Job Vacancies

It’s a really exciting time to join our amazing team at Gympanzees! We would love to hear from you if any of our vacancies sound like a great match to your skills and experience. We also offer volunteering opportunities please contact us for details.

Role: Executive Assistant

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Gympanzees is a multi-award-winning Bristol based charity. Our mission is to ensure all children and young people with a disability have access to regular exercise, play and friendship. Our aim is to open multiple exercise and play facilities around the country – the first of which will be in Bristol.

Purpose of the Job

We are embarking on a very exciting chapter for Gympanzees. This crucial phase will see us fundraise for and open our first permanent facility. Over the next year, the CEO will be designing the build and fit out of the centre, will be working with the development team to fundraise £2.2 million for the build and plan for and open our permanent Gympanzees Centre. The impact of your work with be huge, the centre will welcome 70,000 children and young people and their families per year. This role requires a person who is hardworking, motivated, with great enthusiasm, a charismatic personality, and a great team member.

Your role as Executive Assistant to our CEO will be to provide personalized secretarial and administrative support in a well-organized and timely manner. You will be given the opportunity to work closely with management and leading stakeholders, support the CEO to keep existing and create new key working friendships, support with administration and research tasks.

  • To provide support to the CEO in delivering Gympanzees’ overall strategic objectives.
  • To provide administrative services including diary management, filtering emails and calls, booking meetings, organising travel, correspondence and prioritising emails for the CEO.
  • To work closely with the CEO and the rest of the team through regular correspondence, arrange meetings and prepare briefing materials.
  • To provide administrative support in the delivery of assignments and initiatives.
  • To ensure all correspondence and relevant materials are produced in a timely and accurate manner.
  • To coordinate and prepare reports and documentation for the Board of Trustees meetings and other meetings with outside partners.
  • To coordinate, attend and take minutes for meetings.
  • To follow up on action points from meetings on behalf of the CEO.
  • To conduct research, analyse the results and produce reports on research.
  • To attend and take meetings where appropriate in place of the CEO

To do this job well you need to have:

  • A degree-level education, or another relevant qualification
  • Experience of providing secretarial and administrative support for Senior Executives
  • The skill to work independently and to take initiative
  • The ability to multi-task and be comfortable with changing priorities
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Highly proficient computer skills and a confident technology user overall
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Positive, ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Ability to work in a diverse team
  • Be highly organised
  • Ability to produce minutes of meetings and draft / edit written documents and correspondence independently
  • Ability to retrieve information from relevant sources through research
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive material
  • The flexibility to work additional/out of hours as necessary to fulfil the requirements of the role and meet the business needs

Job Perks

We are a hugely passionate and driven team and our jobs are more than just work. As a small team, every opinion is valued and we encourage risk and learning to make us as good as we can be. We have flexible working with most members working from home for much of the week although we have a Shared office – Origin Workspace – available for staff if they want to be in the office. We meet as a whole team for 1 day per week so we can work alongside each other. We have a generous holiday package and benefits such as counselling support through Bright HR

Job Type: Full Time 1 year contract with potential to extend, 37.5 hours per week.

Salary: Up to £27,000 pro rata

To apply, please send a short covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role, along with your CV to emily@gympanzees.org

Contract length: 12 months

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: £24,000.00-£27,000.00 per year

Role: Fundraising Officer

Reporting into: Head of Department

Purpose of the job: Ideal for a fundraising all-rounder who is commercially minded, passionate, energetic and who has at least two years’ experience in a professional fundraising environment, this wide-ranging role spans the entire fundraising portfolio. From corporate giving and donor management to digital fundraising and fundraising events – you will use your skills and experience to build income streams and relationships that enable Gympanzees to build a facility that is open seven days a week that supports the health and well-being of children and young people with disabilities, and their families.

You must be able to work to deadlines, feel comfortable in a target driven environment and be able to communicate exceptionally well.

We will work with you to develop and support you in your role from week one. We will provide training, but we also believe that getting stuck in is also the best way to learn.

Main Duties

  • Assist in the running and planning of all fundraising activities and events
  • Report on fundraising activities and targets
  • Be responsible for the implementation and daily management of the various supporter groups
  • Assist in securing both new corporate partners / sponsors and individual donors
  • Provide excellent client relationship assistance to corporate and private supporters
  • Assist with the implementation and management of an individual giving programme
  • Maintain accurate records of Fundraising and Corporate Development activity and income
  • Build on and develop the cases for support and propositions and help create new opportunities for engagement
  • Drive and develop warm, identified and new potential partners
  • Be the first point of contact for supporters, requests and queries relating to fundraising
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Work with the marketing manager to ensure supporters receive the appropriate level of communication so they feel valued and know what difference they are making
  • Present supporters with further fundraising opportunities
  • Work closely with other members of the development team to ensure the department’s objectives are fulfilled.

What you need to have

We are looking to hire an energetic and committed person, with the following:

  • Exceptional communication skills – both written and verbal
  • A strong understanding of Data Protection and the General Data Protection Regulations and the Institute of Fundraising and Marketing’s Code of Practice and Charity Commission guidelines for fundraising and how this affects fundraising
  • Creative and commercial instincts
  • The skill to work independently and to take initiative
  • The ability to multi-task and be comfortable with changing priorities
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Highly proficient computer skills and a confident technology user overall
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • A ‘completer-finisher’ with good attention to detail
  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines and targets
  • Positive, ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Full Driving licence is desirable
  • Lived experience of disability is desirable

Job Perks

We are a hugely passionate and driven team and our jobs are more than just work. As a small team, every opinion is valued and we encourage risk and learning to make us as good as we can be. We have flexible working with most members working from home for much of the week although we have a Shared office – Origin Workspace – available for staff if they want to be in the office. We meet as a whole team for 1 day per week so we can work alongside each other. We have a generous holiday package and benefits such as counselling support through Bright HR.

Job Type: Full time fixed term contract 12 months with possibility of extension.

Salary: £26,000

To apply, please send a short covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role, along with your CV to emily@gympanzees.org

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: £26,000.00 per year

Role: Grants and Trusts Manager

Reporting into: Head of Development

Purpose of the Job

As the grants and trusts manager at Gympanzees, you will be responsible for researching and applying for appropriate grants to ensure the annual grant income target is achieved.

You will be given the opportunity to work closely with leading stakeholders in this exciting charity to ensure every child and young person with a disability in and around Bristol has access to play, friendship and exercise and work towards helping build a world class permanent facility that will support them 364 days a year.

Ideal for someone who has proven experience of researching and writing successful grant applications, you’ll need the ability to distil lots of important information and turn it into engaging and informative copy that tells our story and meets the grant brief. For this, you’ll need excellent copy writing skills and need to be very organised and methodical in your approach.

The grant manager role has a number of key activities:

  • Researching new (and existing) grant opportunities: looking at fit, size, timelines and deciding with the head of development’s support which ones we should apply for
  • Write grant applications, and obtain sign off from head of development
  • Submit grant applications
  • Report on progress of live and draft applications
  • Liaise with grant providers to ensure their reporting requirements are met
  • Manage a master grants database which gives us a complete picture of what grants are out there, which ones are a good fit for us, status of our applications etc
  • Keep a record of key KPIs around success rate
  • Manage a part time grants officer
  • Any other development activities, and wider charity activities, that will help further the organisation’s objectives.

To do this job well you need to have:

  • Minimum of a 2 year’s grant writing experience
  • A degree-level education, or another relevant qualification
  • The skill to work independently and to take initiative
  • The ability to multi-task and be comfortable with changing priorities
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Highly proficient computer skills and a confident technology user overall
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • A ‘completer-finisher’ with good attention to detail
  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Positive, ‘can-do’ attitude

Job Type: Full time or Part-time fixed term contract considered

Salary: £30,000 pro rata

To apply, please send a short covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role, along with your CV, to Stephanie Ween – CEO Gympanzees – steph@gympanzees.org

Closing date is 31/01/2022

Contract length: 12 months

Part-time hours: 22.5 per week

Application deadline: 31/01/2022

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract

Salary: £30,000.00 per year

Job Title: Legal Trustee [Responsible to Chair of Trustees]

Location: Board Meetings at Main Office or Virtual (Zoom)

Role Type: Voluntary

Key skills required: Leadership, Legal background, Governance

Time commitment: 7 board meetings per year plus an away day, as well as chairing relevant committee every 3 months and attendance at various ad hoc events.

The chosen candidate would be a highly experienced qualified barrister, solicitor or equivalent and be able to demonstrate:

  • A strong track record in the legal profession, leading complex and growing organisations
  • Previous experience of the third sector, property law and charity law is desirable.
  • Experience of reviewing contracts
  • An ability to analyse information; use good, independent judgement; and a willingness to challenge constructively when necessary
  • The ability to communicate legal concepts to non-legal trustees and officers
  • The ability to demonstrate business acumen
  • The necessary networks and contacts to assist Gympanzees in achieving its goals as well as high level interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to working and the ability to persuade and influence as well as promote the interests of the Charity
  • A strong empathy for the aims, objective, and activities of Gympanzees
  • Integrity and judgement with a strong commitment to evidencing our values
  • An excellent, confident, and persuasive communicator
  • A good sense of humour with the desire to be part of a high energy and dynamic organisation and strongly committed to a growth mindset
  • Experience of networking
  • A commitment to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults
  • A genuine willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to execute their duties as Trustees
  • We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Trustees and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Benefits of Trusteeship with Gympanzees

This role gives you a unique opportunity to be at the core of an organisation at the cusp of a new, exciting phase of growth. Our plans are very ambitious, but our impacts will be significant.

  • Improving your community – transforming lives of children and young people with disability.
  • Strategic application – critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Professional networks – meeting diverse professionals.
  • Developing skills and experience – adapting your professional knowledge
  • Team working – constructively challenge ideas, interpersonal skills.

How to Apply

To apply, please email steph@gympanzees.org your CV along with a covering letter stating why you wish to join Gympanzees, how your skills would add value to the board and any other

relevant information. Please note, an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and reference check will be obtained for the chosen candidate.

Contact Email: steph@gympanzees.org

Contact Phone: 07773 553112