UK Development Officer

Closing date: 02 May 2024
Fundraising Corporate Individual Giving
  • Salary
  • Location St. James's, Greater London (Hybrid)
  • Job Type Permanent, Full-time
  • Sectors Youth/Children
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Epic is seeking a highly motivated and results-driven Development Officer to grow our fundraising and development efforts. A fundraiser at heart who loves to convince and win people over. 

The Development Officer will be responsible for all aspects of daily fundraising activities for Epic’s key segments of donors (high net worth individuals (HNWI) and intermediaries, entrepreneurs, corporations), including building and managing a database of new leads, outreaching and nurturing. 

This position is based at Epic’s office in central London (St James SW1). 

Key Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Development Director, the missions of the Development Officer are as follows:

1. Contribution to Epic’s Fundraising Strategy in the UK

  • Collaborative work with the UK Development Director to shape and execute the fundraising strategy, bringing forth new ideas, networks and results to ensure Epic meets its income targets

  • Lead outreach efforts to expand Epic’s potential donor database in the UK : monitor the fundraising ecosystem and engage in proactive cold outreach through Growth campaigns, LinkedIn, emailing, as well as in-person and digital networking activities, including attending at least one event per week which may extend into late afternoon/evening

  • Conduct desktop research on individuals, sectors, and event-specific topics as required

  • Provide support to other development initiatives and projects as needed.

2. Lead Conversion

  • Set conversion objectives and support conversion from leads to donations

  • Identify lead opportunities within networks and events, setting priorities accordingly

  • Pitch Epic and its various Giving Solutions to potential donors, and build tailored-made proposals when needed

  • Maintain high discipline and consistency in follow-up with leads and donors : use Epic’s CRM to build a consistent pipeline of prospects and handle the management of the database with accurate opportunities and donor and gift records 

  • Evaluate and monitor the return on investment (ROI) of events and fundraising campaigns 

  • Prepare compelling fundraising communications, materials and presentations for donor meetings and events 

3. Nurturing & engaging the UK Community

  • Contribute to Epic’s engagement strategy for current donors to ensure an 80% renewal rate

  • Maintain regular touchpoints with a subgroup of donors through activities such as sharing monitoring reports, organising field visits in the UK, and scheduling regular calls and face to face meetings. Act as the main point of contact for donors and answer to their enquiries in a timely manner

  • Manage community-related administrative tasks to streamline donation processes and act as the main point of contact for donors to answer to their enquiries in a timely manner

  • Craft engagement opportunities such as UK events and webinars, including drinks, talks, breakfast events, and annual gala nights. Support will be provided by our in-house dedicated Events team.

Position Requirements : 

  • Candidate must have the right to work in the United Kingdom

  • Excellent level of English (both spoken and written), basic level of French (written and spoken) required

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a sales, fundraising or business development role, preferably in the non-profit sector

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Comfortable networking in very different communities and strategic desk research and analysis

  • Strong self-discipline and project management skills

  • Strong interest in data analysis 

  • Ease with database management and knowledge of CRM systems (preferably Salesforce) 

  • Excellent organisational skills and an eye for detail

The Epic UK team is a small but dedicated team. The role requires some flexibility and a start-up attitude. 

This is a full time, permanent position, based in the London office with the possibility of two remote working days each week. 

This role reports to the UK Development Director and will involve closely working with Epic’s global development team. 

Benefits: 

Epic will provide a friendly working environment as well as strong opportunities for professional growth and network building. This is a unique opportunity to join an entrepreneurial, mission-driven organisation focused on achieving impact and results. 

Other: Private healthcare offered through BUPA, 25 days of annual leave plus bank holidays and the annual office closure between Christmas and New Years. 

Epic at a glance : 

At Epic, we strive to build a world where children and youth - no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation or place of birth - have access to a future full of promise and opportunity. We are a global foundation backing groundbreaking non-profits around the world - the changemakers and innovators that are transforming the lives of children and youth, and protecting our planet for generations to come.

Groundbreaking non-profits often fall short of smart money to drive impact. Donors want to give more, but are held back because they lack trust, time, and knowledge.  Epic bridges the gap between the social entrepreneurs forging solutions to today’s pressing challenges, and the individuals and businesses who want to pool their resources to drive positive change. We curate and monitor highly-vetted portfolios of organisations that we back in order to foster lasting change. We operate strictly on a pro bono basis: 100% of donations received go directly to the organizations in our portfolio. 

Since 2015, we have mobilised over 80 million dollars and supported 54 organizations in 11 countries across 4 continents. 

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.

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