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Head of Fundraising
Closing time and date: 23:59, Monday 6 June

Minimum 30 hours per week, or full-time


£43,000-£48,000 FTE

Flexible – partly home-based by arrangement, but travel to our Bedford office will be required at least three days a week and for management meetings as necessary, plus occasional travel to meet with supporters. The office is a 15-minute walk from Bedford Station.

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Role Description:

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced Head of Fundraising to lead our small, dynamic Schoolreaders fundraising team and help grow income in line with the charity’s ambitious, exciting plans. This is the ideal opportunity for someone hoping to achieve great results within a rapidly-growing charity which is impacting the lives of thousands of children every week.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With the CEO, to develop the organisation’s fundraising strategy in line with Schoolreaders’ 2020-2025 organisational objectives, and to develop and implement detailed operational fundraising plans accordingly.

  • To be responsible for preparing income and expenditure budgets for the Fundraising department, monitoring income targets and other performance indicators and reporting regularly to Trustees and Senior Management Team.

  • To identify shortfalls in performance with support from the CEO, and to prepare and implement contingency plans to ensure financial targets are met.

  • To be responsible for identifying, researching and developing new sources of funding in order to diversify our funding base and create multiple ongoing income streams.

  • Along with other fundraising team members, to be responsible for hands-on ‘account management’ of a number of key supporters: identifying and developing existing and new partnerships with high net worth individuals, corporates and other funding institutions.

  • To line-manage and optimise the effectiveness of the Trusts and Grants Manager, Trusts Officer, Community and Events Fundraiser and Key Relationships Manager plus other colleagues involved in fundraising activities, including County Team volunteers.

  • To be responsible for optimising all supporter relationships, both individual and institutional, through effective stewardship and effective systems and processes.

  • To oversee the ongoing development and successful application of the fundraising database, in cooperation with the Operations Team.

  • To ensure that all fundraising activities are carried out in accordance with fundraising legislation and good practice, including GDPR.

  • To ensure that Schoolreaders’ fundraising is carried out in accordance with the organisation’s values, including carrying out due diligence with key funding partners.

  • To represent Schoolreaders externally to relevant audiences and stakeholders.

  • As a member of the Senior Management Team, to contribute to the wider organisation’s strategic development and future plans and to support organisational change.

  • To carry out any other duties which are relevant and appropriate to the job.

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Trusts and Grants Manager
Closing date: 23:59, Monday 6 June


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30 to 37.5 hours per week  

Head of Fundraising

£35,000 to £39,000 pro rata 


  • To take the lead in maintaining and growing our well-established support from trusts and foundations. You will manage your own portfolio of trust supporters, involving research, bid-writing and meeting monitoring requirements, plus face-to-face meetings, often at the highest level. 

  • To line-manage our team of trust fundraisers, (one part-time direct report and one part-time consultant).

  • To work with the Head of Fundraising to develop a sound medium to long-term fundraising strategy for developing sustainable support from existing and potential trust and foundation supporters, where possible aiming for multi-year partnerships. 

  • To research and identify other sources of grant-funding, including national and local statutory grants.

  • To input into annual budget plans, monitor progress and income on an ongoing basis, and prepare monthly variance reports for the trusts/grants team.

  • To help develop and maintain our fundraising database and our systems for applying and reporting to trusts and grant-makers, to ensure effective coordination across the team.

  • To make face-to-face presentations and represent Schoolreaders as necessary.

  • To work with other members of the Schoolreaders team, including our volunteer County Teams, to maximise opportunities for fundraising from trusts and grant-makers.

  • To ensure that the role is carried out in accordance with fundraising legislation and good practice.

  • To ensure that due diligence is carried out thoroughly with all funding partners.

  • To carry out any other duties which are relevant and appropriate to the role.

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Marketing and Communications Manager

Closing date: 23:59, Monday 9th May

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Minimum 30 hours per week or full-time

£28,000 - £35,000 FTE

Head of Fundraising

Flexible – partly home-based by arrangement, and Bedford Office. (hybrid)

Role Description:

We are looking for an experienced, creative and highly motivated Marketing and Communications Manager to join our small, dynamic Schoolreaders team and help build our profile, reputation and fundraising through multi-media marketing and PR campaigns.  A wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to play a key role in a fast-growing charity that is impacting the lives of thousands of children every week.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Helping develop and implement the marketing and communications strategy to build name awareness and to maximise reach of the Schoolreaders service

  • Taking responsibility for all marketing and PR activities within the charity

  • Developing and delivering marketing and communications campaigns across the entire spectrum of communications disciplines including media and public relations, advertising, marketing, digital and social media and production of some materials

  • Increasing the charity’s profile across appropriate media (national, regional, social, print and broadcast) including regional volunteer recruitment

  • Work as part of the senior management team


Main Duties:

  • Develop key messages, lead on creating consistent language across all media

  • Act as ‘brand guardian’ for internal and external communications

  • Copywriting, image sourcing and licensing, printing of bi-annual newsletter

  • Copywriting for all other printed materials, i.e. impact report, posters, flyers, bookmarks etc

  • Manage design agency relationship and oversee briefing and delivery ensuring it’s on time and within budget

  • Manage the marketing and communications budget

  • Copywriting for fundraising campaigns

  • Support the Fundraising team with the marketing of events, fundraising projects and social media content

  • Provide event management communications for fundraising events

  • Copywriting for communication to all stakeholder groups (volunteers, schools, county teams, staff, funders)

  • Identify, write and disseminate newsworthy stories and press releases for Schoolreaders

  • Take responsibility for Schoolreaders’ press office, dealing with press enquiries and developing media relationships

  • Create and maintain volunteer and school case studies for use in PR and marketing

  • Manage crisis situation communications including strategy, holding statements, Q&As

  • Identify issues that could potentially damage the organisation’s reputation and work as part of the senior management team to recommend actions to mitigate this risk

  • Carry out any other duties which are relevant and appropriate to the job

Person Specification:

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Customer Service Operations Coordinator (two positions)

Closing date: 23:59, Monday 20th June

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30 to 37.5 hours per week over 5 days Monday to Friday within office hours which are 9am - 5pm with 30-minute lunch break
£20,750 (FTE)
Operations Manager
Office based, Bedford Heights, Brickhill Drive, MK41 7PH

Role Description:

An exciting opportunity to become part of the operations team at Schoolreaders, a small, young and fast-growing charity that is expanding to help more children learn to read across the country. Schoolreaders operations team recruits volunteers from local communities and matches them to a primary school where they listen to children read on a one-to-one basis. Before the pandemic over 12,700 children in over 650 schools were receiving weekly reading sessions from a Schoolreaders volunteer.

The core of the operation is recruiting volunteers in target areas for specific schools. The operations team then process the volunteer and school applicants, match the volunteer to the best-fit school, and then there is ongoing management of, and communication with the volunteers and schools. Our aim is to make a real difference to the state of literacy in the UK, particularly for those children further disadvantaged due to Covid-19 and school closures. One in four children are leaving primary school not able to read to the expected standard.

Your skills and experience will reflect customer service ability, excellent organisational skills, a strong familiarity with telephone and on-line communication with the public, and excellent spoken and written English. You need to be competent with Excel and IT generally and it would be an advantage to have experience with the Salesforce CRM system.


Main Purpose and Scope of the Job:

To work within a small team to deliver the operations side of Schoolreaders on a daily basis. This includes interviewing the volunteers, matching them to partner schools using an on-line CRM system, dealing with enquiries and school follow-ups to ensure a seamless experience for both the volunteer and the school.


The operations coordinators are responsible for all operational duties associated with the Schoolreaders charity including general enquiries, application processing and partner management. This is an office-based role.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • • Follow the operations systems and procedures
    • General Enquiries
    • Application Processing
    • Telephone Interviews
    • E-mail inbox management and prioritisation
    • Resolve school / volunteer enquiries and complaints
    • Partner management, reporting and communications
    • Schools research and contact
    • Mass Mailshots and partner surveys
    • Any other operational duties as requested by the Schoolreaders team

Person Specification:

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How to apply

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Schoolreaders is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. It is important to us that we have a diverse workforce therefore we request that you complete the diversity monitoring form. You do not have to complete the whole form. This form is kept entirely separate from the recruitment process.

It is important that you submit all of the above documents including the diversity monitoring form and job application data processing consent form. We will consider only those applications that include these documents. 


If you wish to submit a CV please do, but a CV is not required.

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews offered, on an ongoing basis. We reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date should a suitable applicant be found, so please submit your application as soon as possible.


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