England, United Kingdom (On-site)
London, Greater London
£36,000 - £42,000 per year
Contract, 12 month fixed term contract - maternity cover, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Sightsavers is looking for a Development Manager – a 12-month fixed term contract role to provide maternity cover within our successful team. 

Salary: £36,000 - £42,000 

Location: UK remote - with occasional travel to Haywards Heath, when required 

Contract: 12 Month Fixed Term (Maternity Cover) 

Hours: This is a full-time role with some flexibility around hours worked and some home working 


About us 

Sightsavers works to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. We’re proud to be a leader in our field. 


About the role 

We are looking for an experienced Major Donor fundraiser to manage and develop new and existing relationships with an interesting portfolio of individual donors, capable of giving at a major/ high level. The successful candidate will be responsible for defining and implementing clear strategies for the identification, cultivation and stewardship of a targeted pipeline of approaches to new and existing donors to successfully contribute to the overall funding objectives of the Major Donor team.  

Key accountabilities will include: 

  • Delivery of targets through relationship building 

  • Strategy and planning 

  • Capacity building 

This is an involved and varied role, please read the full job description for further details.  


About you 

This is an ideal opportunity to build on your existing Major Donor fundraising experience within a knowledgeable and proactive team. To succeed in this role, you will need to be a great communicator, enthusiastic about connecting with key donors and passionate about enhancing and establishing new and existing relationships.  

The ideal candidate should have a strong and successful track record of developing compelling cases for support to secure significant major gifts from new and existing donors. A proactive approach to maintaining and developing relationships with donors is required, as is the ability to represent the charity at the highest levels. You should have an interest in international development issues and be comfortable working to deadlines as part of a supportive team.  

We offer flexible working hours and will consider part time applications for a minimum of 28 hours per week (0.8 FTE).  

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply. 



Sightsavers offers some fantastic benefits. Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts. If you choose to work in or are visiting our collaborative, modern office space, you will find it an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London.


Next steps 

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying; what attracted you to this role, why are you interested in working for Sightsavers and what contribution you feel your experience and skills could bring to this role. Please note that there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW) and to attend meetings in London.  

We anticipate that remote first stage interviews will take place on Tuesday 1 March with second interviews on Thursday 3 March. The evaluation process will include a pre-interview task to be presented at interview.

More about Sightsavers

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Refreshed on: 09 February 2022
Closed date: 20 February 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Fundraising