Development Director

WR Fundraising Recruitment are looking for an outstanding candidate for a high-profile children’s charity, based in the beautiful county of Dorset. As the new Development Director, you will be leading on the development and management of fundraising, PR, and trading, working closely with the CEO and senior management team to drive forward growth across the organisation.


This exciting opportunity will need an experienced candidate who has a proven track record across a range of income streams, and is ambitious and driven, able to drive growth and income. You will be leading a strong team across a wide range of fundraising disciplines, providing guidance, support, strategy, and insight.


Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Develop and deliver an ambitious fundraising strategy, encompassing all income streams, trading, and PR 

  • Support the fundraising team managers, ensuring targets are achieved, and identifying opportunities to develop further income

  • Lead on all major appeals, developing supporter steering groups, and innovating new approaches to fundraising

  • Oversee all marketing and fundraising, driving public relations and generating opportunities for media coverage while developing supporter communication channels

  • Ensure effective oversight of retail, driving profitability and developing strategy for new sites and improved performance of existing ones

  • Develop the network of HNWI and influencers/ambassadors to generate high level support for the organisation

  • Be an active part of the Executive Team, supporting the CEO with strategy, teambuilding, and leadership, taking overall responsibility for income generation and brand image


The ideal candidate for this role will have:

  • Significant experience and success in leading and managing a fundraising department

  • Experience of devising, directing and implementing strategy in fundraising

  • Proven ability to network at very senior level with top corporate executives or  wealthy individuals or Patrons and forge major new partnerships

  • Ability to innovate, developing new and expanding income streams strategically and effectively, and developing new markets

  • Ability to forecast income, manage budgets and account for income and expenditure, accurately

  • Ability to work well in, and to lead, manage and motivate a team

  • willingness to travel frequently between Dorset and Wiltshire and work across both counties when required


This role offers the opportunity to experience one of the finest places to live in the UK. Dorset sees more sunshine and warmer temperatures than the UK average, life expectancy is the highest in the UK, and there is enough here to keep even the busiest of folk occupied, from festivals to sports, arts to the great outdoors.


Over half of Dorset is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Jurassic Coast alone is spectacular. We love it here, and we know you will too. To aid in taking up the role, there is a tax-free allowance of £8,000 on offer for relocation and the full support of our team who all live here in Poole and can advise on housing, schools, and even the best places to walk your dog. 


To register your interest or for a full candidate information pack, please send your CV in the first instance.

Job Location

Poole, Dorset


Up to £64,000 per annum, with a tax-free relocation allowance of £8,000 (if applicable)


Full Time (35 hours)



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