We're looking for someone with great ideas !

Business Development Officer

36 hours per week

Scale of pay – c. £35,000 pa.

We are an ambitious organisation with a 28-year track history.

We have big plans – do you ?

Thanks to external funding, we are delighted to offer the following vacancy:


We are wanting to transform the services on offer for young people with additional needs in our area.  We believe that using modern, creative and digital technologies will assist us in this quest and help to raise aspirations in our young people.  We are keen to develop new strategies for sustaining our work as well as developing dynamic service which serve our localities and which produce best practice for others to follow.


As such, we are looking for a confident communicator, with strong organisational skills and a determination to succeed. Ideally, you will have experience of working with well-networked and high-value individuals; setting up new fundraising initiatives; a track record of generating income or similar experience from the private sector.


In this role, you will play a key part in developing and delivering a programme of fundraising activities within Hartlepool and its surrounding areas. This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic, proactive individual to take ownership of this role and shape the growth of the organisation’s corporate fundraising. We have seen the organisation’s corporate fundraising income grow in the last 18 months and we want to develop this source of income further.


The postholder will be responsible for drafting and implementing the organisation’s Corporate and Community Fundraising Strategy.


You will be responsible for the maintenance of an organised and accessible filing and documentation system. You will establish and maintain a relationship with donors, volunteers, businesses & external organisations.


You will have proven experience in planning and coordinating fundraising activities and campaigns and strong experience in marketing. You must possess strong negotiation and influencing skills and strong planning and coordination skills. Knowledge of contemporary fundraising techniques and knowledge of office and administration systems and practice is essential. You must be able to think creatively and intelligently. You must hold a full UK driving license and be able to work unsociable hours during campaigns.

The successful applicant will have experience of working in corporate charity fundraising or working in the commercial sector at a senior level, be confident at presenting to a wide variety of audiences and have the ability to write tailored reports and proposals with a strong attention to detail.


If you are an enthusiastic self-starter who is great at networking, forming relationships and motivating people to raise money and awareness, we would really like to hear from you.


Application Documents:

Job Advert can be downloaded here

Job Description can be downloaded here

Personal Specification can be downloaded here


TO APPLY : Send an up to date CV along with a supporting statement of how you meet the requirements of the personal specification, the job description and our ambitions above.  These must be received by no later than 12noon on Wednesday 31 May 2017.   Please detail in your covering letter / email where you heard about this vacancy.

They can be sent via emal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in hard-copy to Paul Thompson, Families First (North East), 175-177 York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9EQ. 

  • Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 1 June 2017, Individuals who are invited to interview will be emailed that day.
  • Interviews will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Candidates who may have any questions about the role are invited to contact :


Chief Executive : Paul Thompson

Telephone : 01429 867016

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