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The RAF Benevolent Fund offers many opportunities to work, develop and thrive in a number of various specialisations with an overall aim to make the lives of both serving and former members of the RAF all the better in their time of need.

Housing Executive

Lead Area Director/Area Director South

Business Development Manager

Fundraising Partnerships Assistant

Head of Individual Grants

Head of Respite and Care

Respite at Home Support Assistant


Housing Executive

Salary: £39k plus benefits
Location: London

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity and facilitates the provision of help and support for ex-RAF personnel and their eligible dependants who are in need of assistance. Part of that help is providing help to maintain the homes of our beneficiaries through grants and loans for essential repairs and adaptations. Additionally, the Fund provides bespoke housing to support those exiting the RAF with significant disabilities through our Housing Trust.

We are seeking a compassionate and highly organised individual to join the Housing team which delivers housing solutions as part of our overall support for the RAF family. Working within a team of welfare executives, you will have responsibility for identifying the needs of beneficiaries, delivering appropriate assistance within delegated spending authority and presenting higher value applications to the Grants Committees of the Fund.

In addition to an ability to handle welfare casework, the Housing Executive is involved in the administration of the Fund's loans and the management of a portfolio of Housing Trust properties, which requires working with beneficiaries, solicitors, surveyors, and occupational therapists to ensure that our loans and properties are well maintained.

The successful candidate will need to have relevant welfare experience and preferably some experience of property management, although relevant training will be provided. An articulate communicator with IT skills suited to working in a paperless environment, you must be able to demonstrate an ability to relate to people of all ages, especially vulnerable beneficiaries, in a manner which is conducive to relieving stresses and concerns through holistic consideration and delivery of welfare solutions.

See the job profile for this role. To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and providing examples of how you meet the person specification to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR or email pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Al Bennett, Head of Housing & Assurance, on 020 7307 3355.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 28 September 2018. Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place on Monday 22 October 2018.

Lead Area Director/Area Director South

Salary: Highly competitive for sector
Location: Based in Southern England

We are looking for an exceptional individual and leader to fulfil an exciting role with two aspects to it:

a. Building on an existing role, for the Southern region of England, to further develop and maintain high-value relationships with senior RAF representatives at station/unit level and elsewhere, corporate partners, high net worth individuals and other potential influencers/donors, to ensure that the RAFBF's outputs and brand are widely known, understood and supported financially or otherwise. A key aspect of the role is promoting the Fund’s Welfare services which, as an integral element of the Fund’s ongoing awareness raising programme, will also feature prominently in the RAF Benevolent Fund's own Centenary campaign objectives in 2019.

b. To fulfil the line management responsibility for the RAF Benevolent Fund's two other Area Directors to ensure coherence of action to support the Fund’s corporate and regional level outputs (those broadly outlined at a. above).

We are seeking a dynamic and confident individual who is forward thinking, can work on their own initiative and is comfortable with working in a matrix management style. You will be someone who can grow and execute clear strategies to build and maintain high value relationships which deliver long term sustainable benefits and value for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a very strong understanding of the needs of serving and veteran members of the Royal Air Force and their dependents; this, and the broader demands of this role, requires applicants to be ex-members of the Royal Air Force having recently served at Group Captain or senior Wing Commander rank.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Paul Higgins, Chief of Staff, initially via paul.higgins@rafbf.org.uk.

See the job profile for this role. To apply, please send us your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role – these documents should be forwarded to Pete Thompson, the RAF Benevolent Fund's HR Manager at pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk by 5pm, Friday 14 September 2018. Interviews will be held in London soon thereafter.

Business Development Manager

Location: Central London
Salary: c. £42,000 plus benefits

We will be launching a centenary campaign in 2019 and have ambitious plans to grow fundraising income over the next three years and we need someone with the proven skills and experience to secure new business opportunities. Working across the fundraising partnerships team you will use your significant new business experience, gained in the corporate or third sector, to identify and win new strategic relationships for us.

The successful applicant will be a confident and adaptable communicator with a commercial approach who can spot opportunities and develop them into profitable relationships. Proven experience will be needed in:

  • Identifying and researching prospects in line with key areas of the partnership plan to develop and manage robust pipelines with high likelihood opportunities
  • Developing creative written proposals, presentations and verbal pitches
  • Building effective, collaborative relationships with stakeholders to deliver results
  • Working with and to a wide range of financial and non-financial KPIs

The role will manage the fundraising partnerships assistant and work to support new business development across trusts, corporates, events and major donors.

See the job profile for this role. To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund at pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk (020 7307 3431). Due to the high number of applications expected, only those longlisted will be notified.

The role is based in our central London office but works extensively with our Regional Directors, partnerships managers, communications teams and with the serving RAF. The role will involve some out of hours evening and weekend work.

Closing date for applications is 9am 10th September. Interviews, Wednesday 19 / Thursday 20 September.

Fundraising Partnerships Assistant

Location: Central London
Salary: c. £23,000 plus benefits

We will be launching a centenary campaign in 2019 and have ambitious plans to grow fundraising income over the next three years and we need an assistant with initiative and enthusiasm to support a busy fundraising team. working across corporates, trusts, major donors and events.

This is a varied role, requiring someone with excellent communication and computer skills and who can demonstrate great attention to detail as you will be supporting some of the charities most significant/largest partners and relationships.

The successful applicant will be a confident and highly organised individual who has a flexible approach and the ability to manage multiple tasks across different work streams. Proven experience will be needed in:

  • Working in a busy office environment, handling correspondence, maintaining and updating information on databases and spreadsheets and supporting the delivery of projects
  • Planning, research and sourcing materials for events and projects
  • Helping to create proposals and presentations in PowerPoint and Word
  • Communicating with individuals at various levels of seniority
  • Organising travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Working to deadlines, balancing competing priorities and taking responsibility for personal work tasks and seeing them through to completion

The role is based in our central London office but works closely with other departments and with the serving RAF. The role will involve some out of hours evening and weekend work.

See the job profile for this role. To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund at pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk (020 7307 3431). Due to the high number of applications expected, only those longlisted will be notified.

Closing date for applications is 9am Monday 10 September 2018. Interviews, Thursday 13 September.

Head of Individual Grants

Salary: £51,500 plus benefits
Location: Central London with some UK-wide travel

This is a really exciting opportunity to join the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity and anyone who cares about delivering person-centred, holistic and effective support and has the right skill sets, should strongly consider applying.

The Fund's vision is that no member of the RAF Family will ever face adversity alone. This applies right across the Spectrum of Care, from young to old, seeking to meet their needs as best we can.

The RAF Family (c1.4 million people) supports those who are currently serving through to retired veterans and their partners/widows/widowers, the latter group comprising c75% of the whole Family. Enabling this work is a key feature of the role.

The Fund celebrates its centenary in 2019 and the Board is determined to support as many as possible within the RAF Family, recognising that many are facing age-related challenges. Working alongside other Welfare HoDs the occupant of this new post will drive forward our ambitious plans to have a UK-wide respite service for those who need such support, delivering different solutions for serving personnel and veterans.

The role is full-time i.e. 36¼ hours per week with an annual holiday entitlement of 26 days excluding Public Holidays. The Fund is a modern employer where consistent with our mission.

See the job profile for this role. For an informal discussion, potential applicants are welcome to discuss the post with the current incumbent Al Bennett on 020 7307 3347 or Paul Hughesdon, Director Welfare & Policy on 020 7307 3306.

To apply, please email a covering letter (two pages max in which you should clearly explain how you meet the job profile) and your CV (three pages max), and also provide details of your  availability/ notice period to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR or email pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk Due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates longlisted for interview will be notified.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 21 September 2018. For those longlisted, suitability assessments and a chance to meet the team will be held on Thursday 27 September 2018, and those shortlisted called back for interview on Tuesday 16 October 2018. The post becomes available in October.

Head of Respite and Care

Salary: £51,500 plus benefits
Location: Central London with some UK-wide travel

This is a really exciting opportunity to join the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity and anyone who cares about delivering person-centred, holistic and effective support and has the right skill sets, should strongly consider applying.

The Fund's vision is that no member of the RAF Family will ever face adversity alone. This applies right across the Spectrum of Care, from young to old, seeking to meet their needs as best we can.

The RAF Family (c1.4 million people) supports those who are currently serving through to retired veterans and their partners/widows/widowers, the latter group comprising c75% of the whole Family. Enabling this work is a key feature of the role.

The Fund celebrates its centenary in 2019 and the Board is determined to support as many as possible within the RAF Family, recognising that many are facing age-related challenges. Working alongside other Welfare HoDs the occupant of this new post will drive forward our ambitious plans to have a UK-wide respite service for those who need such support, delivering different solutions for serving personnel and veterans.

In addition, the incumbent will lead the day to day management of all respite and care related cases; they will also manage two significant contracts and our advocacy service. This position plays a key role in the Welfare Management Team and across the Fund.

The role is full-time i.e. 36¼ hours per week with an annual holiday entitlement of 26 days excluding Public Holidays. The Fund is a modern employer where consistent with our mission.

See the job profile for this role. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Paul Hughesdon, Director Welfare and Policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund on 020 7307 3345. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Fund's website and published research – Meeting the Needs of the RAF Family and our 2017/18 Annual Review.

To apply, please email a covering letter (two pages max in which you should clearly explain how you meet the job profile) and your CV (three pages max), and also provide details of your  availability/ notice period to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR or email pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 21 September 2018. For those longlisted, suitability assessments will be held on Thursday 27 September 2018, at which time there will also be a chance to meet the team. Those shortlisted will be called back for interview on Wednesday 10 October 2018. The post becomes available in November 2018. Previous applicants should not reapply for this role.

Respite at Home Support Assistant

Location: South Coast

Are you an NVQ 2 care assistant that is looking for something different. Princess Marina house offers a service to RAF veterans in the local area giving them the opportunity of one to support for five-hour sessions, so they can pursue their interests and meet others. You could be that person. We are looking for candidates who want to develop their career in care whilst making a difference to the lives of those who served our country. We are open to suggestions of what to do and where to go during the five hours and able to offer training and support to our staff to enhance the service and develop their care career.

Awarded an outstanding rating in 2017 by CQC Princess Marina House is at the forefront of respite creating innovative ways for veterans to enjoy social interaction and enabling informal carers to take meaningful breaks from their responsibilities.

See the job profile for this role. To apply, please fill in our application form and email to heather.johnson@rafbf.org.uk.

The closing date for this role is 31 August 2018.

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