Fellowship Fundraising Executive

London NW1
£31,759 - £34,262 p.a inclusive of London Weighting (dependent on experience)
28 May 2019
26 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

ZSL is seeking an experienced Fundraising Executive with excellent initiative, planning, organisational and communication skills, to identify, cultivate and solicit support for the ZSL Fellowship and Legacy programmes.

Position: Fellowship Fundraising Executive
Job type: Full-Time / Permanent
Salary: £31,759 - £34,262 p.a inclusive of London Weighting (dependent on experience)
Location: ZSL London Zoo – NW1

About Us 
We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife. 

Overview of role 
The ZSL Fellowship programme has been an integral part of ZSL’s history. Ensuring that this programme is delivered to a high standard will enable ZSL to recruit the best individuals required to support ZSL in the 21st century. The income from this programme is a significant driver for the ZSL Development Team. Legacy income is an important source of funding for the ZSL. The organisation currently receives 10-20 legacies a year, and in recent years, has been fortunate to receive some extremely large gifts of between £250,000 and £2.3million.

Reporting directly to the Head of Philanthropy, the primary focus of the post will be expanding existing support from our fellows as well as raising our profile to attract new fellowships and legacy gifts. The successful applicant will be the point of contact for enquires and will be required to engage fellows through networking and collaborating with different departments.

Main responsibilities

  • Design and develop a recruitment, engagement and retention strategy for fellowship, legacy giving and in memorial giving at ZSL including individualized cultivation and solicitation plans for identified major prospects.
  • Promotion of fellowship, legacy giving and in memorial giving through effective communications, on-site and website promotion, ZSL publications and events.
  • Ensuring that legacy giving has a high profile among ZSL members, staff and volunteers.
  • Managing and developing in memorial giving including the management of online giving and email inquiries.
  • Work closely with Development Executives & the Head of Private Philanthropy to ensure that legacy messaging is consistent within patronage and major gifts and recruitment opportunities are maximised.
  • Develop and deliver fellowship recruitment activity both on and off-site including recruitment activity in association with leading UK universities as well as targeted recruitment for key individuals.
  • Play a key role in the planning and delivery of the Fellows Luncheon at the Annual General Meeting, ensuring that networking and fundraising opportunities are maximised and provide support to the AGM planning committee
  • Coordination and compilation of all fellowship reports and the fellowship council ballot and election process

Person Specification
The ideal candidate will:

  • Have proven experience leading/ working in a membership driven programme and fundraising from individuals, preferably in the field of legacy fundraising.
  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent qualification or completed in-house or external fundraising training.
  • Be able to develop positive working relationships with a range of people internally and externally.
  • Have excellent organisational abilities and administrative skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Have developed effective use of information technology, with strong skills in Microsoft Office, particularly in excel as well as database management in CRM systems such as Raiser’s Edge.
  • Have previous experience successfully leading on fundraising, recruitment and retention events.
  • Have prior experience working with solicitors and external partners to collect legacy income.
  • Be self-motivated and driven to succeed with a natural instinct to create new opportunities. S/he will be confident working autonomously as well as making significant contributions to the team, department and ZSL. 
  • A commitment to environmental and conservation issues, with a working knowledge of broad fundraising sector developments.

Please note: This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), permanent position. Reporting to the Head of Private Philanthropy, the post will be based at ZSL’s head office in Regents Park however the programme may occasionally require the post holder to work some evenings and weekends when required which can be taken back in lieu.

Benefit Package 
This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 7%, complimentary zoo tickets and more.

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 9th June 2019.


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button. You will be directed to our website to download the job description and complete the online application process.

We are committed to the principle of equal opportunities in employment.

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.

ZSL kindly requests no contact from agencies or media sales please regarding this position.

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