Join Myeloma UK's Executive Leadership Team as Director of Fundraising to help shape their overall strategies, goals, priorities and outcomes to make myeloma history and give every patient an empowered present and a hopeful future. You will bring experience of high-value fundraising from major donors, corporates and trusts and a proven track record of delivering fundraising strategies.
Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director of Fundraising will provide leadership and oversee the development, management and implementation of the funding strategy.
The Director of Fundraising will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team who will collectively support the Chief Executive with the implementing of the strategic plan, business planning processes and the management of an innovative portfolio of services.
This role will work particularly closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to enable the teams to work in an integrated way and strategically aligned to the key messages. The interdependence of the two functions will be critical to success.
Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th April 2021
Thank you for your interest in Myeloma UK. I’m thrilled that you are considering applying to be our new Director of Fundraising.
Myeloma UK invests in driving better patient outcomes through a comprehensive early diagnosis programme, cutting-edge research, sector-leading treatment access, award-winning information and support programmes, and pioneering healthcare services improvement. Our community consists of the 24,000 people living with the incurable blood cancer myeloma, as well as those with related conditions including MGUS (a non-cancerous condition that can increase the chance of developing myeloma), smouldering myeloma (an early form of myeloma) and AL amyloidosis (a rare build-up of protein occasionally associated with myeloma). Including our patients with related conditions, the population we represent is over 63,000 people.
I joined the charity in April 2020 and have been struck by the quality and dedication of our staff, the positive impact Myeloma UK has on the lives of patients and their families, as well as the opportunities ahead for us to do more for our beneficiaries.
Our long-term ambition is to make myeloma history, but we recognise that is a challenging process. As we work to that ambition, we are committed to providing every patient with an empowered present and a hopeful future. This is where our fundraising comes in – simply put the more we raise the more we can do for patients.
Our current income is c£4.8m. The pandemic has presented challenges, but with a lot of hard work our teams have delivered on budget. We’re in a good position financially, with appropriate levels of reserves, so there is a sound platform from which to build. We have ambitious plans and are prepared to invest to get us there.
We’re interested in taking some risks and disrupting the norm. As an organisation, we’re guilty of falling into certain habits and behaviours and we’re ready to have our thinking challenged on operational fundraising activity and to move into a new and creative way of working. The role will lead, motivate and empower our fundraising team, building a new level of confidence and ambition. We want to try things, innovate, fail quickly if necessary, and use that learning to move forward. We need to know more about our supporters, and to use that knowledge to inform decision making. The Director of Fundraising is likely to bring a background in trusts, major donor or corporate fundraising, although an understanding of the full fundraising mix including regular giving and mass market would be beneficial. It’s also likely that they’ll have fundraised for a health, medical or social welfare charity in the past, although we’re open to other sectors. Applicants may currently be a Director elsewhere, but we can also support the professional development of an experienced senior fundraiser looking for their first Directorship.
My teams are made up of confident individuals, but we are never arrogant. We’re committed to ensuring that patients receive more effective treatments, enjoy better outcomes, and have more years with a life they love. A positive, empowering culture is important to us, and we like to have fun along the way.
Thank you for your interest in Myeloma UK, and I hope to meet you at interview stage.
Make myeloma history
To give every patient an empowered present and a hopeful future.
As a cancer charity, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our community. Myeloma patients are ten times more likely than a member of the general public to catch a virus such as COVID-19 and, because of the way their cancer develops and is treated, are categorised as extremely clinically vulnerable. The pandemic continues to impact how over 40% of our patients can receive treatment and the type of treatment they can have, and every patient has had to accept changes to the way they connect with their clinical teams and the way they live their lives.
We have reviewed our strategy in the light of these significant additional pressures on our community and re-set our strategic priorities. This will enable to address the serious emerging concerns of:
Diagnose myeloma earlier
We will accelerate work on earlier detection and diagnosis to make the greatest impact on the length and quality of life for myeloma patients and those with related conditions.
Discover and share knowledge
We will drive scientific breakthrough into the cause and treatment of myeloma and related conditions to increase patient survival and improve patient experience.
Transform the patient experience
We will partner with patients to understand and meet their needs and build equal care for all.
Influence positive change in care
We will give a voice to patients and ensure that myeloma is not considered a second-class cancer.
For more information on the role, please contact Simon Callaghan at Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07702 678 658.
Please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the role profile. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to email@example.com inserting “Director of Fundraising – Myeloma UK” into the subject field.
Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th April 2021
First interview: 9am – 1pm, Wednesday 14th April & 12noon – 5pm, Thursday 15 April 2021
Final panel: 10:30am – 16:30pm, Thursday 29th April 2021