Appointed Philanthropy Grant Manager (part-time)


With nature in freefall, WWF are urgently tackling the underlying causes that are driving the decline, and finding solutions so future generations have a world with thriving habitats and wildlife. It’s a huge challenge, but if we all act together, there is hope.

Over the last 6 years, WWF’s Philanthropy & Events team has more than trebled their income raising vital funds to protect the future of our planet for people and nature. As a result of this success, WWF is investing in the team who are on track to generate £12m this financial year!

This role focuses on supporting WWF’s relationship with major grant makers such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Climate Action Fund. You will lead on engagement activity with a small portfolio of these funders, including donor communications and proposals, regular project updates, site visits and invitations to philanthropy events.

Alongside this, you will actively explore and pursue further opportunities to grow support from strategic philanthropic funders. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate about conservation, restoring nature and playing a part in saving our planet.

About the role

As Philanthropy Grant Manager, you will:

  • Maintain exceptional stewardship and development of relationships with the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other lottery funding bodies
  • Work with Programmes colleagues and the Design and Impact Team to identify and further develop UK-based project work and budgets that align with WWF-UK’s strategic priorities and major funding opportunities
  • Create compelling funding proposals and reports to effectively engage and inspire funders
  • Deliver impactful engagement plans and communications to build long-term, sustainable relationships
  • Research, develop and manage new relationships with National Lottery funding bodies to achieve income targets

About you

Ideal skills and experience:

  • Experience of managing and securing funding from National Lottery funding bodies
  • Strong donor management skills who can demonstrate successful stewardship and engagement with high value funders
  • Outstanding written skills with ability to convey complex environmental issues and needs to secure funding and continued support
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams, departments and external stakeholders

Employee benefits

There’s never been a better time to join WWF. As a leading independent conservation organisation, they have an important job to do to reverse the loss of biodiversity and restore nature. Working together with colleagues, partners and their incredible supporters WWF act with urgency, integrity and passion to secure a future where both people and nature thrive.

WWF-UK are based at the Living Planet Centre, which is not only the heart of the charity, but one of the greenest buildings in the UK. It shows that through the smart use of design, materials and technology, it’s possible to create a state-of-the-art building with minimal environmental impact.

Benefits include:

  • 25 days’ annual leave, three days of which are to be taken when WWF-UK offices are closed in December, as well as the eight bank holidays (pro rata for part-time/fixed term contracts). Annual leave entitlement increases by an extra day per full year of service, up to 30 days a year. 
  •  You don’t have to pay anything into the WWF-UK scheme, and they’ll contribute 7.5% of your basic salary. But if you contribute 2.5% or more, this will increase to 10%
  • Life Assurance (3 x salary)
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption pay package – employees with 26 weeks’ service, or more than 15 weeks before the expected week of the child’s birth, are entitled to the first six weeks at full pay and the subsequent 33 weeks at 30% of current basic pay plus statutory maternity pay
  • Enhanced paternity – including full pay for the two weeks of paternity leave
  • Sabbatical scheme – after 5 years’ service, if you’re eligible, you can apply for a sabbatical of between 3 and 12 months

Apply for this role

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis, so please get in touch with Cristy ASAP to hear the brief in full and discuss your application.

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