London, Greater London
£59,254 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About Reprieve

Reprieve is a UK charity founded in 1999. Reprieve uses strategic interventions to end the use of the death penalty globally, and to end extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security”.

Reprieve works with the most disenfranchised people in society, as it is in their cases that human rights are most swiftly jettisoned and the rule of law is cast aside. Thus, Reprieve promotes and protects the rights of those facing the death penalty and those who are the victims of extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security”, with a focus on arbitrary detention, torture, and extrajudicial executions.


About the Role

A member of the senior management team at Reprieve, the Director of Development and Outreach will develop and implement the strategy to raise the funds Reprieve needs to fulfil its mission. You will be responsible for leading a talented team responsible for securing funds from Trusts and Foundations, Statutory Bodies, Major Donors, events, corporate sources and the general public.

You will have vision and be creative in how Reprieve can raise funds. You will be excited by ambitious targets and you yourself will be ambitious for what the team can achieve. You will be able to think strategically about long-term goals and targets. You will have at least five years’ experience at a senior level and with the Joint Executive Directors you will take responsibility for the team achieving their targets and for ensuring Reprieve has the money it needs to do its work. The culture of philanthropy is embedded in the organisation. Fundraising is essential to what we do and the Joint Executive Directors and Trustees are all committed to success. We know that raising money is the backbone to the organisation. Quite simply we cannot do our life-saving and life-changing work without money.

You will have an excellent understanding of how budgets work and how to connect finance and fundraising. You will take leadership across the organisation in ensuring our funded projects are properly financially managed, there are processes in place to ensure the teams leading these work areas are well supported in their financial reporting obligations and there is organisational understanding around our financial situation and funding requirements. You will be adept at financial project management of comprehensive project proposals and plans. You will understand how we can use our restricted income and maximise opportunities for securing funds for specific projects. You will be able to lead the team in producing financial reports for funders and ensuring that we accurately and professionally report on restricted income. You will be creative in how you approach maximising support from existing and future funders.

You will lead on a number of areas of work and will not be afraid to roll up your sleeves and muck in where needed. Working with one of the Joint Executive Directors, you will oversee our programme of engagement with Major Donors. You will help her in researching and identifying new potential major donors and helping her manage relationships with existing funders. You will be responsible for planning and delivering the annual Gala dinner and any other fundraising events. You will manage the development committee, a sub-committee of the board, and who support on the areas of events and high value donors.

You will support the institutional donor team on funding applications. You will have an excellent knowledge of raising money from Trusts and Foundations as well as statutory institutions. You will support the Project Lead in identifying new sources of income from these areas.

Reprieve’s income from the general public, through regular giving and one off gifts, has grown significantly over the last five years with an ambitious target of raising £1 million from the general public in 2021, accounting for a projected quarter of our income. This is an area we want to grow further and you will be expected to provide leadership and guidance to the Head of Campaigns and Digital and the wider team in achieving these targets and ensuring they have the information they need to ensure high quality campaign materials which are sensitive to the complex cultural and political environments in which we operate.

Reprieve has undergone a period of growth over the last five years, doubling our income. We continue to have ambitious income targets and there will be a huge opportunity for a motivated and inspiring leader to further grow our income as well as stabilise the income from our current donors. You will be adept at building strategic, sustainable and long lasting relationships with funders.

The Director will have a strong foundational knowledge of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion best practices within the charity sector, and will seek to ensure that Reprieve’s communications align with best practice.

The ideal candidate will be excellent at building long lasting relationships, thoughtful, sensitive, organised and rigorous with exceptional attention to detail. They will be ambitious and be excited about raising money. They won’t be afraid to take no for an answer!

They will be committed to learning about the complex cultural and political contexts in which Reprieve operates, be flexible and curious, with a passion for the work, for principles of diversity and inclusion, and an unwavering commitment to our clients.

This is an office-based role (COVID restrictions permitting) and the Director will be expected to be present in the office during core office hours on average 3 days a week. Reprieve works across a number of jurisdictions; as such, this is a role that may require work outside of core office hours from time to time and some travel may be required.


Key Responsibilities:

The Director of Development & Outreach will work closely with the Joint Executive Directors, Senior Management Team, members of the Development Committee as well as with Reprieve’s casework teams. Their responsibilities will include:

Senior Management Team Responsibilities

Sitting within the senior management team, the Director will:

  • Work with Reprieve’s Joint Executive Directors and other members of the SMT to ensure Reprieve’s work is well resourced;   
  • Join senior management team meetings and contribute to organisational strategy discussions, ensuring information is disseminated to the team where appropriate;
  • Be an ambassador for Reprieve, including by speaking at events or other engagements;
  • Work to ensure that Reprieve meets all legal fundraising requirements and obligations.

Team Management Responsibilities

The Director will be responsible for managing a team of ten, with four direct reports. With the Senior Management Team, they will be responsible for ensuring that the team is able to work collaboratively, productively and effectively. The Director will:

  • Be familiar with Reprieve’s policies and processes and ensure relevant policies are implemented;
  • Ensure that the teams they are line managing and supporting have regular meetings, brainstorms and planning sessions.  
  • Ensure that the teams they are line managing and supporting are meeting their operational plan targets, and that these are in line with Reprieve’s strategic plan;
  • Ensure the team are trained and well-equipped to perform their roles effectively;
  • Assist in team building initiatives, including helping to create a positive and effective team working flexibly and collaboratively and supporting team and individual well-being 
  • Coordinate with other teams within the organisation to ensure that the Development and Outreach team are providing support across the organisation and maximising the fundraising potential for our casework.

Strategy and Planning

  • Working with the Joint Executive Directors, develop and implement the income generation strategy for Reprieve;
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation activities to determine the success or otherwise of Reprieve’s fundraising strategy, and use the results of these activities to inform the following year’s strategy;
  • Be continually thinking about what the fundraising landscape looks like for 2-3 years ahead and where Reprieve may need to pivot or persevere in its strategy;
  • Working with the Joint Executive Director and Head of Finance, continually map the organisation health of the organisation, considering whether it has the funding needed to carry its work out over the next three years;
  • Ensure the Development Team are involved in the wider organisational strategic planning process;
  • Be up to the date with the latest developments in fundraising techniques, legislation and regulations;
  • Report on income generation to the Joint Executive Directors and other members of the SMT ensuring the information is up to date and timely.

Income Generation - Major Donors & Events

  • Plan and deliver a major donor development strategy to secure significant gifts from individuals;
  • Create compelling, relevant and tailored funding proposals and reports for high value supporters;
  • Design and deliver a communication plan for a high value donor audience with regular engaging communications and ad-hoc updates;
  • Identify, research and cultivate prospective donors and build a strong pipeline of high value prospects that will have a significant positive impact on income over the current and future financial years;
  • Design and organise a series of high quality events throughout the year to act as cultivation and fundraising forums for high value and high profile supporters;
  • Work with the Campaigns and Digital team to identify and cultivate mid-level donors into potential major donors;
  • Mange relationships with Reprieve’s patrons, ambassadors and high-profile supporters, developing a plan to integrate and engage them across all programmes.

Income generation – Trusts and Foundations & Statutory Bodies

  • Ensure the team leading on institutional funders are well supported and well managed;
  • Work with the Joint Executive Director and Project Lead to identify new institutions to support Reprieve and develop a cultivation strategy to turn them from prospects into funders;
  • Working with the Joint Executive Director, Project Lead and casework teams identify project work across the organisation that could receive funding and identity suitable institutions who might be interested in supporting these distinct work areas;
  • Provide oversight for the written content of the team, ensuring the work is of excellent quality and reflective of Reprieve’s values;
  • Ensure the team are cognizant to their targets and stay motivated and excited.

Income generation – General public

  • Ensure the team leading on generating income from the general public are well supported and managed;
  • Working with the Joint Executive Director and the Head of Campaigns and Digital, set team targets for the year, regularly evaluating these targets and adjusting our strategy where needed;
  • Ensure the emails and campaign materials the team produces are of the highest quality and are cognizant to the cultural and political context in which we work;
  • Ensure the team have the resource they need to undertake their work.

Income generation – other

  • Work with the Joint Executive Directors and Deputy Director of Reprieve US to identify, research and cultivate prospective donors for our sister organisation Reprieve US and strengthen relationships with current funders;
  • Be the day-to-day contact of the Reprieve Development committee and organise quarterly committee meetings;
  • Develop a programme of legacy giving and manage existing legacy donations received;
  • Ensure all major donor, event and high profile supporter information is accurately recorded on Raisers Edge and up to date;
  • Work with the Database Officer to improve process of data collection, accuracy, reporting and evaluation to support efforts across the Development & Outreach team;
  • Ensure GDPR and other regulations are adhered to at all times in relation to fundraising;
  • Any other tasks as required including but not limited to maximising ad-hoc fundraising opportunities.

Financial Planning

  • Work with the Head of Finance to ensure the Development team have the financial information needed to effectively apply for funding and report on existing funding;
  • Set up and manage the process of financial reporting on our funded projects, creating systems and processes which can be used and understood across the organisation;
  • Oversee the creation of individual project budgets, mapping out activity costs, ensuring casework team members understand the expenditure requirements of restricted grants and that the development team are maximising opportunities for new project funding.;
  • Work with the Joint Executive Director to manage the financial health of the organisation and identify where there may be fundraising challenges and opportunities;
  • Ensure the fundraising strategy for Reprieve is a two-three year document, anticipating where funding may end and identifying new prospects to replace lost funding;
  • Working with the Joint Executive Director, produce detailed and high quality income reports for the Finance Committee ensuring the Board members understand the financial health of the organisation and that our income projections are as accurate as possible;
  • Lead on financial project management of complex project proposals and plans, ensuring budgets are comprehensive and realistic.


Key Contacts

Reporting to a Joint Executive Director, the Director of Development and Outreach will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Reprieve’s Development Committee and with colleagues across the organisation. They will have four direct reports – Head of Campaigns and Digital, Head of Finance, Project Lead – Trusts and Foundations and the Database Officer and manage a team of 10.  They will also work closely with Reprieve’s sister organisation, Reprieve US, as well as from time to time with our international partners, fellows and consultants.


Length and Salary

This is a full-time permanent role based in Reprieve’s London office during core office hours. We expect colleagues to work on average three days a week in the office. The annual salary is £59,254 per annum less any required deductions for income tax and national insurance.

Reprieve is proud that the highest-paid member of staff is paid no more than double the lowest-paid member of staff. Our pay is transparent and non-negotiable. We are a flexible employer and offer a range of nonfinancial benefits to employees. We welcome applications from a range of backgrounds. 

This is an office-based role, however given current restrictions as a result of the coronavirus you may be required to work from home in line with government advice. The situation will remain under review and we will continue to be guided by government advice in these uncertain times.

Applicants must have the current right to work in the UK, which will be checked prior to interview. Reprieve is an equal opportunity employer and we particularly welcome applicants from Black and minority ethnic communities, members of the LGBTQI community, and those with disabilities.


To apply:

For details on how to apply, please check the full job description on our website.


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Posted on: 18 June 2021
Closed date: 14 July 2021
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