The Humane League UK

Head of Development

Remote, UK


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This is an ideal position for a senior fundraising professional to make a significant contribution to reducing the suffering of animals raised for food.

The Humane League UK is seeking an experienced individual to build our development work in the UK. You will have at least 5 years of experience managing a team and working with large donors and have a detailed understanding of how to manage grants from end to end. A credible influencer and communicator, you will have an inclusive, consultative and adaptive approach to decision making. This is a full-time, remote position, however, travel to London and the US may be necessary occasionally.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a talented fundraiser to make their mark and build The Humane League UK’s successes to reduce the suffering of animals. The individual will have exceptional interpersonal skills: tactful, diplomatic and confident in managing and developing relationships with a diverse range of donors and volunteers. This role is reporting to the Managing Director.

The key focus of the role will be:

Seeking, managing and maximising key large donors (who give more than £5,000), grant-making trusts and foundations

Developing a 3-year strategy to secure funding

Ensuring a focus on new opportunities, undertaking the necessary research to identify potential funders

Developing a range of engaging proposals around key aspects of The Humane League UK’s work

Establishing and managing the Development team as The Humane League expands and ensuring delivery of their objectives

Primary duties include: Developing and implementing a comprehensive, annual fundraising plan and timeline to include: Major gifts program (40%)

Analyse prospects, oversee cultivation and solicitation

Write proposals based on organisational needs and donors’ interests

Prepare regular updates and facilitate frequent communication with major donors

Attends meetings to develop contacts and maintain relationships with major donors

Effective Altruism Grants, Charitable Trusts & Corporate Foundations (25%)

Attend Effective Altruism events, liaise with the community and manage funding opportunities & reports

Research prospects, write proposals & reports

Relationship management and stewardship of funders

Peer-to-peer fundraising & grassroots (15%)

Recruit and liaise with Team Advisors

Develop recruitment and support materials

Manage communications (e-newsletters, national posts in team FB groups, Twitter, Instagram)

Advise Volunteer Coordinators on strategy

Online giving and annual campaign & special appeals (10%)

Manage the production, coordination, and utilisation of solicitation materials

Develop and implement a stewardship program for donors that will include cultivation events, special programs, and gift-recognition policy

Oversee and refine donor files and acknowledgements

Manage content of donation web pages

Manage relationship with vendors

Establishing and managing a growing team (10%)

Establish the development program and team in the UK, working closely with the Managing Director

Leads hiring/promoting/termination of members within the Development team

Skills Required

Thought Leadership - An informed opinion leader on fundraising and the go-to person for the organisation. A breadth of knowledge to provide guidance on implementing development throughout the organisation.

Strategic-thinking - As the department grows and as we build support for the team you will have the foresight and experience to deliver a strategy to secure the funding we need year on year.

Management - Builds a team of high-performing staff members, appropriately structures jobs so that staff members can succeed, develops and motivates staff members, and acts from the perspective of an organisational leader that empowers their team.

Productivity / Time-Management - Handles a significant volume of work under deadlines and without sacrificing quality. Oversees and structures complex projects, plans backwards, and ensures quality end-products are delivered on or ahead of schedule.

Communicator: you are an exceptional communicator and can adapt to different tones and styles.

Team player: you enjoy working with people and understand the benefits of collaboration.

Our recruitment process consists of initial application, skills test/s, and 1st, 2nd and final interview stages.

The Humane League is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2020-01-31

  • Category Animal Welfare
  • Created by Klara Schmidt
  • Submitted 02 Jan
  • Last updated 02 Jan