Head of Philanthropy

Alder Hey Children's Charity
Home working and office based, mix of the two (office is Alder Hey, Liverpool)
£40,400 -£51,510
Closing date
13 Jun 2021

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Fundraising, Senior Management, Management, Operations & Service Delivery, Major Donor/ Gifts, Trusts & Foundations
Health & Medical
Full Time
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About us

Alder Hey Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help make Alder Hey Children's Hospital a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital for the 330,000 patients and families we care for every year.

The charity helps to fund a range of activities and projects that are designed to enhance and improve the lives of our amazing young patients. This includes the funding of specialist medical equipment to ensure our brilliant surgeons and clinical staff have the most up to date and cutting edge technology available and funding hi-tech distraction equipment designed and proven to reduce pain and anxiety in our patients. We also fund a range of programmes and special projects such as our ward musicians, our on-site magician and the play specialists we have on every ward.

In Spring 2020 we launched our £3m Children's Mental Health Appeal. Our 7 in 10 Appeal highlights that 70% of young people with a mental health condition are currently missing out on vital mental health interventions at a sufficiently early age. The Appeal is aiming to raise vital funds to enhance inpatient and community mental health services at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, enabling more children to access the treatment they need at the time they need it, an already vitally needed service which is seeing increasing demand due to the impact of Covid-19.

About this role:

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an experienced Head of Philanthropy to work with an enthusiastic and experienced team here at Alder Hey, the UK's busiest Children's Hospital.

We're looking for a natural relationship builder, someone who is passionate about fundraising with lots of exerience securing 5 or 6 figure gifts from trusts and foundations and individuals. You'll also be an inspiring manager and an excellent collaborator, who enjoys working  to co-create visionary propositions around the charity's strategic priorities. If you're excited by the sound of this we'd love to hear from you!

The role will lead Alder Hey Children’s Charity’s major gifts income stream including developing and implementing long term strategies for sustainable growth as well as leading on our capital fundraising campaigns and the development of ‘wow’ projects.

As a member of the senior management team this role will ensure activity is coordinated across the Charity in order to maximise the number of engagement opportunities for donors and potential donors. You will also work with the team to develop long term plans that align with the Charity’s overall strategic objectives.

Key Responsibilities will include:

Developing and delivering the fundraising plans for Major Donor and Trusts & Grants income streams, including creating and meeting income targets and KPIs.

Develop and implement short, medium and long term fundraising plans with a focus on long term sustainable growth and linking to our overall Charity strategy.  

Working with the CEO and SMT ensure delivery of long term strategic goals, support a learning and development culture and promote and embed our charity values.

Build, manage and maintain a full and consistent pipeline of prospects and ensuring timely progression through each stage from assignment to stewardship.

Ensure personalised donor journeys, engagement and funding opportunities. Arrange visits and other creative opportunities for prospects and donors to experience first-hand, learn more and become excited about the Alder Hey’s priorities.

Work with relevant colleagues within the Charity and Trust to ensure seamless co-ordination, planning, engagement and cultivation of potential and current supporters.

Lead and work with colleagues and clinicians in the development of funding proposals, including world leading innovation projects and capital appeals.

Devise and deliver appropriate stewardship activity and oversee a calendar of major donor and cultivation events.

Be an active and supportive member of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity team, contributing to the team’s development and working collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers.

Be the lead specialist in Major Donor and Trust fundraising and maintain strong knowledge of relevant legislation and good practice.

Develop and maintain specialist knowledge of trends and developments in the sector, through completing relevant training, reviewing relevant press and publications and keeping up to date with industry news.

Maintain and enhance personal knowledge, skills and networks by playing an active role in the appropriate professional bodies within the healthcare and charitable sector, and keeping abreast of and being responsive to sector news and developments.

Gain and maintain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Charity’s work, priorities and future plans and act as a spokesperson for the Charity when required, including representing at external events as appropriate.

Be an outstanding advocate for Alder Hey Children’s Charity in line with the core values of the organisation.

Any other reasonable duties as required by your line manager.

Our Values

Here at Alder Hey Children’s Charity, our values guide the way in which we work. By being courageous, working together, being passionate about our work, and making sure that we are creative in what we do, helps us to deliver the support necessary so that our Hospital can continue to deliver the very best care for our young patients and their families. Our values are:

  • Courage: we try new things and take risks to innovate and drive forward new ideas. We have the courage to speak up and take a stance. We are accountable, responsive and responsible. We are unstoppable.
  • Together: we work together as one team, sharing our knowledge and learning. We work in partnership with patients, families, supporters and colleagues. We are respectful, celebrate diversity and empower each other to achieve our aims.
  • Passion: we are passionate about what we do and why we do it.  We work together to share and grow. We inspire others.
  • Magical: we are fun, creative and child led. We create special moments, provide little extras and go further for our brave young patients.  


We're open to this role being home based, office based or a mix of the two (our offices are located on site at Alder Hey in Liverpool). There will be a requirement to be onsite for tours and meetings with donors as necessary.

How to apply

You can apply by clicking the link below. Applications must include your CV and a covering letter which explains how you meet the requirements of the role.

Additional information is included within the Job Description and Person Specification. If you have any questions about the role please contact Sarah Fletcher, Director of Finance & Operations, sarah.fletcher@alderheycharity.org.

Closing date: 13 June 2021

Interview date: 21 June 2021

Alder Hey Children’s Charity will make every endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments for applicants who require assistance in carrying out their duties due to a disability. Alder Hey Children’s Charity is committed to equal opportunities and positively welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Alder Hey Children’s Charity is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The post holder may be required to complete an enhanced DBS disclosure check.

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