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Fundraising Manager

Job Details
  • 4822
  • Chester Zoo
  • Chester
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • Salary of £45,647 + amazing benefits

Fundraising Manager

Permanent contract, 40 hours per week

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 90 years we have been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic, and expert people, doing everything we can to prevent extinction, from caring for animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and, despite all the recent challenges thrown at us, we still want to be the best zoo in the world! If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting vacancy for a Fundraising Manager to lead our Fundraising Team, taking accountability for the planning and delivery of individual and corporate fundraising objectives, and creating and sustaining a network of contacts to support development activity.

The Role – Fundraising Manager

  • Develop and deliver the fundraising strategy to contribute and support the Conservation Masterplan and Strategic Development Plan
  • Develop relationships across industries and build the reputation of the zoo as a charity delivering significant conservation outcomes. Act as an ambassador for Chester Zoo, representing the zoo at charitable functions, events and meetings with potential and existing supporters
  • In addition to protecting and growing current corporate partnerships, deliver and manage the new partner pipeline in order to meet growth targets. Supported by the wider marketing team, deliver all aspects of partnership support including comms and events. Manage and negotiate all contracts, applications and SLAs
  • Develop and deliver plans to protect and grow the current supporter base. Work across high value donor and mass fundraising audiences to grow individual giving in line with income targets, utilising all areas of engagement across the zoo portfolio and beyond
  • Develop and deliver plans to protect and grow grant, trust and foundation opportunities for the organisation. Work across the organisation to train support and coordinate applications to support the organisation’s objectives
  • Maintain up to date knowledge and membership of all appropriate fundraising institutes, acting as the charity expert on areas of best practice and legislation and adapting processes where required. Manage and develop the data held across fundraising, producing regular reporting on activity and ROI, adapting plans as required
  • Coach and develop the Fundraising Team to adapt and grow with the scope of fundraising activity and work closely with the wider marketing and commercial teams

The successful candidate for this Fundraising Manager role will be:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience
  • A Member of Institute of Fundraising, and have ideally gained the Institute of Fundraising Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Able to balance a sophisticated communications style with an energetic, strategic and innovative approach to fundraising, drawing on previous fundraising knowledge and experience
  • Experienced in securing and managing relationships with high level corporate partners, donors and senior volunteers including trustees
  • Experienced in digital fundraising, evidenced by case studies demonstrating ROI
  • Proficient in using fundraising databases, with the ability to segment and interpret data
  • Experienced in developing high level strategies with performance indicators which have been delivered
  • A specialist regarding knowledge of charity law and awareness of tax, gift aid, VAT and other legislation relating to fundraising
  • A motivator and influencer, with experience of managing a team of fundraising professionals
  • Highly numerate and able to report against KPIs and financial targets
  • Able to showcase excellent analytical skills
  • Experienced in developing and managing an Appeals Board, working at Trustee level
  • Proven regarding major gifts fundraising experience, with a strong natural drive towards getting out into the field

The hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break. Flexibility to work outside of regular hours for the fulfilment of your role will be required.

The role will involve regular travel to London and other parts of the UK, and potentially some overseas travel.

The salary for this role is £45,647.95 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found on the Chester Zoo careers page.

To apply for this position, please click the ‘apply’ button on this page where you’ll be redirected to the vacancy on the Chester Zoo website. You will then be required to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for this Fundraising Manager role.

All applications for this Fundraising Manager role are to be submitted online.

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