Head of Development

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shrewsbury, Shropshire
£37,283 - £44,856 pa, plus pension

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

[email protected] Natasha Stewart

Reference: NTXKQ618418

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 14th June 2021   1 day left


Full time is 35 hours per week

Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) is working to address the ‘triple crisis’ of climate emergency, ecological crisis, and people’s disconnection from nature. We manage 41 nature reserves, we work closely with other land managers to restore habitats, and we run innovative programmes to help people of all ages and backgrounds engage with nature. The Trust and its trading subsidiary employ over 40 staff, in addition to 800 volunteers and a network of local branches. Annual turnover is around £3m. SWT is an autonomous charity, but we are also part of the Wildlife Trusts movement (TWT) and we aim to align our programmes and systems more closely with TWT where this will enhance our impact.

The Head of Development will plan, lead, and coordinate all development activities including membership, grants and corporate funding, and communications, campaigns and marketing. Ensuring that each function is efficiently and expertly run and that each contributes to an agreed strategy and development plan, in order that SWT has the resources and the influence to make a demonstrable positive impact on nature across the county.

Maintaining and building relationships with key funders, in tandem with the Grants and Corporates Manager, you will also lead the three development managers in preparing accurate annual and three-year budgets, and monitor revenue and expenditure against them.

We’re looking for:

  • Experience of financial planning and reporting, including budgeting, business cases, and return on investment
  • Strong experience of leading a team of specialists to achieve wider collective goals
  • An awareness of relevant grant and government funding streams
  • Experience of building productive relationships with external partners 
  • A good understanding of communications, campaigns and marketing
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An ability to work collaboratively with other departments and organisations

Experience in the charity sector would be an advantage, along with knowledge of / or interest in wildlife and the natural environment.

Closing date: 14 June 2021
First interviews: 21-24 June
Second interviews if needed: 28 June – 2 July


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