Philanthropy Officer

About the role

Are you a passionate and exceptional fundraiser with experience of working with trusts or major donors?

We are seeking a highly motivated, resilient and driven fundraising officer with excellent relationship management skills to support the growth and success of our Partnerships and Philanthropy Unit.

The Philanthropy Officer will manage and steward a portfolio of trusts and major donors working with colleagues across the organisation to identify and research donor prospects, produce compelling concept notes and funding proposals aligned to donor priorities.

About you

You will have good experience and understanding of fundraising, ideally in a trust or major donor environment. With excellent communications skills and an ability to convey complex ideas simply, you will also be great at managing a variety of donors and multiple projects including event coordination.

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 modern, open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station, but we also offer free parking.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required on an ad hoc basis, including attending events as a Practical Action representative.
  • Flexible working hours are encouraged and enabled – depending on the role, remote working is possible.
  • 26 days holiday rising with continuous service, in addition to public holidays.
  • Pension scheme – employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies, including maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave.
  • 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.

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.  We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Additional information

  • Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.
  • We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
  • Practical Action is 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.
  • The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.


If you want to work for a changemaking organisation with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you.  To apply go to and follow the links to submit a copy of your CV, with links to examples of your work, and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role.

Closing date for applications: Friday 17th December 2021.

Interviews – Week commencing: Tuesday 4th January 2022.