(MDXSU) Fundraising Assistant


Middlesex University
1 Month
4 Hours per week
Smart Casual




This job is part of the Middlesex University Students’ Union’s Community Placement Scheme and is only available to current students of Middlesex University. The scheme has been established to ensure students are paid London Living Wage (£10.55) to put your studies or interests to use practically on placements whilst helping the local community. The scheme is designed to boost student employability and increase collaboration within Barnet and beyond.
We would recommend visiting www.mdxsu.com/community-placements before submitting any applications.

Organisation description

Houselights are a company that are working to ‘Shine a light on industry sexual harassment’ within the theatre industry. With the support of theatres, unions and other arts organisations, Houselights workshops are aimed at students finishing training, to let them know about the different harassment policies in theatres and companies that they will likely work with in their professional careers. We believe that knowing about what you can expect from a process of reporting sexual harassment is a crucial part of preparing for professional life. At Houselights, we champion clear and honest communication about good practice in the industry.
Houselights needs a proactive Fundraising Assistant to ensure that we have the finances to deliver our educational sessions. Whilst some organisations are in the position to be able to fund the workshops, others may struggle to find the funding to afford this. Our belief that everyone should be able to understand harassment policies, and follow up procedures means that we would like to make the workshops accessible, regardless of financial provision. To do so, it is important that we have other streams of income to supplement this.
The main responsibilities for this role will include writing funding bids, using administrative skills, database upkeep and outreach to organisations and individuals to secure more financial support. In addition to this, non-traditional suggestions of how to fundraise and generate income are welcome – creative thinking is encouraged!
Houselights is a small start-up and as such, we are committed to constant learning and improving our practice. In this role, you will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions that will help us progress in our early stages.
As a Fundraising Assistant with Houselights, you will be expected to;
• Work with the team to understand the context surrounding sexual harassment in the theatre industry as well as basic theories of power and the ways they manifest in the entertainment industry
• Contribute to and write funding bids for a range of grants
• Thank supporters and organisations in a timely and courteous manner, recording interactions on a database
• Work to recognise opportunities for, and establish relationships with new donors and able to clearly communicate the message of the organisation
• Use examples from other organisations to assist with your understanding of fundraising
• Update spreadsheets with financial information
• Keep strict confidentiality about finances as well as other sensitive information the organisation may deal with

• Ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines
• A current student of Middlesex University’
• A desire to work with and enhance the local community
• Availability to work the four hours at some point between 10-5 Weds to Fridays
• A sense of cultural-awareness and being open to learning about intersectional feminism
• An awareness of the importance of confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
• Knowledge of the processes of fundraising and an active desire to further your research in this area
• Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and plan a workload effectively
• Basic marketing knowledge


? Has received financial assistance through a successful funding bid previously (of any size)
? Working with RAG or on campaigns
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How to apply

Please note the deadline for this application is 3rd October. Please upload your CV, and answer the following questions in your cover letter (300 words max per question):

1. What interests you about this opportunity?
Demonstrate that you understand the role and talk about your motivations to apply for it; that will help us to get a sense of your personal connection to this placement.

2. Why are you the perfect candidate for this placement?
Demonstrate your skills by giving examples from your previous roles and describe how this experience has allowed you to develop each of the skills listed. Please refer to 'experience and skills' section.

3. Why is this experience important to you?
Tell us about how this role will support your personal development, develop your skills, complement your studies and/or benefit you in the future. Talk about your aspirations for the future and how you think this placement role could benefit the community, as a result why it is important for you to be involved.

4. Are you currently a student at Middlesex University? If so, what course and year of study are you undertaking?
Candidates will be shortlisted based on cover letter and CV.

Further Information
We will be completing the shortlisting process as soon as possible following the closing date, and aim to let you know as soon as possible. Please note however that due to the number of applications that the students’ union receives for placement opportunities, we are unable to offer personal feedback on applications. If you need any additional information or if you would like to speak to someone about your application please contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Sally Bernard, at s.bernard@mdx.ac.uk or 020 84115009.