Senior Trusts & Foundations Officer

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We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and ambitious trusts and foundations fundraiser to work as a Senior Trusts & Foundations Officer. You will be part of a small Trusts & Foundations Team, which is part of a wider, fast-growing and high performing Partnerships and Philanthropy Team.

The Partnerships & Philanthropy team has seen significant growth over the last few years, built around strong partnerships with major funders. We have ambitions to increase income to £9m+ a year.

The Senior Trusts & Foundations Officer will play a key role in supporting this ambition, and in helping Practical Action achieve its wider goals. You will have responsibility for developing and managing a key portfolio of donors and prospects capable of making large five, six and, potentially, seven figure grants. These donors and prospects are sophisticated grant-makers, drawn from the UK, Europe and the US, giving large, multi-year grants to complex projects and campaigns.

Critical to the success of the role will be the ability to engage, communicate, build relationships and win support, not just with donors and prospects but also with a range of colleagues across Practical Action. The role will require you to engage, communicate and work with colleagues to understand often complex projects and strategies. It will require you to engage and communicate about these with donors. And it will require you to engage and work with colleagues and donors to negotiate and develop proposals and steward donors.

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

About you

You have a solid understanding of trusts and foundations fundraising, and you have most likely had at least 18 months managing and developing a portfolio of high value donors. Ideally you will have some experience of international development and/or some experience of European or US funders.

You are confident at building relationships and communicating with a wide range of people, whether that is in writing or verbally. You are confident working with a range of people to help secure grants and manage donor relationships - ideally on complex projects.

You will be highly organised and a confident problem solver. And whilst you will need to be passionate for the cause, you will also need to be 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 brand new 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:

  • Flexible working/hours – full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
    • The opportunity to work remotely (dependent on role).
    • 25 days holiday and Christmas Eve, in addition to public holidays.
    • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment - employer contributes 10% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
    • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
    • Bike to Work scheme.

About us

Practical Action is a change making organisation that works in unconventional ways. We put ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We do things differently, so answers that start small can grow big - bringing people together in bold collaborations, using innovation and knowledge to build futures free from poverty and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

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 are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

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.


Date of expiry 29th Mar
Salary c. £30,000 - £35,000 per annum, depending on experience
Location Rugby, Warwickshire, with flexible working options

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