Business Development Manager – Corporate Relationships

Heal Rewilding

£30,000 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 28th June 2021  

About us

Heal’s name is its purpose: heal the land, heal nature, heal ourselves. Heal is giving land back to nature, forever.

Our vision is a Heal site in every English county, rewilding 25,000 acres over time and creating multiple havens for wildlife. Heal’s sites will be self-supporting, generating revenue from eco-tourism, educational courses, events and more. We want to bring hope and optimism, acting as a focus for individual and corporate involvement in nature recovery, the mitigation of climate change and people’s wellbeing through access to nature. Heal was set up to enable individuals and organisations to be involved in a direct, practical way, giving not only financial support but also skills, experience, ideas and knowledge.

We are a new organisation, launching a week into the first lockdown, and we are really proud of what we have achieved over the past year. We have founded an organisation which gives everyone, together, a way to take practical action on the ecological and climate crises, particularly our affordable Heal 3x3 land sponsorship scheme. We have built an audience of 10,000 followers and supporters across multiple platforms; we have created and harnessed the expertise of our Future Advisory Youth Panel; and recently we have secured the support of Caitlin Moran and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as pro bono allies. Finally, we invented and launched the inaugural World Rewilding Day, which reached 400 million people. There is a lot to celebrate and a lot of work still to do.

As a busy team of two we need someone who aligns with our values, as well as someone who is talented, highly motivated and passionate. We are looking for an individual who can make this crucial role their own.

About the job

The Business Development Manager is a role for Heal centrally (rather than for a site). You will be responsible for generating income from private sector organisations. As Heal is new, there is opportunity to develop and shape our fundraising, working with our senior management team. You’ll research, secure and develop high-value partnerships, corporate memberships and corporate donations. You will manage our existing business partnerships and develop them accordingly. Over time you may also be involved in our fundraising work more widely, including overseeing applications for grants via trusts and foundations; we currently have a consultancy and a volunteer in place helping us to do this. You may also be asked, in the future, to explore and develop a way of engaging high net-worth individuals in our work.

Is this job for you?

We’re looking for an experienced fundraising or sales professional who is passionate about the environment, understanding the importance of rewilding as a solution to the ecological and climate crisis.

You will:

  • be highly motivated, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and be resourceful at problem solving with your creative thinking
  • have a good understanding of how to develop partnerships and a willingness to write proposals with good attention for detail
  • be comfortable in a business environment, networking and engaging with potential sponsors and stakeholders
  • be excited by the potential of our mission and passionate about the vital contribution your success will make to Heal’s overarching ambitions and objectives
  • be comfortable managing conflicting demands and priorities, and with contributing to setting something up from scratch

How to apply

We are using a name-blind process, so you will be submitting an anonymised CV and anonymised covering letter no later than 5pm on Monday 28 June 2021. In the covering letter, please include one or two sentences about how your experience has prepared you to work in a young start-up charity like ours. Please let us know (via the field in form or as a note in your covering letter if applying by post) if you have any access requirements that you would like us to be aware, or if there are any ways we can provide you with additional support, for an interview on phone and/or Zoom.

If you can’t complete the form online, put an anonymised covering letter and anonymised CV in the post with your contact information on a separate page, folded over because we are doing name-blind applications, to Heal Rewilding Recruitment Team, 55 Norfolk Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AU.

First round interviews for this role are expected to take place on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 July over the phone. Second round interviews are expected to take place online on Monday 5 and Thursday 8 July using Zoom. For the successful candidate there will be the opportunity to exchange contracts in person. We will aim to stick to the time frame outlined. We will write back to you by 1 July at the latest to let you know if you’ve been shortlisted or not for first-round interviews.

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