Appointed Head of Trusts and Statutory Funding

National Literacy Trust

There has never been a more exciting time to join The National Literacy Trust, with a new and ambitious Director of Fundraising focused on growth, a CEO brimming with ideas and energy, a compelling and unique case for support, and the whole organisation united behind fundraising.

The National Literacy Trust are unwavering in their commitment to enhancing the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people, equipping them for success in school, work and life.

To return to the homepage containing details about The National Literacy Trust and a welcome letter from the Director of Fundraising, please click here.


The Head of Trusts and Statutory Funding will work with a diverse set of organisations that support The National Literacy Trust’s work, including the Department for Education and Arts Council England, building impactful partnerships that generate income and further our efforts to tackle poor literacy levels.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior, strategic fundraiser to lead the development and management of transformational partnerships with trusts, foundations and statutory funders at the six and seven-figure level. Following a steep growth curve, the postholder will be responsible for a £4 million annual income budget, maximising a healthy pipeline and leading a donor portfolio.

About the role

As Head of Trusts and Statutory Funding, you will:

  • Support and direct the Senior Fundraising Manager, and manage the wider team that includes the Fundraising Manager and Fundraising Officer
  • Secure and retain substantial, long-term funding partnerships, meeting an annual income target of £4m
  • Lead relationships with some of the charity’s most significant trust, foundation and statutory funders giving 6-figure+ gifts
  • Review and develop the strategy for these income streams, identifying and prioritising opportunities with a focus on continued financial growth
  • Work closely with Heads and Directors across the organisation as part of the Extended Leadership Team
  • Establish strong cross-organisational relationships with the programme and service teams to develop new funding projects and cases for support

About you

We’re looking for a consummate relationship builder and team leader with the ambition and ability to forge long-term partnerships that deliver sustainable income. You will be encouraged to think strategically and creatively as the portfolio continues to grow, utilising the expertise of your team to engage funders with cases for support relating to programmes and unrestricted funding.

Ideal skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable success in initiating and deepening relationships with major trust, foundation and statutory funders
  • A strong track record of securing six-figure+ support
  • Strategic thought and action, including developing and implementing long-term activities driving sustainable growth
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills that underpin productive relationships with internal colleagues and senior external stakeholders
  • Leadership approach that empowers and inspires teams; setting achievable, aspirational priorities and goals


Employee benefits

  • Flexible working
  • 39 days of annual leave per year (pro rata for part-time staff), made up of 28 days’ annual leave plus the closure of the office on all bank holidays and from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day inclusive
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay policy – after 1 year of service, employees are entitled to 12 weeks on half pay in additional to statutory entitlements, with two weeks of paternity leave at full pay (subject to qualifying criteria).
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free eye tests and discounted glasses
  • Shopping and leisure venue discounts
  • Discounted gym membership, dental plans and health assessments

About you

Apply for this role

Application by CV and cover letter by Wednesday 28th June 2023.

In the first instance, please contact Cristy to discuss the brief in full and for support with the application process.

QuarterFive and our clients know fundraising could better reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the people the charity sector supports. We encourage individuals with relevant skills and experience to apply for roles regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief. If you think you meet some of the criteria for a role and would like to discuss how your other experience might transfer, please ask us for a chat. We’re here to support you. Appointments will be made on merit alone and we will gladly make reasonable adjustments to always ensure a fair process.

Explore more opportunities

Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager

Hand in Hand International • London (hybrid) • £45-54K

Drive essential income globally from trusts, corporates and major donors with a successful team supporting women entrepreneurs worldwide.

Head of Fundraising

The Difference • London (hybrid) • £55-62K

Join this education charity that tackles the social justice issue of school exclusions as their first permanent Head of Fundraising.

Skip to content