Head of Philanthropy

Tonbridge, Kent
Competitive Salary Dependant On Experience
08 Jun 2018
06 Jul 2018
Job Level
Senior Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity for a dynamic, capable, ‘hands-on’ Philanthropy Manager to join our small, talented team at YMCA West Kent.  In this vital role, you will lead in securing donations [£1k to £500k+] identifying and approaching Trusts and Foundations whilst building and cultivating excellent relationships with Corporate Partners and Major Donors.  
You will: 

  • show drive, influence and inspirational flair 
  • share our passion for making a real difference for vulnerable young people in our community 
  • play a strategic, developmental role in our growth by increasing our impact and sustainability 
  • receive all the support and expert knowledge you need to be as successful as you can 
  • enjoy opportunities to grow, learn, develop and try new things in an empowering organisation


We are seeking a tenacious, self-motivated person to: 

  • diversify and deliver an improved fundraising strategy, including legacies and individual giving 
  • steward relationships with our major donors to bring them closer to the charity to better understand their impact on clients and maximise the value they bring to YMCA West Kent 
  • develop and nurture relationships with our Corporate Partners 
  • deliver an enhanced Trusts and Foundation grants programme 
  • support project managers, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries in specific fund raising and tenders


To increase the impact and sustainability of our work with young people you will bring your: 

  • considerable expertise in managing and developing Corporate Partnerships, Major Donors, Legacies, Trust and Foundation grant support – being a catalyst for change 
  • exceptional communication skills with an inspiring, engaging, positive, proactive style 
  • excellent attention to detail and an engaging writing style 
  • personable, engaging nature to secure and develop new opportunities 
  • ability to collaborate with projects and clients and co-produce letters, bids, tenders and reports


We will offer you: 

  • a friendly, team environment where you will feel valued by trustees, colleagues and clients 
  • 28 days paid annual leave in addition to all UK bank holidays  
  • excellent pension scheme  
  • healthcare scheme and free confidential helpline 
  • fantastic work/life balance including the opportunity for some flexible/home working 
  • free parking and easy access by public transport