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Head of Fundraising and Engagement

London, Greater London (On-site)
£45,000 - £55,000 per year
Job description

Terms: Full time, permanent, remote-first/hybrid

Salary: £45-55k

Background and Context

Population Matters (PM) is an environmental charity working to ensure that our population can co-exist in harmony with nature and prosper on a healthy planet. Population Matters' campaigns include choosing smaller families and consuming sustainably; we believe in a multifaceted approach to confronting climate change and tackling biodiversity loss. Our mission is to drive positive, large-scale action through fostering choices that help achieve a sustainable human population and regenerate our environment.

With new governance arrangements recently confirmed by the Charity Commission, an ambitious Strategy agreed, and a Senior Management Team and Board committed to enhancing the organisation’s reach and impact, it's a great time to join an organisation experiencing growth at an exciting and positive time of change.

You can find out more about who we are and the work we do on our website. 

Summary of role

Population Matters is seeking an experienced fundraiser to lead our fundraising strategy and team of three. We currently receive the majority of our income from individuals but are at an exciting time of growth and working towards diversifying our fundraising to include more grants and gifts from major donors – so if you’ve got experience managing a couple of income streams, have developed new relationships with trusts and foundations before, and have a passion for making our planet a better place for everyone, we’d love to hear from you! You’ll be joining a small but friendly and passionate team and be a member of the Senior Management Team, so this would be the perfect role for a strong all-rounder who is comfortable working at that level and with a Board. Or, if you have line management experience but are ready to step up into your first leadership role this could also be an opportunity for you.

We are a remote-first organisation but have a hub office in London (SE1) for those who wish to use it so ideally you’ll be happy working from home and keeping in touch with colleagues remotely, as well as travelling to meet in person regularly throughout the year.

To apply, please submit you CV and a covering letter telling us how your experience and knowledge matches the person specification, what you’d bring to the role, and your specific interest in working at Population Matters.

Deadline for applications: 14th November 2023

Person Specification


  • Proven track record in fundraising at senior manager level or above
  • Proven track record in major gift fundraising, such as securing grants from high quality proposals and/or building relationships with individual donors
  • Strong relationship management skills         
  • Experience of marketing/membership schemes (desirable)         
  • Understanding of legacy giving (desirable)    
  • Experience of prospect research (desirable)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Line management experience
  • Familiarity with, understanding and best practice use of CRM systems (preferably CiviCRM)
  • Experience of writing and delivering fundraising content across multiple platforms, online (e.g. email, websites, social media) and offline (printed materials e.g. leaflets, magazines)
  • Knowledge of GDPR and fundraising best practices
  • Knowledge and experience of using MS Office and Teams
  • Experience within and/or knowledge of relevant fields, eg environment, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, international development.


  • Self-motivated, used to working independently while delivering on agreed priorities
  • Collaborative, working as part of a small but dedicated team
  • Strong leadership skills, able to inspire and empower direct line reports
  • Skilled at spotting opportunities with an entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Naturally curious with a strong desire to learn (and share that learning) along with professional drive
  • Resilient and able to maintain a positive approach
  • Commitment to Population Matters’ values and goals

Application Process

Population Matters is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or any other category protected by law.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter (no more than 500 words) via Charityjobs

We’re sorry but due to our size it may not be possible to respond to every application.  If you have not heard from us by Monday 20th November 2023 you should assume that, on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful.  Thank you for your interest in Population Matters.


More about Population Matters

Population Matters is a UK-based charity working globally to achieve a sustainable future for people and planet. 

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Posted on: 26 October 2023
Closed date: 14 November 2023 at 23:59
Tags: Fundraising