The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£25,404 to £29,326 pa dependent on experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Philanthropy Executive

Location: London

Salary: £25,404 to £29,326 pa dependent on experience

This position's base location will be London offering Hybrid/ Flexible working. 

The Philanthropy and Major Gifts team is responsible for delivering an annual budget of over £3m with an ambition to grow this annually to at least £5m by 2025. During 2021/22 the team doubled its target. The passing of the Duke of Edinburgh provided a significant opportunity to raise both awareness, and the profile of the charity.

We are empowering, inclusive, dynamic, and always looking for ways to increase the positive impact of our partnerships for young people.

To deliver the ‘Youth Without Limits’ strategy, we are creating and renewing strong philanthropy and major gifts partnerships. We are a phenomenally successful team with strong foundations in place for growth – warm, inclusive, and experienced colleagues, with impactful products, a strong brand, and exciting organisational strategy.

Summary and main purpose

The Philanthropy Executive will enable growth in the Philanthropy and Major Gifts Team by supporting key accounts/opportunities and team coordination.

Key accountabilities

  • Provide team support and administration, as a key member of the Philanthropy and Major Gifts team, e.g., managing donation requests and thank-you processes, coordinating and supporting team meetings and events, tracking queries and leads coming into the team and ensuring requests have been followed up in a timely way, running KPI reports, and providing general team coordination and support.
  • Support the new philanthropy and major gifts team with lead generation or research and support the coordination of key pitches, funding proposals and grant applications.
  • Support key accounts and in time account manage a portfolio of your own major donors, with great support from the wider philanthropy and major gift team, to secure an annual income target.
  • Help to promote DofE activities, campaigns, or events to philanthropists and major donors, in collaboration with the Fundraising Events team, Fundraising Communications Manager, and Relationship Managers.
  • Representing DofE at key events, e.g., receptions, gold award presentations, and major gift events.
  • Supporting on the coordination and delivery of key strategic philanthropic partnerships.

Experience, skills, and knowledge

  • Experience in a sales/fundraising and/or philanthropy/major gifts environment.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills.
  • Target-driven, enjoying the process of renewing and boosting income for the DofE.
  • Great collaboration and problem-solving skills, with a solutions-focused mindset
  • Excellent written communication skills, able to craft high-quality emails, letters, and proposal materials.
  • Excellent computer skills including a good understanding of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and experience of using CRM (Customer Relationship Management) databases.
  • Research skills and the ability to find and integrate information quickly.
  •  Resilient, with the ability to change direction when required.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo a basic criminal record check (e.g. DBS/PVG or similar). 

Closing date: 26th June at Midnight 

Interview dates: 13th July - to be held Virtually 

Second interview dates: 19th July - Venue to be confirmed 

Please note the vacancy may close early and we will be shortlisting and interviewing on an ongoing basis. We recommend you apply at the earliest opportunity to ensure your application is considered.  

How to apply 

Please click on the apply button to submit an online application form and upload your up to date CV. Please ensure you complete a statement of suitability or cover letter while completing an online application form. We will not consider your application without this.  

If you would like to access the application form in a different format or if would like any assistance that might help improve your experience while completing the application, please contact us by email .

About DofE

Since its launch in 1956, the DofE has empowered millions of young people to become the very best they can be. It was established by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, our Patron, and is still guided by the same set of principles he laid down.

The flexibility and adaptability of DofE have allowed the DofE to spread around the world. We operate through a social franchise model in the UK, licensing and supporting a wide range of organisations to deliver DofE programmes to hundreds of thousands of young people every year.

Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak our ambition to grow the number of young people who can access a DofE programme remains unchanged and we continue to engage new partners and develop innovative ways of working with businesses, the voluntary sector, and policymakers across the UK to ensure that any young person who wants to do their DofE can do so.

Diversity, equality & inclusion

The DofE is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive staff team and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We recruit, develop, promote and value people without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. In order to meet the changing needs and aspirations of the most diverse generation of young adults ever, our staff need a range of perspectives, skills, and lived experience.

While we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds to join our passionate and friendly team, at present people of colour, disabled people, and people under 25 are not as well represented as we would like. As such we particularly encourage applicants from these backgrounds.

Posted on: 09 June 2022
Closed date: 26 June 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Fundraising, Business Development