Title: Communications and Fundraising Officer
Location: Selhurst Park
Responsible to: Communications and Fundraising Manager
Hours per Week: 38 hours
Contract: 1 Year Fixed Term [initially]
Salary: £24,000-£27,000 p.a. (dependent on experience)
Deadline: Friday 9 November
Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 12 November


Palace for Life Foundation is the official charity of Crystal Palace F.C. and our mission is to help young south Londoners grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life. We engage with over 13,000 children and young people every year through a wide range of projects and have won national recognition for our work changing lives.

We are looking for a Communications and Fundraising Officer who believes in the power of sport and the opportunities which the brand of a professional football club can add to local people, and who can play a pivotal role in helping raise funds to support the charity’s future growth.

Reporting to the Foundation’s Communications and Fundraising Manager, you will be experienced in delivering exceptional communications for a range of different channels and audiences to land a compelling message. You will be a digital native, with excellent social media and web writing skills and the ability to tell the story of young south Londoners through words and pictures.

You will play a major role in supporting the Foundation’s fundraising strategy, helping to generate unrestricted income from major donors, corporate sponsors, regular givers, legacies, trusts, challenge events, match-day lotteries, online auctions and more. Maintaining strong supporter engagement will also be key and you will communicate directly with our fundraisers and donors, keeping them well informed of where their money is going.


• To write, produce and deliver a wide range of quality, effective and engaging internal and external communications to drive interest and awareness for the Foundation
• Day-to-day management of the Foundation’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
• To capture video content for use on Foundation social media platforms
• To help ensure that the Foundation website is always up to date, accurate and delivers the Foundation’s objectives, and to monitor web analytics
• To produce a monthly eNewsletter of Foundation news
• To help develop and coordinate an exciting fundraising programme to generate unrestricted funds for the Foundation
• To be proactive in seeking out new individuals, groups and organisations that can support Foundation fundraising objectives.
• To help grow a database of stakeholder contacts
• To play an active role in the planning and delivery of Foundation fundraising events
• To manage relationships with all our supporters, ensuring every supporter enjoys a positive ‘user journey’, and is encouraged to make further donations or take part in further activities
• To actively research fundraising best practice across the Premier League, Community Sports and Charity sector


The Palace for Life Foundation is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and the successful candidate will be subject to Enhanced DBS checks and additional safeguarding training.

Person Specification: E = Essential


D = Desirable


A passion and interest in developing a career in the sport for social change sector, particularly supporting young and disadvantaged people E
At least 3 years’ successful experience in a communications role E
Ability to conduct interviews with a wide range of people (young people, MPs, footballers, sponsors etc.) and present their stories in an engaging way through multiple channels, including capturing on short films E
Proven track record of building and sustaining strong relationships with donors, fundraisers, corporate partners and other stakeholders D
Experience of maintaining a stakeholder database and developing digital supporter journeys D
Excellent verbal and written communication skills E
Outstanding organisational skills with an attention to detail E
Ability to think clearly, creatively and imaginatively E
Positive attitude and strong focus on teamwork with the ability to work on own initiative when necessary E
Focused on achievement, targets and continuous improvement E
Experience of website and social media management E
Able to demonstrate an understanding of the Youth Development and Sport for Development agendas D
An understanding of, and a commitment to, equal opportunities issues both in the workplace and the wider community E
Prepared to undergo a Palace for Life Foundation DBS check E

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