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at Medical Detection Dogs

Working for Medical Detection Dogs is an exciting and rewarding experience. We are at the cutting edge of British innovation and collaborate with institutions and healthcare organisations around the world. Our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs alert people with complex health conditions when they are in danger of having a potentially life-threatening episode so they can take the necessary action and prevent hospital admission. Our Bio Detection Dogs detect diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and malaria, potentially much earlier than is currently possible. This pioneering work could help to speed up the diagnosis process and impact on thousands of lives.

You can help us achieve our goals and whatever the role you will contribute towards our life-saving work training dogs to save lives using their incredible sense of smell. 

Our current vacancies are listed below, or why not come along to one of our recruitment evenings and learn more about working with us.

New Trustees

Could you help shape the direction and strategy of a charity at the forefront of cutting edge innovation?

Medical Detection Dogs is a world-leading charity training dogs to detect diseases. We are looking for two new Trustees to help us develop our work and turn our research into reality.

Founded in 2008 we have already achieved a great deal, with a number of published research papers and more than 140 life-saving medical alert assistance dogs placed supporting people with complex healthcare needs. We are about to move into the next stage of our growth and looking to strengthen our board to help achieve this.

The successful applicants for these exciting vacancies will help shape the direction and strategy of a charity at the cutting edge of British innovation.  Our aim is to save and change lives through early detection of disease and our work is much needed.

The charity is now looking for two exceptional people to join our board: one should have a strong research background, ideally bio-medical, with excellent international links and an ability to lead the strategic direction of its research; the other excellent operational fundraising experience to help develop and implement a strategy to raise the funds needed for the charity’s growth and development, and to achieve our ambitious goals.

For further details on the charity and the roles, as well as details of how to apply please see the attached information.

Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Assistant

Part time 3 days per week

We train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease, providing life-saving alert assistance dogs to people with complex health problems across the UK and collaborating with NHS Trusts and other researchers and Universities both in the UK and internationally to advance the early diagnosis of disease.

We are a small charity that punches above its weight.  We receive no statutory funding and rely on the generosity of our many donors and supporters, including trusts and foundations, to carry out our life-saving work.  Charitable trusts and foundations are a very important source of income for MDD and we have created this new role to grow that income and ensure that we are maintaining excellent relationships with our funders. 

We are looking for someone committed, passionate, who has great communication and research skills and attention to detail. You should also enjoy making and developing relationships with funders. 

If you feel you have the skills, knowledge and experience to work with us, please see below the full Role Description and details of how to apply.

Closing date 22 June 2019

Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Assistant – full job description

LOCATION: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes

SALARY BAND: Dependent on experience

JOB TYPE: Permanent part-time

HOURS: 3 days per week (office based)

The Job

We are a small charity that punches above its weight.  We receive no statutory funding and rely on the generosity of our many donors and supporters, including trusts and foundations, to carry out our life-saving work.  Charitable trusts and foundations are a very important source of income for MDD and we have created this new role to grow that income and ensure that we are maintaining excellent relationships with our funders. 

We are looking for someone committed, passionate, who has great communication and research skills and attention to detail. You should also enjoy making and developing relationships with funders. 

Reports to: Trust & Foundations Fundraiser

You will:

  • Assist the Trusts & Foundations fundraiser in researching and applying to potential new trusts and foundations for funding for MDD’s core costs and specific revenue/capital projects.
  • Develop and maintain a good relationship with MDD’s existing funders and explore further funding opportunities as relevant.
  • Maintain accurate records for each funder, ensuring a prompt thank you process is followed, and regular timely updates provided.

Research

  • Undertake detailed, accurate, timely research to identify potential funders and match funders with suitable projects/funding needs as required by the Trust & Foundations Fundraiser.
  • Ensure applications match the criteria of potential funders.
  • Develop and maintain an excellent knowledge of all aspects of MDD’s work throughout the UK in order to ensure the charity is represented accurately and professionally to funders.

Donor Liaison/Proposals

  • Work with appropriate members of staff to obtain the information required to prepare an accurate Case for Support for all aspects of MDD’s work.
  • Prepare and maintain a time-line for reports to funders to ensure no reporting deadlines are missed and reporting is accurate.
  • Develop key relationships with current and potential funders to maintain funding streams; maintain existing relationships to a high level.

Monitoring and recording

  • Manage a portfolio of Trusts and Foundations, ensuring grant making relationships are maintained and required reporting is sent at the correct time.
  • Be aware of the on-going financial needs of the charity and ensure suitable funders are identified well in advance to meet those needs.
  • Keep up to date with all MDD’s project activities to ensure reports to funders are accurate and fully reflect the charity’s work.
  • Ensure that meticulous donor records are maintained using MDD’s CRM system, plus paper files, where appropriate

Other tasks or ad hoc duties agreed with your line manager or the Fundraising Manager required to support other fundraising activities and to ensure the successful running of the charity.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

ESSENTIAL

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification or have a minimum two years’ experience in a similar role
  • Experience of writing high quality funding applications to grant giving organisations
  • Experience of meeting/exceeding trust and foundation income targets.
  • Experience of researching appropriate grant giving organisations.
  • Experience of building and maintain strong relationships with key individuals of trusts and foundations.
  • Experience of understanding and interpreting accounts and presenting financial information in written proposals.
  • Experience of collating information about charity projects in order to source funding from trusts and foundations.
  • Ability to research and identify suitable funders using on-line and other resources.

DESIRABLE

  • Possess a qualification in fundraising and or marketing
  • A proven track record of raising funds through trusts and foundations.

    PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    • A positive attitude to work and ability to use initiative and work effectively and efficiently without supervision
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Good team working skills and able to build professional relationships with key people from grant making organisations and MDD staff.
    • Attention to detail is essential
    • Interested and passionate about the work of the charity
    • Must be comfortable working in vicinity of dogs

    Values & Behaviours

    Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team:

    1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy
    2. We act professionally at all times
    3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour
    4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other
    5. We are inclusive and open minded
    6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions
    7. We give credit when and to whom it is due
    8. We support one another in achieving our goals

    And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors.

    Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to:

    • Hold a full UK Driving Licence
    • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
    • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
    • Work some evenings and weekends

    TO APPLY

    Please send your CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating how you meet the requirements of the role to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 

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