Stratford, Greater London
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

•  Closing: October 1, 2021

•  Location: Stratford, London

•  Salary: £42,000

•  Contract type: Permanent

The Refugee Council, now in its 70th anniversary year, exists to support refugees and people seeking asylum, to rebuild their lives in the UK.  We work with over 14,000 men, women, and children every year – people who have fled war, oppression, and violence in their home countries, and are desperately seeking safety and protection.

2021 is a critical year for our future and a very special moment in time to join the team.  Refugees from across the globe, including Afghanistan following the tragic events this summer, will need our support to recover and rebuild their lives. But with polarised public opinion, constant media attention on this area and new Government legislation working its way through Parliament – the time to join this sector and the Refugee Council has never been more important.  We need your help to empower and support people who have lost everything, alongside helping us to reach new audiences of supporters and campaigners.

Additionally, in the Autumn of 2021, we will be launching a new five-year organisational strategy, which will set the direction of the Refugee Council across Services, Advocacy, Fundraising and Communications.  This bold new strategy puts the key foundations of our future in place, including the prioritisation of lived experience embedded in all that we do, investing in Fundraising to deliver our resources for the long term and delivering a new approach to impact measurement.

Purpose of the Job

This role will be a critical part of the fundraising management team and presents an exciting opportunity to build on the existing work in philanthropy, alongside developing our corporate partnerships programme and high-profile supporter work from scratch.

Working with key stakeholders from across the organisation, you will lead the strategic development of major donor and corporate fundraising, with a target of growing income from this area by at least 20% over the next five years.

Supported by the Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications, and working closely with the Chief Executive, you will also be responsible for delivering and creating bespoke development plans to secure increased funding from existing or new donors. You will be the key point of contact for our key Major Donors, corporate partners, and high-profile supporters.

To succeed, you will have experience of running a Major Giving and/or Corporate Partnerships programme, with extensive experience of managing your own pool of donors as well as a track record of securing 5 and 6-figure donations from high net worth individuals or companies. You will have extensive knowledge of the major donor and/or the corporate partnerships landscape and your fundraising skills will be matched by your strategic planning and leadership abilities.


  • To maintain and grow the Refugee Council’s major donor programme
  • To develop a corporate partnerships programme for the charity, building on existing relationships held by the Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications, and through our employment services, alongside new business development
  • To build relationships with and maximise income/support from high net worth companies, high-profile and influential individuals
  • To oversee the implementation of a new high-profile strategy

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To take the lead in the development and implementation of the Major Donor and Corporate fundraising strategy and programme
  • To research and identify new corporate and major donor supporters, alongside managing existing high-value supporters through outstanding relationship management
  • To develop and implement a research strategy for existing major donor and corporate prospects and to identify potential supporters, utilising all available research resources
  • To work across teams within the Refugee Council to develop compelling cases for support
  • To be responsible for the management of a high profile/influencer strategy
  • Line Management

Additional Information

Health & Safety

The post holder is responsible for:

Cooperating with the Refugee Council in delivering all legal responsibilities in respect of your own and your colleagues, volunteers, clients and others health and safety whilst at work.

Becoming familiar with the Refugee Council’s Health & Safety Policy and procedures including evacuation procedures at your workplace.

Carrying out risk assessments of your own work and especially of your own workstation to ensure that you do not expose yourself or others to unnecessary risk.


In order to deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the post-holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above. Such duties will, however, fall within the scope of the job, at the appropriate grade. The job description will be subject to periodic review with the post-holder to ensure it accurately reflects the duties of the job.

Equal Opportunities Statement

As part of its recruitment policy, the Refugee Council intends to ensure that no prospective or actual employee is discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status, class, disability, age, religious belief or political persuasion, or is disadvantaged by any condition or requirement which is not demonstrably justifiable.

Posted on: 15 September 2021
Closed date: 01 October 2021
Tags: Fundraising, Business Development