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Fundraising Lead

Job Details
  • 5621
  • Chester Zoo
  • Chester
  • Contract, Full Time
  • Salary of £47,359 + option for some home working

Fundraising Lead

A fixed term contract (12-month maternity cover) with the option for some home working, in a workplace like no other.

We are Chester Zoo

We’re not just an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction that’s home to 20,000 incredible animals inside 128 acres of stunning gardens. We’re not just the UK’s most popular zoo. We’re a major wildlife charity that’s committed to the recovery of endangered species, globally. And, as the world faces an extinction crisis, we’re making a hugely significant contribution to conservation at a time when it’s needed most. We are Chester Zoo and we prevent extinction.

The Role – Fundraising Lead

We now have an exciting opportunity for an outstanding Fundraising Lead to join our team on a fixed term basis, to cover a period of maternity leave. Reporting to the Director of Marketing, you’ll play a key role in the successful delivery of individual and corporate fundraising objectives for Chester Zoo.

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Lead and deliver the fundraising strategy
  • Coach and develop the fundraising team
  • Develop relationships across industries and build the reputation of the zoo as a charity delivering significant conservation outcomes
  • Protect and grow current supporter based and corporate partnerships, deliver and manage the new partner pipeline to meet growth targets 
  • Work across high value donor and mass fundraising audiences to grow individual giving in line with income targets
  • Develop and deliver plans to protect and grow grant, trust, and foundation opportunities for the organisation
  • Act as the charity expert on areas of best practice and legislation and adapt processes where required
  • Manage and develop the data held across fundraising, producing regular reports on activity and ROI, adapting plans as required

What makes Chester Zoo a great place to work?

Well, where do we start? Here goes… 

We’re a huge team of conservationists, scientists, educators, animal welfare experts, marketeers, visitor experience professionals, environmental policy influencers; the list goes on. Each and every one of us is on a mission to make Chester Zoo the best in the world, and our planet a better place.  

As the UK’s biggest and best zoo, we have ambitious goals, exciting plans and there’s always lots going on here. We’re an inclusive and diverse organisation, made up of nearly 500 permanent and 500 seasonal team members, and we know how important it is to invest in our colleagues to help boost their career development. We have ambitious goals, and we want you to be with us on our exciting journey.

Our working environment could not be more different from a typical office – where else can you see critically endangered orangutans from your office window, or stroll among rare giraffes and tigers on your lunch break?

The Package

  • 12-month fixed term contract, working 40 hours per week
  • Option for some home working
  • A salary of £47,359 per annum
  • 33 days annual leave per annum
  • Access to healthcare plan
  • Employer contributory pension scheme
  • Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus a number of complimentary tickets for your family and friends

Our Requirements – Fundraising Lead

  • Previous experience working in a similar role at senior management level
  • Able to balance a sophisticated communications style with an energetic, strategic and innovative approach to fundraising, drawing on previous fundraising knowledge and experience
  • High level of numeracy, able to report against KPIs and financial targets

Although not essential, the following would be desirable:

  • Specialist knowledge of charity law and awareness of tax, gift aid, VAT and other legislation relating to fundraising
  • Experience of developing and managing an Appeals Board, working at Trustee level
  • Proven major gifts fundraising experience, also a strong natural drive towards getting out into the field

How To Apply

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 Lead role.

Shortlisting of applications and interviews for the role will take place while the advert is live; the advert will close once the successful candidate is found. Candidates are therefore encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

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