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(Sometimes, the "spinning wheel" doesn't stop, even though your application has been sent - you'll get an email from us to confirm we've received it, so look for that before resending the form - thanks).


How does it work?

  • We will call you back within 24 hours
  • Interview with Regional Manager lasting 1 hour
  • Half day office training
  • Start with coaching and support

The Urban Leaf Team

James - London Manager - Inspiring since 2010

Our drive for quality on and off the street inspires me to wake up everyday knowing that our charity partners are our priority.

James - London Manager - Inspiring since 2010

Robbie – Training Manager – Inspiring since 2013

Being able to work in a small tight knit group of amazing people makes it fun to come to work everyday, plus you get to hang out on the beach in Brighton sometimes

Robbie – Training Manager – Inspiring since 2013

Jen – General Manager – Organising since 2012

I love the fast paced variety and sometimes crazy nature of my job. Working with great people means I enjoy every minute of it.

Jen – General Manager – Organising since 2012

George – Co-Bristol Manager – Inspiring since 2008

Creating an environment where our fundraisers inspire other great people to do something meaningful and sustainable in support of worthy organisations is incredibly rewarding.

George – Co-Bristol Manager – Inspiring since 2008

Kassem – Glasgow Manager – Inspiring since 2010

I love being in fundraising so much, I love the people I work with and I love being able to make a difference to people less fortunate than ourselves.

Kassem – Glasgow Manager – Inspiring since 2010

Hattie – Co-Bristol Manager – Inspiring since 2008

Being part of a very real solution to global injustice and knowing that everything we do impacts someone somewhere in the world in a positive way is what inspires me.

Hattie – Co-Bristol Manager – Inspiring since 2008

Anna – Manchester Manager – Inspiring since 2001

Street fundraising is a beautiful thing; every day we change the lives of people we will never meet. It's impossible to have a bad day at work when I am constantly reminded that we are the lucky ones.

Anna – Manchester Manager – Inspiring since 2001

Ivie – Recruitment Officer – Inspiring since 2012

It’s rewarding knowing that every day you’ve helped to change someone’s life for the better. Finding new fundraisers to join our teams gives me a real buzz.

Ivie – Recruitment Officer – Inspiring since 2012

Rosie – Call Supervisor – Inspiring since 2013

Working on behalf of some fantastic charities makes me proud of what I do. I also get to be part of a great team of people that really care about making a difference in the World.

Rosie – Call Supervisor – Inspiring since 2013

Steve – Managing Director – Inspiring since 2001

I have always loved street fundraising for the passion and determination to make the world a better place I have found in the people I have worked with throughout my career.

Steve – Managing Director – Inspiring since 2001

Tom - Owner / Director – Inspiring since 2000

I started for the same reason I love my job now; I wanted to and still want to help those that need it. Nowadays, I also get a lot from striving to be the best company we can be.

Tom - Owner / Director – Inspiring since 2000

Mark – Owner / Director – Inspiring since 2000

The best thing about UrbanLeaf is how it attracts the most selfless, positive, resilient and energetic people I have ever met, all striving towards a common goal, to help others.

Mark – Owner / Director – Inspiring since 2000

About The Job

There are two reasons you’re reading this, the first is that you’re looking for a job (unless you are so bored you’re just browsing obscure websites for fun, in which case you should change jobs or get one, because believe me that is not a sign of a healthy life). The second is that you must be interested in fundraising.

Depending on what you’ve been through so far on your job hunt, you are probably thinking the hard bit is finding a job at all – actually the hard part is finding a job you will enjoy. You spend a large part of your waking life at work (a large part of your sleeping life too if it’s that dull) so you owe it to yourself to try to find something you want to get out of bed in the mornings for.

At UrbanLeaf we will only employ people who love what they do. In order to achieve this we first had to work out exactly what made people enjoy their job (apart from not having a manager they hate) so we had a team of crack scientists working round the clock for months to find the essence and this is what they found; if you’re good at it, chances are you’ll enjoy it. Now, I don’t just mean ‘good’ I mean actually talented at it (all right there weren’t any scientists, we just asked our staff, which is a lot more than most companies do).

“So if you need to be talented at it to enjoy it, what are the talents I need”, you ask (insert drumroll here), there are two talents we are looking for (only two);

The first is communication (that means listening as well as talking, before all you blabbermouths get too excited), the second is the ability to communicate well after loads of people have given you the brush off. So if you’re good at talking face to face and you don’t take rejection personally, you have the talents we’re looking for.

Because we only employ people who are genuinely talented at fundraising there are a few things we do and don’t do that other companies might;

We don’t try to change you – we just don’t take on people we think will be a pain or lazy and we are frighteningly good judges of character, so all we have to do is bring out the best in you, not try and stop the bad bits of you coming out.

We do trust you and we don’t pay commission – because we are good at picking hard working people, we trust our staff, so everyone is paid a salary and no one is paid commission. Paying commission is a bit like saying “I think you are lazy and will only work if I dangle a carrot in front of you”. All our fundraisers (and managers for that matter) want to be excellent for the sake of excellence so we pay them as if they are doing well and because they want to, they always do anyway.

We don’t have targets – the problem is a company wide target doesn’t make any sense; we trust all our staff to do the best they can and understand that everyone performs at a different level depending on their talent. If you have the talent to sign up around 3 people a day once you’re up to speed, that is good enough for us and we won’t tell you to achieve above your ability range (although we will try and help you get better), if you’re excellent and sign up loads more people than that, we would be pretty stupid to ask you to do less well.

What the hell do we do then? – I know what you’re thinking, if you aren’t even going to bother to manage me, what are you going to do? Well, firstly we choose the right people, those that have the talent to naturally excel at the job and those who want to do well for the sake of doing well. If we get that right there are only two things left to do. The first is to give you the skills needed to do well; we have a lot of experience, we’ve all done this for a long time and we know what works and what doesn’t and of course we give you training on the charity you are going to represent (you also might get to meet them if you’re lucky). The second thing we do is find other people you are happy to work with, you have to spend all day with them after all.

The point of the job is to raise money for the charity you’re representing in the form of direct debits, which is very effective because unlike a one off cash donation they will hopefully be lifelong gifts and therefore a lot of money. There are of course lots of ways of doing this, but the one we have found to be most effective is to stop members of the public on the high streets as they go about their daily business and make them understand that other people don’t deserve to suffer or die in pain and get them to put their money where their mouth is (If you disagree with this sentiment don’t come in and talk to us, we’d rather not meet you). As for the finer points, pay, hours, the process of getting a job with us and so forth read on;

If you’re interested, ring up for a chat with us and we can answer any questions you have and maybe invite you in for a chat face to face. If all’s good after that, the next stage is a selection/training day which gives us a bit more time with you, lets you see if the job is for you, if you like what you see, and a second chance for us to see if your right for it. After that for the first 4 weeks you are on a probation period and the salary is 18k / £350 per week / £10 per hour but you’re not paid if you’re sick. There is the potential to earn more after a few months if you are an excellent fundraiser, up to 25k a year in fact.

It’s a full time, permanent position (Mon – Fri, 35 hrs at site, per week) with around an hour and a quarter paid breaks a day. You work in teams of between 4 and 6 (the same people everyday) with a team leader who is there to coach you in the skills you need and keep you happy.

We currently have teams operating out of Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London and they will visit towns and cities in and around these hubs.

If you are still interested after all that waffling, give us a bell, the number is 020 7580 2496.

Contact Us

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info@urbanleaf.co.uk

0207 580 2496

3rd Floor
72 Charlotte Street
London W1T 4QQ

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