Director of Fundraising

Permanent, full time
£70k-£80k dependent on experience


Due to retirement we are looking for a Director of Fundraising to lead the charity to the next level as part of the Senior Leadership Team. This senior leadership role will support, inspire and develop a passionate and expert Directorate responsible for fundraising, commercial income generation and supporter care, to deliver significant growth in our income and support across the UK.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the post holder will be able to work strategically, autonomously and collaboratively as a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team which consists of a Director of Research & Advocacy, a Director of Communications and a Director of Finance & Resources.

The post holder will consistently embody our values of bold, curious and collaborative in their strategic leadership of the Directorate.

You will have real autonomy in your work and get stuck in, helping to drive us forward and make an impact for all those affected by leukaemia.

Core job description

To be responsible and accountable for leading the charity’s Fundraising Directorate – Public Fundraising, Philanthropy, Supporter Care and CRM.

  • To lead the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the charity’s five-year Income Generation Strategy and annual operational plans and budgets, to ensure we can accelerate progress in diagnosis, treatments and care.
  • To develop and hold key relationships with some of the charity’s most important funders, supporters, and advocates.
  • To act as named responsible person, a signatory to the charity bank accounts and key contracts, and Chief Data Officer.


These are some examples of the responsibilities for the role. Please see the full list of responsibilities in the job description.

Senior leadership

  • To be a leader and role model and participate as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, with responsibility for leading performance across the charity and exemplifying our values.
  • To be responsible and accountable for leading the charity’s Fundraising Directorate (12 staff across Public Fundraising, Supporter Care, Philanthropy and CRM) to deliver five-year strategy and income targets.
  • To lead the development of the charity’s strategic investment programme in voluntary income and the development of commercial Income opportunities and partnerships to achieve £5m gross income by 2027.

Strategy plans and infrastructure

  • Set clear strategic direction and model long term, sustainable investment plans to drive growth across BAU and new income streams aligned with our vision, mission and strategic goals and sector benchmarks.
  • Drive innovation and fundraising excellence, making data and insight driven decisions to support growth.
  • Lead the development of a case for support and funding packages/themes that support agreed funding priorities, programmes, and projects set out in our five-year strategy for use with high value and public fundraising.

Financial management & reporting

  • Lead the team and work with the Director of Finance & Resources to monitor, analyse and manage income performance and ROI against long-term strategy and annual plans.
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to develop a KPI framework and develop systems to report progress against operational plans.
  • Lead annual planning & budgeting for Fundraising to deliver against strategy, mitigate key risks, maximise opportunities and manage resources effectively and appropriately for the charity.

Income generation

  • Lead the Philanthropy function and team to grow gross income to £1.8m by 2027 through the development of Major Donor, Trusts & Foundations, Corporate Partnerships and Special Events fundraising. This includes the development of a dynamic prospect pipeline that balances the need for short & medium-term income, with longer term relationship development.
  • Lead the Public Fundraising & Supporter Care team and function to grow gross income to £1.7m by 2027 through the development of Challenge Events, Community Fundraising, Regular Giving, Legacies, and a first-class stewardship and recognition programme for existing & new supporters to bring them closer to the organisation and maximise the value they can add to the charity.
  • Lead the charity’s strategic £1m+ investment programme to grow and capitalize on the charity’s supporter base to provide long-term, sustainable, unrestricted funding.

Skills and experience

Essential experience

  • An experienced and passionate fundraiser – a track record in leading significant, sustainable growth across diverse income streams, including two or more of the following: philanthropy, corporate, individual giving, community & events.
  • A brilliant and resilient leader – with a track record of building and leading bold, innovative, and collaborative fundraising teams, you’ll have excellent people leadership skills.
  • A strategic thinker with experience of working at Board level to lead the development of strategy and investment plans.
  • Demonstrable track record of leading a data and insight driven culture – digital fundraising, the smart use of technology and best in class supporter care, to drive a supporter centric approach to income generation.
  • An effective communicator, with experience of managing high value relationships and networks to fund strategic priorities and a demonstrable track record of inspiring teams to convert change and challenge into opportunity.

Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrable ability in strategic leadership of a high performing, multidisciplinary fundraising/ income Generation directorate/team in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Ability to work strategically, autonomously and collaboratively whilst being a key and supportive member of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Entrepreneurial, with the ability to lead a programme of fundraising activity, with strategic, well thought through application of investment to deliver growth.
  • An analytical, numerate, and disciplined thinker who can think complex issues through and produce commercially sound judgments.
  • Ability to align and drive excellence, consistency and understanding throughout a multifaceted and growing organisation.
  • Broad and deep range of professional management, fundraising and marketing skills, including digital skills.
  • Demonstrable track record of a coaching/mentoring approach to management.
  • Strong written and verbal skills with excellent attention to detail.

Application instructions

Closing date: 9am, Monday 3rd June.

If, once you’ve read the application pack, you feel you have the passion for our work and the right mix of skills, energy, and flair to embrace this broad and challenging role and enable our strategy to fly, then we would love you to apply.

For further information and to make an application, please visit Peridot Partners’ website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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