Major Gifts and Grants Coordinator

Closing date: 27 April 2021
Fundraising Marketing Major Donor Statutory
  • Salary £25,000 - £29,000 per annum
  • Location Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Job Type Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
  • Sectors Health, Medical
  • Job Reference : 157428_MES

In this role you will support the Philanthropy team in the development and delivery of a major donor cultivation strategy to grow income from high value individual donors.

Job title: Major Gifts and Grants Coordinator
Main Work base: 12 Meadway Court, Stevenage SG1 2EF
Hours of work: Full time or Part-time considered (minimum 30 hours per week)
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £25K - £29K (Band C1-2)

About us 
Mercy Ships is a faith-based charity, bringing safe surgery to people in Africa who have no access to healthcare or money to pay for it. Over 40 years, Mercy Ships has visited more than 55 developing nations. We are passionate to serve those in need and to leave a lasting impact for the future of those we serve. Our volunteer crew represent our organisation onboard through excellence and diligence. 16 Mercy Ships offices around the world work on fundraising, recruitment and public relations.

The UK provides over 400 professional volunteers to crew the world’s largest charitable hospital ships ‘Africa Mercy’ and ‘Global Mercy’, as well as providing financial resources for surgeries, healthcare, education and local partnership – bringing immediate relief to thousands of individuals and leaving a sustainable legacy of hope and healing in every nation we visit.

About the Role

The Major Gifts and Grants Coordinator will coordinate quality stewardship plans helping senior fundraisers nurture relationships and identify growth opportunities, ensuring key supporter engagement in support of the work of Mercy Ships.

They will assist in growing and developing opportunities with existing and new supporters in furtherance of an ambitious growth strategy.

They will provide the highest level of administrative and project support to the Philanthropy Team, particularly in the preparation of proposals and materials; organising cultivation events; ensuring accurate maintenance and circulation of data and monitoring appropriate communication with donors and prospects.

About You: 

  • Relevant degree or equivalent media relations qualification/s and experience.
  • Proven experience working within a major donor fundraising environment.
  • A good awareness of International Development and the Sustainable Development Goals and how this relates to Mercy Ships’ work.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and time management.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, ideally including experience of writing copy.
  • Experience of wider administrative tasks, such as writing copy for campaign materials to a high standard.
  • Experience of planning and prioritising a number of projects simultaneously.


  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays, increasing + 1 day with each year of service, up to 30 days annual leave
  • Christmas shutdown
  • Up to 7% Employer pension contribution
  • Travel and training loans
  • Free parking onsite
  • Childcare vouchers

Closing date: Tuesday 27th April 2021

If you would like to apply for this position and join us in transforming the lives of the forgotten poor, please click the apply button and attach your CV and covering letter, it will be sent automatically to us. A job description is attached to help with your application. 

Mercy Ships UK is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all individuals and value diversity in our workforce.

Eligible roles may require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

No agencies please.