RPA Vacancy: Fundraising Manager – Restart Rugby (Charity No 1113160)

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The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England which was established in 1998 to look after the interests of all professional players, from Academy players to the superstars of the international game. The RPA offers members Player Welfare and Representation services as well as a comprehensive Player Development Programme to help prepare them for life after rugby. The RPA has also acted as the exclusive commercial representative of the England Team since February 2004.

Restart Rugby is the official charity of The Rugby Players Association (RPA). Formerly known as The RPA Benevolent Fund, Restart Rugby was founded in 2001 to support professional players forced to retire through illness or injury. We provide financial and practical support to players and their families during difficult times, including help with the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation equipment, counselling, education and career transition. Restart Rugby is also there when players need emotional support in coming to terms with losing the game they love. www.restartrugby.org.uk


Restart Rugby is a charity which is exploring a wealth of new and exciting fundraising opportunities with a view to growing income considerably over the next few years. The Fundraising Manager is a newly created role, supporting the Head of Fundraising in our strategic aims and objectives. You will work closely with the Head of Fundraising, managing specific income streams and projects, plus the day-to-day admin around the charity (donor stewardship, JustGiving, thanking and banking). The successful candidate will also work closely with the wider RPA team (Commercial, Rugby and Communications departments) in addition to other stakeholders within the rugby industry to help build awareness and income for the charity.

The role has a well-rounded remit, providing exciting opportunities to work across a number of fundraising disciplines (with potential to focus on particular areas of interest, priorities allowing). We are looking for a dynamic, creative fundraiser who is comfortable juggling different priorities across different projects. Someone who can hit the ground running and is passionate about everything they do.

Key Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

– Third Party / Community Fundraising

Responsibility for managing day to day planning for and running of third party / community fundraising activities including:

– Development and management of plans for community fundraising activities – Restart Rugby led events (i.e. Restart Rugby Weekend), supporter led fundraising (including in celebration and in memory)

– Supporter recruitment, engagement, stewardship and support

– Player recruitment, management and engagement

– Material requirements

– Communications and promotion

– RPA Events

Working with the Head of Fundraising, to manage and deliver fundraising aspects at RPA events for which Restart Rugby is a beneficiary including:

– Researching and sourcing auction prizes

– Stewardship around events (thanking, prize distribution, follow up etc.)

– At event activities and support when required (potential for some weekend / evening work)

– Corporate Fundraising

Supporting the Head of Fundraising in the development of this area of fundraising including research tasks, pipeline development, development of resources, staff engagement and corproate proposition and engagement where appropriate.

– Fundraising support

To support the Head of Fundraising in achieving growth across the following areas:

– Corporate Fundraising: Research and admin

– Trusts Fundraising: Case for support admin support

– Beneficiary Events: Admin / auction prize support

– Regular Giving: Day to day supporter stewardship and engagement

– Appeals: As required

– General Fundraising Admin

– Managing general thanking and banking and day to day fundraiser stewardship

– Managing recording of supporter data / database

– Managing Just Giving upkeep and admin

– Working with Comms team on general upkeep of website

– Feeding into social media plans and activity

– Specific reseach and support work across different income streams

– All hands on deck!

– This role is about getting stuck in to different projects as required!


Skills & Experience required:


– Some practical experience of the charity sector, fundraising disciplines, income generation and supporter stewardship

– Some understanding of different charity income streams, what’s involved and how they work

– Proven skills in project management and managing numerous tasks at the same time

– Strong command of Microsoft Office

– Strong written and verbal communication skills

– Proven organisational skills


– Direct experience of third party / community fundraising and fundraising events

– An understanding of the professional sporting landscape would be advantageous.

– A positive, flexible approach is required along with the commitment to the RPA’s mission statement, vision and key values.


Salary: Competitive plus company benefits


Location: Twickenham


How to apply: If this role is of interest, please send your CV with a covering note and including details of your salary expectations to smunday@theRPA.co.uk


Alternatively, you can also post your details to the following address:

Stuart Munday

Finance & HR Director

The Rugby Players Association

5th Floor

Regal House

London Road




Closing date:  Friday 1st December 2017 (Please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion should you not receive a response within 10 days of the closing date)