Head of Fundraising

Closed: 05 December 2023
Fundraising Business Development Community Major Donor

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  • Salary £38,500 - £42,000 p/a pro rata
  • Location Remote
  • Job Type Contract, Part-time
  • Sectors Arts, Culture, Heritage
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We are a Scottish charity and documentary hub, renowned for nurturing world-class film talent and producing award-winning films. We support filmmakers in the art and the business of independent creative documentary and offer a range of opportunities and events to professionals, emerging filmmakers and audiences in Scotland and beyond.

SDI’s Mission is to nurture new and existing talent to develop their careers and contribute to a fairer, more sustainable film industry in Scotland and internationally. To protect and support compelling, thought-provoking documentary filmmaking driven by vision and urgency. To be instrumental in engaging talent from historically marginalised groups and growing diverse communities of filmmakers and audiences in Scotland and elsewhere, through collaboration and solidarity. And to cultivate an interest in the power of documentary films to spark empathy, critical thinking and inspire positive social change.

Job Description

Part-time: 15 hours per week
Location: Our offices are in Edinburgh but the post can involve mostly online/remote working
Salary: £38,500-£42,000 p/a pro rata
Starting from: January/February 2024

In this role, the Head of Fundraising will support SDI in moving closer to its financial goals and achieving its objectives to have a long-lasting positive impact on the independent documentary sector in Scotland, in the UK and internationally.

The ideal candidate for this role will be motivated, professional, organised and a good researcher. We're looking for someone with established contacts who believes in our mission and has passion and drive for furthering our fundraising efforts, as well as strategising, developing and delivering new plans.

We offer flexible working hours, hybrid / remote working and an inclusive, creative working environment. We are committed to continue increasing the diversity of our staff and want to particularly encourage applications from historically marginalised communities, currently under-represented within SDI.

If you're highly motivated, organised and a good researcher, we'd love to hear from you!


  • At least three years of experience in fundraising in the culture sector
  • Substantial experience in writing grant proposals, corresponding with funders and reporting to funders
  • A thorough understanding of the funding landscape (especially grant-givers), in Scotland primarily but also in the UK and internationally, and possible prospects for SDI
  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills, including networking at events An understanding of the ways in which aspects of SDI's work can be presented to appeal to different types of funder
  • Experience of impact monitoring and evaluation, and its importance to funders
  • Attention to detail and a passion for research
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and working knowledge of the Code of Fundraising Practice.


  • A passion for documentary and understanding of SDI’s place in the industry
  • Competence with client databases and their use for fundraising purposes
  • Experience working in a busy arts charity
  • Experience in designing and hosting events for funders


  • Flexible working hours
  •  Creative, passionate and inclusive, working environment
  • The chance to support the growth of the independent documentary sector in Scotland and in the UK
  •  31 days holiday allowance per year, inclusive of public holidays (pro rata)
  • Additional leave day for your birthday
  • Friendly office in Leith, Edinburgh

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.