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Development Director Tender

Join Tender as Development Director to help this vital charity achieve its strategic goals of expanding its reach and increasing the effectiveness of its policy and influencing work, to deliver systemic change and prevent violence against women and girls.

  • Location: London (N7 6PA) / Hybrid
  • Salary: c.£60,000 - £65,000 pa
  • Closing date: Rolling application

Who we are.

Since 2003, Tender’s work has grown and diversified from a single workshop programme delivered to schools, into a broader range of programmes reaching both children and young people, and professionals with a safeguarding responsibility such as teachers, youth workers, social care workers and foster carers. Tender’s programmes include Healthy Relationships projects delivered across London and national hubs, projects delivered using online resources and technology, specialist projects for children and young people who face particular barriers to recognising or accessing support for abuse, whole school and whole setting approaches, and training for professionals.

In primary schools, we build strong foundations through exploring healthy friendships and family relationships. We develop these skills further in secondary schools and youth settings, where we focus on healthy intimate and romantic relationships. We provide training and resources to university student unions, societies and

students. Across all settings, we provide training and resources for professionals working with young people to support them in preventing abuse. We also provide training for workplaces to address a range of issues, such as bullying and harassment, and promote healthy workplaces.

Tender’s mission is informed by continued evidence that domestic and sexual violence are highly prevalent issues in young people’s lives. 16-25-year-olds are widely recognised as the age group most likely to experience an abusive relationship (SafeLives, 2019) and an estimated 2.4 million people aged 16-74 years in the UK suffered some form of domestic abuse between 2018-2019: 1.6 million female victims and 786,000 male victims (ONS, 2019).

Domestic abuse happens across all socio-economic groups, meaning it can be experienced by anyone. With mandatory statutory relationships, sex and health education curriculum only just coming into play, young people aren’t receiving the consistent support they need to navigate this risk.

There is therefore a vital need for age-appropriate education around these issues from an early age.

As a result of our programmes: 93% of young people now understand it is never okay to be violent to someone, 99% of young people can name at least one early warning sign of an unhealthy relationship, and 96% have more knowledge about where to seek support for relationship abuse.

About the role.

Tender has grown significantly in recent years, doubling in size within 3 years. We have secured income from an increasing range of sources: corporates, major donors, trusts & foundations and statutory funders. We are also building new income streams, such as individual giving, community fundraising and legacies. We have done this with a small but highly effective development team, which is currently primarily focused on trusts & foundations, corporates and major donors. In recent years, we have increased earned income and expect this to be a particularly important area of growth in the future.

We have a new Strategy for the Next Generation in place, to take us to the end of the decade, prioritising prevention to empower young people to make the choices that will prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse and sexual violence, Having built our knowledge and expertise over 20 years of on-the-ground experience, we are ambitious to effect change through four streams of work:

Influence: effecting policy change and establishing a collective commitment to preventing abuse.

Deliver: ongoing prevention work to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to have healthy relationships.

Innovate: developing programmes for younger years and harnessing technology to increase our reach and create greater value-for-money propositions.

Evidence: building an evidence base of “what works” to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence.

We intend to scale up our influencing and delivery capacity in order to reach over 400,000 young people and over 100,000 adults by 2030. These ambitious goals requires an equally ambitious fundraising capacity, led by an inspiring and innovative leader.

Reporting directly to the CEO, you will lead on developing and implementing strategies to achieve our income targets, both from existing and new sources and focusing in particular on developing our corporate and major donor streams. You will secure income from your own portfolio of funders and partners, and lead and inspire the team to achieve their own ambitious targets, both through new sources and through excellent stewardship of existing funders.

As a member of the senior leadership team, you will share responsibility for the overall governance of the charity, alongside the CEO, COO, Finance Director and Director of Services.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking a dedicated fundraiser who brings a breadth of knowledge across the portfolio of income streams but with a particular skill set and experience in generating income across some or all of the following: trusts and foundations, statutory, major donor or corporate fundraising.

We are also looking for someone with experience:

  • managing people and leading a development/fundraising team through a period of growth.
  • Robust experience of developing and securing income from new income streams, generating leads and successfully engaging prospects to drive income plans.
  • building and maintaining successful relationships with a diverse range of partners, including senior stakeholders, trustees, and senior volunteers.

In return, we offer:

  • 25 days holiday pa (pro rata) plus public holidays
  • Employer contribution to pension
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Flexible working

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

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

Katie Booth | katie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749956


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

    Katie Booth | katie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749956

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