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Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)

What is it like to work at the Foundation for Social Improvement?

We spoke to Janine Edwards, head of consultancy & development, about what it's like to work at the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) and the consultancy and development manager role it's recruiting for.

Big Advice Day at the FSI
Big Advice Day at the FSI

Tell us about The FSI and the work you do

The FSI has been working with small charities for over a decade, delivering free and affordable strategic support to the small charity sector. Our core support is delivered through our learning programme, offering online and face-to-face learning interventions in our key areas of expertise: governance, strategy & planning, fundraising and impact. We also undertake research into the sector and are the small charity behind Small Charity Week. Our consultancy service is the FSI’s mission-based enterprise, delivering bespoke support to charities of all sizes, as well as funders and commissioners.

What role are you currently recruiting for and what does it involve?

We’re recruiting for a consultancy and development manager, who will be responsible for both securing and delivering earned income projects. It’s a really varied role, no two days are the same but to give a flavour you would be responsible for promoting and securing consultancy projects, delivering consultancy and training in our key areas of expertise, promoting our fundraising qualifications and securing new clients for our Emerging Executives programme aimed at corporates.

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Janine Edwards, head of consultancy & development, FSI

What kind of people are you looking for?

As this position offers a varied role, if I were to think about the ideal person for the position, it’s someone looking to stretch themselves and who enjoys having ownership of their programmes. Having experience in at least two of our areas of expertise (i.e. governance, strategy & planning, fundraising and impact) is required. This experience may have come from previously working in a capacity building role, or from direct experience of working with a charity and having a responsibility for this area.

We will train and support the successful candidate to expand their knowledge into the other areas. You’ll need to have the confidence and ability to present the FSI to clients, to deliver consultancy and training. The other big thing is a willingness to get stuck in – demonstrating our values of persistence, energy and excellence. We’ve put together a detailed person specification in the job description for further information.

At the FSI, we get to meet some of the most awesome, inspiring, talented and committed people, who are working in small charities to make the world a better place.

Why would someone want to work for The FSI?

At the FSI, we get to meet some of the most awesome, inspiring, talented and committed people, who are working in small charities to make the world a better place. We get to see every day the amazing work that small charities do. This is a brilliant opportunity to join a team that is truly passionate about the work of small charities and working hard to help them become stronger and more sustainable.

Working with so many different organisations delivering varied projects also means that working at the FSI would offer the right candidate a rare opportunity to build their experience in a number of key areas, from developing fundraising strategies for varied charities to working with CSR teams on how they can demonstrate their impact. Working for a small organisation also means you get to see the direct impact that your work is making which is hugely satisfying.

What exciting projects are you working on?

There is so much! This week, we have been completing a social return on investment evaluation for a small charity that provides therapeutic support for children who have experienced sexual abuse. We are also working on a strategic review for a brilliant charity that supports and enables community development, working with a funder to develop and deliver training to the organisations they fund, and completing an organisational strengths review for a small charity that has recently secured Big Lottery Funding.

What opportunities for training and development are there?

As a learning organisation we are committed to developing staff in line with our business needs. Part of the induction and the annual appraisal process is to identify any development needs and agree how best to meet these. The needs might be met in ways other than training, for example shadowing another member of the team working on a specific project, coaching or mentoring support. Other team members have fed back on how much they have enjoyed the learning on the job elements of the role and really getting the opportunity to stretch and expand their knowledge and experience.

Training in action at the FSI

What tips would you offer applicants?

Please, please complete the supporting statement! We will not review any applications that do not have a supporting statement that clearly addresses the person specification criteria. Your skills and experience may not all be in the charity sector but think about what transferable skills you could bring to the role.

Despite how busy we may be at times, we take time out to have shared breakfast or lunch, or Friday afternoon drink around the communal table.

What do you think makes the FSI a 'wonderful workplace'?

We are a small team but we work really well together across the organisation. We always pull together across the wider FSI team to make sure that we deliver projects and events to the highest standard. Despite how busy we may be at times, we take time out to have shared breakfast or lunch, or Friday afternoon drink around the communal table.

Sum up what it’s like to work for The FSI

Challenging, rewarding, and huge amounts of variety!

Find out more and apply for the consultancy and development manager role at the FSI


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