Head of Fundraising

Somerset Wildlife Trust


This is an exciting new focus for our Head of Fundraising as part of the restructuring of the
senior leadership team at Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) to enable the organisation to grow and
achieve more for nature’s recovery in Somerset.

Head of Fundraising

Salary: £35,000 – £42,000

Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time

Location: Taunton, Somerset with opportunities for hybrid working

The main aim of this role is to lead development to ensure the Somerset Wildlife Trust can
deliver on the 3 goals of the Trust’s Wilder Somerset 2030 Strategy through:

➢ Inspiring and Leading development and delivery of fundraising activity across the charity

➢ Setting and meeting income targets

➢ Preparing and managing plans, budgets and the fundraising strategy

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

The Head of Fundraising will be part of the Senior Leadership Team and Operational Management
Team, partnering with Directors and CEO to:

  • Be the strategic lead for SWT’s fundraising operations for both restricted and unrestricted
    income streams to deliver more for nature in Somerset
  • Provide the link between strategic and delivery, helping the Fundraising Team to prioritise
    and maximise impact of their work to best deliver SWT’s strategic objectives, whilst also
    feeding back team insight on gaps in delivery, issues, achievements and ideas to a strategic
    level to inform future planning
  • Lead the Fundraising Team to influence and coach teams across SWT to deliver fundraising
    targets and build fundraising capacity
  • Oversee financial management of a number of cost centres including setting & managing
    budgets, resource allocation and income generation
  • Work with the Communications Team to develop and deliver coordinated fundraising messages
    integrated in wider SWT work, and act as a media spokesperson where required

Responsibility 1: Fundraising Strategy

  • Set and deliver the Fundraising Team’s financial contribution to the Business Plan
  • Identify & develop strategic opportunities to achieve ambitious fundraising targets to
    deliver significant growth in unrestricted income enabling SWT to meet strategic goals for
  • Lead the development and implementation of the most impactful range of new and existing
    fundraising activities to achieve income goals
  • Lead on the design and delivery of effective monitoring of the impact of the Trust’s
    fundraising activities that maximise return on investment
  • Be responsible for reporting on progress, evaluation effectiveness of fundraising
    activities and spend, delivering relevant reports, forecasts and analyses for the CEO, SLT and
  • Be responsible for compliance with fundraising good practice, Charity Commission guidance
    and the Institute of Fundraising.
  • Work closely with the Communications Team to develop the fundraising communications
    strategy and oversee the development of fundraising materials.
  • Keep abreast of regional and national developments that may positively or negatively impact
    the Trusts fundraising activities.

Responsibility 2: Supporter Engagement, Growth and Team Wilder

  • Work closely with the Engagement Team to develop our approach to delivery of Team Wilder
    objectives including a range of supporter journeys that include, but are not limited to,
  • Lead development and implementation of supporter strategies that increase the constituency
    base of SWT contributing additional unrestricted income, delivering successful appeals, and
    increasing our collective voice for nature.
  • Ensure the highest standards of supporter care by the team and strong relationships are
    built with key donors.
  • Develop positive external relationships and influence with key grant makers, donors and
    supporters, acting as the public face of the Trust when required.
  • Writing reports to stakeholders regarding fundraising opportunities, updates and through
    presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ensure our fundraising activities contribute to our Equality Diversity and Inclusion
    objectives and use the Trust’s CRM system effectively to build positive relationships with all
    our supporters.

Responsibility 3: Grow SWT’s Fundraising Capacity

  • Support, coach and mentor other teams within SWT to contribute effectively to fundraising
    targets and income growth
  • Inspire, lead and manage the fundraising team to maximise their motivation, creativity,
    development and performance
  • Lead the development of positive relationships with fundraising sub-contractors and
    subsidiary companies, such as SWWFL, to ensure the best return on investment for SWT is
    achieved along with our Team Wilder and EDI targets
  • Identify and implement processes, tools and technologies that will improve the efficiencies
    of the fundraising pipeline across the business

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • Matched pension up to 7%
  • Life insurance
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Wellbeing support – EAP, wellbeing champions
  • Diversity networks through RSWT/TWT
  • Pool car and mileage allowance
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Continuous Professional Development opportunities
  • Minimum 33 days of holiday (25 annual leave + bank holidays)
  • Active staff social events
  • The opportunity to make a real and positive difference to nature, communities and the

The closing date is 5pm Monday 12th February 2024.


If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the
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Please note that we will review applications throughout the advertising period and may close
the advert early if a suitable applicant is found.

Somerset Wildlife Trust has an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan and is committed to
continuing to improve the equality, diversity and inclusion of every aspect of our work; we
know we need to engage with everyone to live our values and achieve our goals. We welcome
applications from everyone and are happy to discuss any accommodations or arrangements that
would make the recruitment process better for you, and the working environment should you be

No agencies please.

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