Director of Fundraising and Engagement

Key information

Job title

Director of Fundraising and Engagement


Twickenham, 2-3 days per week at home/office


£50k – £55k per annum

Reports to



Full time, 37.5hrs, Mon-Fri


Established in 1987, SPEAR is an award-winning homelessness charity that enables people experiencing homelessness in South West London to find secure accommodation and work towards a positive future. Their services support people throughout their journey from homelessness to independence, enabling sustainable change in people’s lives.

In 2019, they won Best Charity in the Richmond Business Awards and shared the St George Developments Best Business Commitment to Fundraising with Honeypot Charity via their partnership. They have also been recognised as an Outstanding Placement Provider by St Mary’s University.

SPEAR has been through an exciting period of growth, increasing income by 25% for each of the last 5 years and reaching turnover of £5.2m and headcount of 107 staff in 2021. They raise £850,000 pa of voluntary income that has significant headroom to grow and are now seeking a Director of Fundraising and Engagement to take voluntary income to an anticipated £1m pa by 2024.

Purpose of job

Fundraising Leadership

Lead and manage an effective fundraising team ensuring partnerships are managed effectively and reach income targets.

Communications Leadership

Ensure communications functions are well managed

Volunteering Leadership

Strategically oversee the Volunteering Strategy and department supported by around 120 volunteers who give around 2,000 volunteer hours a year.

Senior Leadership Team Responsibilities

Work with the Trustees, CEO and Senior Leadership Team to take forward SPEAR’s strategic goals.

This SMT role reporting to the CEO will update the existing fundraising strategy and develop infrastructure that supports planned growth across trusts, corporates, individuals, and community and events. It will also lead Communications (press, PR, digital, social media, and brand) and Volunteering (community volunteers & corporates supporting SPEAR’s operations), giving the incoming Director the opportunity to integrate these key elements of external relations. The position will contribute to SPEAR’s wider operations, organisational development and ensure that the fundraising strategy is embedded with and communicated to colleagues across the organisation.

This is an exciting opportunity to have a significant impact on SPEAR’s fundraising and strategic direction. Emergency appeals during the pandemic secured £250,000 of new income and there is potential to uplift existing donors, build new funder relationships and shape how voluntary income and external relations operate. In addition, a capital appeal to increase SPEAR’s £5m cash endowment is in the pipeline, which the Director will lead with the support of the CEO. These plus other grants and loans will be used to acquire properties to further SPEAR’s mission.

Person specification

  • A seasoned, high value fundraiser with experience across multiple income streams.
  • Extensive line management experience
  • A collaborative style, able to work effectively with colleagues across the charity
  • Appetite and ability to develop existing relationships alongside seeking new opportunities
  • Creation and delivery of multi-stream fundraising strategy
  • Strategic approach to fundraising
  • Ability to report to Board of Trustees

How to apply

To apply for this role please send a CV via the form below that, where possible, specifies your related expertise and achievements. If your experience is a good fit, we will be in touch to arrange a briefing call or meeting that will provide you with all the information required to formally apply.


Closing date Friday 26 November
Submission to SPEAR Monday 29 November
First stage interviews w/c 6 December
Final interviews w/c 13 December

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