Head of Philanthropy

Closed: 06 June 2022
Fundraising Business Development General/Other Major Donor

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  • Salary £57,786 - £64,399 per year
  • Location London, Greater London (Hybrid)
  • Job Type Permanent, Full-time
  • Sectors Youth/Children
  • Job Reference : 3468

Head of Philanthropy

Do you share our passion for helping young people build life-long belief in themselves and discover talents they never knew they had?  Do you have the drive and determination to lead our Philanthropy and Major Giving team? If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Place of work: Central London with flexibility to work from home. The postholder will be expected to travel within the UK several times a month with occasional overnight stay depending on the location of donors.

Salary: £57,786 - £64,399 per annum dependent on experience

Benefits: We offer excellent staff benefits including a generous pension contribution, flexible working and an employee assistance programme.

The Fundraising Team

The DofE’s fundraising team raises £5m per year from Philanthropy and Major Gifts, Corporate Partnerships and Events. It is an ambitious team which creates long lasting relationships and delivers exceptional donor experiences. The team is a vital part of the charity and will be pivotal in providing funds to underpin its strategy. Over the next 5 years the team will deliver funds of at least £25m to ensure the charity continues to deliver on its purpose. A key focus will be the DofE’s 70th Anniversary in 2026.

Summary and main purpose

The Head of Philanthropy is responsible for leading the Philanthropy and Major Giving (PMG) team which is part of the Fundraising team. The team is responsible for an annual budget of at least £3m with an ambition to grow this annually to at least £5m by 2025. During 2021/22 the team doubled its target. The Philanthropy and Major Giving team looks after a variety of relationships with high-net-worth individuals, family trusts and foundations.

Alongside the charity strategy, the Fundraising team have launched its next 5-year strategy. This exciting work will be supported by the Philanthropy and Major Giving team who will raise funds for key areas through a targeted approach. The strategy includes an ambition to diversify our income, with Legacies and Endowment, offering a real step change for the charity raising at least a further £25 million in the next 5 years.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates with In-depth knowledge and experience of best practice in Philanthropy and Major Gifts fundraising including Endowments and Legacies. Our ideal candidate will have a successful track record in a senior fundraising role working with high-net-worth individuals, family trusts and foundations.

What you will get

DofE is a well-known charity with a fantastic reputation.  We are at an exciting time in our development under the inspiring leadership of our CEO Ruth Marvel and have ambitious plans for our Fundraising department.  You will be joining an experienced and hardworking team and working in a collegiate and inclusive atmosphere.  The work can be challenging, and humbling at times, but it’s also hugely rewarding and meaningful.

DofE is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive staff team and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, develop, promote and value people without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age. In order to meet the changing needs and aspirations of the most diverse generation of young adults ever, our staff need a range of perspectives, skills, and lived experience. While we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds to join our passionate and friendly team, at present people of colour and disabled people are not as well represented as we would like. As such we particularly encourage applicants from these backgrounds.

How to apply

Please download the candidate information pack for further information before you apply. Application is by CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements. 

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

The closing date for applications is Monday 6th June but applications will be considered as they come in so, please do apply at your earliest convenience.  Shortlisting telephone or online interviews will take place the next couple of weeks thereafter and interviews with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will be towards the end of June.