Head of Fundraising

We are looking for an enterprising and ambitious fundraiser who is passionate about tackling child poverty, acting as a member of the Little Village Management Team to support the organisation’s ongoing growth and evolution. 

£50,000 to £60,000 FTE (28-35 hours per week), dependent on experience

About the role & organisation

At our heart, Little Village is here to make it as easy as possible for families to help each other. What started as a “baby bank”, collecting and gifting high quality kit to local families experiencing tough times, has become so much more. Our currency is kindness. We know from experience that everyone has times in life when they need help, and times in life when they’re able to offer help. That’s what we are here for.

We are looking for a Head of Fundraising who is energised by the challenge of growing a village of support to equip families with essentials, link them with key services and help fix the systems that create a poverty trap.

As an enterprising and ambitious leader you’ll have expertise of building financial sustainability into a growing organisation, with the adaptability to work in a small and relatively new organisation.

Little Village has grown rapidly since launching in 2016 – with a broad range of income which includes a 5 year grant from National Lottery Community Fund (until 2024).

Reporting directly to the CEO and acting as part of the Little Village Management Team you will have responsibility for developing and delivering an income generation strategy that focuses on financial stability, whilst supporting and reinforcing strategic priorities.

Key responsibilities

As Head of Fundraising you will:

  • Work closely with the CEO and Board to develop and implement a 3-5 year fundraising strategy – managing annual income generation plans, pipelines, budgets and reporting to the CEO and Board on progress.
  • Lead and deliver the current portfolio of fundraising activity, deepening existing relationships with major donors, foundations and corporate partners, including National Lottery Community Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Identify new high-value leads and network opportunities – working closely with key stakeholders to build relationships and secure support.
  • Build a motivated and high performing team – with currently line management responsibility for 3 direct reports – supporting professional development in a way aligned to organisational values, whilst integrating fundraising with broader organisational communications and campaigning work.
  • Contribute as an active leader to the management of Little Village – supporting the development of strategy, operations and impact.

Person specification

The role would best suit:

  • A skilled fundraiser with a proven track record in at least one of the following: soliciting and securing high value gifts; cultivating relationships with corporate partners; engaging grant makers and foundations in long-term partnerships. 
  • An experienced networker who can build effective relationships – with clear evidence of excellent interpersonal skills.
  • An individual with expertise of growing a high-performing team, motivated by achieving results and thinking creatively to identify new funding opportunities. 
  • Someone with a knowledge and passion for the work of Little Village, with a sound understanding of the issues of child poverty and strong alignment to organisational values. 

How to apply

For more information or to start your application process, please get in touch with Naomi Carruthers at QuarterFive Fundraising Recruitment.

This can be done via the form below, by emailing naomi@quarterfive.co.uk or by calling 07538 576637.

The closing date for applications (CV and cover letter) is 17th May, with first interviews to take place w/c 23rd May.

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