Richmond, Greater London (Hybrid)
c. £75,000-£85,000 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Location: Flexible within the UK, with regular visits to The National Archives site in Kew and travel to regional archives as appropriate.

The National Archives Trust is looking for an outstanding fundraiser and leader to become its new Executive Director and play a key role in raising funds to transform the way in which people engage with the nation’s documentary heritage.

About The National Archives Trust

The National Archives Trust (NAT) is an independent charity launched in February 2020 with the mission of engaging the public in England & Wales with the nation’s archives and documentary heritage, both through The National Archives in Kew and at venues across the country.

From Domesday to Downing Street tweets, The National Archives is a treasure trove that reveals the millions of stories that form our nation’s past, but its potential to enrich our cultural landscape has yet to be fully realised. In partnership with The National Archives, we have ambitious plans for a two-phase campaign, initially piloting imaginative, creative projects and working with communities across the country. The outcomes will inform the long-term strategy for transformation of engagement with archival heritage in the UK.

The Executive Director has full executive responsibility for delivery of NAT’s strategy and for its administration and will:

  1. Devise and implement a fundraising strategy;
  2. Work collaboratively with colleagues in the national and regional archives sectors to shape planned activities;
  3. Oversee within NAT the successful delivery and evaluation of these programmes;
  4. Manage the administration and finances of NAT and maintain an unblemished reputation for NAT and its stakeholders, in particular The National Archives;
  5. Work closely with NAT’s trustees, ambassadors and stakeholders to establish the Trust’s public profile and act as a public face of NAT where appropriate.

We envisage that the Executive Director will be supported initially by an additional fundraiser (who will be appointed by the Executive Director), and a governance and administration manager who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the charity’s operations.

Who we are looking for

As a newly established charity, the Executive Director will be responsible for the first fundraising campaign – as such this is a very hands-on role, requiring creativity, experimentation and a self-starting approach.

Essential experience and knowledge:

  • Significant track record of achieving fundraising targets through Trusts and Foundations and HNWI.
  • Previous experience of devising, developing and leading a successful fundraising strategy.
  • A highly ethical approach to, and comprehensive understanding of, compliance and regulations in relation to charitable fundraising.
  • Deep knowledge of the education and/or heritage funding sectors and what motivates funders in these areas.
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of charity management to ensure the Trust is run in line with charity law and Charity Commission guidance, and within its constitution and charitable objects.
  • Demonstrable ability to engage and work with prospective donors and in collaboration with colleagues across the broader relevant sectors.

Essential qualities and skills include:

  • A highly independent and self-motivated leader, with a creative and collaborative approach.
  • Strong credibility and excellent interpersonal skills. Able to work with trustees, patrons, ambassadors, colleagues, stakeholders and our partners at all levels.
  • Motivation and enthusiasm to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to overcome challenges, manage competing priorities and continuously improve.
  • Exceptional communications skills, with the ability to create and deliver messages (both spoken and written) that are clear, convincing and inspiring, using appropriate media to best effect with different audiences.
  • A high level of digital literacy, including standard office software, knowledge of databases and their use in customer relationship management. Familiarity with social media platforms and their effective use in a communications strategy is also expected.
  • Demonstrable affinity with the aims of the NAT and enthusiasm for history and cultural heritage.

Closing date: by 9 a.m. Monday 6th June 2022

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Posted on: 18 May 2022
Closed date: 06 June 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Fundraising