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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.

Personal Assistant to the Controller and Chief of Staff

Area Director Central/North England and Wales

General Manager, Princess Marina House

Member of Main Grants Committee

Marketing Mananger

Community Fundraiser – North West England, West Midland and North Wales


Personal Assistant to the Controller and Chief of Staff

Location: London
Salary: circa £27,000 plus benefits

This is an excellent opportunity to join a leading military charity and use your experience to support two members of the Senior Management Team. We are seeking a professional and highly credible individual to take on the role of Personal Assistant. You will possess and demonstrate excellent administration and organisational skills, including the organising and administration of meetings.

You will have the ability to act with authority and independence. Planning, organising and being able to prioritise are essential skills in this busy role as you will be responsible for a myriad of tasks in support of members of the Senior Management Team. You will be expected to work on a wide variety of inward and external facing tasks and have excellent programme and diary management skills. You will need to be IT literate including the full use of MS Office and be able to adapt to in house systems.

In addition, you will have excellent inter-personal skills being able to communicate across all levels with sound presentation skills and a flexible approach to your work.

See the job profile for this position. To apply please send your CV and a covering letter clearly summarising your credentials and explaining why you believe you are suitable for this role to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, 67 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AR or by email to HRServices@rafbf.org.uk.

We will look at applications as they are submitted to us but the last date to receive applications will be 29 March 2019.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 01 April 2019 and will include a skills test.

Please note that due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Area Director Central/North England and Wales

Location: Flexible, though based in the Central/North England and Wales region
Remuneration package: Flexible, though based in the Central/North England and Wales region

We are looking for an exceptional individual to fulfil an exciting senior role in the Central and Northern regions of England and Wales:

  • Building on an existing role, 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 Fund's outputs and brand are widely known, understood and financially or otherwise supported. 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 Fund's own Centenary campaign objectives in 2019.

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. Working to the Lead Area Director (Area Director South) and with members of the Fund's Senior Management Team and Head Office staffs, 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 (including fundraising) for the 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 as an experienced senior officer, probably at Wing Commander rank.

See the job profile for this position. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the current incumbent of the appointment, Mark Quinn, on mark.quinn@rafbf.org.uk or Paul Higgins, Chief of Staff, via paul.higgins@rafbf.org.uk for broader Fund matters.

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 Fund's HR Manager at HRServices@rafbf.org.uk by 5pm Wednesday 10 April 2019. Interviews will be held in London soon thereafter with assumption of appointment as soon as possible. The role is available from 28 May 2019.

General Manager, Princess Marina House

Location: Rustington, West Sussex
Salary: Circa £55k, good pension contribution and benefits. Also contribution to relocation costs for exceptional candidate

Are you enthusiastic, hardworking, innovative and adaptable with excellent leadership and communication skills? Are you passionate about the support that you provide and want to lead an excellent team? Due to retirement, the RAFBF has a rare vacancy for the General Manager of Princess Marina House (PMH), the Fund's short break centre. This popular facility caters for RAF veterans and their spouses (and their widows/widowers) and provides short breaks for younger RAF families, either self-catering or full board.

PMH offers residential accommodation in a hotel style, providing short breaks for adult members of the RAF. The House has 30 beds registered with CQC for Personal Care and early dementia care, plus a further 20 beds offering social breaks as part of the Fund’s wellbeing programme.

In addition, the Care Services team offers a Respite at Home domiciliary service and a seven-day per week Lunch Club to local RAF veterans. It is rated by the CQC as “Outstanding”. We also operate four adjacent properties that are offered to the RAF Family as self-catering holiday respite accommodation. Learn more about Princess Marina House.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional person to join the Fund. A successful and experienced registered manager, the successful candidate will have experience of managing a large estate and leading a large team of c100 personnel working in Administration, Care, Hospitality, Facilities and Entertainment departments. They should have a social care, nursing or military background and a working knowledge of CQC regulation.

Most applicants will hold the Registered Manager Award, but we recognise that ex-military applicants in particular might not, in which case, they will have to commit to and achieve the RMA within six months of appointment; the General Manager will be expected to register with the CQC as the Home’s registered manager. Applications from RGNs are especially welcome.

The General Manager is a member of the RAFBF Welfare Management Team and will be expected to attend the London Headquarters on a monthly basis. They will also be a figure head for the RAFBF in the South East region and will be required to network with other charities, organisations and care groups to promote the work of the home and the Fund.

The RAF Family is a diverse group of all ages and the postholder will need to be ambitious, innovative and responsive to their changing needs and be prepared to work hard as part of the strategic welfare planning group. Experience of working for a charity or not for profit organisation would be an advantage; applications are also invited from those with RAF experience.

See the job profile for this position. For an informal discussion, potential applicants are welcome to call the current post holder Shirley Steeples on 01903 788972 or Paul Hughesdon, Director Welfare & Policy (020 7307 3306) The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 4 April 2019. For those longlisted, suitability assessments and a chance to meet the team will be held at PMH on Thursday 11 April 2019, and those shortlisted called back for interview in our London Offices on 17 April 2019.

To apply, please email a covering letter (2 pages max - in which you should clearly explain how you meet the job profile and provide details of your notice period/availability and current salary) and your CV (three pages max), to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund at HRservices@rafbf.org.uk. Due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates longlisted for interview will be notified.

Member of Main Grants Committee

We are looking for new members to join the Main Grants Committee (MGC), the Fund's senior grant making body the MGC meets at the Fund's Head Office in London six weekly for up to four hours on each occasion to consider a wide range of welfare cases from those members of the RAF Family who are in need; these are those individuals who serve currently, have served and their dependants. The range of support that the Fund offers is holistic and person-centred, with the primary aim of reducing or removing any adversity that is being experienced.

The Fund is a forward-looking charity and we are seeking a small number of experienced people to join the MGC. Successful applicants will be interested in our work, have a relevant background (such as, third sector, medical, nursing, Human Resources or, potentially, wider), and be prepared to work with other members of the Committee to provide the optimum level of support to the consideration and determination of the welfare cases presented. Applicants do not need necessarily to have a military background but will have empathy for what the Royal Air Force stands for. You can read our most recent annual review.

Interested applicants should forward a comprehensive CV and a covering letter to pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk in which they should describe their motivations and qualifications for applying for this highly rewarding and important opportunity; the closing date for applications is Wednesday 3 April 2019. Individuals wishing to informally discuss the roles may do so by contacting Paul Hughesdon, Director Policy & Welfare, via paul.hughesdon@rafbf.org.uk.

It is expected that interviews for shortlisted candidates will be undertaken in late April or May 2019 with an expectation of taking up the roles in Summer 2019. The roles are not remunerated but reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed.

Marketing Manager

Term: Permanent role
Salary: Circa £40,000 per annum plus benefits

This year as we mark our centenary, the RAF Benevolent Fund will launch an ambitious campaign to help drive a steep change in income, profile, brand awareness, reputation and impact, doubling the number of beneficiaries we support over the next three years.

We are looking to recruit a dynamic Marketing Manager to lead on the development and delivery of integrated, multi-channel marketing campaigns to drive the uptake of our services and support the wider business plan. We are looking for an exceptional communicator and relationship builder to work effectively alongside digital, PR and colleagues from across the organisation to plan and prioritise marketing activity based on audience need and insight; all to ensure no member of the RAF Family ever faces hardship alone.

You will work collaboratively with the wider team to ensure all marketing activity is on brand and meets high creative standards; manage the development and implementation of bought media plans across channels and liaise with partners, agencies and suppliers to deliver marketing activity.

This exciting role has a huge opportunity for impact; the organisation is rapidly growing and expanding its reach, as Marketing Manager you will be able to significantly affect the number of people providing and gaining support through the charity.

The role will ideally be based in our London office, but we are open to flexible working. The role requires travel to RAF Stations and UK locations and a willingness to work out of hours and at weekends (as appropriate).

In order to be successful, you will have:

  • Experience in managing marketing campaigns within a charity, ideally for services
  • Strong knowledge of effective marketing and advertising techniques and an understanding of and commitment to an integrated approach to marketing communications
  • Experience of using data and insight to plan marketing campaigns
  • The ability to work autonomously to prioritise and deliver multiple tasks/outputs
  • Proven track record of controlling marketing spends

See the job profile. To apply please send your CV and a covering letter, outlining why you believe you would excel at this role, to Pete Thompson, Human Resources Manager, email HRservices@rafbf.org.uk.

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Community Fundraiser – North West England, West Midland and North Wales

Term: Permanent role – 29 hours per week
Salary: Circa £28,000 pro rata, plus benefits

We need to recruit an exceptional community fundraiser with the skills and experience to further develop our fundraising capabilities across North West England, West Midlands and North Wales. You will be responsible for raising income by maximising existing networks of supporters, volunteers and building new relationships within the RAF, community groups and local business.

To be successful in this interesting and rewarding role you'll need to have:

  • proven experience of exceeding fundraising targets
  • strong networking skills and the ability to quickly build relationships
  • the ability to influence and motivate people to support us
  • passion and commitment to make a difference

You must have proven community fundraising experience, ideally possessing an Institute of Fundraising Certificate. You will also have initiative, flair and enthusiasm for the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund. Knowledge of the RAF or the military or of military charities would be useful.

The role requires travel around a large geographical area and infrequent overnight stays away from home as well as working occasional evenings and weekends at events.

See the job profile for this position. To apply please send your CV and a covering letter, outlining why you believe you would excel at this role, to Pete Thompson, Human Resources Manager, email pete.thompson@rafbf.org.uk.

Closing date for applications is  Thursday 21 February 2019, 5pm.

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