A charity officer works for, or is a trustee of, a charitable organisation. The job title can refer to personnel in several roles within a charity. Roles vary considerably depending on the size, aim and type of organisation.
In larger organisations, the role may focus on a specific area, such as project management, business development, finance, marketing, public relations, fundraising or volunteer management.
In smaller charities, the charity officer may undertake multiple tasks. Common activities range from applying for grants or managing volunteers to providing advice and information.
Charity officers may also be called charity administrators, community liaison officers or project development officers.
Tasks vary according to the organisation and the individual role. A charity officer in a global charity will have a different experience from a charity officer in a small, local charity. Due to limited funds and personnel, staff in small charities carry out several functions within a small team.