CERN Junior Fellowship: Trusts & Foundations Officer - Vacancy

Company Description

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Job Description

Are you passionate about fundraising and partnerships? Do you want to work at the world’s leading particle-physics laboratory and thrive?

CERN has an opening in its Partnership and Fundraising Section in the International Relations Sector. As a Trusts & Foundations Officer, you will join a small multi-tasking team, and will contribute to the development of its work. The Partnerships & Fundraising Section coordinates and conducts fundraising at or on behalf of CERN and the CERN & Society Foundation, as well as the dissemination of, and compliance with, CERN’s fundraising standards, including the Ethical Policy and the Policy for the Recognition of Donors. The CERN & Society Foundation, established in June 2014, is the charity through which charitable gifts for CERN & Society projects are raised from companies, trusts/foundations and individuals.

As a Trusts & Foundations Officer, you will drive fundraising, developing new business and loyalty strategies and will support the CERN & Society mission.

The selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Contributing to defining and implementing CERN & Society fundraising strategy, focusing  on partnerships with trusts & foundations;
  • Participating in prospect identification, research, and segmentation;
  • Cultivation and relationship-building with boards and key executives;
  • Developing and submitting compelling grant applications;
  • Accepting and recognizing support;
  • Monitoring and reporting;
  • Overall account management and stewardship of existing supporters, including events planning, for high-level donor experience.

The Trusts & Foundations Officer will also take part in other activities in collaboration with CERN & Society project leaders, such as:

  • Projects identification;
  • Planning and budgeting;
  • Development of fundraising case for support;
  • Development of project proposal/presentations for CERN boards;
  • Communication;
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

The selected candidate will work with other Partnerships & Fundraising team members on:

  • Strategic planning, annual budget planning, overall financial data analysis and reporting;
  • Preparation of the fundraising annual report and ongoing status reports;
  • Communication about fundraising activities including via the CERN & Society website;
  •  Proposal development for various matters pertaining to fundraising.


Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a university degree (BSc or MSc level and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree;
  • Kindly note that experience prior to the latest obtained degree will not be taken into account for the calculation of your overall years of experience.

Essential skills and experience:

  • You have professional training in the field of fundraising (or equivalent).
  • Experience in fundraising, with a successful track record of pitching, winning and managing 100K+ Euro grants and gifts from trusts and foundations possibly at international level.
  • Excellent spoken and written English is essential, with very good French.
  • Knowledge of CiviCRM or other CRM software packages would be an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Desire and ability to work in a team within a large international organisation;
  • Creative, results-orientated approach and desire to set high standards;
  • Ability to take initiative and drive proposals forward.

Please note that CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.  

In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract for between six months (minimum) up to a maximum of 36 months.
  • A stipend ranging from 5,305 to 6,586. Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva.
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

Your future Life @CERN

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This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV.
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification.

We recommend to add two recent letters of recommendation, giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

How to apply

All applications should reach us no later than 25 August 2021.

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