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Head of Relationship Fundraising

Apply by 10.00am 18th May 2021

Are you an innovative leader with proven experience in developing a high performing fundraising team?

Are you looking for a role where you can combine your outstanding skills and experience within relationship fundraising to have a lasting impact on children in poverty across the world?

Compassion UK is recruiting for a Head of Relationship Fundraising to play their part in Compassion UK’s mission to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

At the heart of Compassion’s ministry is a relentless passion to act on our faith and empower every child left vulnerable by poverty. Our work is Christ centred, child focused, and church based.

Flexible working

35 hours per week, Monday to Friday - Flexible working pattern

£45,900 - £56,000
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About the role

The Head of Relationship Fundraising deploys the use of business intelligence in relationship fundraising to oversee the team working with high net worth individuals, mid-level donors, legacy intenders, government funding and relations. The Head of Relationship Fundraising is also a member of the Partnerships Leadership Team. The postholder liaises closely with the Partnerships Director, Head of Events and Head of Partnerships Support. The postholder reports to the Senior Director of Partnerships and liaise closely with the Senior Director of Marketing and Engagement and their team.


  • Actively maintain and promote CUKs Christian ethos and values
  • Play an active role in the Partnerships Leadership Team
  • Develop a high performing Relationship Fundraising Team
  • Pursue innovation and development within the Relationship Fundraising Team
  • Maximise revenue generation through major donor work in both our Philanthropy function and Regional Teams, and through mid-level fundraising
  • Implement a legacy fundraising strategy, growing revenue and legacy intenders
  • Supervise Compassion UK’s Government Funding and Public Affairs Programmes

About you

To flourish in this role, you’ll need:

  • Qualified to degree level standard (or higher) and / or able to show relevant work-based experience
  • Experience of successful key account management with senior external stakeholders, preferably major donors
  • Extensive experience of fundraising from high net worth individuals and outstanding relationship management skills
  • To be an experienced leader with a successful track record in leading high-achieving sales teams within a matrix structure that reach and exceed agreed targets
  • An experienced communicator with strong public speaking skills and the capability to represent Compassion to influential audiences
  • Experience of multi-year budget planning and forecasting
  • A strong understanding and experience of UK charity fundraising compliance framework
  • A full UK driving license with availability to travel both nationally and internationally

It would help (but isn’t essential) to have:

  • A knowledge of international development and the challenges faced by the children, families and communities Compassion seeks to serve
  • Experience of legacy fundraising
  • Experience of corporate fundraising
  • Experience of statutory fundraising
  • Charity leadership experience

We need you to be:

  • Personally committed to the Christian faith. There’s an occupational requirement for the holder of this role to be a practising Christian, in order to promote Compassion’s ethos and help others to experience, explore and express the faith-based motivation of our work. (You can read more about this in our Policy on Posts to be Held by Christians.)
  • Deeply connected to Compassion’s ministry to children.
  • Aligned to Compassion UK’s cultural attributes.
  • Able to perform to a high standard, add value and contribute in a meaningful way.
  • An experienced people manager.
  • A servant leader with a desire to empower others to excel.
  • A ‘people person’.
  • A great listener and communicator.
  • Open to peer feedback.
  • Great project management skills.
  • Creative, innovative and flexible.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A strategic thinker.
  • Able to meet the requirements of the position with or without reasonable adjustment.

Location & Benefits

Benefits include enhanced pension scheme with 10% employer contribution, equivalent of 5 normal working weeks' annual leave a year, plus normal bank holidays, Income Protection and Group Life cover on appointment and Private Medical and Dental cover on completion of probation period.


Apply now

Closing date: 10.00am 18th May 2021

The closing date for completed CVs is 10.00am 18th May 2021. Interviews w/c 7th June 2021.

Please submit your CV as soon as possible as we reserve the right to change the closing date of our vacancies. Late CVs may be considered. Please note that we can only consider applicants who presently have the right to work in the UK.


If you have questions about the role or experience problems submitting your application online you can call our friendly HR team anytime Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

01932 836490

Child protection

Compassion is a child-focused ministry; we believe every child should be known, loved and protected. One area of the interview will explore your personal commitment to child protection. A satisfactory basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be a requirement once a conditional offer of employment is made to successful candidates.

Other vacancies

Regional Partnerships Manager – Greater Manchester

Closes 17th May 2021 at 10am

Do you have a proven track record in sales and networking and a desire to see children released from poverty in Jesus’ name? Does the opportunity to combine both sound like the dream job for you?

Compassion UK is recruiting for a Regional Partnerships Manager to establish, build, maintain and grow key relationships with existing and potential Church Partners.

To ensure good stewardship of Compassion UK’s resources, preference will be given to those located within the Greater Manchester area.

At the heart of Compassion’s ministry is a relentless passion to act on our faith and empower every child left vulnerable by poverty. Our work is Christ centred, child focused, and church based.

Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.