Fundraising Team Lead

Date Posted : February 7, 2023

Due date: March 31, 2023

About Nightline Association

Nightlines provide an anonymous and confidential listening and information service, run by students for students at their university. They work to improve student mental health and wellbeing and are open at night when no other university welfare services are available. Nightline services now cover over 100 universities and colleges, or over 1.5 million students, across the UK thanks to an incredible team of over 2,500 trained student volunteers.

The Nightline Association is the registered charity that supports, promotes and develops Nightlines. Nightline Association is run entirely by volunteers, who get to play a hands-on operational and strategic role in the running of a national charity. By volunteering for the Nightline Association you will not only gain more awareness of the work of the Association and the charity sector, you will also gain transferable skills and make new friends.

Role Description

In this role, you will be responsible for establishing and implementing a sustainable fundraising strategy and growing Nightline Association’s annual income. Your primary responsibilities are to achieve the Association’s fundraising goals and communicating with supporters, stakeholders and partners.

You will lead, manage and support a small, dynamic team of volunteers and work closely with the Head of Engagement and Communications to develop the Association’s wider communication and fundraising strategy.

The Fundraising Team Lead will expand and diversify the Association’s donor base and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new and existing initiatives.

This includes growing corporate partnerships as well as trusts and grants funding, and introducing a community fundraising programme.

You will also work with the Marketing and Impact teams to develop our funder messaging and promotional fundraising campaigns.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and execution of the fundraising strategy from trusts, foundations, corporates and community fundraising, to grow a sustainable funding base for the charity and build long term relationships with stakeholders and supporters.
  • Lead the Fundraising Team to achieve Nightline Association’s ambitious income generation targets.
  • Develop and maintain effective supporter journeys for the development of relationships and retention.
  • Line management of the Fundraising Team, including: agreeing individual and team objectives, managing workload and performance, and planning and implementing personal development programmes.
  • Lead fundraising and income generation for key projects including specific fundraising appeals and the development of effective and appropriate fundraising products.
  • Ensure that fundraising applications and reports are based on a sound understanding of the work Nightline Association does, the needs of our service users and the impact we have.
  • Identify new potential income streams and produce strategies to access these funds.
  • Work collaboratively with the Impact and Marketing teams within the Engagement and Communications department to produce a compelling fundraising case for support.

Essential Criteria

  • Passionate about improving student mental health and wellbeing
  • Excellent time management with the ability to prioritise tasks, handle conflicting demands and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable to work independently and remotely over the internet
  • Good written and verbal communications skills with the ability to communicate with a wide range of people
  • Ability to plan and deliver against targets

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge and experience of third sector fundraising strategies and approaches
  • Experience in fundraising, sales, marketing, customer service or events
  • Experience with Nightline or a similar organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of fundraising or sales activity or campaigns that increase income and engagement


Whilst how much time you commit to your role at the Nightline Association is largely down to you, we usually expect volunteers to commit an average of two to three hours a week. However, we would also like to stress that this is very much a guide and that volunteers are by no means obliged to commit that amount of time every single week.

You would be expected to attend online team meetings roughly once a month, and to keep up to date with your emails and team messages. The Nightline Association also has three away days each year which you are encouraged to attend when you can.