World Jewish Relief | London, NW2 with flexible working | £50,000 – £55,000 dependant on experience | Full time, permanent

Contact Naomi: 07538 576637 naomi@quarterfive.co.uk LinkedIn

About the charity/role

World Jewish Relief is an international development and humanitarian agency, responding to crises around the world, while tackling poverty and global suffering. They support those who are living in poverty, affected by disaster or displaced from their home countries to earn a living and rebuild their lives, prioritising the needs of women and working closely with refugees.

Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Head of Major Giving plays a critical role in the fundraising team, where major giving is the biggest source of income. Leading a small team, you’ll be responsible for major donor and trusts/foundations relationships with a focus on exceptional stewardship and long term support. Organisationally the team are brilliant at retaining supporters – they’re looking for an individual who will build on this solid foundation and shape future funding opportunities with some of their most significant prospects and donors.

You will work as part of a collaborative and creative team, actively contributing to the overall fundraising directorate and identifying areas for major giving growth and new target audiences which will allow for future portfolio diversification. Currently managing two experienced Trust Fundraisers, you’ll be a credible leader with extensive major giving experience to support income generation and team development.

You’ll personally be responsible for some of the organisations most significant donor relationships, alongside acting as the primary point of contact for a significant Development Board (formed of both long standing supporters and advocates) who will form a great source of new funding opportunities and are integral to major giving growth plans. You’ll work closely with trustees, fostering an approach of maximising networks and seeking introductions to support donor cultivation.

Both major donors and trusts have mixed and varied portfolios – as such World Jewish Relief are looking for an experienced and adept leader with experience of developing relationships and identifying significant new funding opportunities.

As Head of Major Giving you will:
  • Manage a high performing portfolio with an income target in excess of £2m per annum across major donors and trusts/foundations;
  • Lead the team by example, ensuring that they are supported and equipped to meet objectives whilst remaining hands on;
  • Work closely with key stakeholders (internal and external) to maximise opportunities, work collaboratively and deepen major giving relationships to ensure continued loyal support;
  • Manage an impactful Development Board, establishing a pipeline of significant new prospects and supporting donor cultivation.
The role would best suit:
  • An experienced leader, able to collaborate with the wider team, identify new opportunities and willing to remain hands on as part of a small organisation;
  • An individual with significant expertise of relationship management and major giving (particularly major donors and trusts/foundations) with demonstrable experience of securing 5- and 6-figure donations;
  • Someone with the ability to be adaptable to changing circumstances (e.g. emergency appeals) and to think flexibly about immediate priorities while also considering the bigger picture of business as usual activity;
  • Someone with strong financial acumen and demonstrable capabilities to work with complex budgets;
  • An individual with communication expertise/a strong understanding of communications and PR to work with agencies and support outputs that deliver increased fundraising, engagement and advocacy.

World Jewish Relief promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in their workplace. They invite and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. They encourage applications from candidates of different ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and of faith or none that meet the criteria set out for this role.

You don’t need to be Jewish to work for them, but you must be committed to their faith based values of Justice, Kindness, Repairing the World and Welcoming the Stranger. They are inspired by these values to work beyond their community, recognising the dignity and potential of all people.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th September (CV and cover letter), with first stage interviews to take place the following week. Please get in touch with Naomi for further details and to register your interest.


Contact Naomi: 07538 576637 naomi@quarterfive.co.uk LinkedIn

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