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Director of of Fundraising, UK

£70,000 - £85,000 per year
Job description

Post Title:   Director of Fundraising, Smile Train UK


Reports to:   Vice President, International Development, Smile Train Headquarters USA


Responsible for: To develop and manage fully operational fundraising channels, including corporate, institutional and individual giving.


Location:  London Office; This is a hybrid work model between remote and in-office environments.


Purpose of Role

Smile Train seeks a collaborative, innovative, and entrepreneurial professional for the role of Director of Fundraising, Smile Train UK. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual who can thrive in a collaborative environment where passion, dedication, and the ability to consistently innovate are necessary to achieve ambitious goals.

The candidate will have a strong and diverse background in creating opportunities and identifying prospects and is an experienced and creative fundraising leader with proven success of expanding support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. They will have an emphasis on major gifts and manage a portfolio of high-level donors. The Director of Fundraising is a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset.


Primary responsibilities

  • The Director is responsible for managing, hiring, and effectively leading the fundraising team towards the achievement of their individual targets.
  • Maintains a portfolio of major donors and prospects by creating and implementing strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors with the capacity to make 5- and 6-figure annual gifts and 6- and 7-figure leadership gifts.
  • The position demands experience with designing fundraising strategies and good management skills for implementing strong, prioritised and focused work plans that achieve (or exceed) the agreed organisational goals.
  • Overall responsibility of the annual revenue budget, ensuring reporting requirements as defined by the VP, International Development for monthly, quarterly, and annual budget and target monitoring.
  • This position shall work in tandem with the global communications team to jointly create a positive, campaign-driven image of Smile Train in the United Kingdom.
  • Manage Philanthropic Advisory Council of high-level Smile Train supporters.



  • Minimum seven years' experience in senior level fundraising, ideally in a leadership role with oversight over end-to-end execution. 
  • Knowledge of individual, corporate, foundation and major donor fundraising methodology including cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and prospecting of donors.
  • Proven track record in leading fundraising and delivering income growth within a similar sized organization.
  • Experience in a marketing and public relations role a plus.


Skills Required

  • Minimum undergraduate university degree.
  • Strong analytical skills, database proficiency and outstanding budgetary and financial skills, including target setting and monitoring and proficiency in Excel.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in marketing, fundraising acquisition, development and retention methods and budget management. 
  • Experience in SalesForce or other CRM.
  • Excellent communication (oral & written) skills in English.
  • Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of fundraising specialists.
  • Awareness and knowledge of local fundraising market.
  • Big picture thinker, not only locally but globally for the organization.
  • Personal Attributes
  • Excellent judgement and creative abilities, including influencing, negotiating and problem-solving skills.
  • Entrepreneurial and growth driven individual with a passion for their work.
  • Independent self-starter with thoroughness and attention to detail and ability to work remotely from reporting line.
  • Empathy and interest in the Smile Train’s mission and objectives.
  • Exceptional communication skills and abilities, self-confidence, energy, and a strong spirit of teamwork.
  • Sense of humour, eager and willing to mentor a professional team.
Posted by
Smile Train View profile Company size Size: 101 - 500
Posted on: 15 April 2024
Closed date: 15 May 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Fundraising

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