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Senior Development Officer



Posted 2 weeks ago

Join ThinkForward as a Senior Development Officer to support youth empowerment and drive our mission forward with impactful funding strategies


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London, UK - Hybrid

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Expires at anytime

ThinkForward is at the forefront of empowering youth, focusing on those facing barriers to success. Our goal is to prevent young people from becoming disengaged, by supporting over a thousand individuals by 2024. As a beacon of hope and change, ThinkForward is dedicated to creating brighter futures for young people in the UK.

  • Lead the charge in securing high-value funding across multiple streams.
  • Craft compelling applications and reports to captivate and engage current and potential funders.
  • Build and nurture internal relationships to foster a collaborative approach in income generation.
  • Thrive in a dynamic environment, balancing productivity with a resilient, team-oriented mindset.
  • Proven experience in fundraising and development within a similar role.
  • Exceptional writing skills for applications and reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for effective collaboration and relationship management.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and maintain high productivity.
  • Competitive salary with 25 days annual leave (pro rata).
  • Addition of office closure days, volunteering days, and a focus on well-being.
  • Commitment to personal development and a range of employee benefits.

ThinkForward exists to empower young people to create better and brighter futures. We aim to help young people identify, realise and shape their aspirations and be ready to make a successful transition into work. We focus on young people experiencing barriers such as challenging relationships, living in low-income households, or growing up in areas with a lack of access to opportunities. Our ambition is to prevent young people from becoming one of the 800,000 16-24-year-olds in the UK who are not at school or college, or don’t have a job or training place. By 2024, we aim to be supporting more than 1000 young people.

The Senior Development Officer will play a key role in supporting ThinkForward to achieve ambitious growth targets and deliver on our mission. You will work flexibly across all income streams to identify and convert high-value funding opportunities from trusts and foundations, corporate partners and high-net-worth individuals, as well as supporting excellent stewardship for our existing funders. You will bring technical excellence in relation to the highest standard of compelling application and report writing, and you will develop strong relationships internally to facilitate a collaborative approach to income generation.

The role requires someone who is comfortable working with healthy pressure within a supportive and collaborative team culture and will be able to maintain a high level of productivity, pace and resilience in a challenging funding environment.

We offer a range of employee benefits including pro rata 25 days annual leave, 3 additional days’ leave for office closure days between Christmas and new year, up to 2 days’ leave for volunteering or 4 half days to support wellbeing, a commitment to personal development, 4.5% employer pension contributions, interest free employee loans, cycle to work scheme, employee discounts and rewards scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, and flexible bank holidays.

ThinkForward is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment. We are also committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. As a registered Disability Confident employer, ThinkForward has an accessible recruitment process. We offer interviews to all applicants who meet the job requirements and who declare themselves as having a disability.


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