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Senior Philanthropy Manager

Epsom, Surrey (Hybrid)
£48,000 - £51,000 per year
Job description

Are you ready to transform lives through philanthropy? Samaritans is looking for a Senior Philanthropy Manager to shape and expand our philanthropy programme. You’ll have a strong track record in major gift fundraising, managing end to end major donor processes, leading to gifts of 6 figures and experience as a strong leader.

You’ll be a charity expert in philanthropy, bringing knowledge and skill to the fundraising programme. ​You’ll drive positive change and be instrumental in unlocking substantial income streams to support our vision of fewer lives lost to suicide.

  • £48,000-£51,000 per annum
  • Permanent, full-time role (35 hours per week)
  • Hybrid working: Linked to our Ewell (Surrey) office, with the option to work from
  • Linked to Ewell (Surrey) with home and office working, including the option to work from our London Bridge office (EC3R)
  • In office working - we'd love to see you in person at least twice a month
  • We are passionate about flexible working, talk to us about your preferences

Major Gifts at Samaritans

Samaritans is on a mission to make a profound impact on suicide prevention, and we need your expertise to drive our philanthropy programme to new heights. With a small yet promising portfolio of supporters and donors, we're poised for growth, fuelled by a national rise in wealth and philanthropy. Annual income is around £500K with donations typically at 5 figure values.

Our ambition is to grow the programme sustainably in the long term but also ensure the target is met in 2024-25. This year will be about proactive engagement with a wide range of potential supporters, developing programme infrastructure and securing mid-value donations to build the pipeline from the ground up. In year two we hope to drive up gift volume and value.

Your Impact:

  • Team Leadership: Provide guidance and support to our Philanthropy Officer, fostering a collaborative and high-performing team culture.
  • Strategic Leadership: Lead the charge in strategic planning and operational leadership to drive significant growth and sustainability within our philanthropy programme.
  • Relationship Management: Cultivate and steward relationships with major donors, ensuring their alignment with our mission and vision.
  • Fundraising: Actively manage your pipeline of prospective supporters, eloquently communicating our mission and securing vital donations.

Job Description is here

What’s in it for you – our benefits

So, you want to work for us? Good choice. We like it here too. We offer competitive salaries, flexible and hybrid working to suit your needs, family-friendly policies, 28 days annual leave inclusive of wellbeing days and a matched pension contribution up to 5%. You’ll have a structured induction and ongoing projects, secondments & learning opportunities. We also have colleague-led affinity groups made up of people with shared identities.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority. We have a staff community of Mental Health First Aiders, a Health Cash Plan and an Employee Assistance Programme. You’ll have free subscriptions to Headspace (your personal guide to mindfulness, sleep, focus, movement, and more) & Perkbox (an employee benefits platform with online exercise classes). That’s not all. We listen to your ideas and have staff forum and social committee networks.

Hybrid and flexible working

We are a flexible organisation, and we embrace hybrid working – a mix of connecting in person and remotely. We’re aware that the world is changing, and we all want and need different things from our work and home lives. So, if you need to walk the dog, do the school run, go to the gym, or have commitments outside of work, we’re open to talking through flexible working options that work for you and us.

Being Inclusive

We recognise the enormous benefits and the social justice imperatives of ensuring diversity at every level of our organisation. Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. To ensure Samaritans is representative of those we support and who support us, we particularly welcome applications from Disabled, BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates, as these people are under-represented at Samaritans.


If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply. You’ll be asked to upload your CV and a 1 page cover letter, outlining your motivations for applying and your transferable skills. 

Applications close at 9 am on Friday 26 April. Video interviews likely to be w/c 29 April.

This is your chance to join us in making a tangible difference and shaping the future of our vital work, apply today!

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Samaritans View profile Company size Size: 101 - 500
Posted on: 17 April 2024
Closed date: 26 April 2024 at 09:00
Tags: Fundraising, Business Development