Camden Town, Greater London
£55,000 pro rata (£44,000 per annum)
Contract, 12-month contract with possible extension into substantive, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Head of Fundraising
Camden, London

£55,000 pro rata (£44,000 per annum)
Part-time, 28 hours per week, however, willing to consider full time (35 hours per week) for the right candidate.
12-month contract with possible extension into substantive

In the UK there are more than 1.3 million children and young people living with a disability and nearly four million children living in poverty.  We exist to improve the lives of these children and since 1949 Variety in the UK has raised more than £270m in pursuit of this objective. 

Variety provides practical, tangible help that makes an immediate difference, which includes grants for specialist equipment as well as accessible transport used by schools and other non-profit organisations across the UK. Our Great Days Out are legendary.

As with many organisations we are re-calibrating to adjust to the changes that have been brought by the Coronavirus pandemic, which has only increased the demand for what we do.

Variety, the Children’s Charity, seeks an enthusiastic individual, particularly with extensive experience in all areas of charity fundraising to lead our Fundraising Department.

The impact of the Covid pandemic on our event income has highlighted the importance of growing even further our other income streams, and our trustees have approved new investment in fundraising to strengthen the team and its performance.

We aim to double non - event fundraising income over the coming five years, create a sustainable fundraising programme for the long-term and bring about a culture change that sees non - event fundraising income take an equally important role alongside our event fundraising income. The Head of Fundraising is a pivotal appointment for Variety in achieving that ambition.

The Head of Fundraising will join our leadership team and be responsible for delivering a transformation in our fundraising activity, performance, and positioning.

This is a hands-on role and the Head of Fundraising will lead by example, undertaking as well as directing the fundraising, and managing relationships with a pool of major donors and other key stakeholders. This will also include leadership and management of the fundraising team and its programmes (corporates, trusts and foundations, legacies, community, individual giving, virtual and online fundraising, Patrons, London special fundraising events) and growth, and development and implementation of a fundraising strategy, and financial management.

The initial contract is for 12 months but there is every hope and expectation that this will be extended, and that the role converted to become permanent. You will have our full support in making this a reality.

Closing date: Monday 11th October 2021 at 5pm.


Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to everyone who applies, so only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Please note applications will be considered on a rolling basis and where appropriate interviewed, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we can appoint before the advertised closing date.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Equal opportunities

Variety is committed to equality and diversity. To help us assess the reach of our recruitment practices, we would be grateful if you would complete our attached equal opportunity monitoring form.

The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential.

Variety, the Children's Charity, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

No agencies please.

Posted on: 21 September 2021
Closed date: 11 October 2021
Job ref: 158669_VY
Tags: Fundraising, Senior Management