An opportunity has arisen to join VSA as a Trust and Foundation Co-ordinator.

This is an interesting time to be joining the organisation as we are in the planning stages of shaping the provision of our future services, which includes re-designing, expanding, and opening new services to enable us to support more vulnerable children and adults living across the North East of Scotland. Models of social care are rapidly evolving, and we aim to be at the forefront of transforming services to deliver better outcomes for the people who need and use our services.

VSA operate across the full spectrum of social care and support children, young people, adults and older adults. We support people from birth to end of life across a range of residential and community-based outreach support services. Now more than ever, more people need our help and support.

This role is pivotal to our ambitions' of driving forward our position as a leading provider of social care services. We seek a highly skilled and creative storyteller who can write compelling grant funding bids. The role is responsible for securing funding from a wide range of sources and will involve taking ownership of securing funding to support a wide range of projects across the organisation.

You will be building relationships with funders, writing applications, networking and providing first-class stewardship to a range of stakeholders. You will need a track record of raising significant funds from trusts and experience of multi-million-pound bids.

You will have excellent communication skills and an ability to assess impact, costs, and added value.

Salary - £30-£35k DOE

Purpose of Job:

VSA’s fundraising department plays a pivotal role in developing relationships and working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to secure income for the organisation. We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our team, responsible for researching and identifying opportunities for VSA, and for writing compelling funding applications to a variety of trusts, foundations and other relevant grant funders.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

The below provides are overview of key areas of responsibilities and duties (but is not limited to):

Strategy and Planning

  • In conjunction with the wider team, develop a detailed Trusts & Foundations plan that is aligned to the fundraising strategy to deliver against agreed targets
  • Provide timely progress reports for the Executive Management Team


  • To raise funds in the form of grants from charitable trusts, foundations and statutory bodies
  • Develop a rolling programme of targeted and specific trust applications building a strong pipeline year on year
  • Write, edit and submit high quality (on brand) content for funding applications and bid processes, completing documents to deadline and ensuring they are of consistent quality and style.


  • To research and identify prospective funding bodies, ensuring an understanding and appreciation of their vision and aims to craft targeted, appropriate bids/applications.
  • To work with wider VSA colleagues to identify all internal funding opportunities
  • Have excellent knowledge of our services, understand how they are funded

Relationship Management

  • To support relationship management, ensuring that the funding potential of each, relevant funding body is maximised through face to face meetings, site visits, telephone meetings, and providing regular updates.
  • Build, develop and steward relationships with a portfolio of prospective funding bodies, including high value long-term funders to secure their support, providing timely and appropriate information about the progress and outcome of projects, as well as providing thanks and conducting debrief/learning process.
  • Work with senior management and other colleagues to identify cross over of trusts, high net worth individuals and companies.
  • Using the Charity’s Salesforce CRM Database to manage all relationships (both individual and organisational), ensuring all records are kept up to date to enable an effective reporting, monitoring and analysis of achievements
  • Work with colleagues and volunteers to support stewardship of donors.

Public Relations

  • Promote the work of VSA, locally, regionally and nationally, targeted in line with Trust and Foundation income strategy, representing the organisation at relevant forums, events and seminars
  • Represent the Charity to Statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations, professional bodies and institutions.


  • Adhere to the highest standards of fundraising best practice ensuring compliance with OSCR and the fundraising code of practice.
  • Ensure that all activities comply with GDPR requirements.
  • Ensure that the client relationship management databased is kept up to date.


  • Carry out other tasks that may be within the scope of the post to ensure the effective delivery and development of the service.
  • Supporting the Fundraising Team and the charity at events as and when required. As many activities are held in the evening and at weekends the post will involve some unsocial hours, for which Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) will be given



  • Able to demonstrate suitable experience and examples of achievements relevant to role.



  • Minimum two years’ experience working in a fundraising or similar or similar role
  • Proven experience working in a result orientated environment
  • Proven ability to cultivate and maintain professional relationships
  • Evidence of ability to write compelling and successful funding applications


  • Experience of working in the charitable/not for profit sector

Key Skills/Aptitudes:


  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of people
  • Ability to produce reports and proposals to a high standard
  • Good verbal communication skills when dealing with a variety of people
  • Good organisational skills with an ability to prioritise workloads
  • The ability to analyse and interpret data


  • Working within a complex organisation
  • Project planning
  • Communications and marketing experience
  • Driving licence

Personal Qualities:


  • Sensitivity and diplomacy in dealing with others
  • Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Flexible and cooperative
  • Driven by working to targets
  • Good team player
  • Evidence of working proactively and with initiative
  • Willingness to learn new skills


  • Involved in charitable work/volunteering