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The Soil Association is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation. Since 1946, we’ve dug deeper to transform the way we eat, farm and care for our natural world, to support a future with good health, in balance with nature, and a safe climate. We campaign for ambitious systems change, focussing on the climate and biodiversity impact of farming and land use, organic & agroecological farming systems, agroforestry, soil health, and healthy & sustainable diets.

Today, interest in these areas has rarely been higher across the public, policymakers, business, and funders. We see lots of exciting opportunities and ideas emerging for partnerships, investments, philanthropy, and enterprises.

As Director of Development, your key focus will be to harness this momentum to grow our charitable income and develop new revenue streams, enabling us to invest in making a greater impact. Reporting to our Managing Director as a member of the Charity Leadership Team, your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing a Soil Association Group fundraising strategy to deliver our strategic plan and growth objectives.
  • Leading our Fundraising and Supporter Development teams, ensuring targets are achieved and supporting their personal and professional development.
  • Working closely with colleagues to curate coherent and compelling funding propositions that support our work and impact.
  • Establishing and cultivating key donor and funder relationships
  • Representing the charity at external meetings and events
  • Contributing to the overall strategic development of the Soil Association Group alongside other Directors, the Group Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees

We are looking for someone who is passionate about our mission and shares our ambition for change and the impact we can have. You will likely have experience of working at a senior level in fundraising, but we are also happy to consider other backgrounds where income generation and stakeholder engagement have been important factors. An inspiring leader with a track record of generating income, raising funds or attracting investment, you will motivate your team and champion our cause to a wide range of stakeholders, potential funders and donors.

In return, we offer an exciting opportunity for you to help positively and practically address some of the most pressing issues in human health, the environment and animal welfare.

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