London, Greater London
£44,000 - £49,000 per year FTE
Contract, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Organisational Summary:

Global Greengrants Fund believes solutions to environmental harm and social injustice come from people whose lives are most impacted. Every day, our global network of people on the frontlines and donors comes together to support communities to protect their ways of life and our planet. Because when local people have a say in the health of their food, water, and resources, they are forces for change.

The mission of Global Greengrants Fund is to mobilise resources worldwide to protect our shared planet and work toward a more equitable world. Our vision is to create the world’s largest environmental movement. Through our dynamic and responsive model we channel hundreds of grants each year to grassroots groups in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands. We understand that our environment and human rights are deeply connected. Our approach connects global philanthropic resources with locally-led projects to support grassroots movements in five action areas: climate justice, healthy communities and ecosystems, local livelihoods, right to land, water and resources, and women’s environmental leadership.

Position Summary:

The Director of Philanthropic Partnerships will lead on the fundraising operations of Global Greengrants Fund UK, the European arm of Global Greengrants Fund. The postholder will lead the implementation of the current fundraising and growth strategy of this young and growing organisation with ambitious growth aims, and develop future strategies. They will be responsible for leading a small fundraising team to raise income from trust and foundations, individual supporters, institutional funders and corporate partners.

The postholder will be an experienced, committed and passionate fundraiser and grants manager, with work experience in international organisations, project development and project management experience, and expertise in fundraising strategy development. They would have at least eight to ten years’ work experience, preferably more, in smaller and larger organisations and with a range of different donors in the UK and Europe, with excellent communication skills and demonstrated understanding of relevant thematic issues (environment, human rights and international development).

Together with the UK Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships will work to make Global Greengrants Fund UK a stable, financially self-sufficient organisation which contributes significantly to growing the resources to grassroots environmental justice. The postholder would be part of the UK Management Team and be an active participant in the wider Global Greengrants Fund learning networks. The role reports to the UK Executive Director and has line management responsibility of currently two posts.  

Duties and responsibilities

These duties provide an overview of tasks and responsibilities for the Director of Fundraising. In order to lead the fundraising operations and grow the organisation, any other necessary responsibilities not specifically mentioned may be part of this role. Out of hours work and international travel will also form some part of the role’s duties and responsibilities.

Main duties and responsibilities:

1. Development of funding opportunities including relationship-building and stewardship with new and existing donors (individuals, foundations, institutions and corporates), project development for proposals (60%)

2. Grant management including monitoring and evaluation of grants-funded projects, work with Global Greengrants Fund’s programme and field staff on delivery of grants-funded projects, financial management as it relates to delivery of grants-funded work (5%)

3. Developing new long-term, strong donor relationships, including through attending conferences and meetings, and developing and working in partnership with other foundations and partners (10%)

4. Actively participate in the development of fundraising strategies including through providing projections, delivering context analysis etc. (5%)

5. Line management and supervision of two fundraising posts (Philanthropic Partnerships Assistant and Grant and Report Writer) (20%)

Skills and experience

  • A deep commitment to and ability to uphold Global Greengrants’ mission, vision, and values.
  • Strong written and communication skills in English, desirably in a second language, especially French or German.
  • Experience in line management and supervision.
  • Track record of mobilising resources and supporter/donor engagement.
  • Experience in project management, project development and grants management.
  • Experience of designing and successfully implementing fundraising strategies.
  • Specific deep experience either with institutional funders or corporates is of particular interest.
  • Desirable: experience of fundraising for an intermediary fund or grantmaking institution.
  • Work on own initiative and including from home, experience in self-administration. This role can be based remotely or in our East London office space.  

Global Greengrants Fund UK is an equal opportunities employer. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life. We believe that diversity and inclusion in our team is critical to our success. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and welcome applications from all qualified candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.


To apply, please send your CV, and a cover letter expressing your fit for the position and interest. If applications are incomplete, we will unfortunately not be able to consider them. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Refreshed on: 18 December 2020
Closed date: 31 December 2020
Tags: Fundraising

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