Job Vacancies

We currently have a job vacancy for  

Head of Fundraising and Communication

in our Ipswich Head Office and Refurbishment Centre

This is a permanent full time position


About the organisation

Tools with a Mission is a growing charity with ambitious plans.  We collect unwanted usable tools from across the UK, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them to the developing world for livelihood creation.  We send 18-20 containers of tools every year and look to double this over the next five years. This will include a complete review of how we work both in the UK and overseas and will mean significant positive change throughout the charity.


Key to our growth and the first action from the strategic plan is the recruitment of an experienced fundraiser to head up our fundraising, tool acquisition and volunteer recruitment.  We have seen significant income growth over the past four years from the faith based community, but now need to accelerate the growth rate to fund our ambitious plans. We see this primarily by taking the charity into the secular world and sharing our vision with a new audience.


This person will be fundamental to the success of our growth plans, will be given great scope to develop new revenue streams and in time will be able to develop their own fundraising team.  It is a great opportunity for someone with initiative and drive who can see potential and opportunity to drive the growth of our charity.   


Job Description

This is a new role as currently the Chief Executive is responsible for most of the fundraising and communication within the charity.  But for the growth required to drive forward the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, TWAM recognises the need to appoint a highly skilled and motivated Head of Fundraising and Communication.  The position will be key to the growth of the mission and will initiate and oversee the fundraising and communication strategy of the organisation. Initially this will be very hands-on, but in time, as finances allow and capacity demands a skilled and motivated fundraising team will be recruited.


This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to work with the CEO to develop the work and recruit the team who will fund the ambitious growth plans of the organisation.


Scope of Role

TWAM has the unique selling point of being highly environmentally responsible as well as creating long term sustainable livelihood creating projects across Africa.  TWAM therefore can appeal equally to those passionate about the environment as well as those passionate about sustainable overseas development. It appeals equally to people of faith and no-faith, thus presenting the potential for national growth.


TWAM has traditionally appealed to the Christian community and we want to strengthen and develop our faith-based donor base.  But, we also want to promote ourselves to the wider secular and other-faith community, as we recognise this is a major opportunity for significant fundraising success.  The Head of Fundraising and Communication with drive this strategy with new and innovative fundraising approaches.


Summary of key tasks and responsibilities

Fundraising Operations

  • Work with the CEO on the preparation of the organisations fundraising strategy and take responsibility for its implementation.

  • Play a key role in the Senior Management Team and support the CEO in the execution, implementation and monitoring of the Strategic Plan. 

  • Coordinate and manage fundraising, comprising Church, individual, community, trust, corporate, high level donor and digital fundraising, across the organisation.

  • Take responsibility for the production of the quarterly newsletter in conjunction with the CEO and the designer.

  • Work to develop strategic relationships with high level donors, trusts, grant making bodies and key stakeholders. 

  • As resources allow recruit, develop and line manage a paid fundraising team.



  • Be proactive in developing and promoting media stories with the maximum media coverage.

  • Represent the charity externally, developing and maintaining links with the media where appropriate and acting as our spokesperson.

  • Work with the CEO to develop the core messages of the charity in line with its Christian principles and strategic ambitions.


TWAM is a Christian charity,  currently supported mainly by Christians and Churches, and working mainly with Christian organisations in Africa.  We therefore require someone who is either a committed Christian and actively engaged in the life of their Church, or who can demonstrate a respect, sympathy and understanding of the Christian faith and the ability to engage sympathetically and empathetically with Christian donors.

Role Description

Line of Authority/Fundraising Standard and General Principles/Core Values

Application Form (Word)

If you would like to discuss this role you may contact Mike Griffin, the Chief Executive by phone or email:

01473 210220

Closing date for applications: Friday 30 August 2019

Interviews to be held: Friday 13 September 2019

Please send completed Application Form, along with your CV to the Chief Executive

Tools with a Mission

2 Bailey Close, Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate, Ipswich, IP2 0UD

Tel: 01473 210220      Email:

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Charity no: 1104903 (England & Wales) SCO44069 (Scotland).  

A company limited by guarantee and registered in England no: 5114575.

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