Major Donor Manager

Are you an enthusiastic, highly self-motivated fundraiser and relationship manager with at least 2 years' experience of securing high level donations?

For more than 200 years, the Royal Institution (Ri) has been encouraging people to think more deeply about science and its impact on our lives. Founded in 1799 through the wonderful generosity of 58 Patrons, the charity remains based to this day in its original, magnificent, Georgian home in central London. Thanks to the support of those early philanthropists, over the years, the Ri has inspired generations of scientists whose discoveries have helped shape our modern world.

Philanthropy is just as important to the Ri today as it was two centuries ago. It costs nearly £3m each year to care for our Grade I listed building and historic collections, as well as to offer an exciting programme of public talks, education and outreach activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Some costs can usually be covered by commercial activities, but the Coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the Ri’s ability to carry out many of its activities so additional fundraising is even more important than ever to help us meet our ambitious vision.  One of the ways we fundraise is through Major Giving and, in particular, through our Patrons’ programme and Major Gifts.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic, well-organised, Major Donor Manager to join our small development team and to bring a creative approach to donor engagement, stewardship and retention planning over the next year.

This role is responsible for the cultivation and growth of relationships with key supporters and high-level Patrons. This position is pivotal to enable us to maintain our strong and loyal supporter base within our major donors and to also identify opportunities for growth within this area of funding. As we enter a time of fundraising restricted by social distancing rules, this role will demand a strategic review of how we currently engage with our major donors and our prospects.

The Major Donor Manager will take a lead on gifts up to £10,000 and assist the Director of Development, the leadership team and Trustees on larger gifts. Working closely with relevant teams at the Ri, the Major Donor Manager is responsible for identifying new opportunities for individual donor fundraising. They will also be active in identifying Major Donor Prospects and supporting senior staff and volunteers to engage these individuals.

As a successful applicant, you will have a track record of successful income generation from individuals, preferably in a charity or not for profit setting, with the ability to lead on marketing initiatives across a range of channels in order to inspire support and grow revenue.

You will be a communications all-rounder, equally at ease developing strategies and plans, as getting involved in hands-on project delivery, with the ability to write compelling copy and be familiar with interrogating databases and reporting on campaign analytics.

It is anticipated this role will be home based until 2021 with occasional visits to the office. This role is advertised as 21 hours a week which would traditionally be worked over 3 full days. We are however happy to consider other flexible working patterns.

Are you up to the challenge? To find out more, please see the job description and person specification and apply by sending your CV and a supporting statement explaining why you want the role and how your skills and experience meet its’ criteria.

Due to the specialist nature of this role we will continue to receive applications until a suitable candidate has been appointed, but in any case, all applications received by 17 August 2020 will be considered.

Interviews are likely to be held via Video call and are planned to take place on 24 or 25 August 2020.

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