£8.21 per hour plus £0.99 holiday pay
23 Oct 2019

Role & Department Overview

Manchester Cathedral is seeking an intelligent and highly motivated Lancaster University student to undertake research into funds available for a major 'capital works' programme at the Cathedral. You will be required to research appropriate and relevant sources, and draft funding bids.

Manchester Cathedral is about to launch phase 2 of its Development Project 2030.  As part of this activity, the Cathedral is working on a new and exciting fundraising campaign, through which an opportunity has become available for a student to provide support to the Director of Fundraising and Development on prospect research and funding bids.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to develop their skills and experience in the charitable sector, while working in a supportive and dynamic environment.

Working pattern: 
The successful candidate will work an average of five hours a week during term time, for the duration of the 2019-20 academic year initially.
The successful candidate will report to the Director of Fundraising and Development at the Cathedral, however most of the work can be undertaken remotely and to fit around the successful candidate's study schedule. Reimbursement will be paid for expenses incurred through any travel to the Cathedral and to funders.
Start date: 
This post will ideally start 1st November 2019.
Interviews will take place shortly after the application closing date of 23rd October 2019, at Manchester Cathedral. Travel to interview may be reimbursed.

Job Description

The key responsibilities of the post will be:

  • To assist in the collection and analysis of funding data in the public domain.
  • To deliver high quality prospect briefings on individuals, trusts and foundations.
  • To ensure research output is timely, insightful, accurate and well presented.
  • To carry out due diligence on prospective major funders as required.
  • To support the Director of Funding & Development with the management and updating of prospect data.
  • To build relationships at all levels of prospective funders and work collaboratively.

Person Specification

  • A current Lancaster University student
  • The ability to collect and analyse data effectively
  • A good understanding of data protection  
  • A genuine interest in the funding of the philanthropic sector and
  • Evidence of insight and a strong motivation to undertake this role
  • Able to demonstrate an ability to relate to all types of people  
  • An understanding of the purposes and aspirations of the Cathedral and the development project to potential funders.
  • Previous experience of fundraising would be beneficial


Applications must be sent directly to Anthony O’Connor, Director of Fundraising and Development via email or post.

Postal address: Anthony O’Connor, Director of Fundraising and Development, Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, M3 1SX 

Email: Anthony.O’Connor@manchestercathedral.org


If you would like more information about this post, please contact Marion McClintock, Honorary Archivist, via  email (m.mcclintock@lancaster.ac.uk) or phone (01524 594672).

You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment

Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.