Deputy Director Development and CommunicationsFull time contract | London
This is a full-time role however part time will also be considered, as a progressive organisation we are open to flexibility and various flexible options are possible.
Relief International (RI) is a leading non-profit organisation working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialise in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International’s global support functions are based across our head offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. This geographical mix fosters collaboration and maximises the resources we are able to deploy for the delivery of services in the countries.
The Deputy Director of Development and Communication is a newly created role. This is a chance to make a significant impact and bring your expertise to establish our fundraising programme for individuals, foundations and corporations. The department has an annual global revenue goal of $5 million. You will help drive a strategic vision for integrated development and communications for unrestricted and flexible revenue, with a focus on establishing a European program.
Your role will be working closely with the CEO and Board of Trustees, this is a great opportunity for executive level experience and personal development. We are looking for someone who will drive a joint expansion of public relations and create our first unrestricted revenue plan.
You will increase revenue through frontline fundraising, targeting donors and prospects in the European market, with a primary focus on major gifts and foundation grants and a secondary focus on digital small-sum donations.
You will have proven success in front line fundraising the UK and Europe, preferably in an international relief or development context. Your previous experience of individual major gifts and foundations together with your excellent verbal and written communication skills will be essential to this role.
Proficiency in French would be an advantage and some travel may be required by the post holder. Note that in some instances you may be required to travel to our project location where they are under difficult conditions in some of the most underdeveloped, insecure and remote parts of the world.
As a forward-thinking organisation, we are able to discuss with each individual applicant their needs with regards to working hours. We are able to consider a variation on working days and hours and flexible working practises on a case by case basis, so we would encourage applicants to apply as long as they have the relevant experience and passion for Relief International’s values.
We are currently accepting applications, please apply asap if you are interested in this role.
Please apply by following the application link and simply upload your cover letter and up-to-date CV on our website.
Due to limited resources only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please note that to be considered for this role you must be able to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the UK.
Note to external agencies, we will not be accepting CVs from third parties
Relief International is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
Relief International is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children as a priority. This is reflected in our pre-employment checks and requirement to verify and check the identity and references of all applicants.
Full Terms of Reference
Title: Deputy Director, Development and Communications
Department: Development and Communications
Department and Location: London, UK -This is a UK-based position and candidates must have the right to work in the UK
Reports to: Senior Director, Development and Communications (based in Washington DC)
Staff reporting to this post: N/a
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
Relief International’s global support functions are based across our head offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. This geographical mix fosters collaboration and maximizes the resources we are able to deploy for the delivery of services in the countries where we operate. It also means that when you join RI, you will be a member of an integrated global team.
As a UK employee, you may expect to be supervised by or supervise other employees within the global RI Structure. Our office culture, policies, structure and benefit packages will reflect the integrated nature of our global organisation while complying fully with UK laws and regulations.
The Deputy Director of Development and Communications is a new position established to help create Relief International’s first fundraising program for individuals, foundations and corporations with an annual global revenue goal for the department of $5 million. S/he will help drive a strategic vision for integrated development and communications to drive unrestricted and flexible revenue, with a focus on establishing a European program.
It is an exciting opportunity to drive a joint expansion of public relations and the creation of the organization’s first unrestricted revenue plan. The post holder will help mentor a growing team of two communications staff based in Washington and work alongside a dynamic team based in the London office.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Engage in frontline fundraising aimed at increasing RI’s revenue through systematic, targeted outreach to donors and prospects in the European market, with a primary focus on major gifts and foundation grants and a secondary focus on digital small-sum donations;
Identify and develop fundraising leadership for RI in Europe, including Board Member prospects, with particular attention to key donor markets in London, UK, Paris, France and other capitals as appropriate;
Manage and strengthen relationships with Trustees who have the potential to support fundraising; work with the CEO and Senior Director to increase Board engagement in fundraising;
Support the Senior Director in providing leadership, vision and direction to the work of the Development and Communications team;
Support Senior Director to aggressively pursue innovations that position RI at the forefront of development trends, apprising the CEO and Board of growth opportunities and risk management strategies;
Serve as a sounding board and trusted advisor to the CEO and Senior Director on institutional strategy and development as it relates to expanding fundraising opportunities for the organization’s core work;
Work as part of a team to ensure effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a new Council program for donors giving $15k+ annually;
Oversee and manage a robust program of small fundraising events annually designed to cultivate and steward donors at the $15k level and above in the European market;
Provide leadership on all private donor initiatives in the European market including proposals for targeted support, conceptualizing and negotiating donor naming opportunities, special fundraising campaigns, online appeals, donor conference calls and biannual donor delegations to the field;
Play a supporting role in working with the senior management to develop an organizational brand and message that excites donors and creates a strong emotional connection for them to RI.
Oversee the timely production and delivery of creative digital and print marketing materials to engage donors in the substance of RI’s work when necessary, with a view on UK and European donor sensibilities.
Essential experience & skills
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent;
Substantial frontline fundraising experience in the UK and Europe with individual major gifts and foundations;
Previous experience of working at a senior level with input on departmental strategy, preferably in an international context;
A proven track record of working with complex boards and senior-level individuals; with experience building relationships with high-net-worth people;
Managed and mentored development staff and worked with volunteers and Board members supporting fundraising efforts; demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork.
Very strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent public presentation skills;
Demonstrated writing skills including proposal development;
Ability to navigate complex organizations successfully and be comfortable dealing with ambiguity;
Politically savvy – both internally and externally; able to monitor the pulse of Board, major donors, and program staff;
A high degree of initiative and demonstrated ability to prioritise;
Keen interest in and knowledge of international relief and the development sector and related fields;
Collaborative – builds rapport with others and establishes credibility; a good listener;
Diplomatic and discreet, but self-sufficient and decisive;
Willingness to travel and work flexible hours when needed.
Desirable experience & skills
Proficiency in French;
Experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating respect for, and understanding of, cultural difference;
A willingness to undertake continuing professional development.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities
Transparency and accountability
Agility and innovation