The FSI is recruiting!

Are you passionate about small charities? Want to help them deliver even greater impact? We are looking for new Associate Consultants to join our team.

At the FSI, we love small charities. Every day we are inspired by the amazing impact created by volunteers, trustees and teams working across the UK and internationally, and equally we work hard every day to help small charities make even more impact.

We do this by providing free and heavily-subsidised training, advice, and conferences, as well as specialist consultancy and accredited Fundraising Qualifications. When a small charity is just trying to get on with making a difference in the world, the challenges of raising funds, evidencing impact, and planning and governing effectively can feel overwhelming. We’re there, by each charity’s side, helping them navigate and sharing our expertise.

We are looking for talented individuals who can help support our training delivery and consultancy projects across a wide variety of topics and projects.

What we are looking for:


  • Excellent knowledge of the voluntary sector, and small charities in particular. You’ll need to understand the unique strengths, opportunities and also the challenges of working in a small team, ensuring your advice and support is tailored to suit the context they are working in.

Skills and attributes

  • Facilitative, coaching style with a strengths-based approach

  • Able to deliver confidently both face-to-face and digitally using different online collaboration tools.

  • Excellent writing skills with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Able to work highly independently while also being a strong team player.

  • A commitment and willingness to learn and be open to new perspectives.


As an associate consultant, you will need to have experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Impact measurement and management – e.g. developing Theories of Change, devising impact measurement frameworks and tools, project evaluation

  • Strategic planning – e.g. facilitating strategic conversations/away days, developing strategic and business plans

  • Governance – e.g. training for trustees, governance reviews.

  • Fundraising – e.g. helping charities diversifying income, developing fundraising strategies, training and mentoring in specific approaches e.g. grants, corporates, individual giving, legacies, major donors.

  • Organisational and personal development – e.g. organisational reviews/health checks, leadership development, coaching and mentoring.

  • Financial planning and management – e.g. budgeting, forecasting, setting up financial management systems.

  • Marketing and communications – e.g. developing marketing and communications strategies, producing cases for support.

What we can offer

  • Transparent rates: we offer a fixed day rate of £300 per day to our associates. This is non-negotiable as it prevents us from creating pay gaps in our team.

  • Flexibility: The roles can be flexible around personal and other client commitments, for example some of our current team choose to work evenings and weekends for desk-based work as that is what suits them. Note that our training and client-facing delivery is generally Monday to Friday between 9-5 with some evening and weekend requirements.

  • Tools and resources to support your work: All our training courses are supported with a detailed session plan and trainer presentation notes. We have methods and processes in place to deliver consultancy projects and you will have the opportunity to shadow another member of the team to see these in action.

  • Access to learning: Our associates have access to FSI learning opportunities such as our conference events to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

  • A small and friendly team: We have six staff team members and currently, six associates. Our associates are very much part of the team and we make sure you are included in social and development opportunities.

Other important information

  • The roles are remote-based and self-employed, and offered on a project by project basis. We cannot guarantee a minimum number of days per month but as an indication our current associates deliver between 5-30 days per year.

  • Currently, all delivery is digital although we anticipate transitioning to some face-to-face delivery towards the end of 2021. You will need to have access to your own laptop and equipment to deliver online activity. You will also need to be UK-based to deliver face-to-face when required.

How to apply

  • Please submit your CV and a 1-2 page supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the knowledge, skills and attributes and experience criteria to by Wednesday 3 June at 12.00 noon.

  • Please note that as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion we are testing blind recruitment processes so your CV will be anonymised prior to shortlisting. It would assist us if you could therefore provide your CV and supporting statement in Word format.

Recruitment process

  • Applications will be shortlisted using the criteria specified (‘what we are looking for’)

  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to interview and prepare a short presentation. We will also ask for two examples of your previous work (for example a report you have written, training materials you have developed) prior to interview.

  • Interview questions will be provided in advance.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process, please get in touch with Janine Edwards on or call us on 020 8142 5147 so that we can arrange this.