Science Writer - Fundraising proposals
Post Details
Job Title
Science Writer - Fundraising proposals
Post Number
1004287
Closing Date
11 Jul 2022
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£32,578 - £35,445
Hours per week
37
Months Duration
24

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The John Innes Centre is a world-leading centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. Its strategic vision for Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of its science globally – driving a step change in agricultural productivity, developing new products from plants and microbes and ensuring that agriculture is sustainable in the face of the climate emergency.

This is a new role created to identify potential supporters, help build relationships and secure philanthropic gifts to ensure the John Innes Centre can deliver its ambitious strategy.

Under the direction and management of the Head of Strategic Engagement, the post holder will collaborate with colleagues across the JIC to help identify a portfolio of philanthropic projects and create inspiring cases for support to encourage philanthropic giving from a pool of individual supporters, trusts and foundations. The role primarily involves producing pitches and proposal documents across a portfolio of philanthropic projects at the John Innes Centre, collating the information and data required to create inspiring proposals to help secure philanthropic income to deliver these projects.

Key Relationships

The role’s focus is to develop and deliver compelling approaches for a pool of trusts, foundations and individual supporters. The post holder will need to work closely with a broad range of scientists across the JIC, the senior management team and the JIC’s Governing Council to develop compelling cases for support for our work. Internally they will also need to work with the Communications and Engagement team to ensure materials align with organisational messaging and branding. Experience of working with senior colleagues within a complex organisation would be an advantage. The post reports to the Head of Strategic Engagement and sits within the Directorate.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Build a portfolio of projects across the JIC and create the case for support
• To work with senior staff across JIC, to identify relevant, fundable project proposals aligned with the JIC’s strategic priorities
• To prepare compelling pitches and funding proposals in partnership with relevant academic colleagues and senior staff across the JIC, ensuring that key messages on priority projects are clearly communicated.
Maintain database of prospective donors
• To manage and prioritise a portfolio of prospective donors, maintaining an effective database and ensuring records are kept up to date and follow best practice and legal requirements around confidentiality and data protection.
• To research prospective donors to support planning and decision-making.
Relationship building to support income generation
• To develop individual cultivation plans for prospective donors, taking into account their interests, aims and capacity.
• Working with senior staff across the JIC, to grow and maintain relationships with prospective donors.
• To work with the Communications and Engagement team to build the JIC’s profile and enhance our reputation through targeted communications activities aimed at our fundraising audiences.
Relationship building internally
• To help build a wider understanding of fundraising within the JIC to support the work of the team.
• To support the network of senior researchers across the organisation who will need to engage in this work and act as ambassadors for the JIC.
• To work collaboratively and undertake any other duties that may be reasonably required within the scope of this role.
Analysis and reporting
• To monitor and report on progress against plans
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Educated to degree level or equivalent in a science or related subject (or have equivalent experience)
Essential
Postgraduate qualification in a science or related subject or equivalent experience
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge of, or interest in, the subjects and disciplines relevant to the work of the JIC
Essential
Ability to write in a clear, concise and persuasive manner in a range of formats
Essential
Familiarity with data protection laws and ability to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner
Essential
Ability to use databases and standard packages such as MS Office
Essential
Knowledge of major gifts fundraising
Desirable
Knowledge of case for support and proposal design
Desirable
Experience of using databases to record personal information and produce reports
Desirable
An understanding of the research environment
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience of engaging with complex scientific content and communicating it effectively for non-scientific audiences
Essential
Experience of developing successful funding proposals and approaches to secure income
Desirable
Experience of working with senior colleagues within a complex organisation
Desirable
Experience of working within a research environment
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Outstanding written communication, good oral communication and relationship building skills
Essential
Able to work with colleagues in other areas of the organisation to achieve outcomes
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Well organised and self-motivated
Essential
Able to work to deadlines and to effectively manage priorities
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the John Innes Centre ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial genetics, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).

Department

Directorate

Living in Norfolk

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Science Writer - Fundraising proposals
Salary:            £32,578 - £35,445 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract:        2 years, full time
Location:        John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 11th July 2022
Reference:     1004287

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Science Writer - Fundraising proposals to join the Directorate, to support the John Innes Centre deliver its ambitious vision for the future.

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally. 

The role:

The Science Writer - Fundraising proposals will help secure philanthropic gifts to ensure the John Innes Centre can deliver its ambitious strategy. They will identify potential supports, help building relationships and develop skills in producing pitches and proposal documents across a portfolio of philanthropic projects at the John Innes Centre.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should be educated to degree level or equivalent in a science or related subject (or have equivalent experience).  You will be a confident writer and communicator with strong interpersonal skills and organisational skills, and experience of writing about complex scientific subjects in an inspiring way for a non-scientific audience. An ability to engage with and clearly communicate scientific concepts in written communication is more important than direct experience of fundraising and philanthropy and will be tested during the interview stage.

Additional information:

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The John Innes Centre is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

Our employees enjoy access to a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.