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Development Officer

Egypt Exploration Society
Bloomsbury, London
Closing date
3 Dec 2021

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Fundraising, Corporate Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Supporter Development, Trusts & Foundations
Arts / Culture, Education
Full Time
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Job Details

The Egypt Exploration Society has supported and promoted Egyptian cultural heritage since 1882. Over the past century, we have explored more than 150 sites and monuments, published more than 350 volumes of scientific research, and engaged thousands across the world with Egypt’s unique past.

However, our London headquarters is currently endangered by two neighbouring trees that are causing serious structural damage. When we succeed in resolving this issue necessary repairs and rebuilding will be required. We aim to take this opportunity to redevelop our premises to be more accessible for members and the public, opening up our specialist library and archives, staging events and exhibitions, and welcoming everyone with an interest in learning more about Egyptian cultural heritage. The Development Officer will be critically important in helping achieve our future vision.

Therefore, we need an enthusiastic and resourceful person to work closely with the Director in supporting the redevelopment of our three mews houses by managing a Capital Campaign aimed at raising at least £2m between 2022 and 2025. The successful applicant will be engaging, energetic and creative about fundraising, caring about cultural heritage, and becoming a committed and flexible member of our small team.


  • Capital Campaign
    • To deliver a successful Capital Campaign that enables the redevelopment of the EES London premises
  • Stewardship
    • To build relationships with potential donors to secure the long-term financial sustainability of the Society

Principal tasks

The Development Officer will work closely with the Society’s Director on the following tasks.

  • To ensure best practice in prospect cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • To keep an accurate record of all activity for which the post holder is responsible.

Capital Campaign:

  • To play the crucial role of managing the Society’s Capital Campaign (2022-25)
  • To work closely with the Director, EES staff, and our Trustees and appointed consultants to deliver a successful Capital Campaign, including the creation of fundraising materials and the organisation of promotional events.
  • To identify and approach prospective donors by:
  • working with the EES Engagement Manager and current records to develop significant philanthropic relationships.
  • working with an approved consultancy to identify new prospects from among high net-worth individuals, the corporate sector, trusts and foundations and other bodies from whom funding may be obtained.
  • To implement solicitation strategies to secure support.
  • To work with the Director and appointed consultancy in the writing and submitting of applications to trusts and foundations.
  • To report to the Society’s Fundraising Working Group as required.


  • To work with the Director and Engagement Manager to deliver a membership drive in the final phases of the Capital Campaign

The Development Officer will be expected to carry out additional duties reasonably commensurate with being a member of a small and flexible staff team.

Person Specification

The following is a person specification, based upon the above job description.


  • Demonstrable fundraising experience in the cultivation of prospects and in the solicitation of major gifts
  • Knowledge of the major sources of philanthropic funding (individual, trust and corporate)
  • Effective and creative communication skills
  • Self‐motivated, well-organised and able to prioritise
  • Proven ability to work as part of a small team


  • Prior use of CRM systems (current: Advanced Donor Strategy)
  • Experience of the heritage sector
  • Experience of organising events
  • Experience of redevelopment projects

Interest in, and knowledge of, Egyptian cultural heritage would give you helpful context but is not essential provided you have the essential skills and experience.


As the UK’s leading charity supporting archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt since 1882, we engage a diverse international audience of like-minded individuals to finance and promote Egyptian cultural heritage.

Find Us
+44 (0)20 7242 1880
The Egypt Exploration Society (ONLINE)
3 Doughty Mews
United Kingdom
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