Text on an orange and blue background reads: SBWN is hiring! Seeking a fundraiser to join our team. Application deadline: 15 July.

We’re hiring a Fundraiser!

We’re looking for an experienced, creative Fundraiser to join the Scottish BPOC Writers Network (SBWN) team!

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Role Description

We are a collective of freelance BPOC writers and creatives coming together to uplift, support and celebrate Black writers and writers of colour in and with connections to Scotland. At the centre of everything we do is collective care and support, access, non-hierarchical working and an anti-racist approach.

Up until now SBWN has mainly relied on grant funding from Creative Scotland. However, as our work progresses, we are keen to diversify income streams to ensure the sustainability of our network and become more independent from big funding bodies.

We are currently delivering our Space to Thrive programme, which runs until September 2025.

 

About Space to Thrive 

Space to Thrive is an 18-month programme of literary spaces for BPOC writers to thrive, and to develop a more capable and sustainable platform for SBWN. Delivering:

  • Community building, including access, mental health and social activities
  • Organisational sustainability and capacity building 
  • Literary sector advocacy and consultations
  • Publishing, including audio, BSL, digital and printed text
  • Literary artistic practice and career development through: 
    • Workshops, courses and seminars 
    • Guest curated and partner programmes
    • Performances
    • An international Writer in Residence pilot
    • Peer-led spaces and group mentorship
    • Career skills development

 

Fundraiser Role

We are looking for a Fundraiser to join our team to support our mission of advocating for and facilitating opportunities for BPOC writers. We are looking for an individual who can lead SBWN’s fundraising work and establish diverse ethical funding avenues as we continue to grow and develop our organisation.

This will be an exciting role for a person with fundraising experience who has interest in the creative sector, enjoys working with a diverse range of people and organisations, shares values of anti-racism and social justice and is keen to explore ethical funding and organisational sustainability that takes a community-led, social-justice-centric approach.

Duration: August 2024 to September 2025

(While we seek to extend contracts beyond this, extension will be subject to available funds.)

Fee: £8,750 (£625 per month x 14 months)

25 hours per month at £25 per hour, paid monthly on receipt of invoice.

 

Application Deadline: 15th July 2024

Shortlisting: you will hear from us if you have been shortlisted for interview by 19th July.

Interviews: 23rd to 26th July, at a mutually convenient time.

Start date: August 2024

Contract:

  1. 25 hours per month @ £25 per hour (£625 per month)
  2. August 2024 to September 2025 inclusive
  3. Scotland-based, mostly remote with occasional travel within Scotland
  4. Travel for in-person SBWN events covered
  5. Must be able to work freelance in the UK. You will be responsible for your own tax and invoicing monthly to receive payment.

Essential:

  1. A minimum of 2 or 3 years of fundraising experience
  2. Experience building a diverse fundraising strategy 
  3. Understanding of the creative sector
  4. Understands and upholds anti-racist values
  5. Understands and upholds Safer Spaces Policy
  6. Arts and culture sector interest or experience
  7. Self-starter, able to work independently and collaboratively
  8. Legally able to work as a freelancer in the UK

Desirable:

  1. Experience in the literary sector, or arts and culture sector
  2. A robust track record of securing funds through traditional and more innovative funding streams
  3. Pre-existing knowledge of Scottish creative funding landscape
  4. Creative practitioner or industry professional, for example a writer (published or unpublished), librarian, bookseller, publisher, artist; and/or passionate about literature or the arts

 

Fundraiser Responsibilities:

  • Researching potential sponsors.
  • Writing and submitting funding applications (with Committee support).
  • Developing a fundraising strategy, including generating income through sales, as well as building partnerships and sponsorships with ethical organisations.
  • Identify and develop funding partnerships (currently we are collaborating with a wide range of literary organisations and programmes – see a list of our previous and current partners here).
  • Lead data collection and management strategy to support fundraising activities and evidencing impact.
  • Creating marketing and promotional content and activities for SBWN.
  • Leading and developing fundraising events and campaigns.
  • Maintaining records of sponsors and communicating with funders.
  • Participating in monthly committee meetings (minimum of 8 per year).

 

Practicalities: 

Applicants must be based in Scotland and must have the right to work freelance in the UK; team members are responsible for their own taxes. 

Applicants will have a seat on the Committee and input to decision-making in a non-hierarchical environment.

This is a remote position, however some travel is expected for quarterly in-person committee meetings – we generally travel between Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh to spend the day/half day together (travel expenses covered).

Online Committee meetings and optional co-working spaces typically take place on Tuesday mornings, though we may be able to rearrange this to a different mutually-agreed weekday time. Beyond this, team members organise their working hours independently. 

Training will be provided for working with tools and apps the team uses, such as Asana (project management), Clockify (logging hours). Familiarity with word processing and email apps is expected. 

 

Access

Team members are invited to share their access requirements or Access Document / Rider (optional, treated in confidence). 

We offer some childcare/caregiver bursaries and small mental health and wellbeing fund to all committee members. Please note that bursaries, if required, count as income to HMRC.

All events and meetings have automated captions.

View SBWN’s public Access Statement.

If you require Access to Work provisions, these must be organised through the government Access to Work grant system – we know there is a waiting time of up to 12 months for new applications and may be able to support some provisions. 

 

How to Apply

Before applying:

  1. Please be mindful when applying that SBWN is an organisation run by and for Black people and people of colour. Read our About Page
  2. Read our Mission and Values page
  3. Read our Constitution 
  4. Read our Safer Spaces Policy – all team members must abide by this.

If you’re excited about the role but do not fulfil all of our essential criteria, we still encourage you to apply. We value voluntary and informally gained experience as much as paid or formal work history. We are aware of structural barriers that can prevent marginalised people from accessing opportunities, and we take these into account as much as possible in our selection processes.

Due to significant underrepresentation of Black people and people of colour in the Scottish literary sector and in decision-making roles in the Scottish creative industries, we strongly encourage applications from Black people and people of colour based in Scotland. Please refer to our Mission and Values page for more info on this terminology.

Ready to apply?

We accept text, audio or video applications – please share the media most accessible to you. 

Please complete our application form by 15th July, sharing your fundraising experience and interest in the role and SBWN, including a: 

  • 1-page cover letter of up to 500 words (or 3 minutes audio/video); and 
  • 2-pages (or up to 10 minutes audio/video) CV. 

Questions?

Email scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com

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