Leeds, West Yorkshire
£27,000 - £32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Candlelighters is committed to fighting children’s cancer, improving treatment and finding cures, and in doing so is helping ordinary families who are facing extraordinary circumstances. The charity's vision is to bring light and hope to every family affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire and to bring light to families by providing emotional, practical and financial support. Candlelighters bring hope by investing in vital research to improve the outcomes and lives of children with cancer. 

This fantastic organisation is looking for a Philanthropy Specialist to join the brand new Philanthropy team with the goal of generating income through the development and implementation of a major gifts fundraising strategy. This role will include the development of funding applications to Trust & Foundations as well as the acquisition and stewardship of major donor supporters. This is a new role within a new team at Candlelighters, therefore there is flexibility to adapt the role description to meet the skills of the successful candidate.

As Philanthropy Specialist you will work closely with Head of Fundraising on the development and implementation of a Major Gifts Fundraising Strategy, playing a key role in achieving the team’s annual fundraising target. Creating compelling trust applications, using strong cases for support, you will have the opportunity to apply to new trusts as well as re-engage with those the charity has received from before. In this role you will also pro-actively engage with high-net-worth individuals in order to secure significant donations and, again, this will involve re-engaging with exiting supporters as well as identifying new major gift opportunities. 

To be considered for this role you will come to us with at least 2 years’ experience in either Trust or Major Donor fundraising. Ideally we are looking for someone within experience in both of these fields, but are happy to consider applicants who have demonstrable experience in securing 5 figure gifts from either Trusts and Foundations, or from Major Donors. Experience of developing and delivering fundraising budgets and a track record of meeting targets is essential. Additionally, you should possess strong organisational, planning and prioritisation skills with an ability to work independently and use your own initiative.

This role is a permanent full-time position with the option to work out of the charity’s wonderful hub in the heart of Leeds, but also from home as required. With a focus on fun, integrity and flexibility this is a truly fantastic team to join, at an incredibly exciting time. 

The recruitment for this role is ongoing, and the position will close when a sufficient number of suitable applications have been received. If you wish to express an interest in this role, please apply directly or contact Charlie or Leanne at Charity Horizons for more information.  

Charity Horizons is an equal opportunities employer and as such actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from all suitable candidates irrespective of age, disability, hidden disability, race or national origin, religion or belief, gender, gender expression, political view, sexual orientation, medical condition and pregnancy.


Refreshed on: 30 April 2021
Closed date: 30 May 2021
Job ref: CH0304
Tags: Fundraising