Senior Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer

About the role

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and ambitious high value fundraiser to work as a Senior Partnerships & Philanthropy Officer. The post-holder will play a key role in our fast growing and high performing Partnerships and Philanthropy Unit. The Partnerships & Philanthropy Team has seen significant growth over the last few years, built around strong partnerships with a variety of funders.

The Senior Partnerships & Philanthropy Officer will play a vital role in supporting our ambitious goals to grow income in support of Practical Action’s mission, and in helping Practical Action achieve its wider goals. You will have a strong aptitude and proven success in winning new business from both trusts and foundation and major donors and subsequently developing and managing that portfolio of donors and prospects capable of making five and six figure grants and gifts.

Critical to the success of the role will be the ability to identify, research, engage, communicate, build relationships and win support from donors and prospects. The role will also require you
to work closely with colleagues across the organisation to secure new donors. You will need to quickly understand often complex projects and strategies and engage and communicate about
these with donors. You will also need to work collaboratively with colleagues and donors to negotiate and develop proposals and steward supporters.

The role offers an amazing opportunity for an ambitious fundraiser who loves new business and is seeking a challenging but, ultimately, incredibly rewarding role.

About you

You have a solid understanding of high value fundraising (trusts and foundations and major donors), and you have most likely had at least 3-4 years winning new business and managing and developing a portfolio of high value donors. Ideally you will have some experience of international development.

You are confident at identifying and seizing opportunities, quickly building relationships and securing support. You are a confident communicator with the ability to work with a range of people to help secure grants/gifts and manage and dvelop donor relationships. You are great at organising yourself and you are a confident problem solver. And whilst you will need to be passionate for the cause, you will also need a calm head when things don’t go right.

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.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

• Flexible working/hours – full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
• 26 days holiday in addition to public holidays.
• A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment – 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 believes 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.

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.

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: 31st December 2021


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