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Head of Trust, Statutory and Events

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Salary Grade: POINT 41-46 (£48,573-£53,661).

Hours: Full Time (37 Hours per week)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Head Office, Southend-on-Sea/home working



Please send CVs and covering letters to


Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

HARP is a growing Southend-on-Sea based charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people transform their lives. Each day our staff and volunteers work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to over 1,000 lives every year.

As a charitable registered provider of short-term social housing operating in Southend-on-Sea, we believe everyone should have a home of their own. At times, individuals may require support from HARP and other agencies to maintain a tenancy and avoid a return to homelessness.

Are you a confident grant writer and team leader with the ambition and ability to forge long-term funding partnerships that deliver sustainable income? Are you looking to make a real difference in people’s lives?

If so, we would love you to join our Fundraising and Communications Team as a Head of Trusts, Statutory and Events.


Hours: Full-Time 37hrs per week

Salary Grade: Point 41-46

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Head Office, Southend-on-Sea/home working

Work pattern: Weekdays


This is an exciting time for HARP, as we are planning the next stages of our strategy to diversify and grow our fundraising income, brand awareness and reach.


Working closely with the Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications & alongside the Executive Team, you will share a collective responsibility for delivering HARP’s overarching vision of working together with our community to ensure that nobody is forced to rough sleep in Southend-on-Sea. In your role, you will be responsible for developing and delivering an integrated Trusts, Foundations and Statutory Growth Strategy and focusing on: 

  • Maximising income from grant-giving organisations to ensure sustainable growth of restricted and unrestricted fundraising  

  • Overseeing and maximising opportunities for our annual fundraising events 

  • Working strategically to build high-impact, high-value relationships with grant funders as well as managing relationships with existing donors. 

  • Collaborating with teams across the organisation and with external partners to compile fundraising proposals and produce high-quality reports and budgets. 

  • Proactively maintaining excellent knowledge of Trusts and Statutory fundraising practices in the sector 


The ideal candidate will have an empathy for homelessness, be a self-motivated leader and first-rate team player.

Closing Date: Wednesday 24th January 2024

Shortlisting:  Thursday 25th January 2024 

Interview Day: Tuesday 30th January 2024


HARP will provide you with support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our benefits package includes 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays with an extra day of leave awarded after 5 years' service (all pro rata for part-time employees).

HARP participate in an auto-enrolment pension scheme through The People’s Pension. Where eligible, you and HARP will each be required to make a contribution to the pension scheme. Employees will also become members of the non-contributory HARP Death In Service scheme. Full details of the schemes can be given on request.

For full details and to apply, please download the job description/person specification above and submit your CV and a cover letter to For further information about the position or for informal enquiries please contact Agata Elliott on

Charity No: 1098126   Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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