Legacy and In Memoriam Adviser - South East England

£27,574.00 - £30,590.00 Per Annum
Closing date
4 May 2021

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Legacy and In Memoriam Adviser - South East England
Reference: MAR20219007
Location: RSPB England – Brighton
Salary: £27,574.00 - £30,590.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance

Legacy and In-Memoriam Adviser

Do you have the passion, skills and experience to join the RSPB’s South East England team as a Legacy and In-Memoriam Adviser?

You will be able to grow and maintain relationships with our supporters, provide information, host events and give support to people as they think about leaving a gift in their will to the RSPB. You will aim to increase the number of people leaving a gift in their will and work closely with other professional contacts including our reserves teams to grow our in-memoriam offer and increase resulting income.

The RSPB vision is a country richer in nature where wild birds and other wildlife are no longer declining. Nature will be being restored and enriching people's lives. We will have a world that guarantees future generations clean air and water, a stable climate, rich and varied wildlife and a robust and sustainable economy.

This is a great opportunity for a driven and talented Legacy and In-Memoriam Adviser to join our team.

You will have experience working to targets and Key Performance Indicators and delivering virtual and face to face events (when safe to do so).  Strong interpersonal and communications skills are essential. Sensitivity and understanding are required within this role as you will be dealing with emotive subjects. Excellent attention to detail, organisational and time management skills are essential attributes, alongside a logical and methodical way of working.

With the support of the RSPB legacy network, you will be required to work to your own initiative with clear priorities and established work programmes, with a requirement to travel frequently (again, when safe to do so).

What’s the role about

The focus of the role will be to provide specialist advice to supporters who are exploring leaving a charitable gift in their will, with the aim of increasing the future amount and value of legacies.

Other key result areas for the role will include:

  • Deliver high-quality bespoke stewardship to legacy supporters.
  • Deliver tailored supporter events and speak at organisational events.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate file notes, relevant legal documents and supporter data on the Supporter System.
  • Develop relationships both internally and with key sector professionals, within the South East England area, to provide advice and promote the benefits of legacy and in-memoriam giving.

What we need from you

We need someone who can show empathy and responsiveness when dealing with supporters. You will need to be highly organised, self-motivated, have rigorous attention to detail, and exceptional communication skills. You will need to show good leadership and networking skills. You should be able to define and clarify complex situations by gathering facts and making justifiable decisions.

The role will involve working collaboratively with internal departments, external clients and our reserves teams to reach and exceed targets and KPIs.

Essential Experience

  • Planning and hosting events
  • Public speaking
  • Database management
  • Managing conflicting priorities
  • Working to income targets knowledge of and commitment to compliance with Fundraising Codes of Practice, Fundraising Regulator guidance, Data Protection regulations

Working within the legacy and in-memoriam environment would be desirable.

Closing date: 23:59, 04 May 2021

To Apply and For More Information:

If you would like to apply or find out more please click the 'Apply' button. You will be directed to our website where you can complete your application for this position.

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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