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Head of Fundraising and Engagement

Flexible in England
£52,000.00 - £57,688.00 Pro Rata
Closing date
22 May 2022

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Fundraising, Management, Community Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Trusts & Foundations
Environment / Conservation
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Head of Fundraising and Engagement
Reference: MAR20223607
Location: Flexible in England
Salary: £52,000.00 - £57,688.00 Pro Rata
Benefits: Pension, 26 days Annual Leave (pro-rata), Life Assurance
Hours: Part Time – 22.5 hours per week, across 3 days, including Thursdays

This is a golden opportunity to join the largest voluntary nature conservation charity in Europe, which consistently delivers successful conservation at scale, forges powerful new partnerships, and empowers people to save nature. We are looking for an influential and transformational leader in fundraising and engagement to join our Country Leadership Team in RSPB England. You will also work with counterparts in NI, Wales and Scotland and our team at RSPB Headquarters to bring in significant income to enable us to save more nature and empower people to save nature themselves across England

About the Role

  • You will be responsible for leading fundraising in England including Grants and Trusts, Community Fundraising, Corporate donations, and legacies.
  • You will be accountable for engagement in England including community engagement, volunteering, RSPB Local Groups and Education, Families and Youth
  • You will contribute to shaping the RSPB’s strategic programme for fundraising and engagement, contributing your enthusiasm, knowledge and understanding of the country context and audiences in England
  • You will be accountable for the prioritisation of fundraising and engagement in England
  • You will be accountable for embedding relevant professional standards and expectations across RSPB England, as set corporately particularly around Institute of Fundraising Code of Conduct and Safeguarding
  • As a member of the RSPB England Country Leadership Team, you will play a key role in developing and leading your own area of work and team while also working collaboratively and taking collective responsibility for pan-England leadership and influence, always striving to maintain high performance and a positive team culture
  • You will be responsible for leading a team of c.50 employees, plus a fantastic team of volunteers. This includes a Head of Funding Development and a Head of Engagement reporting directly to you
  • You will be accountable for ensuring your functional teams deliver against RSPB Strategic outcomes, namely delivering against the RSPB England Delivery Plan priorities, managing workload and pressures ensuring that we are ready to deliver in a fast paced, ever-changing landscape of needs.
  • As an influential advocate, you will develop strong working relationships that benefit nature with key audiences in partnership organisations and other charities where working together we can deliver more. Relationships with others such as sub-national government, statutory agencies, Funders, and corporate partnerships will also be key in enabling RSPB to have greater impact for our mission, through working with and through others
  • You will work closely with your peers in our UK HQ teams (who deliver global and UK level fundraising and engagement and set the standards and approach against which we deliver), as well as in the other three countries of the UK, to effectively align priorities, delivery, and ways of working.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring functional support is provided effectively and efficiently to operational Areas and other functions so that they can deliver outstanding conservation
  • You will be responsible for building a culture of, and enabling, flexibility across resource in order to deliver our priorities
  • You will effectively monitor and report on fundraising and engagement activities to ensure continuous improvement and better delivery.

Your estimated split of time will be: 50% leadership of team and across England; 25% corporate role; 25% external advocacy.

You can be based anywhere in England, including in one of our RSPB England offices across the country or partly from home, but regular travel will be a key part of the role visiting teams and sites based across the whole country, and meeting stakeholders.

What we need from you:

As RSPB England’s Head of Fundraising and Engagement you will lead our Fundraising and Engagement team in England. You will be someone who enjoys creating strategies but then also ensuring they are implemented, developing people, teams and partnerships, a real team player who is unfazed by working in a busy team, across and with all parts of the organisation, and who wants to build support for nature’s recovery and the RSPB.

You will be an experienced leader with a strong track record of inspiring dispersed teams who can work collaboratively to help shape RSPB's strategic direction. You will be able to motivate colleagues to meet ambitious income and engagement targets representing a renowned brand that is trusted by our members and supporters.

You will have:

  • Proven experience of operating at senior management level including leading, managing, and developing teams of staff
  • Demonstrable experience in developing, implementing, monitoring and reporting against business plans, and budgets
  • Proven experience in meeting ambitious fundraising targets and delivering people engagement at scale.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to present, influence and represent the organisation to a wide variety of audiences including experience of advocacy and influencing to a senior level
  • Experience in engaging with diverse audience
  • The following skills: collaboration, working across teams and experience/understanding of working in a matrix organisation

Closing date: 23:59, Sun, 22nd May 2022

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from the 10th June 2022.

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website. 

As part of this application process, you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer.

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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