PEG Africa won the 2017 Ashden Award for Innovation Finance supported by one of our corporate supporters, Citi

Introduction

Ashden is a charity that champions and supports the leaders in sustainable energy to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world. We believe the creation of a sustainable energy system is the biggest challenge – and the biggest opportunity – of our time. We uncover the best in sustainable energy technology, business and leadership and show the world its potential to improve lives and safeguard the planet for future generations.

Since our first award in 2001 we have rewarded over 200 winners who have transformed the lives of more than 80 million people in the UK and worldwide. Their solutions range from simple solar lanterns in Africa that allow children to do their homework after sunset, to low-carbon building innovators in the UK.

Their inspiring stories show how, with ingenuity and determination, even the toughest challenges can be overcome. The impact of their work can be seen in enhanced educational standards, better health and improved livelihoods for the poor, as well as cleaner, more profitable businesses. We believe that these projects support a wide range of not just environmental objectives but social and economic ones too.

Our strategy

Our work is guided by our three-year strategy:

  • To be the ‘must-win’ Award for the game-changers in sustainable energy world-wide.
  • To help our winners reach their full potential.
  • To accelerate the uptake of sustainable energy by spreading our winners’ expertise.
  • To be a leading authority on sustainable energy and an informed voice for change.
  • To ensure we are financially resilient, appropriately resourced and efficiently managed.

Purpose of this role

Corporate partnerships are a key part of Ashden’s funding mix. We have been very successful over the years at attracting and retaining funders from the private sector, notably Citi, Impax Asset Management Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

This full-time role will be key to managing existing relationships with Ashden’s corporate supporters, ensuring that they are kept well-informed about our work and, where relevant, the work of the winners who have been supported by them. Good stewardship of existing relationships is critical to ensuring ongoing and increasing support.

Working with the Head of Development this role will also be responsible for identifying and developing the pipeline of new corporate partnership opportunities.

Position in organisation

As part of the fundraising team this role will report to the Head of Development and work alongside the Fundraising Officer. You will also need to work closely with the Director of Communications and Events Coordinator to run a programme of high quality fundraising events and with our awards and programmes teams to develop and deliver pitches to corporates.

Skills and experience

You will be keen to develop your career in charity fundraising and have at least two years’ experience in corporate fundraising or account management. Your excellent writing skills will ensure that you can write compelling proposals and accurate reports and confident networking and verbal communication skills will enable you to establish and maintain good relationships at all levels with our corporate supporters.

Good administrative skills will ensure that you can manage and prioritise your busy workload, meet deadlines and keep accurate records.

A passion for all things environmental, while not essential, will be an advantage. However, a passion for fundraising and an appetite to meet targets coupled with a track record of successful relationship/account management is vital. 

Tasks and responsibilities

Developing corporate partnerships

The pipeline of potential corporate partnerships is crucial. Working with the Head of Development this role will manage and develop the pipeline by identifying potential partners aligned with Ashden’s mission and activities.

Once potential partners have been identified you will work with the Head of Development to agree engagement strategies and work closely with the Ashden programme teams to develop compelling and thorough proposals will help achieve targets and organisational fundraising objectives.

Stewardship

Equally important is nurturing existing relationships to create lasting partnerships so a key part of this role is to ensure high quality account management to all partnerships regardless of value. You will ensure that our supporters are kept informed and up to date with news from Ashden and our winners, and receive timely and accurate reports. Identifying and developing new ways of working with existing partners to grow and enrich the relationship is also essential.

Events

From our flagship annual Awards Ceremony attended by 500 guests, to smaller receptions and opportunities to meet winners in a variety of settings, events are critical to Ashden’s success in recruiting and retaining supporters.

This role will work with our events and programme teams to run informative, engaging events that share our winners’ solutions with a wide audience including corporate supporters.

Finance and administration

Strong administrative skills and an eye for detail will help you to keep accurate and timely records of donations and information about corporate partners to ensure effective stewardship.

The role will record all financial transactions in an accurate and timely manner and in liaison with the Fundraising Officer and Finance Manager, maintaining accurate paper and database records on corporate donors.

The role will be responsible for ensuring that Ashden adheres to legal and ethical requirements pertaining to corporate fundraising, data protection and confidentiality.

General responsibilities:

To keep up do date on relevant fundraising legislation.

To act in a manner that reflects the values and mission of Ashden.

Qualifications

The skills and experience of the successful candidate will be more important than formal academic qualifications, however we would typically expect education to degree level or higher.

We are looking for a minimum of two years’ experience in a corporate fundraising or account management position.

Terms and conditions

Ashden aims to be a progressive and considerate employer and assist employees to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Contract: Full time, 5 days per week.

Salary: £32,000 to £35,000.

Location: Ashden’s offices in London Victoria which are fully accessible.

  • Hours: 35 hours per week with some flexibility; the post holder would be expected to work the occasional evening and/or overnight stay although this will be rewarded with time off in lieu.
  • 22 days’ annual leave, increasing by one day after each complete year of employment to a maximum of 25 days.  Additionally, the three working days between Christmas and New Year’s Day which are not public holidays, when the offices are closed.
  • A sum equivalent to 12% of annual salary paid into the Group personal pension scheme.
  • Death-in-service insurance policy at four-times annual salary.  
  • Permanent health insurance (75% of salary). 
  • Entitlement to join the private medical care scheme.  This is a taxable benefit. 
  • Option of a regular health check (after two years’ service).
  • Interest-free season ticket loan.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • A range of salary sacrifice benefits which staff can select to suit their needs. 

Application process

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining how they meet the skills and experience required for this role and return this to applications@ashden.org.

The closing date for applications is Monday 24th July and interviews are expected to be held on 1st August.

Please note that Ashden can only accept applications from individuals with the right to work in the UK. We are unfortunately unable to sponsor working visa applications.