and inspiring copy

• An ability to identify, gather, record, organise, present and evaluate information. • Experience of representing an organisation to the media

• Experience of brand development

• Experience of managing PR campaigns which deliver results

Data Management

• Knowledge of customer database administration

• A proven record of working with colleagues and an understanding of business information needs, and of creating appropriate tools to satisfy those needs

• Strong experience of gathering and analysing a wide range of data from different sources

• Demonstrable experience of improving the efficiency and/or effectiveness of existing information tools

• Strong analytical skills, understanding which data is relevant and which is not relevant

• An ability to identify, gather, record, organise, present and evaluate information

Likely Profile:

• Educated to degree level

• A “go-get” attitude with the ability to think creatively and to respond effectively to unforeseen circumstances

• An ability to meet competing deadlines and manage workload with the minimum of supervision

• Strong strategic and financial planning skills. Experience of financial responsibility, budget setting, management and control and donor segmentation

• Strong IT skills, including familiarity with Salesforce, Word and Excel

• Excellent networker

• Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team

To Apply

If you are interested in joining the team, please email a cover letter and CV to info@lifebeat.co.uk. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

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