The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.
It is custodian of one of the world's most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.
We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world's leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.
About the role
You will generate and increase funding from two income streams - our growing Patrons programme and new Legacy strategy and programme. Our legacy initiative has been newly created and will need implementation to maximise income from gifts in Wills and In Memoriam giving.
The programme will need effective promotion, cultivation and stewardship of potential and confirmed legacy pledgers. The Patrons programme was relaunched in late 2019 with great success. It now needs to grow, and current Patrons need effective stewardship in order to retain them in the programme. You will provide the innovation needed to create a compelling and engaging programme, which will continue to build on the success of this relaunched programme.
Based in the Philanthropy team, you will work closely with a number of colleagues in the Development Group and across the Museum to raise the profile of the Patrons scheme and planned giving and to establish best practises. You will also be the Development Group's point of contact for gifts of objects/specimens to the Collection (through Wills or as lifetime gifts).
You will bring strong creative, interpersonal and communications skills to this role, with excellent planning, administration, and process management abilities. You will be an innovative and creative thinker who is able to take ownership of these funding streams and grow this pool of supporters significantly.
Your successful, personal track record in legacy fundraising, membership scheme fundraising and donor development, and demonstrable experience of relationship cultivation and donor management, helps ensure that you have a sound understanding of the legal processes surrounding legacies.
Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 9 March 2021
Interviews expected 17 - 19 March
How to apply
If that sounds like you please apply online on the Natural History Museum's careers portal, and provide:
* A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
* A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the person specification.