Appointed Director of Fundraising and Communications

CARE International UK

CARE International UK (CIUK) is one of 18 full members of the global CARE International confederation, placing special focus on women and girls, because women’s rights are human rights. We know that they cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

Last year, CIUK reached over 1.2m people – 61% of whom women and girls – across 38 countries via 75 programmes, tracking their contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As well as supporting global humanitarian and development work, CIUK provides expertise in women’s economic empowerment, inclusive governance, crisis response, and engaging with business partners. They also play a key role in CARE’s policy and external engagement work focused on tackling the structural causes of poverty and social injustice.

As they embark on a fresh organisational strategy with a new Chief Executive, CIUK is seeking to appoint an outstanding fundraising and communications leader to the new position of Director of Fundraising & Communications. The role will position fundraising and communications at the heart of CIUK, collaborating across the charity to ensure consistent, distinctive messaging that supports great fundraising and the delivery of wider organisational goals linked to influencing policy and engaging external decision-makers.

You will lead a team of c.40 with an income budget of c.£10m of restricted and unrestricted funds and be a key voice on the Senior Leadership Team that drives CIUK’s strategic objectives and their achievement. This is a fantastic opportunity to consider the bigger picture for CIUK, positioning and elevating the brand presence and income generation of a major INGO that is scratching the surface of its fundraising and communications potential.

International development is a complicated environment undergoing significant change. We’re looking for people who understand this backdrop and can develop opportunities that create change, ensuring CIUK defines itself clearly and is positioned in a compelling way with key audiences. A driven, solutions-focused leader who is conscious of the challenges of the international development sector, leads from the front and responds to opportunity will thrive here.

About the role

As Director of Fundraising and Communications, you will: 

  • Strategically lead, manage and inspire an integrated fundraising and communications department, supporting them to achieve targets, grow income and build a cohesive strategy that positions CIUK with key audiences incl. government, donors and other INGOs
  • Directly manage four fundraising and communications team heads, ensuring they have the support and challenge to develop as leaders and deliver their functions’ targets and goals
  • Act as an effective member of SLT, establishing robust relationships with other CIUK directorates including Programmes and Policy, Finance, and People
  • With the Head of Communications, develop a comprehensive communications function, developing the culture around external communications to support organisational strategy
  • Work with the Head of Individual Giving and Head of Lend with Care to grow their base of supporters, develop acquisition/retention strategies and increase ROI
  • Work with the Head of Business with Care to maintain existing funding partners while identifying new opportunities for partnership/growth
  • Lead the diversification of the funding portfolio, considering the wider opportunities for income generation (including Legacy, Major Donors, Trusts and Foundations)

About you

Ideal skills and experience: 

  • Ambitious fundraising and communications leader with expertise in at least three voluntary funding streams including individuals, companies, trusts, foundations, legacies and major donors
  • Creative, solutions-focused, collaborative leader who can deliver strategic change and play a key role in shaping and driving a new culture focused on fundraising and communications
  • Experienced in positioning an organisation across multiple channels and audiences with a demonstrable track record of income growth and audience engagement
  • Conscious of the current international development environment and its opportunties and challenges
  • Interest in and passion for delivering change and enabling women and girls to fulfil their potential
  • Proven ability to listen, influence and problem solve, adopting a collaborative and compassionate leadership style that supports inclusion and diversity of voice

Employee Benefits

CIUK employee benefits include:

  •  25 days annual leave, in addition to bank holidays, PLUS all staff receive 3 days discretionary leave between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The annual leave allowance increases by one day for each year worked up to a maximum of 30 days.
  • 5% employer pension contribution
  • Life Assurance (3 x basic salary)
  • Health Cash Plan – offering money back on many everyday health care bills, such as visits to an optician, dentist or physiotherapist, up to annual limits. Includes access to a 24/7 free and confidential employee assistance helpline (counselling and legal).
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Interest-free loans (up to £500)
  • Professional membership fee reimbursement
  • Family friendly policies

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