Executive Director of Impact and Investment
Comic Relief is one of the UK’s best loved and most widely recognised charities. We work to drive positive change through the power of entertainment, and our flagship events include Comic Relief, Sport Relief and Red Nose Day. Millions of generous participants and donors have raised an astonishing total of over £1bn in the past 35 years, all of which has gone to improving lives in the UK and across the globe.
A lot has changed since 1985, and we’ve invested considerable time and thought into recasting our focus and philosophy to address emerging challenges and opportunities. We are committed to being impact-led; to channelling creativity; and to working smart. If you’re looking for a genuinely creative way to make a concrete difference to the world, this influential and visible leadership role could be the most important move you make.
At the heart of our Executive Leadership Team, and leading Comic Relief’s Social Change Strategy, you’ll have overall responsibility for our global philanthropic funding, as well as managing key relationships with partners. We’ll expect you to provide absolute assurance that everything we do is congruent with both our strategy, and our organisational values. You’ll also be accountable for ensuring that we communicate the impact of funded projects in a way that’s compelling and moving – because the better we can show why we’ve committed to changing something, and what we’re achieving, the more we will retain the confidence and loyalty of our amazing supporters.
If it sounds like a big job, that’s because it is. It follows that we’re looking for people with a record of leadership at significant scale, and probably in a sector that is aligned (or closely associated) with our mission. Big numbers won’t faze you, and extensive experience of managing large budgets is a must. You’ll have a sophisticated understanding of strategic fundraising and communications, as well as experience of developing plans and teams that can deliver exceptional outcomes. A confident and resilient decision maker, you’ll relish the opportunity to work with and across highly-motivated teams. Adept at building enduringly productive relationships, you’ll bring exceptional emotional intelligence, and specialist skills to influence, persuade and collaborate at the highest levels.
Closing date: Noon 21st July 2020