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Head of Philanthropy

The British Museum - Fundraising and Alumni

Location: London
Salary: Competitive salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 8th November 2021
Job Ref: 7149

Advancement Department

Application Deadline: 12 p.m. (midday) on 8 November 2021

The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world. Free to visit and accessible to all, the Museum looks after an extraordinary collection of objects spanning human history from the earliest beginnings to the present day and engages millions of people every year. Philanthropy plays a vital role in advancing the Museum’s mission, reach, and impact.

There is an opp ortunity for an ambitious fundraising leader to join the Advancement department as we plan a major campaign to support the British Museum’s transformation for the 21st century.

The Head of Philanthropy is a new strategic position responsible for leading a high-performing team across major gifts, trusts & foundations, and legacies. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Head of Philanthropy will develop and implement a multi-year strategy to meet the Philanthropy Team’s income targets, nurture relationships with donors, and engage new supporters. The post holder will cultivate, solicit, and steward their own prospect portfolio to secure funding for the Museum’s priorities, while working closely with the Director of Advancement to support her with the management of key relationships.

The successful candidate:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Experience of developing and implementing strategic plan s to deliver philanthropic income for agreed priorities
  • Track record of managing a high-performing fundraising team
  • Experience of securing 6-7 figure gifts from individuals and organisations
  • Experience of legacy fundraising
  • Track record of increasing donor numbers and revenue, with an aptitude for converting prospects into donors
  • Ability to make a persuasive case for budget-relieving support
  • Familiarity with a moves management approach to major gift fundraising
  • Commitment to the highest standards of stakeholder relationship management
  • Experience of operating at a senior level in a complex organisation in the cultural, education, or third sectors
  • Experience of using a CRM database, e.g. Raiser’s Edge
  • Pipeline management and forecasting experience
  • High degree of commitment to fundraising, with sound understanding of best practice and trends in philanthropy
  • Solutions-focused mind-set and entrepreneurial approach
  • High levels of resilience and adaptability
  • Outstanding presentation, writing, listening, and influencing skills
  • Experience of working on major fundraising campaigns is desirable

The Museum offers a competitive salary and attractive staff benefits including an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave, and excellent training and development opportunities.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role, please contact us.

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