Interim Head of Supporter Fundraising and Digital

About the role 

We are seeking an experienced interim Head of Supporter Fundraising and Digital to drive our supporter fundraising activity, lead on our digital marketing and social media and oversee our digital developments.

The post holder will have a proven track record in successfully leading and growing supporter fundraising programmes across multiple channels. You will be skilled at developing direct marketing strategies and especially in supporting a charity to transition from mainly print based to a wider channel mix with significant digital engagement. You will lead the supporter marketing strategy team and the digital team.

This is an interim post offered on a contract of c. 18-23 months while a key staff member is seconded to a CRM and data development project.

About you 

You will be a seasoned charity fundraiser with a strong track record in leading successful individual giving programmes across multiple channels including digital. Educated to degree level ideally in a related discipline and/or with post graduate qualification in marketing, fundraising, or related subject and/or with substantial experience in this field. You must be able to demonstrate significant experience in leading individual giving fundraising strategies with a strong track record in supporter acquisition, development, legacy and digital fundraising.

You will have a substantial understanding of digital and the role it can play in audience engagement. Coupled with strong analytical skills which enable you to brief and analyse data to a sophisticated level and challenge and mentor other to do the same.

Proven experience of project and people management is essential particularly when working in a multi-disciplinary team. You will be a skilled team leader, mentor and coach. As well as excellent written and spoken English required to produce briefing documents and business cases and high-level experience of working with compliance regulations and best practice.

Why join us?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

Our new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby near to the train station.

Please note this interim role is expected to last 18 – 23 months.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Flexible/working hours – full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • It is our practice normally that we operate an agile flexible working policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working (between 2-3 days per week depending on the role).
  • 27 days holiday in addition to public holidays.
  • A pension scheme that new employers can join from day one of employment – (rules apply) employer contributes 10.5 of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Bike to Work scheme

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information 

Practical Action believe that having a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture based on respect will enable us to be an effective organisation. We seek to create an inclusive workplace in which people are accepted as individuals, regardless of their differences and where they feel their contribution is valued. Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be. By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

Closing date for applications: 10th December 2022


If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you. Please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role to