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Fundraising Manager

Fundraising Manager

Closing date: 24/09/23

  • Salary/Rate per hour: £30,030.00 per annum
  • Full-time/Part-time: Full time
  • Seasonal/fixed term/permanent: Permanent

About us:

Wild Planet Trust is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity established in 1957 and based in Devon, UK. We own two zoos in south west England, plus two local nature reserves and a National Nature Reserve. We support conservation in the United Kingdom and overseas using funds generated by the people who visit the zoos and the expertise and dedication of our staff.

Paignton Zoo first opened its doors as the Torbay Zoological Gardens in 1923. Almost 100 years later, our site, and work, has grown considerably and we are now one of the South West’s largest conservation organisations and top visitor attractions. There are over 230 species of animal that call Paignton Zoo home. As well as being a zoo, we’re also a botanical garden with over 4,000 species on record.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Fundraising Manager to join our Finance team on a Permanent contract. This is a full time role working 37.5 hours over 5 days, although for the right candidate hours and working days could be discussed. The salary for this position is £30,030.00 per annum.

What will this role involve?

You will play a key role in the growth and diversification of our fundraising income, building key relationships with grant making bodies and other income streams for the Trust. Helping to set and deliver on both financial and non-financial fundraising targets as well as identifying opportunities to build the profile of the Trust through awards are crucial elements of the position. You will partner with our Events and Corporate Relations team to align on fundraising strategy and key relationship building. The role will involve researching, identifying and making contact with appropriate funding bodies, as well as developing clear and coherent written funding bids and award submissions. You will work with colleagues to develop and manage a programme of grant and funding applications, including managing deadlines, post-funding reporting, acknowledgments, and maintenance of the central register.

What skills and experience are required?

You will need a certificate in fundraising or at least two years relevant fundraising experience as well as a proven track record of achieving grant or fundraising income targets.

The ideal candidate will also have a diploma in fundraising; knowledge and familiarity of fundraising databases and directories are also desirable. Excellent communication (written and oral) and presentation skills are essential. You will also need to be able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders and the ability to be an enthusiastic and effective ambassador for the Trust are key personal attributes.

Benefits of joining our team include:

  • 33 days paid holiday pro-rata (inclusive of Bank Holidays)
  • Company sick pay
  • Branded uniform provided (as required)
  • Relevant internal and external training provided
  • Free entry to our zoos for staff and immediate family
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Discounts in our Catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
  • Free staff parking
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Discounts Platform
  • Access to Headspace Premium App

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. Therefore, the role may be filled prior to the closing date.  We would encourage you to submit your CV and covering letter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

To apply for this role, please email a CV and Covering Letter to the People Services Team: [email protected]