Senior Fundraising Officer (Trusts and Foundations)

Closing date:
Salary: £35,000
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Option to be home based with regular attendance at our Newark or London Office, Home Based
If you are a brilliant fundraiser looking for a role that will support a major change programme at one of the UK’s best-loved nature charities, then we have an exciting opportunity for you.

We are looking for a determined fundraiser with a track record in securing major grants, whose bid-writing skills will help The Wildlife Trusts to deliver outstanding impact for people and nature.

Who we are

The Wildlife Trusts are a grassroots movement of 870,000 members, 38,000 volunteers and 2,800 staff across the UK. We are at an exciting moment in our 110-year history, with an ambitious new strategy in development setting out a vision of nature in recovery, with abundant, diverse wildlife and natural processes creating wilder landscapes where people and nature thrive.

The next 10 years will be critical in determining what kind of world we will all live in. We need to urgently reverse the loss of wildlife and put nature into recovery at scale if we are to prevent climate and ecological disaster. This will require big, bold changes in the way we think and operate, and the development of a strong, collaborative culture. It will require an increase in the scale and diversity of funding available for nature’s recovery.

About you

You will be a motivated and resilient self-starter, working closely with the senior leadership team and comfortable in a stand-alone role but within a close-knit marketing and development team, and our wider Wildlife Trusts family.

You will be experienced in developing a pipeline plan of strategic funding applications, and in delivering these: identifying and soliciting new opportunities, presenting high quality applications that draw out the best expertise and innovation from colleagues, as well as stewardship and funder relationship management.

You will have well-developed skills in crafting and presenting a compelling case for support to secure significant funding from trusts, foundations and/or national lottery distributors, and will be used to working towards income targets. You will be a strong writer with a keen eye for detail and will be comfortable putting together budgets and outline project plans including outcomes and evaluation plans. You will have the ability to bring together multiple partners to convey a shared vision for nature’s recovery and create outstanding partnership bids.

We want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector, including people from minority backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.