Fundraising and Projects Manager

Job Title: Fundraising and Projects Manager  

Salary and Benefits: £36k – £42.5k (incl. London weightings of approx £3.5k) plus a 6% pension contribution; A generous training and development budget; 25 days paid annual leave plus all public and bank holidays; parental leave; flexible working; company-provided MacBook; home-working allowance after successful completion of probationary period. 

Location: Nationwide (home-based/remote) 

Duration: Permanent (6 months probation period) 

Reports to: Executive Director 

Deadline for applications: 9am on 22nd March 2021 

Interview Dates: 30th and 31st March 2021 

Start Date: ASAP 


Open Rights Group (ORG) is looking to recruit a highly organised and ambitious Fundraising and Projects Manager to play a leading role in managing and expanding ORG’s portfolio of Trusts and Foundations Funders. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for devising and delivering the organisation’s Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Strategy. They will manage relationships with existing funders, develop fundraising opportunities for existing strands of work and will initiate and drive the work of the organisation into exciting new areas. 

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable skills, experience, and success in Trust and Foundations Fundraising in addition to strong project management skills, excellent communication skills, and good team-working skills. 

This is an exciting time to join the Open Rights Group, as we invest in growing our team, reach, and voice to counter the threats posed towards our privacy and fundamental rights and liberties exasperated by rapid technological changes and mega trends. 

The Fundraising and Projects Manager will sit at the heart of our collective efforts aimed at defending,promoting and advancing our civil liberties in the digital age. 

The Open Rights Group is an equal opportunity employer, but we strongly welcome applications from disadvantaged and under-represented groups. 

About the Open Rights Group 

Open Rights Group is the UK’s premier data and digital rights campaigning organisation. We are at the forefront of campaigning to maintain, protect, promote, and advance our civil liberties in the digital age. 

We have three main areas of work: digital privacy, free speech online and government mass surveillance. We challenge threats to privacy by both the government through the surveillance of our personal communications and private companies, who use personal data to increase profits. We challenge threats to free speech through the criminalisation of online speech, online censorship and restrictive copyright laws. 

Founded in 2005, we have over 20,000 members and supporters and 10 local groups across the UK. Open Rights Group’s main office is based in London, UK and we have a small office in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter (no longer than 2 sides of A4), setting out how you are suited to the role by emailing by  9am on 22nd March 2021. Please ensure your email has the subject heading ‘Fundraising and Projects Manager’, and that all attachments are sent in PDF format. 

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held online. Please hold 30 and 31 st March 2021 free for interviews. 

Key responsibilities 

  • Responsibility for end to end management of grants projects from research, bid writing, through to implementation, evaluation, monitoring, review, and reporting. 
  • Lead on drafting fundraising proposals to trusts and foundations, involving other members of staff in relevant grant proposal development. 
  • Lead on researching and identifying new fundraising opportunities.
  • Key contact person for donors, updating them about the work of the organisation. 
  • Lead on developing new fundraising strategies and developing relationships with grant bodies alongside Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Expand opportunities for collaboration in our sector support strand, alongside Executive Director and members of the Policy Team. 
  • Ensuring that successful grants are delivered timely and efficiently and that reporting schedules are met.
  • Ensure that projects and funding proposals meet the resource planning requirements of the organisation. 
  • Development of the organisation’s project management tools and processes.
  • Implementation of efficient monitoring and evaluation systems. 
  • Training other staff members in the adoption of project management and  monitoring and evaluation processes. 
  • To develop and maintain excellent relationships with a portfolio of funders such as Institutional Donors, Trusts and Foundations, providing first-rate stewardship through written reports, virtual meetings (and in time face-to-face) and to ensure regular effective communications and high quality reporting. 

Key Contacts

The Fundraising and Projects Manager will be directly managed by the Executive Director. They will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer and other colleagues across the broader team to ensure excellent delivery of projects and strong relationship between the organisation and existing and future funders. 

Length and Salary

The Fundraising and Projects Manager will be employed on a permanent basis following successful completion of the six months probation period. The annual salary is £36k – £42.5k (incl. London weightings of approx £3.5kless any required deductions for income tax and national insurance. The position will be home-based. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. Open Rights Group is an equal opportunity employer.

Person Specification



  • At least 3 years experience in a trust and foundation fundraising role. 
  • Experience of managing full cycle of grants projects from research, bid writing, through to implementation, evaluation, monitoring, review, and reporting. 
  • Proven track record in successfully securing grants from trust and foundations. 
  • Strong Understanding of the trusts and foundations fundraising environment, as well as relevant fundraising strategy, tools, and techniques.
  • Demonstrable project management skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including time management and IT literate. 
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • A high degree of self-motivation.
  • Ability to work on own initiative to deadlines and within a small, integrated team.
  • Creativity and energy in approaching a workload consisting of large long-term projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing. 
  • High levels of numeracy and previous budget preparation experience.


  • Knowledge of data and digital rights or relevant experience in digital policy. 
  • Knowledge of the Human Rights funding environment.