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Fundraising and Marketing Officer

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK is recruiting a Fundraising and marketing officer

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a radical approach to the production and supply of food that builds strong, close and mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and producers. It’s defined as a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared.  Farmers receive a more stable and secure income and closer connection with their community, and consumers benefit by eating fresh healthy local food, feeling more connected to the land where their food is grown and learning new skills.

The CSA Network UK is the only organisation working solely to promote CSA – community supported agriculture – across the UK.

  • We provide a network to facilitate communication and co-operation between CSAs in the UK.
  • We support new and existing CSAs through the provision of resources, events, training, mentoring and advice.
  • We raise awareness and understanding of the CSA model amongst farmers, growers, and the wider public.
  • We represent the interests of the UK CSA movement to government and other policy makers.

The Fundraising and marketing officer is responsible for securing funding from grants and other sources, and also helping to increase income from members and organisational supporters. We are looking for someone who is passionate about ecological agriculture with a track record of successful fundraising for a charity or social enterprise.

Hours – 2 days, 16 hours per week

Remuneration – £100 per day

Job Description

The Fundraiser is responsible for:

  • Assessing the funding needs of the CSA Network UK and creating the Fundraising Strategy and work plan to meet those needs.
  • Researching and identifying appropriate potential sources of funds for the CSA Network UK, including membership subscriptions, grants, corporate sponsors, major donors, other donations, legacies, crowd funding, awards, events, consultancies, merchandise and any other form of fundraising worth considering.
  • Building a network of potential funders for CSA Network UK and keeping an up to date database to include all forms of contact made with funders.
  • Recruiting more corporate supporters and securing sponsorship from like minded companies for CSA Network activities and events.
  • Developing promotional initiatives and incentives to encourage more CSA farms, individuals and organisations to join or support the network.
  • Writing funding bids, both narrative and financial budgets, in conjunction with the network coordinator and board, and stewarding the bid process through to completion.
  • Ensuring that any reports and other monitoring requirements for funders are delivered on time, in conjunction with the coordinator.
  • Representing the CSA Network UK at meetings, conferences and events where funders may be present.
  • Preparing regular progress updates for the CSA Network UK coordinator and board.
  • Any other aspect of fundraising work considered reasonable.
  • Assisting with other CSA Network UK events and activities as required.

Person Specification

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds from a variety of sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional networks.
  • Excellent written English and the ability to adapt written materials to different audiences.
  • Experience of developing successful crowd-funding fundraising campaigns.
  • Experience of using and maintaining a fundraising database.
  • Excellent ICT skills.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working within the environmental movement, or the third sector
  • Experience of working on membership development.
  • Knowledge of community supported agriculture and agroecological farming.#
  • Experience of remote working or an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working remotely as part of a small team.

To apply please email your CV and a brief covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) stating how you meet the job description and person specification to by 6pm on the closing date 22 June 2018.

Board members

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK is currently seeking new board members, particularly with accountancy qualifications or fundraising experience and also to act as secretary.

The CSA Network UK was launched in December 2013. We are a cooperative membership organisation that brings together CSA farms to connect and exchange their skills and knowledge. We are registered as an Industrial and Provident Society. We currently have two part-time members of staff and a board of seven members, which is made up of representatives of our member CSA farms and other supportive organisations.

We normally hold board meetings via conference call, once a month or every two months and then have one or two face to face meetings per year, usually held in either London or Bristol, as well as our AGM.

The role is unpaid but we cover travel and other expenses for meetings and events.

We have just received funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for another three years. We are looking for board members with previous knowledge or experience of CSA and ecological farming who would like to work with our staff to help the organisation continue to grow.

If you are interested in this role please email us at letting us know more about your experience and why you’re interested in being a board member for the CSA Network UK.