£50000 - £55000 per annum
Contract, Full-time
Job description
Head of Special Events (10 Month FTC)
£50,000 - £55,000 plus benefits
Full time
WC1N, London

Our client is looking for a senior fundraiser with a strong sense of supporter focus to head their Special Events team for a period of 10 months as a maternity cover. You will be leading the team in charge of a comprehensive and diverse programme of live and virtual events to raise funds, raise awareness and support the work of the hospital. The team works with a high level Event Committees and produces many of the charity flagship events, including their Gala and the Christmas Carol Concert, and are supported by a number of committees and volunteers.

Furthermore, it’s been a challenging year with staff currently working remotely and with the impact of the pandemic on their fundraising activities, therefore the team needs a strong leader to inspire and guide the Special Events during a time of organisational change.

You will be working with the Director of Fundraising to launch and embed a new Fundraising Strategy across the Special Events team and the wider fundraising directorate and to initiate, develop and implement an exciting programme of events adapting plans throughout the year to respond to changes in the external environment.

About the Team

The Special Events team sits within the Fundraising Directorate and works closely to embed its newly created strategy. This role has two direct reports and will be responsible for a team of 8 - comprising of Senior Events Managers, Events Managers, Events Executives and Events Administrators. You will be responsible for managing the Special Events Budget, including forecasting and planning within an income of up to £4m across the Charity.

About you

You are an excellent communicator, with proven experience of leading a team, with strong attention to detail and a positive attitude with the ability to take the initiative.

• You will have a track record of managing and delivering high level events raising over £1m.
• Excellent relationship management skills and evidence of working with external fundraising committees to deliver events.
• A good understanding of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion principles.

The ideal candidate will also have:

• Proven experience of collaborative working as part of a fundraising senior leadership team.
• Experience of managing and delivering virtual events.

Awarded with a ‘Best Companies 2-star accreditation' and placed number 17 on 2019 Sunday Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit Companies list - they offer a range of attractive benefits including a flexible approach to working, 30 days holiday, life assurance and enhanced employer pension contributions.

The Charity is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and they welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.

About the Charity

Every day brings new challenges for our client. Every day, over 600 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. And every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. Without donations, they can’t help fund ground-breaking research, advanced equipment, child and family support services, and the rebuilding and refurbishment of wards and medical facilities. Their staff help to raise these vital funds for the hospital. A better future for seriously ill children starts with you.

How to apply

Please click on the apply button where you will be taken to a short application form to complete.

Closing date: 5pm on Thursday 21st January 2021

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and they reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date, should a suitable applicant be found. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply right away, to avoid disappointment.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unfortunately only able to inform shortlisted candidates of the outcome of their application. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If your application is not successful, we hope that you will not be discouraged and will still apply for other suitable vacancies in the future.

You may have experience of the following: Head of Special Events, Head of Fundraising, Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Director, Fundraising, Charity, Not for Profit, Third Sector, Business Development, Events Management, Events Coordinator, etc.

Ref: 96090
Posted on: 22 December 2020
Closed date: 20 January 2021
Job ref: 96090
Tags: Fundraising