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Head of Fundraising and Membership

Kent Wildlife Trust
Maidstone, Kent
Up to £42,000 PA commensurate with experience
Closing date
29 May 2022

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Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Legacies Fundraising, Statutory Fundraising
Environment / Conservation
Full Time
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Job Title: Head of Fundraising and Membership

Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time

Closing Date: 29th May 2022

Interview Date: w/c 6th June 2022

Salary: up to £42,000 commensurate with experience

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone with opportunity for home working.

Globally and nationally wildlife is in steep decline. We appear to be reaching critical tipping points around the loss of biodiversity as well as around climate change, both being interlinked. Human society cannot prosper without wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

Kent’s wildlife needs to be restored to much higher levels. We can no longer allow common things to become rare. We can only do this by restoring large-scale habitat from degraded land. Doing this will contribute to solving global problems. But we won’t be able to do this unless we publicly aspire to a higher level of impact and show that we can deliver this.

The Job: This decade is critical for our planet - we have to, and can, take action! As Head of Fundraising, you will play a strategic role in the creation and implementation of a new fundraising strategy that has the capability of scaling up non-commercial fundraising for the organisation, working with a broad range of income sources including membership and an exciting developing Capital Appeal.

Reporting into our new dynamic, passionate and ambitious Director you will be an integral part of Kent Wildlife Trust’s newly formed Fundraising, Marketing and Commercial team. With an inspiring and ground breaking organisational strategy, this is an exciting opportunity to significantly impact our work whilst raising vital income, promoting our vision, and leading on a culture change to a project focused approach.

You: Nature's role in preventing climate breakdown cannot be underestimated and we need you to raise our profile and ability to fund our work. As Head of Fundraising, you will be an experienced, senior fundraising/commercial development professional with good experience across the whole range of income sources including individual giving, community, HNWI and bid development. Ideally with charity sector experience, but certainly with a keen interest in our cause and passion for communications for good.

As Head of Fundraising and Membership you will be highly adept at engaging a broad range of stakeholders in order to secure their financial support. You’ll be an effective, passionate and thoughtful communicator. Leading a small and professional team, you will provide support, challenge, and development to the colleagues for whom you have management responsibility and promote effective collaboration in all that you do. We’re looking for a confident, positive, strategic self-starter, who is good at looking for solutions, a great-people person and brilliant planner.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals. Join our team and help us create a Wilder Kent! In return we will inspire you, listen to you, value you, treat you equally and fairly, look after your health and wellbeing and encourage flexibility from day one, enabling you to draw on these benefits to be a better, happier and more productive you.

Contact details: For an application pack please visit our website:

The Kent Wildlife Trust Group is Wild About Inclusion. To us, this means inspiring, empowering and engaging people from all backgrounds, cultures, identities and abilities, to change the natural world for the better. It also means cultivating inclusive workspaces that are free from discrimination, where differences are celebrated, everyone can be themselves and flourish, just like nature!


Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) is a flexible employer that aims to be class-leading in the environment sector in the southeast. It is one of the largest of the 46 Wildlife Trusts, which together make up The Wildlife Trusts Partnership.  We are supported by our 32,000 members, and have the simple ambition of enabling the recovery of Kent’s wildlife.  To this end, we own or manage over 80 nature reserves covering over 9,000 acres; we campaign and lobby politicians, decision makers and landowners to ensure site protection and good habitat management; and we run a full programme of education work with schools, colleges and adult groups.  The Trust also has three Visitor Centres. We also have two income generating subsidiaries (an ecological consultancy and a trading arm). Together with the charity these make up the KWT Group.

The Trust operates from its headquarters at Tyland Barn, just north of Maidstone.  It is composed of over 100 professional and support staff who work within teams including Estates, Conservation Delivery & Partnership, Conservation Policy & Evidence, People Engagement, Marketing and Fundraising, Finance and Support Services.

Visit our websites to see the range of our services and activities; 

Find Us
01622 662 012
Tyland Barn
ME14 3BD
United Kingdom
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