National Oceanography Centre
Southampton, Southampton
£43,730 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Philanthropy Manager

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: £43,730 (Band 5)

Full time (Part time hours will be considered at pro rata salary for the right candidate)


Who are we? 

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.  

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach. 

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.  

About the role 

The ocean holds 97% of Earth’s water and produces over 50% of the oxygen we breathe; It feeds the world by producing 30% of global protein for 3 billion people every day, and absorbs 93% of excess heat generated by greenhouse warming. The ocean is essential to life on planet earth and yet we are facing a dramatic decline in ocean health, with human activity affecting sea levels, temperature and the millions of species that call the ocean home.

The National Oceanography Centre is a world leader in oceanographic science, research and innovation. Working in some of the remotest, deepest and most hostile parts of the ocean our scientists bring a greater understanding of issues that affect our environment, our landscapes, our health and our prosperity.

In 2019 we gained charitable status and this is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate to join NOC’s exciting new Philanthropy fundraising team.

Together with the Head of Philanthropy, you will identify and cultivate donors, host engagement events and liaise with colleagues across the organisation to ensure that you put together high-quality funding proposals that inspire supporters to make five and six figure gifts.

The Philanthropy Manager will play a critical role in implementing a major donor program that supports NOC’s strategic ocean science and public good goals and we are looking for someone who share our passion and commitment to building long lasting partnerships.

About you 

You will have exceptional verbal and written communication skills and have strong experience building relationships with major donors including individuals and trusts and foundations, with a track record of securing major gifts. Experience of raising funds for a science institute, university or environmental cause would be beneficial.

As a Philanthropy team, we work hard to support and motivate each other. We’re inclusive, enthusiastic, open, helpful and driven. We’re looking for someone who shares our passion to achieve success and work collaboratively.

Other information:

You will be expected to work flexible hours on occasions to reflect the nature of the work. Some international travel will be a part of this role, once Covid-19 restrictions lift.

The starting salary for this position will be £43,730 (band 5.) Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who require a right to work in the UK.

Why the NOC? 

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan. 

We are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.  

The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development. 

Our commitment as an employer 

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality. 

How to apply:  

Please click ‘Apply for this job’ and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team. 

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and assessment criteria.  

Date advert posted:  13 April 2021.

Closing date: 10 May 2021. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.  

Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.  

Assessing applications 

All applications to the NOC are reviewed by a real-life person, not a computer programme. Attached to our adverts you will find a ‘Candidate Assessment’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the strongest candidates will be invited to interview.  

If you have been selected for interview we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven’t been selected for interview we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant.  

Posted on: 20 April 2021
Closed date: 10 May 2021
Job ref: NOC10722
Tags: Fundraising