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Principal Gifts Lead (Maternity Cover) | Unicef UK

Unicef UK

Join Unicef UK's Philanthropy Team as Principal Gifts Lead (maternity cover). We're looking for people with a successful track record in asking and securing significant gifts, developing and managing high-quality relationships with high-net-worth individuals through their foundations, company involvement and family engagement

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £50,000 - £55,000

About the role

The Principal Gifts Lead will deliver transformational income for Unicef’s work for children as well as stewarding existing relationships and securing new philanthropic multi-year gifts. The mat cover role will manage an existing portfolio of six and seven figure donors and seek to drive forward new prospecting activity across the philanthropy team. The successful candidate will also build a network of internal partnership stakeholders (UK and internationally) to support many of the highest value relationships for Unicef UK.

The role will work closely with the Director of Philanthropy, the Executive Team, VPs, Trustees and some Unicef UK Advisors on strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships to enable top tier engagement and stewardship for Unicef’s principal supporters.


Who we're looking for

You will have a successful track record in personally asking and securing significant gifts, developing and managing high quality relationships with high-net-worth individuals through their foundations, company involvement and family engagement.

You will have proven experience of working with senior volunteers to achieve fundraising success either in peer-led fundraising (such as appeal boards) or peer-to-peer fundraising (such as giving circles) or by working in partnership with senior staff and experts on individual approaches.

If you’re excited by this role, please contact our recruitment consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Interviewing people as soon as strong applications are received

We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities, and from men, because we would like to increase the representation of these groups at this level at Unicef UK. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for children.

Peridot's Director of Fundraising with Simon Callaghan

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Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in joining Unicef UK’s Philanthropy Team.

When I joined Unicef UK earlier this year I was struck, not only by the quality and passion within our teams and the exceptional network of supporters and ambassadors, but also the opportunity which exists for us to raise significantly more towards Unicef’s programmes, improving the lives of children around the world.

Recent months have brought much needed change within our philanthropy team as we better position ourselves to meet the needs and challenges of the organisation. Currently, our major donor team raises over £7m per year, and as we start to develop new strategies for growth within Unicef UK, so we are expanding our team with exciting new hires. The new roles and vacancies are providing us with greater capacity to partner with more ambitious philanthropists to increase our income.

The combination of Unicef as a globally significant brand, and philanthropy as an established income stream, provides us with the perfect platform to grow. To that end, we are now recruiting the following roles into the team:

  • Senior Philanthropy Manager (£50,000 – £55,000)
  • Principal Gifts Lead – maternity cover Fixed Term 12 months (£50,000 – £55,000)
  • Philanthropy Manager (£33,000 – £38,000)

We are seeking passionate relationship specialists who are excited by Unicef UK’s ambitions, and keen to join our team at the beginning of an exciting new phase of growth.

A background in international development is not essential. More important is an understanding of how to leverage our significant assets, experience of working in with senior volunteers and peer networks, and ideally some experience of securing multi-year income. Your experience can come from the charity or commercial sectors.

We’re keen for individuals to grow in these roles, and we are able to offer you long-term opportunities to develop your career by investing in your professional development. You will also have opportunities to travel to our programmes as well as other Unicef offices throughout the world. As a transformational, global organisation we offer significant opportunities for progression and a flexible, modern working culture.

If you are excited by these roles and want to make a difference to the lives of children on a global scale, please continue through this recruitment site and make contact with Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants, to discuss the roles in detail.

I look forward to meeting you during the recruitment process.

Best wishes,

Russell Delew
Director of Philanthropy, Unicef UK

Unicef UK is one of the UK’s largest charities. It is one of 33 National Committees supporting Unicef’s work to promote and protect the rights of children. Unicef UK raises funds through individual donations, partnerships with companies, and special events and initiatives such as Soccer Aid.

Unicef UK is funded entirely through voluntary contributions. In 2018, the organisation raised more than £99m for children around the world to live, learn and play. Through UK-based campaigns, advocacy, lobbying and enlisting the help of high-profile ambassadors, Unicef UK encourages awareness of Unicef’s work globally, and champions children’s rights in the UK and internationally.

Our vision is a world fit for every child

We are here for every child, particularly the most vulnerable. All over the world, including here in the UK, we uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and work with partners and supporters to:

1. Unlock resources for programmes for children

2. Advocate for and create change for children

3. Promote children’s voices

Our values

We tell it like it is. We’re proud of what we do and we don’t shy away from the truth.

To achieve great things with, and for children, we need to speak out and be courageous.

We passionately believe in making the world better for all children, and we inspire others with that belief.

We know what we’re talking about and are a voice people trust. We understand the power of both the head and the heart and take decisions based on evidence.

Our colleagues talk about working for Unicef UK

Causes and strategy

Unicef UK’s work focuses on four clear themes (or causes) to maximise the impact of everything we do to save and change children’s lives, and to promote and protect children’s rights.

Cause 1: Protecting children on the move
Children are at the heart of one of the biggest movements of people in history – 50 million children are on the move and this is expected to rise in the coming decades.

Cause 2: Happy, healthy lives
Every day 15,000 children under five die from preventable causes.

Cause 3: Ending violence for every child
Every five minutes a child dies as a result of violence.

Cause 4: Education for every child
One in three children leaves primary school unable to read, write or do simple arithmetic.In order to maximise income, influence and impact across these causes, we have four core strategic objectives with the public, supporters and partners.

Objective 1: To achieve exceptional public engagement
Objective 2: To build on our great partnerships
Objective 3: To develop tomorrow’s supporters
Objective 4: To create a truly digital organisation

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For more information please contact:

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

CV and covering letter in application, please.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Principal Gifts Lead (Mat cover), Unicef UK” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


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