Head of Fundraising

Location Lewes
Discipline: Central Services
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Salary: £45,000- £50,000 DOE
Contact name: Careers

Contact email: careers@chf.org.uk
Job ref: 006602
Published: 15 days ago

Head of Fundraising


Chailey Heritage Foundation has an exciting new opportunity, joining a unique place to work as Head of Fundraising.


  • LOCATION: Onsite BN8 4EF
  • SALARY: £45,000- £50,000
  • HOURS: 37 hours


Why Us  


Chailey Heritage Foundation is a leading charity dedicated to providing exceptional education and care for children and young adults with complex neurodisabilities, physical disabilities and health needs. Our state-of-the-art facilities and expert colleagues create a nurturing environment where individuals can thrive, reach their full potential and make a difference to their lives and that of their families.


There is a real sense of making a difference and belonging to something very special.


We don’t just offer jobs; we provide opportunities to be part of a team that demonstrates empathy and a genuine passion to help others and a capacity to build rewarding relationships.  We will provide extensive support, and training, as well as opportunities for career progression.


What you’ll be doing:


The Head of Fundraising oversees all aspects of fundraising, including developing and implementing fundraising strategies, managing donor relationships, and leading a successful and experienced team of fundraising professionals.


Fundraising Strategy

  • Work with the Director of Specialist Services & Income (DoSSI) to establish fundraising priorities, setting ambitious and achievable fundraising goals and developing plans to deliver the fundraising strategy
  • Implement the annual fundraising plan in line with wider CHF strategic objectives
  • Achieve and surpass the fundraising targets and KPIs
  • Work with the leadership team and other stakeholders to identify appropriate projects for fundraising and understand any associated risks

Relationship Management

  • Develop CHF’s Case for Support, ensuring key messages are communicated effectively to relevant stakeholders and are aligned to CHF’s strategic priorities and ethos.
  • Work with the DoSSI to grow a range of commercial income streams
  • Develop and manage ongoing relationships with existing and potential donors, including:

- Charitable Trusts and Foundations

- Corporates

- Major donors

- Statutory funding if/where possible

  • Represent CHF at events, presentations and meetings to help grow effective relationships with donors, supporters and stakeholders
  • Attend networking events


Fundraising operations

  • Develop a research function that seeks out new sources of funds, assessing suitability
  • Ensure activity meets industry best-practice and complies with all relevant legislation


Leadership and Management

  • Line managing a high-performing fundraising team, conducting regular performance reviews, and discussions, and identify opportunities for development
  • Build and grow a team of motivated, engaged and active fundraising volunteers


Marketing & Promotion

  • Work with the Communication and Marketing team to ensure consistency in literature, press releases etc, and contribute to the marketing strategy for CHF. (This will include, ensuring events are well promoted, you have the appropriate material etc)

Data and Reporting

  • Monitor and report on income, expenditure and team performance to the Trustee Fundraising Committee (TFRC)
  • Prepare reports and give presentations on fundraising progress to the senior leadership team and trustees and provide regular updates.


What you bring to the table:



  • GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, in Maths and English
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising in the charity sector, across a variety of income streams
  • Line management experience
  • Experience in budget management
  • Proven experience of developing sponsorship opportunities
  • Demonstrates success in building strong long-lasting relationships internally and externally
  • Confident in public speaking
  • Strong written and verbal skills; able to present, influence and represent the charity to a wide variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of fundraising standards and the risks associated with fundraising events and activities
  • Able to work confidently with Excel to produce budgets and forecasts
  • Flexibility to work at events outside normal office hours, which includes working evenings and weekends when and if necessary
  • Passionate about fundraising


Other useful skills and experience:

  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification


This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to use their knowledge and skills to deliver fundraising strategies, enhance our opportunities and lead a passionate and enthusiastic team of fundraisers.



Our comprehensive benefits package includes a diverse range of rewards and benefits, ensuring that there's something for everyone.

In addition to a competitive salary, we provide access to:

  • Discount facilities
  • Enhanced Pension Scheme
  • Healthcare Cashplan
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Health & Wellbeing Centre
  • Death in Service benefit
  • Free tea/coffee/kitchen facilities
  • Onsite Café
  • Free parking.

Plus, we cover the cost for all DBS checks and renewals!


For full details of the role, you can find the job description here. Head of Fundraising Job Description

Learn more about our organisation, our purpose and values here. CHF Website


Application Deadline:   2nd May 2024 and any info on interview availability read


Apply now for your chance to be considered to join a place where you can make a real difference.

For any enquiries please contact us by email: careers@chf.org.uk or via WhatsApp on 07923233178.


Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young adults. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance. It is an offence to apply for any job in regulated activity with children and vulnerable adults if you are barred from doing so.


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