Fundraising Manager

An exciting and varied fundraising role, leading and supporting varied fundraising activities across the organisation but largely focussed on patron and major donor activity.  

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Job Title: Fundraising Manager (Fixed-term contract)

Accountable to: Director of Fundraising, Marketing, Digital & Communications

Location: Albemarle Street, London, with some remote working

Contract type: 6 months interim, Fixed term contract from May to October 2024 

Full-time (35 hours a week) or part-time (28 hours a week) with some remote working

Will consider flexible working patterns  

Salary: c£38,000 per annum


About the role

The Royal Institution (Ri) is an independent charity which has been connecting people with science for over 200 years. Founded in 1799 through the wonderful generosity of 58 patrons, to this day we remain based in our original, magnificent, Georgian home in central London. Thanks to the support of those early philanthropists, the Ri has inspired generations of scientists over the years whose discoveries have helped shape our modern world. 

The Ri has a clear vision that ‘Science is for Everyone’ and it is our belief that everyone should have equitable access to science. Through our packed event programme available in person or online, our UK schools outreach and social impact initiatives, and our global digital reach including almost 1.5m YouTube subscribers we achieve our mission by connecting people with scientists to explore science together. 

We are looking for an experienced fundraiser to join our Fundraising Team and support the Head of Fundraising in maximising income to meet and exceed financial targets. You will maximise supporter engagement and income across all funding streams, especially individual giving, patrons, major donors and legacies with some support to Trusts & Foundations and Corporate Partnerships.  

You will collaborate across the Ri to develop innovative and compelling proposals, delivering excellent account management and stewardship to existing donors, and identifying, researching and engaging new prospects.  

About you

A compelling and engaging communicator, who is adept at managing a portfolio of donors at different stages – from prospecting and cultivation through to ask, stewardship and retention, you will be able to work at all levels of the organisation to cultivate and develop the relationships that will enable the Ri to achieve our strategy. 

Do you have: 

· Substantial demonstrable experience working in a fundraising position in the cultural or similar sector,  

· Experience in preparing fundraising proposals, demonstrating fundraising success  

· Experience of building excellent relationships and networks both internally and externally 

· Experience of managing relationships with donors 

· Demonstrable experience of maximising opportunities from researching prospects to generating meetings, and securing income 


If so, please download the full job description and person specification and email your CV and a supporting statement of no more than 500 words setting out why you want the job and how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the person spec to recruitment  

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 23 April  

Interviews w/c 30 April 2024.  

Equal opportunities

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their application. The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in this form will be treated in strict confidence and not form part of the selection process. You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.

About the Royal Institution

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

In our historic Grade I listed Mayfair building, discoveries were made that literally changed the world. Today it acts as base for the Ri team and tenants as well as a busy and vibrant event space for private and corporate events.