Fundraising Officer

Date Posted : February 6, 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

As a key member of the Fundraising Team, the Fundraising Officer will implement the fundraising strategy for Nightline Association, ensuring growth in the level of income raised from our fundraising activities. Your primary responsibility is to encourage and recruit an engaged community of supporters to get involved with a range of fundraising initiatives. This role includes the exciting possibility of refreshing and taking ownership of the charity’s approach to partnerships and fundraising. You will be given significant opportunities to lead on important and engaging projects, as well as a high level of support from the rest of the Fundraising team and the Engagement and Communications Department.

In this role you will have the opportunity to specialise in one of the three areas Nightline Association focus on in their fundraising:

  • Trusts & Grants
  • Corporate Fundraising
  • Community Fundraising

The role will play a pivotal part in the development of Nightline Association. The Fundraising Officer will create, build and maintain long lasting relationships to ensure the charity can continue to expand delivery of its vital work supporting Nightline services across the country. There is fun and creativity to be had in the role; we need the right person to bring their experience, creativity and warm personality to help shape the future of fundraising and Nightline Association.

You will sit within the Fundraising Team, whose role is to manage external partnerships and fundraising. The team also supports Nightline services in developing their own fundraising strategies, as well as managing Nightline Association Alumni Network. Your line manager will be the Fundraising Team lead. The team sits within the Engagement and Communications department, headed by the Head of Engagement and Communications.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Work closely with the Fundraising Team Lead to develop and support the implementation of the national fundraising and partnership strategy.
  • Grow and develop a supporter base to engage and get involved with various fundraising activities.
  • Successfully secure and support partnerships with Nightline Association with organisations across the UK.
  • Plan and deliver effective, exciting and appropriate fundraising activity
  • Provide support, advice and encouragement to groups, organisations and individuals wishing to raise funds in aid of Nightline Association
  • Ensure excellent donor care standards are adhered to, working alongside the relationships and resources team to maximise support from each individual donor.
  • Ensure all donors are thanked appropriately and in a timely fashion.
  • Develop and write professional funding proposals, applications and reports and present to current and prospective donors, partners and supporters.
  • Build strong relationships with volunteers raising funds for Nightline Association in the community, identifying ways to build and maintain their loyalty.
  • Assist the Fundraising Team Lead in working closely with the Marketing team to ensure efficient promotion of community activity via all available media.
  • To be responsible for own administration and ensure that all donor records are kept up to date.
  • Research and Identify prospective new fundraising opportunities and activities.
  • To be committed in delivering a fundraising target to ensure the charity can strengthen and continue to support Nightline services across the country.
  • Provide the best supporter experiences to all fundraisers, creating and fostering new relationships developing these into long term partnerships which encourage repeat fundraising.
  • Inspire, motivate and drive supporters to reach their own fundraising targets
  • Provide content for Nightline Association communication channels and contribute to the creation of fundraising materials and resources.

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 communication skills with the ability to communicate with a wide range of people
  • Ability to plan and deliver against targets

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of third sector fundraising strategies and approaches
  • Competent in the use of Google Drive software
  • Experience of developing and/or delivering successful fundraising activities
  • Experience with Nightline or a similar
  • Eorganisation
  • Experience in fundraising, sales, marketing, customer service or events


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 one to two 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.