Major Donor and Patron Manager (maternity cover)

Manage our major donor and high-level patron programme in this exciting and varied fundraising role.

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Reports to: Director of Fundraising, Marketing, Communications and Digital

Location: Albemarle Street, London (will consider flexible working patterns and some remote working)

Contract type: Full time (35 hours per week), 12 month contract.

Salary: £38,000 – £40,000 per year

The Royal Institution (Ri) is a charity which has been encouraging people to think more deeply about science and its impact on our lives for more than 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.

Philanthropy is just as important to the Ri today as it was two centuries ago. It costs a significant amount each year to care for our Grade I listed building and historic collections, as well as to offer an exciting programme of public talks, education and outreach activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the Ri’s ability to carry out many of its activities so additional fundraising is more important now than ever, to help our recovery from the pandemic and to help us meet our ambitious vision. One of the ways we fundraise is through major giving which includes our Ri Patron programme as well as major gifts.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and well-organised, Major Donor and Patron Manager to join our small Development team, cultivating and stewarding Ri Patrons who donate large gifts.

You will be responsible for the growth and delivery of the our major donor, patron and individual giving streams, and will bring with you a track record in income generation from individuals, preferably in a charity or not-for-profit setting.

As an experienced relationship manager, you will create proposals for potential donors, working with our Leadership team to host a varied programme of cultivation and stewardship events for our patrons.

This is a revenue-generating role with income targets and budget management for the income streams mentioned. As a successful applicant, you will have the ability to lead on marketing initiatives across a range of channels with a view to inspiring support and growing revenue in order to help the Ri achieve its social impact and financial targets.

This is an exciting and varied fundraising role, strategising income generation, as well as hands-on project delivery, speechwriting and reporting on campaign analytics.

How to apply

Please review the full job description and personal specification, and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the criteria set out in the personal specification to recruitment@ri.ac.uk by midnight on Sunday 5 June (deadline extended from Monday 23 May 2022).

Equal opportunities

The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in the recruitment monitoring form will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by Human Resources. It will 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.

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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.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES, talks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.

We believe that science is transformative. It shapes our world, and everyone should have a say in how it is used in our lives.