Recruiting responsibly

Good recruitment practice is not just about filling a vacancy. It can help an organisation attract the relevant skills and abilities to meet its objectives now and in the future. When it comes to fundraising roles, recruiting the right person can have a transformational impact on longer-term issues, ranging from expanding the core budget and funding model for charitable services, through to changing the organisation’s skill set and brand reputation. 

Care must be taken to ensure that appropriate background checks are carried out, protecting the current workforce and beneficiaries. For charities working with the elderly and vulnerable (whether that is as beneficiaries, supporters, event participants, employees or more) DBS checks are vital. 

Successful recruits will need to be a good fit with the organisation and the role itself, with the right level of skills and experience.  It is important to encourage a diverse workforce and to commit to equal opportunities, providing fair remuneration and career progression options, never discriminating by age, gender, disability, race, religion or any other factor.

Questions to consider

• Are you recruiting for a paid or voluntary role?
• What skills are required and what level of experience is needed to carry out the role?
• What employment policies will you need to ensure a fair and consistent approach applies to how salaries and any other benefits are calculated, annual leave, expenses and more?
• How can you ensure your recruitment processes are non-discriminatory and how will you monitor progress in this area?
• What is the gender pay gap in the organisation, within your senior leadership team and trustee board?
• What is your approach to safeguarding your staff, volunteers, beneficiaries and supporters?
• What background checks do you complete before recruiting someone and are DBS checks required?
• What is the charity’s policy for hiring someone with a past conviction?
• What training and induction processes are in place to help employees and volunteers start off on the right foot and carry out their work safely and effectively?
• How will new recruits be supervised and supported?