Prospect Research Officer

£26,985 - £29,983 per annum full-time

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About the role

Closing date
06 December 2021

About YoungMinds:

YoungMinds is leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. We’ve experienced phenomenal fundraising growth over the last four years alongside our growing brand awareness, and this year we’ve leapt 40 places to number 29 in the list of Britain’s top 100 most loved charities – not bad for a small organisation with ambition to have big impact! Young people, parents, professionals and many more are joining us to take action – our recent #FundTheHubs campaign saw over 12,000 people write to their MP! Yet we are still a pretty small team where every member of staff can have a big impact. We know we have the potential to grow, and to make the most of the relationships we have – to build a movement for change.

About the team:

The Fundraising Team is still relatively small, but big in impact! We are passionate, enthusiastic and hold our values close to our hearts. We like to be ambitious and challenge ourselves, but we also prioritise wellbeing and individual development. Most of all, we work as a whole team to reach our objectives – we support and champion each other, because we know we can’t achieve unless we all achieve. During the pandemic, the Fundraising Team of 15 delivered more than 90% growth on year-on-year income – including successes with large trusts such as Linbury Trust, new corporate partnerships with wagamama, and success in our annual awareness fundraising day #HelloYellow, with over 8,000 schools and community groups taking part. The team is structured into a Business Development Unit (including contracts, trusts and statutory), a Development Team (corporate and philanthropy), and a Supporter Engagement Team (individuals and community).

Purpose of the role:

If you want to make a difference at YoungMinds as we rollout our strategy to stop young people’s mental health reaching crisis – then read on.

As a Prospect Research Officer, you will be responsible for identifying, researching and maintaining a pipeline of potential supporters for YoungMinds. Your focus for this will be on those with the ability to make substantial gifts across trusts, foundations, major donors, and corporates. This role is vital in implementing our five-year vision to create a step change in YoungMinds’ fundraising. Moving from a funder-led approach to engaging all supporters as part of YoungMinds’ movement, where effective fundraising builds relationships and becomes an essential part of achieving our charitable objectives, not just funding them. Our role is not ‘simply’ to generate income, but to build value-driven relationships and cause-related fundraising opportunities.

Key relationships:

As a Prospect Research Officer, you will work collaboratively across YoungMinds, with key relationships externally with current supporters and donors, prospective funders, and voluntary sector partners.


Key responsibilities and duties:


Your responsibilities include - but are not limited to - carrying out research on and planning approaches to prospective donors, relationship management, and fundraising development. More information about these responsibilities are below. You may very occasionally need to travel and work flexible hours (i.e. evenings and weekends).

Relationship management

  • Identify a range of new donors to support our ambitious strategy.
  • Work with the Fundraising Team to develop and refine our prospect research process.
  • Provide summary reports on all suitable new prospects, including funding criteria, mission, and values.
  • Conduct due diligence on all suitable new prospects, to ensure our Acceptance of Donation Policy is adhered to.
  • Maintain reporting and application systems and ensure our supporter records are up to date.

Fundraising development

  • Contribute new and innovative ideas for cultivating new supporters.
  • Work with the Fundraising Team to refine our prospect research process.
  • Work with the Fundraising Team to develop our new supporter pipeline approach.
  • Keep up to date with and adhere to compliance and best practice requirements of UK voluntary sector, funding sources, fundraising laws & methods.



Like all YoungMinds employees, you will also be expected to:

  • work in accordance with the organisation’s vision, mission and values and all policies and procedures
  • champion the voices of young people and the value of their lived experience to deliver change, actively seeking to increase their involvement in the organisation’s and your team’s work
  • support a culture of care for staff, volunteers and the young people we work with, including appropriate responsibility for safeguarding
  • form effective working relationships with all staff members, volunteers, child mental health agencies and relevant external organisations
  • contribute to the culture of YoungMinds by joining in our events and activities and supporting our fundraising
  • understand and actively seek to evolve the organisation’s and your team’s use of technology to improve our effectiveness and meet the needs of young people
  • ensure a privacy-led approach to data, ensuring individual and team requirements for responsible management of data
  • prepare for and attend supervision and appraisal meetings with your line manager
  • other duties that may from time to time be necessary, compatible with the nature and grade of this post

More about this role

You can find more details about the role in our job pack, available below.

Job pack: Prospect Research Officer

You can find more details about the role in our job description, available below.

Job description: Prospect Research Officer

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One of our values is: “We celebrate what makes you you – whoever you are, we welcome you and encourage you to be true to yourself”. 

If you are excited about helping us to achieve our mission, passionate about working at an organisation that is puts the lived experience of young people at the heart of everything we do and want to be part of our drive to become a truly anti-racist organisation we want to hear from you.

To apply, please fill in the application form - downloadable below - and send via email to [email protected].

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Prospect Research Officer


  • Permanent role
  • Full-time
  • £26,985 - £29,983 per annum
  • Closing date: 6 December 2021 at Midday

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