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Head of Fundraising & Communications

Flexible in England
£48,848 - £54,231 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
18 Jan 2021
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Head of Fundraising & Communications (England)
Ref: DEC20204748
Location: Flexible in England
Salary: £48,848 - £54,231 Pro Rata
Terms: Contract, Part Time
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, Annual Leave

The Head of Fundraising & Communications is an exciting role that leads on communications, engagement (including volunteering, education families and youth) and fundraising in England in order to inspire people to save nature. It is a highly visible role where you can determine how the RSPB is viewed, supported and involved in movements to save nature.

This is a golden opportunity to join the largest voluntary nature conservation charity in Europe, consistently delivering successful conservation at scale, forging powerful new partnerships and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves. It is a rare opportunity to be part of a job share (each 3 days a week) where you will lead on communications and engagement but have equal responsibility and oversight for the delivery of the whole role.

About this role

We are looking for an influential and transformational leader in communications and engagement to join our Country Leadership Team in RSPB England. You will also work with counterparts in NI, Wales and Scotland and RSPB Headquarters to develop plans to engage and empower people across the UK while adapting approaches to suit the context of England. This post is ideal for someone who enjoys creating strategies, developing people, teams and partnerships, a real team player who is unfazed by working in a busy team and who wants to build support for nature’s recovery and the RSPB.

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader with a strong track record who can work collaboratively to help shape RSPB's strategic direction in fundraising and communications. You will be able to inspire colleagues to meet ambitious communications, engagement and fundraising targets representing a renowned brand that is trusted by our members and supporters.

The primary purpose of the Fundraising & Communications team is to grow support – moral, financial and practical - for the RSPB in England and our mission of saving nature. The role delivers this in four main ways;

  1. Working with other senior fundraising & communications professionals around the RSPB, including your job share partner, you will contribute to shaping the RSPB’s strategic programmes – for communications, income and engagement, contributing your enthusiasm, knowledge and understanding of the country context and audiences in England. You will ensure knowledge and decision making is integrated amongst peers across the organisation.
  2. As member of the RSPB England Country Leadership Team, you will play a key role in developing and leading your own area of work while also working collaboratively and taking collective responsibility within the country leadership team for pan-England leadership, always striving to maintain high performance and a positive team culture.
  3. As the leader of the Fundraising & Communications Function in England, you will jointly lead a team of staff based across England
  4. As an influential advocate, the post-holder will develop strong working relationships that benefit nature with key audiences in sub-national government, statutory agencies, funders and communities and build partnerships that enable RSPB to have greater impact for our mission, through working with others

What we need from you

The Head of Fundraising & Communications England (Job share), will require an individual who can demonstrate functional knowledge and experience and an understanding of country specific obligations arising in a range of areas including:

  • developing and delivering our youth and volunteering objectives in a safe environment
  • communications and media engagement and reputational risk management;
  • promoting brand development/audience awareness;
  • leading teams who provide support and advice to colleagues based in area and site teams on
  • nature reserves;
  • partnership working with wide variety of organisations and funders; and
  • understanding of the ability to meet ambitious fundraising targets while complying with regulatory standards and data protection, in support if your job share partner who will lead this area.

We are seeking candidates with the following skills and experience


  • Proven experience of operating at senior management level, including leading change initiatives and development of strategy
  • Proven experience of leading, managing and developing teams of staff
  • Proven experience of managing brand and corporate communications at senior level, including media relations and issues management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and able to present, influence and represent the organisation to a wide variety of audiences including experience of advocacy and influencing to a senior level
  • Problem solving skills, showing innovation and creativity
  • Sound understanding of the people and places of England
  • Able to provide a calm influence while managing priorities to meet deadlines
  • Experience or understanding of activities/delivery models to engage diverse audiences
  • Interest in and commitment to RSPB’s conservation mission
  • Demonstrable experience of developing, implementing and monitoring strategies, business plans and budgets
  • Able to occasionally flex working days to join priority team events, and ability to work occasional weekends, evenings and stay nights away from home, by prior arrangement


  • Demonstrable track record of managing a diversity of income streams (e.g. grants, community fundraising, individual donors);
  • Knowledge of fundraising standards, safeguarding and safety compliance in the workplace
  • Professional qualifications in communications or fundraising and membership of relevant professional bodies
  • Experience of commercial sponsorship or corporate partnerships
  • Planning, developing and implementing campaigns or other activities designed to raise profile or generate support
  • Knowledge of nature conservation and wildlife, particularly of England
  • Experience of working in a multi-functional or UK/international organisation

This role is a Maternity cover working 22.5 hours per week.

Closing date: 18 January 2021


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can download the role profile and complete the online application.

When you make your application please ensure you include reference number DEC20204748 on all correspondence.

No agencies please.


The RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is a large, national charity dedicated to the conservation of birds and other wildlife and the environments on which they depend. Founded in 1889, the RSPB has more than a million members, over 2,000 employees and 13,500 volunteers. RSPB’s UK headquarters are in Bedfordshire and it has an annual income of nearly £133 million.

RSPB carries out conservation work in many different areas. It runs a network of 200 nature reserves covering almost 13,000 hectares, which are home to 80% of the UK’s rarest or most threatened bird species. It works with farmers to identify wildlife friendly farming methods, researches bird populations and partners with international conservation organisations.

RSPB is also an advocacy organisation, lobbying the government on diverse topics such as planning, wind farms and economics. It has a UK headquarters, three national offices and nine offices in the English regions. Its million-plus members, 200,000 of whom are youth members, make it the largest conservation organisation in the UK. RSPB also has 150 local groups and more than 80 youth groups. It has a volunteer to staff ratio of 6:1.

The charity was founded in Manchester in 1889 as the Plumage League (initially as a campaign against the killing of birds for the fashion industry). It received a Royal Charter in 1904, becoming the ‘Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’. RSPB moved to its present headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire, in 1961.

One of the RSPB’s most popular activities, carried out for children since 1979 and for adults since 2001, is the Big Garden Birdwatch. The Birdwatch is an annual data collection of bird populations that takes place every January. In 2016, 519,000 people were involved, counting over 8 million birds. The Birdwatch enables RSPB to build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK. It has shown, for instance, that the sparrow population has declined by 60% since 1979.

RSPB also urges supporters to ‘make a home for nature’ in their gardens. Activities include creating feeding stations and homes for hedgehogs, providing flowers and plants for moths, creating habitats for frogs and toads and forming safe corridors from one garden to the next.

RSPB, along with sister organisations, Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, is part of The Climate Coalition. It argues that the effect of climate change on wildlife and wild places can already been seen and that increased flooding and rain from climate change will spell disaster for birds and wildlife.

RSPB is also a member of BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organisations that share common objectives.

RSPB is a major fundraising charity and spends around 90% of its income on conservation, public education and advocacy.

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  • The Lodge,
  • Potton Road,
  • Bedfordshire
  • SG19 2DL
  • GB
  • 01767 680 551
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