DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING

Build on success, continue to innovate and lead an incredible team of people to new heights as you take primary responsibility for all voluntary income at War Child.

London, NW5 1TL

£77,000 to £85,000

The charity

War Child was established in 1993 as a response to the brutal effects of conflict on children during the Balkans war. They now work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Yemen, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.

Renowned in the sector for their innovative fundraising strategies and campaigns, their 25-year association with music is the bedrock of their heritage. They have expanded and built on this over the years into a range of diverse and exciting partnerships with corporates, celebrities and high net worth donors. They also have developed an industry-leading programme of fundraising activity in the gaming industry, winning the Institute of Fundraising Innovation award in 2017. In recent years they have also added a successful individual giving programme and are continuing to build this for the long-term.

The position

Over the past few years they’ve grown very quickly and the Director of Fundraising will be key to ensuring they build on this success, continue to innovate and lead an incredible team of people to new heights. The role includes responsibility for the highest level of relationships with their ambassadors and major donors, trusts, foundations and corporate partners and leads on a number of teams which together account for the second largest budget group within War Child UK. The work of the Fundraising department impacts on all other departments at War Child, relying on their collaboration to succeed and being essential to the success of every area of War Child UK overall.

This key role for War Child is one of five executive positions responsible for the running of WC UK and has primary responsibility for all voluntary income. It drives unrestricted and restricted income from all fundraising sources with the exception of those governmental and institutional funders (dealt with by the programmes team). It is a key part of the senior management team, responsible for achieving the financial growth they need to greatly increase their impact on children in conflict areas and also for providing maximum long-term sustainability to those income streams. You’ll fly the flag for some of the sector’s most innovative fundraising, lead on the management of some very high profile celebrity supporters and be willing to get in the mosh pit now and again. It’s undoubtedly one of the most exciting roles I’ve worked in 2018.

The candidate

  • Demonstrable track record of fundraising success, with proven ability in fundraising strategy development and implementation
  • Minimum of ten years’ fundraising experience, at least five of which should have been in a senior leadership role
  • Experience of managing and developing high profile and / or high value individual relationships
  • Experience of delivering inspirational leadership to very high-calibre, multi-income stream fundraising teams
  • First-rate relationship management skills and interpersonal skills - hanging out with and mobilising the support of celebrity ambassadors and major donors is a core part of the role
  • Willingness to work some irregular hours - you'll be attending music events and other out-of-hours functions fairly regularly

If you meet the criteria above, share War Child’s values and believe that children’s lives should not be torn apart by war, we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply

Please contact Ed Cherry at QuarterFive if you are interested in applying for this role.

Timeline

  • Expression of interest by CV: asap
  • Submission of CV and cover letter: 14 December
  • Informal meeting with CEO: w/c 17 December
  • First interviews: 9 January
  • Second interviews: 16 January