Vacancy: Fundraising Officer – The Rural Life Centre, Surrey

The Rural Life Centre is an independent museum that has recently acquired accreditation status. Our collection is based on objects associated with farming and goods used by local craftsmen circa 1750-1960. Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed, recalling a way of life once common to the local people. The museum is distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns.

The museum has a full programme of events that offer the perfect way to experience the museum as volunteers set about to bring the museum alive with crafts, demonstrations and hands-on activities. The Rural Life Centre is entering an exciting period in which we are looking to move the museum forward and extend our programme through the development of a purpose-built visitor centre.

Purpose of the job

Assist the Director in the development of and delivery of the forward plan of the Rural Life Centre through fundraising and promoting of the museum to outside organisations and individuals as laid down by the Trust.

Main Duties and Accountabilities

Implement a fundraising strategy through researching new sources of funding, further developing existing funding opportunities, relationships and events.

Help promote the museum with professional and local organisations by attending external meetings and events.

Attend meetings of the Management Committees.

Deputise for the Director in his/her absence, utilising the resources available from the paid staff and volunteers.

Help ensure that the displays are correctly opened and closed each day during open days.

Act as key holder and primary point of contact to deal with any emergencies

Act as short-term relief for other staff as required.

Be aware of health and safety, emergency, evacuation and business continuity procedures and take a leading role if an emergency should occur.

Complete Museum administration and ensure compliance with policies and procedures.

Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and keep abreast of what is happening in the museum.

Any other duties as required.



Full time and part-time staff members as well as ancillary staff (cleaners, data inputters, gardeners) as needed.

Numerous volunteers throughout the year.

Collection of over 40 000 artefacts plus archive.

Visitors to museum – 21 800 including volunteers, public and other users.

Open five days per week (Wednesday to Sunday) plus bank holidays from March to October. Two days per week (|Wednesday and Sunday) plus special events during winter (November to February)


Decision Making/Scope for impact

Assist the Director in delivering the forward plan for the museum.

Provide advice and guidance to other museum staff and volunteers.

Help coordinate the planning of future projects.

Help determine the long- term strategy for the museum.


Person specification


Essential – Educated to degree level or have equivalent experience in a relevant subject.

Desirable – Have a post graduate degree in a relevant subject.


Essential – Experience of working in a charity.

Essential – Experience of working in the museum or heritage sector.

Essential – Knowledge and implementation of fundraising strategies.

Essential – Demonstrable track record of fundraising.

Essential – Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders.

Desirable – Experience of financial planning.

Desirable – Experience of managing and developing budgets.

Desirable – Experience in working with volunteers as well as other paid staff.


Essential – Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Essential – Strong organisational skills.

Essential – Ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload.

Essential – Ability to build relationships with a range of people.

Essential – Strong IT skills.

Desirable – Can take a practical and resourceful approach to projects.

Desirable – Strong influencing and negotiating skills.

Personal Qualities

Essential – A self-starter who is able to work well on their own with little supervision or as part of a team.

Essential – Able to respond well to challenges and solve problems quickly and effectively.

Essential – Adaptable, resourceful and efficient.

Essential – Enthusiastic, approachable and confident.


Hours of work

Two days per week, 9.00 until 5.30 with an unpaid hour for lunch, some flexibility will be required.

Holiday entitlement is 25 days (pro-rata for part time staff) in addition to 8 public holidays with no more than two weeks to be taken consecutively unless by prior agreement.



Up to £20 000 pro-rata per annum payable monthly in arrears.

The Old Kiln Museum Trust operates the NEST pension scheme.


How to apply

This is a part-time position on a one-year fixed-term contract with a possibility to extend. To apply, please forward a CV and covering letter by 5pm on the 3rd of May by email to:

The Rural Life Centre Website

Twitter: @rurallifecentre

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