Newark, Nottinghamshire
£55,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (NHCM) plays a unique role in the UK as a memorial, a museum, a place of testimony and learning. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding individual into the new post of Director of Fundraising. This position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced fundraiser to play a pivotal role in a unique institution and help position us for future growth.

Set in a beautiful rural location, yet only 90 minutes from Central London, we are also the only place of Holocaust remembrance & learning in the world founded by non-Jewish people. The remarkable Smith family designed and built the Centre in 1995, creating a uniquely peaceful and contemplative ‘safe space’ including beautiful memorial rose gardens. Rapidly, they attracted not only visitors and school groups but an amazing team of Holocaust survivors for whom we became a home from home. We blossomed into an Arts Council supported museum of global creative excellence. But the Smith family ethos endures, as does our beloved family of Holocaust survivors. Their stories will always remain at the heart of our learning programmes.

Our hugely exciting redevelopment project will reinforce and sustain our mission in the face of twin challenges. First, rising anti-Jewish racism and social media which distorts the history of the world’s greatest crime against humanity. Second, we are slowly losing the Holocaust survivors who were first-hand witnesses. To offset their inevitable passing, we have created cutting-edge interactive VR and app experiences. These will future-proof Holocaust education for our whole sector. And the world-class team of designers and architects we have hired for redevelopment will enhance and grow the ecosystem they all live in.

If you’re a highly organised self-starter with a successful track-record in philanthropy fundraising, confident and able to lead a team, ideally with a good knowledge of the Jewish philanthropic community, we would love to hear from you. 

Location: Flexible with proximity to London and regular visits to NHCM, Laxton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0PA.

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Lead all aspect of the fundraising programme, including shaping the strategy, identifying areas of growth and delivering activity to achieve agreed income targets.
  2. Manage a portfolio of major donors and prospects giving, or with the potential to give, five and six figure gifts and legacies and also support key staff, Trustees and senior volunteers to engage and cultivate new and existing donors.
  3. Design and deliver an effective indivdual giving and legacy programme, ensuring that our supporters feel fully engaged in our work.
  4. Support the Trusts and Grants Manager and their team to meet income targets.
  5. Recruit and retain a high performing fundraising team, ensuring staff feel motivated and supported and adhere to relevant HR processes.
  6. Provide regular reports to the Museum Director and other senior staff, allowing them to monitor progress in fundraising and work with them to mitigate identified risks as required.
  7. Be a leading authority on matters related to fundraising, providing advice on best practice and new developments within the voluntary sector, ensuring NHCM remains abreast of changes in fundraising regulatory requirements.
  8. Represent NHCM externally on a wide range of matters, including acting as a representative at meetings and events when required.
  9. Work unsociable hours and travel across the UK as necessary to fulfil the remit of the role.
  10. Undertake other activities as requested by the Museum Director.




  • Degree or equivalent qualification or
  • Relevant professional experience, which demonstrates equivalent academic skills of literacy, numeracy and analytical ability.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.



  • Proven ability to achieve significant income targets and provide strategic leadership within a fast-paced fundraising environment.
  • Significant success in securing and managing five-figure, multi-year donations from high-net-worth individuals.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing complex relationships with high-net-worth individuals, charitable trusts, Trustees and senior volunteers.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading fundraising teams and achieving income targets.
  • Experience of applying effective problem-solving techniques when the situation demands.
  • Demonstrable experience of deploying entrepreneurial approaches to challenges and ability to maximise new opportunities when they arise.
  • Demonstrable experience of financial and budgetary management.


  • Experience of working within the Jewish community in the UK.
  • Experience of fundraising for a capital campaign.
  • Experience of securing donations from charitable trusts, statutory funders and/or corporates.

Knowledge and skills


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and ability to influence/persuade a wide range of stakeholders and facilitate cross-team working.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of media and audiences and close asks.
  • Evidence of up-to-date knowledge of best practice and new initiatives in fundraising.
  • Understanding of the changing fundraising landscape and what this means for fundraising and the charity sector.
  • Excellent organisational and workload management skills.
  • Strong IT and digital skills including confidence with CRM databases, using social media and other web-based resources.


  • Understanding of the issues facing organisations that work with Holocaust survivors and their families.


Application Instructions

Please send a CV and cover letter detailing how you meet the person specification.

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The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

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Posted on: 02 September 2021
Closed date: 20 September 2021
Tags: Fundraising

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