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Head of Philanthropy International Rescue Committee UK

The International Rescue Committee UK is recruiting an experienced Head of Philanthropy to lead their relationships with major and principal level donors.

  • Location: Hydrid, with travel to London
  • Salary: c.£59,000
  • Closing date: Open Recruitment Process

Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

The International Rescue Committee UK is part of the IRC global network, which has its headquarters in New York and London. We are  on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster.

We are committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The International Rescue Committee is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.

The purpose of the role

Scope and authority

This position has responsibility for delivering the UK Philanthropy team target (FY22: £3.1 million) within the overarching IPP and UK Private Fundraising strategy, as agreed with the Senior Director, International Philanthropy and the Executive Director UK.

Responsibility for resources

This position manages a team of four with three direct reports, and it is responsible for an operational budget covering events, travel and consultancy.

Key accountabilities

Strategic planning and leadership

  • Together with the Senior Director, International Philanthropy deliver sector-leading fundraising from predominantly UK-based HNWIs, collaborating where appropriate, with the International Philanthropy & Partnerships and US Philanthropy teams.
  • Lead the implementation of a three-pillared Philanthropy fundraising strategy, including an unrestricted giving product (the 51, major gifts with a focus on wealth advisory engagement, and Principal Gifts).
  • Prioritise new business development and net income growth, and ensure alignment with the wider IRC-UK and Global External Relations strategies.
  • Contribute to the budgeting, planning and objective setting processes, ensuring that UK Philanthropy income stream targets and work plans are established and communicated in a consultative manner and investment opportunities and risks are identified.

Implementation of the philanthropy strategy

  • Maintain an excellent knowledge and understanding of the International Rescue Committee’s programmes to ensure the development and delivery of high-quality fundraising proposition to HNWIs.
  • Personally drive forward relationships with key prospects and donors, their contacts and their staff, using relevant peer-to-peer approaches involving IRC Trustees, senior staff, technical and programme staff as required.
  • Support the wider team in the cultivation and stewardship of prospects and donors.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of innovative cultivation and stewardship plans across income streams.
  • Ensure that all HNWI prospects and donors follow the International Rescue Committee’s donor acceptance and due diligence policies.

Leading people

  • Line manage the Philanthropy Manager, UK Philanthropy Lead and Principal Gifts Manager, ensuring that they have the support to improve the potential of their role, and where vital their staff, and deliver against bold targets for the team.
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers for whom responsibility is assigned are appropriately recruited, trained and developed and mentored for their roles.

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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