Trusts and Foundation Officer, Fellowship Programme

Geneva, Switzerland
28 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Sep 2018
Fellowship Programme
Contract Type
Full Time

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Welcome to the Fellowship Programme

Within the Programme, we are looking for a Trusts & Foundations Officer to join the Partnerships & Fundraising Section, a small multi-tasking team, and to 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.

The tasks of the successful candidate will be:

To drive Trusts & Foundations fundraising, developing new business and loyalty strategies to deliver, from the private sector, long-term and significantly increased resources, profile and influence to support the CERN & Society mission.

As the person in charge of Trusts & Foundations fundraising, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Proposing and implementing CERN & Society fundraising strategy, focusing on partnerships with trusts & foundations;
  • 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 successful candidate 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.

And 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.


For this position within the Programme, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State ( A limited number of positions are also available to candidates from Non-Member States with a Senior Fellow profile.
  • You have a university degree together with professional training in the field of fundraising (or equivalent) and a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience after completion of your MSc.
  • You have between 3 and 10 years of 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. Fluent French would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of CiviCRM or other CRM software packages would be an asset.
  • 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 5,185 to 7,994 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.

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.
  • Three recent letters of recommendation (not older than a year at the time of the deadline for applications), 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.

All applications should reach us no later than 3.09.2018.

Please make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further.

The successful applicant is normally expected to take up their appointment in January 2019.