Community of Arran Seabed Trust
Community of Arran Seabed Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC042088

COAST’s mission is to protect and restore a diverse, abundant and beautiful marine environment for everyone in Arran, the Clyde and Scotland.

Current vacancies

Funding Officer

  • Part time
  • £26,000 – £28,000 pro-rata
  • On site/Remote: Home working post within the UK or based in offices on the Isle of Arran.
  • Closing 15th July 2024

Do you have experience of third sector fundraising?

An exciting opportunity has arisen within COAST for a part-time Funding Officer. We are looking for someone who can take on our fundraising strategy and secure funds to ensure ongoing financial sustainability of the charity. The post is available now as a part-time job (22.5 hrs per week) and can be a remote home working post within the UK or based in our offices on the Isle of Arran.

Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

COAST is a multi-award winning, community-led, marine conservation and restoration group established in 1995 by two local divers in response to the collapse of fish stocks and the degradation of seabed habitats in the Clyde. Described by George Monbiot as 'pathfinders', COAST established Scotland's first and only community-driven No Take Zone in 2008 following a 13-year campaign. We proposed the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2012, which came into full effect in 2016.

COAST is a small organisation with an enthusiastic staff and large volunteer team committed to the full realisation of the environmental, social and economic potential of our MPA and the progressive development of Clyde and Scotland’s marine management. To help deliver this, in December 2016, we purchased a shore-side site and pavilion in Lamlash which we have renovated. In September 2018, we proudly opened Scotland's first community-led Marine Protected Area Visitor Centre, the Discovery Centre, which provides a unique opportunity for the public to connect to our seas and discover how they can make a difference to marine conservation.

The job

The Funding Officer will lead our fundraising strategy and report directly to our Executive Director, while also communicating with other staff members and volunteers as required. Diversification and development of income streams, the oversight of core, capital and project grant applications, and reporting to our funders, are central components of the role. In addition, managing and developing our existing grant-making body and donor relationships, as well as identifying new sources of funding are important components of the job. If the successful candidate chooses to work remotely from home then there will be a requirement for an initial five-day induction period at our offices; thereafter weekly internet conferencing and regular face to face meetings to ensure team cohesion.

The person

The successful candidate will have a track record in fundraising, with either a degree-level qualification or demonstrable experience in a relevant field. They will have excellent IT and communication skills, be highly organised and systematic. The successful candidate will have the ability to work flexibly, that is, independently but also as part of a small team. They will be friendly, confident and approachable and preferably have an interest in marine conservation.