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Director of Development Engage Britain

Engage Britain, the independent charity striving to put people at the heart of policy making, seek a Director of Development to spearhead their fundraising to secure their long-term future and improve British politics.

  • Location: Remote (with travel to London for meetings)
  • Salary: £60,000-£70,000

Who we are

Engage Britain’s mission is to put people at the heart of policy making.

Politics keeps failing. People are being let down, the issues they face aren’t being addressed, and they aren’t being listened to. Engage Britain exists to help people make politics better today. We are transforming the way politics is done by bringing people together to tackle problems and making sure they are listened to by those in power.

Right now, none of us get a say on the big decisions that affect our everyday lives. Like health and care, education or poverty. We’re here to change that.

We help people, particularly those at the sharp end of policy failure, to use their experiences to find solutions and new ways through difficult issues.

And, we campaign to make sure that people’s great ideas and insights are always part of how we do politics.

At Engage Britain, we’re not waiting for politics to fix itself. We’re helping people to make it better today.

You can find out more about us by clicking here.

About the role

The Director of Development is responsible for developing and implementing the fundraising strategy and dictating the future direction of fundraising in the organisation. You will be tasked with diversifying income streams to secure a sustainable and long-term future for Engage Britain, whilst maintaining excellent relationships with current funders, allowing it to meet its aim of improving politics for everyone.


  • Maintain an overview of funding opportunities and analyse income sources to manage the fundraising strategy, assess and report progress against targets.
  • Build and manage an excellent relationship with our main funder to maximise the relationship and effectively steward their existing contribution; with specific focus on generating and fulfilling UHNWI leads from their network.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with potential supporters, including major donors (HNWI/UHNWI), trusts, foundations, partner co-funders, corporates, and statutory funders.
  • Ensure that we have a compelling case for support, which appeals to a wide range of supporters and funders.
  • Oversee the stewardship and recognition of major gifts, ensuring donor satisfaction and continued engagement.
  • Represent the fundraising function to the Board to provide expertise for our income ambitions and support the CEO and Board with governance and Trustee recruitment and unlocking opportunities through their networks.
  • Lead, manage and mentor the fundraising team, fostering a culture of collaboration whilst working effectively together to map a network of potential supporters, enabling the team to meet and exceed financial targets.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced senior fundraiser with particular expertise in major donor fundraising and broad experience generally, particularly in terms of Trusts and Foundations, as well as fundraising impact measurement and evaluation.

A background in UHNWI fundraising will be extremely advantageous, and it’s vital you are comfortable operating at that level.

You will have a big interest in UK policy and the future of the country. Emotional intelligence is vital for this role; you will be able to think on your feet and enjoy open, honest and real conversations.

Suitable candidates will enjoy a self-sufficient, start-up culture, where they can have a real impact on the organisation, making their mark at senior leadership level.

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

Josh Larkin | josh@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07950 729373

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Welcome from the Chief Executive

I’m delighted that you’re interested in this role at Engage Britain. This is a great time to join the team as diversifying our funding is an integral part of our new strategy. We are looking for someone excited to develop and drive a new fundraising strategy, to enable us to meet our ambition to transform the way politics is done by putting people at the heart of policy making.

We are in the fortunate position of having core funding from the Hands Family Trust. We are incredibly grateful for the support they provide. Without it, we would not be able to bring ordinary people’s voices to the table to tackle the policy failures that have blighted their lives, nor show that there is a more participatory, inclusive way to do politics.

But we also need to diversify our funding and increase our fundraising income; we have the full support of the Hands Family Trust to do this.

We have recently restructured the organisation, which included boosting the investment in our fundraising capacity. We’re now looking for someone with drive, passion and an excellent track record of generating fundraising income, especially from major donors, to lead the new fundraising team.

At the heart of Engage Britain is the belief that you get better decisions when you involve the people affected. As an organisation, we try to put this into practice in the way we work internally. Our small but perfectly formed team of 11 works collaboratively on the basis on openness and trust; we make decisions that affect us all collectively and transparently, and ensure that everyone’s voice can be heard. We hope you will find this way of working exciting and empowering.

We are a flexible employer and welcome applications from candidates who might want to work flexibly. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who are based across the UK, as you will be able to work remotely.

If, having considered this brief, you believe you have the skills and qualities we are looking for, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Miriam Levin
Chief Executive

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

Josh Larkin | josh@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07950 729373

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 19th June 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 21st June 2023
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 28th June 2023 (virtual)
    Second stage interviews: Wednesday 5th July 2023 (in-person)
    Final stage interviews: Monday 17th July 2023 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (with the funder)

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