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Director of Fundraising

South West
Senior Management Team

Location: South West  - Little Bridge House (HQ), Barnstaple, Devon or Charlton Farm, Wraxall, Bristol or Little Harbour, St Austell, Cornwall or Chinon Court Offices, Tiverton – with a requirement to be at HQ typically twice per week
Salary: £64,024 – £72,060 (pending HAY evaluation) Attractive terms and conditions including car allowance and personal pension scheme
Contract type:  Permanent - 37 hours per week
Closing date for applications: 27th June 2019
Anticipated interview date:  17th and 18th July 2019

The Role

We are pleased to offer a significant and high-profile leadership opportunity to join our Senior Management Team to help deliver the continued success of the Charity.  In order to achieve our strategic ambitions, as well as securing service sustainability in these challenging times, we are seeking to recruit an individual who has the energy and creativity to lead, manage, sustain and grow the Charity in the coming years.  The main accountability of this role is the generation of c£9m per annum whilst contributing to the development and growth of the organisation and our successful and committed team who are united in our desire to “make the most of short and precious lives”.

About us

Since 1991 Children’s Hospice South West’s story is one of phenomenal growth so we are now one of the largest and certainly most geographically extensive children’s hospice organisations in England. We have developed an enviable record of fundraising and subsequent service delivery to children and families across the South West.

This role is crucial to ensure the delivery, sustainability and development of the highest quality care and support for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, in the extensive South West Region, which stretches from South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in the East to the Isles of Scilly in the far West.

The care we provide is based in our three hospices: Little Bridge House in Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in Cornwall. There are fundraising teams at each of these locations. The Charity’s HQ is at Little Bridge House which is where the Director of Fundraising will need to attend a couple of times a week to work with the Senior Management Team.

About You

  • You will be an experienced fundraiser manager/leader with a proven track record of income generation from a variety of sources over a long period.
  • You will be able to devise funding strategies and create innovative approaches to securing investment through the effective management of a dispersed and high energy team.
  • There will be significant liaison with corporations, communities and statutory bodies, requiring you to be able to establish long-term relationships and to persuade and influence others.
  • You will be expected to design and deliver a fundraising plan underpinning the overall strategic plan and capitalising on market opportunities for income growth.
  • As you will need to travel extensively and maintain a presence across the Peninsula, you will require a high level of energy and resilience.

Location and Benefits

This fantastic opportunity will give you the chance to explore the wonders of the South West, whether you are already located here, you are a returner or looking for different way of life; the South West offers a high quality of life and great leisure opportunities.  These environmental attractions are matched by the excellent reputation of CHSW as an organisation and local employer - 98% of staff agree that they are proud to work for CHSW.  A relocation package may be available. See some of the reasons for moving to the South West at this link:

Competitive salary ∎ Contributory pension scheme ∎ Group life insurance scheme ∎ Free car parking ∎ Generous leave entitlement ∎ Enhanced sick pay scheme ∎ Car allowance ∎
Family friendly policies ∎ Commitment to training and development ∎ Excellent working environment ∎ Occupational health, wellbeing and counselling services ∎ Green Agenda ∎ A chance to make a real difference ∎ 96% of staff agree that they enjoy the work they do for the Charity 

If you think this is the next move for you and would like to discuss it before applying then please contact Carol Mill on 01271 313091 or email to find out more, and/or to make an appointment for a visit or a call with our CEO.

To apply

To apply in confidence, please follow the ‘APPLY’ link below, you will then be asked to complete the Online Application and attach your CV and Covering Letter. 

Please ensure that the supporting statement section fully addresses the requirements for the role as set out in the person specification.  This is one of the most important sections of the application. You should cross reference your skills against the criteria listed on the person specification. Each skill should be supported by evidence highlighting when you have demonstrated this skill. This can include interests outside of work. The short-listing process will focus on this area.

In addition, we would like to receive a covering letter to our CEO which addresses the following three main issues in no more than 750 words:

  • Describe the piece of fundraising you have carried out of which you are the proudest.
  • Describe your record of achievement in community fundraising.
  • From your experience, what have you found are the key things that ensure a strategy succeeds?


Related downloads

Job Description (PDF)
Working for CHSW (PDF)

More information

Under the Equality Act 2010 employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments where, compared to a non-disabled person, a disabled person is substantially disadvantaged by either the working arrangements (which include the recruitment process) or the working environment. If you have a disability it is a good idea to contact CHSW direct to discuss any arrangements that you may require to allow you to complete the application and attend interview if you are short-listed.

You are invited to complete the equality monitoring information. The information will be treated as confidential to be used for statistical purposes only and will not be treated as part of your application.

CHSW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all employees must obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure.  Charity Registration Number 1003314