Philanthropy Officer

Closing date: 19/03/2018

We are looking for an articulate, proactive and people-orientated person to join our highly successful Philanthropy team. The ideal candidate will have strong relationship management skills, a high degree of emotional intelligence, and be extremely organised in their approach. We are seeking someone who understands the importance of investing in dementia research and can convey that with passion to our supporters. In return, we can offer an exciting, supportive working environment and the opportunity to join a small major gifts team that punches well above its weight.

The main tasks of the role are:

  • To build relationships with current and prospective major donors and charitable trusts, providing them with opportunities to engage with ARUK, and encouraging them to invest in our research.
  • To think ambitiously and creatively in producing compelling and persuasive written communications for major donors and charitable trusts, such as letters, proposals, applications and progress reports.
  • To discuss the work of ARUK with major donors and trust representatives at one-to-one meetings, on the telephone and at events.
  • To provide an exceptional level of stewardship to donors, ensuring they are thanked and updated and that their relationship with ARUK grows in depth and value.
  • To increase the membership of ARUK’s Giving Club.
  • To work with senior volunteers and senior staff, empowering them to open their networks and ask for support.
  • To ensure supporter and event records are kept up-to-date through daily use of Raiser’s Edge.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Educated to A level
  • Significant experience gained working in a relationship management role, in any sector
  • Demonstrable experience of building relationships/ influencing through face-to-face contact
  • Demonstrable experience of working effectively without close supervision
  • Ability to communicate with, and enthuse, a wide variety of people in a compelling, professional manner
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Ability to write persuasively and with accuracy
  • Diplomatic and discreet

Location: Granta Park, near Cambridge. Regular travel, mostly to London, will be necessary.

Salary: Circa £30,000 per annum, plus benefits

Interviews will be held the week commencing 26 March 2018. If you are unavailable to interview that week, please advise us in your cover letter.

For more details, please download the job description.

To apply, please email your CV, covering letter, and Equal Opportunities form to the HR team at