Head of Fundraising

Portsmouth, Hampshire
Salary range £35,000-40,000 full time. Part-time and flexible hours and location considered
14 Mar 2018
26 Mar 2018
Full Time
Contract Type


Dating back to 1180 the original chapel dedicated to Thomas of Canterbury became a parish church in the 14th century and a cathedral in the 20th century.  Covering south-east Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight the Cathedral is the centre of a vibrant Christian community offering worship and mission.  It acts as the seat of the Bishop of Portsmouth and is a focal point for diocese-wide services and events.

You join a dedicated team of clergy and lay personnel, both employed and volunteers, who seek to deliver the highest standards of Christian community and service through our daily services and in acting as a venue for exhibitions, concerts and visits.


This will be Portsmouth Cathedral’s first holistic fundraising post and reflects the need to become more planned and pro-active in raising the money that we need to deliver our mission.  We have recently had a fundraising strategy drawn up, which reflects our ‘Development Plan’ and our needs and aspirations for the next decade and beyond, which has been well received by Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body.  This post represents a great opportunity to deliver this strategy and to fulfil the potential we have in a wide range of fundraising fields and activities.

The post holder will be the sole fundraiser employed by the Cathedral, but some administrative support and volunteer help may be available.  The Cathedral recognises that further investment in fundraising may be necessary in due course.

Responsible to: The Chapter Clerk, who is the senior member of the Cathedral Lay Staff and Cathedral Administrator, responsible for the operation of the Cathedral, finance, maintenance, Health and Safety and HR.

Primary Purpose To be responsible for Portsmouth Cathedral’s fundraising operations and activities.

Specific Responsibilities/Principal Tasks


  • To review and implement the Fundraising Strategy produced for Portsmouth Cathedral.
  • To work with Chapter to develop a culture across all members of the Cathedral Community that is understanding and supportive of fundraising.


  • To be responsible for reviewing and, when necessary, updating the Cathedral’s overarching Case for Support and those produced for different elements of its mission and activities.
  • To clearly but sensitively articulate and communicate the Cathedral’s need for pro-active fundraising and how giving to charity is a core tenet of Christian duty.
  • To work with members of Chapter to develop and promote agreed methods of increasing levels of congregational giving, through both on-going activities and one-off campaigns.
  • To ensure a co-ordinated programme of donor care is developed, including the timely and appropriate recognition of donations, maximisation of forms of tax effective giving and that all relevant data protection legislation is adhered to.
  • To research and develop a major donor giving programme, involving colleagues as appropriate. This will include building relationships with and securing funding from new and existing supporters with the propensity to give four figure and above gifts.
  • To implement activities designed to increase legacy giving in support of the Cathedral, using both on-going mechanisms and themed campaigns, as agreed with Chapter.
  • To increase donations from visitors to the Cathedral, using prominently placed and visual impactful display materials and donations boxes and by working with others across the Cathedral Community, including guides and volunteers.
  • To research, draft and submit funding applications to charitable trusts and foundations in support of Portsmouth Cathedral, utilising contacts within the Cathedral Community as and where possible.
  • To research and develop funding, volunteer and gift in kind donations from companies of all sizes that are based in or operate within the Diocese of Portsmouth. 
  • To research and recommend the development of appropriate fundraising events, recognising the management time and cost of such activities and seeking third party support in their implementation, as and when appropriate.
  • To market the Cathedral as a venue for meetings, conferences, concerts, exhibitions, etc to external organisations following current terms and conditions for its hire and making recommendations to Chapter for the development of its use.
  • To make recommendations for the development of the Cathedral Shop and other income generation activity.
  • To develop and use the Cathedral of the Sea theme across fundraising activities, including aiming to build on existing relationships with the Royal Navy and other maritime organisations for fundraising purposes.
  • To maximise on-line methods of generating donations and other forms of support.
  • To develop relationships with colleagues in similar roles in other cathedrals.
  • To draft, submit and monitor income and expenditure budgets relating to fundraising activities within the format and requirements of the Cathedral.
  • To produce, submit and present recommendations and expenditure plans for investment in fundraising operations and infrastructure, as and when required by Chapter and the Finance & Investment Committee.
  • To produce, submit and present reports against plans and activities as and when required by Chapter and the Finance & Investment Committee.
  • To liaise with other staff, volunteers and other parties as appropriate.
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the role, and within the exigencies of the post, as approved or directed by the Chapter Clerk.

Key Internal Relationships:

  • Chapter Clerk
  • Members of Chapter
  • Members of the Finance & Investment Committee
  • Finance Officer
  • Marketing Coordinator, other staff employed by Portsmouth Cathedral
  • Volunteers

These responsibilities and tasks will be reviewed annually and may be revised accordingly.

Supervision You will meet regularly as agreed with the Chapter Clerk to discuss all aspects of fundraising operations.

Meetings/Communications/Liaison To attend Staff and Committee meetings as appropriate and as directed, including Chapter.  To liaise internally with staff, volunteers and committee members as appropriate, and externally with a wide variety of individuals and organisations as appropriate.  

Hours This post is based on working 35 hours per week, but part-time and flexible working hours and location may be agreed with the Chapter Clerk.  

Annual Leave Annual leave entitlement is 25 days plus two ‘given’ days over Christmas and New Year, applied flexibly to provide cover, and in addition all statutory public holidays (though these may need to be taken on other than the designated days as appropriate).  If the post is part-time your holiday entitlement will be given and calculated pro-rata.  

Sickness Absence from work due to sickness should be reported on the first day of illness (or as soon as possible) to the Chapter Clerk or the Office Manager/PA to the Dean.  Self-certification is required for one to five days and a medical certificate is required following six consecutive days’ illness. Policies Adhere to all policies and guidelines of Portsmouth Cathedral and work in accordance to our Staff Handbook, and with reference to the Cathedral’s Rule of Life, and contribute to the Cathedral’s work and mission with enthusiasm and understanding.  Carry out any other duties as required within the scope of the post.

Training Attend training courses as appropriate to enable you to fulfil the responsibilities and duties required. Undertake and deliver appropriate training and support for staff, volunteers, committee members and any external agents as appropriate. 

SafeguardingDisclosure and Barring Service Portsmouth Cathedral is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, relevant posts are subject to the satisfactory completion of the appropriate enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service declaration which will be dealt with confidentially.

Permanent full time post – although part-time working of no less than 0.8 FTE would be considered for exceptional candidates.  Flexi-working in terms of hours and location would also be considered

Pension: 7.5% employer contribution and 1% employee contribution

Applications by Midday Monday 26th March

Interviews: Thursday 19th April at the Cathedral

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