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Major Gifts Fundraising Officer


Type of role:Business, management and IT
Location:Kingston, United Kingdom
Salary:£33,000
Contract type:Permanent
Full Time:35 hours per week
Application Closing Date:8 Oct 2018
Interview date:Week commencing 15th October 2018
Start date:ASAP

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a major gifts fundraiser to make their mark on an established philanthropy programme and transform the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

Working in a new team, you will cultivate relationships with a pool of warm and lapsed donors with significant untapped potential, strengthening and uplifting relationships to grow unrestricted and restricted income and ensure the delivery of the team’s £1 million target.

As Major Gift Fundraising Officer, you will engage with new and existing Major Donors and small trusts and foundations, developing compelling communications and cases for support, which generate significant funds for VSO’s core programme areas of health, education and livelihoods. You will regularly represent VSO externally to donors and key stakeholders, organising and attending events and face to face meetings. There will also be the opportunity to travel and accompany donors on project visits.

Reporting directly to the Major Gifts Manager, alongside a Major Gifts Prospect Coordinator, the Major Gifts Fundraising Officer will be responsible for identifying new prospects, putting in place strong cultivation and solicitation plans and stewarding current and prospective donors to make long term and significant commitments to VSO’s vital work.

Skills, qualifications and experience

You are a highly motivated individual, with a passion for international development, who thrives on engaging and cultivating relationships with donors..

You enjoy working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and have a proven track record of delivering against targets, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Working in close liaison with colleagues throughout VSO, you will enjoy utilising your relationship-building and writing skills to inspire donors and about VSO’s work around the world increasing major donor and trust engagement and income.

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate
- A strong understanding of the principles of Major Gift fundraising
- A track record of developing successful proposals and compelling cases of support for high value donors, particularly Trusts and Foundations
- Exceptional relationship building skills, with experience of personally engaging and cultivating prospects to give significant funds.
- Experience of effectively managing grants and reporting to donors.

This role would be best suited to someone who is proactive, with the ability to work independently and take initiative. The successful candidate will be resilient and adaptive to new situations and new information; able to work with teams to facilitate positive change and forge high performing working relationships. You will alsobe able to develop, seek and share knowledge in right time with right people and take a compassionate and empathetic approach to your work.

Think you’ve got the skills and the passion? Get in touch; we’d love to hear from you. Please submit your application as soon as possible, as we reserve the right to change the closing date of our vacancies.



At VSO, our six 'People First' principles are critical behaviours to how we recruit people in VSO. Examples are:

• Development is 'people-centred'
• Decisions are evidence-based
• Programmes must be appropriate and effective
• Actions are backed by strong reflective practices
• Plans are worked out collaboratively
• Decisions must be accountable

Being the ideal candidate in the above behaviours, you are excellent at being resilient and adaptive to new situations and new information; able to work with teams to facilitate positive change and forge high performing working relationships; you are also able to develop, seek and share knowledge in right time with right people; you are proactive, compassionate and empathetic to how you approach your work.

We can offer:
 a workplace that encourages learning and development
 an opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds
 competitive compensation and benefits
 a chance to combine your professional skills with a good cause.

VSO reserves the right to close the job early if we receive sufficient number of applications.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure you have the right to work in the UK before you apply.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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