£37,000 - £40,000 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

This role is integral in supporting the Fundraising teams’ ambitious income targets. In this role you will make a vital contribution to the Fundraising team’s objective to bring about transformative change for children by unlocking income and raising the profile of Lumos.

Working closely with the Head of Partnerships, this role will implement a new strategy to grow income from Corporate Partnerships, as well as support the successful delivery of the Trusts and Foundation strategy. Lumos has been fortunate to work with partners across the Wizarding World for some time now and is keen to explore the wider opportunity with corporates, as well as a strong focus on strengthening the partnerships and activities across the Wizarding World.

The Partnerships Manager will work with the Head of Partnerships to maintain and strengthen existing funding relationships from Trusts and Foundations and also cultivate new prospective partnerships and targeted new business from the wider Trust and Corporate sector. The post holder will also need to engage relevant internal stakeholders to effectively support these partnerships.

The post will be responsible for supporting key activity and partnership development with new Wizarding World partners, with a strong focus on working across the wider fundraising team to deliver consumer led and commercially driven campaigns.


Job title: Partnerships Manager (Trusts and Corporate)

Group: Fundraising and Engagement

Reporting to: Head of Partnerships (Trusts, Corporate and Philanthropy)

Location: UK, remote. Applicant must have right to work in UK.

Contract Type: Permanent full time (35 hours per week). We are open to discussing and considering flexible working options.

Key Responsibilities

  • Proactively identify, research, and cultivate relationships with prospective trust and foundations with the potential to make five and six-figure gifts to Lumos.
  • Proactively research and identify strategic corporate partnership prospects
  • Initiate and develop strategic relationships with key donors; representing Lumos at meetings, taking the initiative to drive outreach with partners, and requesting high-level financial support for Lumos.
  • Provide exceptional personalised donor care and stewardship to a portfolio of Trust and Foundation donors and a targeted pool of corporate partners, including some new Wizarding World partners.
  • Work with Head of Partnerships, to develop and implement a targeted new corporate fundraising strategy across priority sectors.
  • Develop high quality communications for a wide range of major donors and corporate partners, including proposals and stewardship pieces
  • Work with the Partnerships Funding Manager and with Lumos’ internal processes to develop bespoke funding pitches, detailed financial information and reports
  • Work closely with US colleagues to effectively manage Wizarding World and other corporate partnerships, exploring opportunities for co-ordinated and joint initiatives to global partnerships prospects.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation to generate and deliver corporate partnerships opportunities, ensuring full compliance, brand alignment, corporate engagement and maximising customer engagement.
  • Work with General Counsel to ensure commercial participator agreements are in place for all relevant activities (Wizarding World and wider).
  • Keep abreast of news and trends within the corporate sector and Wizarding World fandom and share knowledge across wider team as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to manage the delivery of donor stewardship and cultivation events.
  • Deliver against ambitious financial targets. To manage, monitor and report on income within the area of responsibility, and ensure all legal and fundraising regulatory compliance through exceptional record keeping.
  • Maintain the operational systems required to manage high quality donor cultivation, stewardship and research to ensure efficiency and effectiveness
  • Other tasks as reasonably required by the Head of Partnerships


Successful fundraising is vital to what we do, and to enhance our capacity we have created this new role. As Partnerships Manager you’ll be deeply involved in creating our strategy to establish successful corporate partnerships and to build and develop on existing relationships with Trusts and Foundations. Relationships are at the core of this role: from identifying and targeting prospects to providing outstanding donor care and stewardship to the partners that are so valuable to our work, your enthusiasm for what we do will shine through. You’ll need to be creatively entrepreneurial in your approach – there isn’t a fixed tool kit. You’ll be able to spot opportunities and develop strategies to convert them into long-term strategic relationships that offer rewards to all parties.

We expect that you will already have a successful track record in corporate or trust fundraising, and you’ll be accustomed to working towards stretching targets. You’ll have the backing of a highly talented and committed team who are passionate about what we do. It’s a great time to join Lumos – we have a fantastic platform on which to build. And our work remains absolutely vital to securing better futures for children across the world.

Person Specification


  • A proven track record of meeting or exceeding financial targets and soliciting gifts from trust donors and/or corporate partners, including through making the ask in person and face-to-face pitches and negotiations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and an ability to build relationships, negotiate with and persuade a wide range of funding partners.
  • Ability to present complex information in an engaging way to a variety of audiences to win understanding and support.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading on successful relationship management, taking the initiative to identify and reach out to potential new funders and corporate partners to secure new income.
  • Able to develop and lead positive and influential relationships with existing and potential donors.
  • Keen ability to ‘income opportunity spot’ and seize new opportunities; to see the strategic opportunity in a partnership or an activity.
  • Excellent understanding of complex relationship based fundraising approaches.
  • Ability to motivate and influence across a range of levels internally, including with programme staff, Trustees, and the Executive Leadership Team.
  • A self-starter with high initiative, and a pro-active approach.
  • A clear understanding of the Charity’s requirements of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Outstanding organisational skills with the ability to prioritise a heavy workload.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate well with a broad range of people, particularly at a senior level.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • A methodical and meticulous approach.
  • Excellent people skills, tact and diplomacy.
  • A strong working knowledge of MS Office, Teams and Salesforce/or similar donor database to manage high value supporter journeys.
  • Experience of working to and reporting against in-year targets and KPIs.
  • Knowledge of and ability to advise on Charity Commission, GDPR and the Fundraising Regulator Fundraising Code requirements for fundraising activity and keep abreast of new guidelines and legislation.


  • Fluency in a language other than English
  • An understanding of the Wizarding World
  • Experience of project management involving multiple internal stakeholders


Act in accordance with Lumos’ values:

  • We embrace Collaboration
  • We strive for Excellence
  • We show Respect
  • We always Care
  • We are Passionate

Fundraising plays a key role in Lumos' culture and we expect all roles to contribute to developing it.

Please note, this is a UK based role and therefore you must have the right to work in the UK to be considered for this position.

Safeguarding statement

Lumos is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of children and adults at risk in all of our work.

All staff and associates must:

  • Carry out all duties with an awareness and understanding of the Safeguarding requirements within the area of responsibility.
  • Ensure work complies with all safeguarding policies and procedures that apply to the role.
  • Ensure the that their behaviours and actions support the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk as appropriate.

Additionally, the Partnerships Manager is expected to:

  • Ensure the necessary standards relating to safeguarding best practices/protocols are effectively communicated, monitored and maintained within the area of responsibility.
  • Manage and update the standards as appropriate to the role.
  • Safeguarding standards are monitored and maintained in compliance with organisational policy.
  • Appropriate safeguarding training is provided, and standards are reviewed and updated as required.

EDI Statement

Lumos is wholly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and against all forms of discrimination.

We are committed to creating and sustaining a positive working environment that encourages, supports and gives a voice to all, so that we can best support the children we serve. We must ensure that all staff are equally valued, included, empowered and respected across the organisation and in everything we do.

Lumos is fundamentally built on diverse, multi-national and multi-cultural teams. This is something we cherish as a key strength and an integral part of our identity. Our organisation values and celebrates the diversity, culture and experience of each member of staff, provides equality of care and support to everyone.

We pledge to listen carefully, to educate ourselves continually, to promote open dialogue, and to seek out and deal with discrimination and prejudice wherever it occurs in Lumos.

Refreshed on: 29 May 2022
Closed date: 08 June 2022 at 12:00
Tags: Fundraising

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