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Deputy Director of Fundraising Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism is recruiting for an exceptional Deputy Director of Fundraising to lead their fundraising strategy as they continue to create a world where autistic children and young people can better realise their ambitions.

  • Location: North London / Hybrid (1 day a week in the office)
  • Salary: £65,000 - £75,000

Who we are.

At Ambitious about Autism (AaA), we are unwavering in our commitment to working with autistic children and young people, advocating for their rights and supporting them to achieve their dreams. We firmly believe that every autistic child and young person has the fundamental right to be themselves and to realise their ambitions.

We began as a single school and are proud to have evolved into a leading national provider of support for autistic people, now working to create opportunities and unlock doors. Since this shift, our influence has expanded significantly across the United Kingdom and we stand with autistic children and young people, championing their rights and creating opportunities.

As we continue to drive this shift in purpose, we need to further build our communications, marketing, policy and campaigning capabilities at a leadership level.

While we take pride in our achievements, the unfortunate reality is that autistic children and young people still grapple with a lack of understanding and proper support. The global pandemic has further turned their worlds upside down, amplifying the urgency for our support.

Autism is affecting at least 1 in 100 people in the UK, we exist to provide support for autistic young people to unlock their potential. Together, we are sculpting a future where autistic children and young people not only survive but thrive, learn, and bask in the celebration of their unique selves.

About the role.

The main purpose of the role is to:

  • Provide leadership of Ambitious about Autism’s Fundraising Strategy to ensure ongoing income growth.
  • Oversee each income stream, and make sure effective planning and delivery is in place to meet objectives.
  • Ensure that AaA fundraising practice meets regulatory standards and delivers an acceptable return on investment.
  • Ensure that robust systems and processes are in place to be compliant and efficient, deliver high standards of stewardship, and acquire and increase the value of new supporters.
  • Proactively fundraise and manage relationships at an appropriate level, role modelling a high standard for the rest of the team.
  • Recruit, lead, motivate and develop the Fundraising Team to effectively implement the strategy.
  • Deputise for the Director of External Affairs and Development when required.

Key accountabilities and dimensions:

Strategy and planning

  • Develop and ensure implementation of an integrated strategy across Fundraising, with a focus on growth and diversification.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of plans specific to each income stream (currently corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, major donors, individual giving and events) that enable sustainability and growth.
  • Make the business case for investment in new products or events.
  • Set targets and monitor performance, applying mitigation action if problems arise.
  • Plan and implement good systems to enable supporter acquisition, retention and increased supporter value.
  • Contribute meaningfully to the project currently underway to bring in a new CRM, ensuring that this system works hard for Fundraising and our growth ambitions.
  • Ensure that systems and processes for banking, recognising gifts and meeting regulatory requirements are all in place and monitored regularly.

Partnerships and external relationships

  • Directly manage key external funding partners and prospects, providing them with the highest standards of supporter care.
  • Guide team practice in managing relationships, and provide ‘behind the scenes’ support to relevant ELT/Board Members in managing key relationships.
  • Represent AaA in relevant fora where fundraising leadership is required.


  • Oversee delivery of key solicitations, pitches, proposals and funding partnerships. Ensure that team plans are of a high standard to deliver a successful outcome, resources are in place, everyone understands their role, risks are managed, and organisational policies are followed.
  • In partnership with the Communications Team, ensure that our Honorary Members programme includes the right mix of patrons and ambassadors, stewarded correctly, to deliver value to fundraising activity.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in Marketing, Communications, Policy, Campaigns and Finance to ensure that budgets, collateral, consents and opportunities to cross-promote are all in place.
  • Review opportunities to increase digital fundraising, in line with organisational aims to be ‘digital first’.

Team leadership

  • Lead and manage the team by monitoring and developing performance, building morale and generating a sense of common purpose.
  • Play an active role in the organisation’s senior management team, and use this as a vehicle to represent the Fundraising Team, contribute to strategy, and help drive a culture of fundraising across the organisation.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking to secure the talents of a skilled senior fundraiser with a background in high-value partnerships. An understanding of the full fundraising mix, with a proven track record of working with corporate partners, is advantageous. Some exposure to working with HNWIs would also be beneficial.

You will hold excellent leadership qualities, and be able to motivate and manage a high-functioning team of 16 (3 direct reports) to create the very best outcomes for Ambitious about Autism.

As they look to deliver a comprehensive fundraising strategy to create a better society for autistic children and young people, you will be in a unique position to deliver this vision across the UK.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Simon Callaghan | simon@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07702 678658


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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 8th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 9th April 2024 (PM)
    Preliminary interviews (Virtual): Friday 12th April (AM) and Monday 15th April (PM)
    Final panel: Wednesday 24th April 2024 in Muswell Hill.

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