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Philanthropy (Major Donor) Manager

Job Description

Part-time, 21 hours per week, flexible working • 12 months’ maternity cover

Kentish Town, London/Some home working

In this role you will be joining Gingerbread at a crucial and exciting time: our 100th year, a new three-year strategy and a strong fundraising focus, supported by Gingerbread’s CEO and Board of Trustees.

Single parents make up about a quarter of all families with children. Despite the positive changes achieved over the past 100 years, inequality and disadvantage still stand in the way of single parents providing their families with the security they deserve and the opportunities to flourish. Our mission is to champion and enable single parent families to live secure, fulfilling and happy lives.

With a growing major donor programme coming into its third year, and our Centenary cultivation event in February, we are looking for someone to lead and coordinate Gingerbread’s approach to major donor fundraising for 12 months from beginning of April 2018, to cover a maternity leave.

The focus is on understanding supporters’ interests and motivations to secure high value donations, but also recognising how certain high-net-worth individuals may be able to contribute non-financially to Gingerbread’s aims - through opening their networks, peer to peer fundraising, pro bono support or expertise.

You will be a good fit for this role if you:

  • Have major donor expertise – you will have solid understanding and experience of prospecting, identifying new potential High-net-worth supporters through peer to peer fundraising and network mapping. You will have successfully implemented cultivation and stewardship programmes including events, and tailored individual plans, and personally asked for gifts of £10,000 and above.
  • Are self-motivated - you will strive to exceed meeting targets, income targets and other objectives, and will have done so in a previous role.
  • Have strong communication skills (written and verbal) - a talent for swiftly and effectively building relationships both internally with trustees, senior team and staff, and externally with high-net-worth individuals. You will have effectively worked with senior staff and trustees with major donor programmes in the past.
  • Are supporter focused – in the past you will have developed relationships and secured gifts and support of £10k+ from high-net-worth individuals’. You will be able to demonstrate experience of effective face to face cultivation.
  • Are a team player – you will effectively work across the organisation, understanding Gingerbread’s broader strategy and plans, and how High-net-worth individuals can help Gingerbread achieve these.
  • Have experience of budgeting a major donor programme – you will have undertaken budgeting and reforecasting and monthly reporting. You will be able to plan how to reach a major donor income target considering an existing prospect pipeline, and assess activity required to meet target.
  • Are solutions focused – you relish a challenge, approach them constructively; you have overcome challenges in the past proactively and positively.

You will receive a strong benefits package including a generous holiday allowance, flexible working across the week, and contributory pension scheme.

Please apply by completing the Gingerbread application form. However, for this role we will also be accepting CVs and a supporting statement – your supporting statement should clearly demonstrate how you meet the person specification for the role, give examples where possible, and highlight when you would be available to start.

For further information and to apply please download an application pack from our website.

Email your completed application form, or CV and supporting statement, stating your name and the post you are applying for in the subject line.

Expected start is end March/early April. If you are not able to start until later, please highlight this on your application.

Closing date: 5:00pm on Thursday 15th February 2018.

First Interviews: Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Second interviews: Monday 26th February 2018.

We want to recruit people from a range of backgrounds. To help us monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment, please complete a diversity monitoring questionnaire online. This data is completely anonymous, is stored confidentially by our HR team and will not be seen by the selection panel.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, including single parents and those with caring responsibilities. We offer excellent work-life balance policies for all staff.

Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee, no. 402748, and a charity, no. 230750.