Chester Zoo is not just an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction that’s home to 20,000 incredible animals inside 128 acres of stunning gardens. It’s not just the UK’s most popular zoo. It’s a major wildlife charity committed to the recovery of endangered species, globally.
And, as the world faces an extinction crisis, you’ll make a significant contribution as Senior Fundraising Manager to conservation at a time when it’s needed most.
Maternity-cover contract for 12 months
The working environment could not be more different from a typical office – where else can you see critically endangered orangutans from your office window, or stroll among rare giraffes and tigers on your lunch break? Chester Zoo has a hybrid working model in place to give you the very best of both worlds.
About the role:
You’ll head up the fundraising team across major income streams, including philanthropy, trusts, individual giving and corporate, leading a small, agile and talented team of x3.
There are significant projects and initiatives to be involved with and lead over the next 12 months, including:
* supporting key fundraising projects in Madagascar, Borneo, Malaysia, India
* launching the first-ever gala dinner for HNW in the zoo’s brand-new event space
* developing a new patrons scheme and stewarding key relationships with big-brand corporate partners
* setting up first large-scale mass participation fundraising event
* involvement in wider organisational programmes such as developing the zoo’s brand from visitor attraction to world-leading conservation hub
You lead by example, comfortable and confident pitching and negotiating at high-value level, with an inspiring and enabling coaching style.
You’ve got significant fundraising skills in your own right and still enjoy the buzz of ‘doing’, but also think strategically and can guide and empower a team towards individual and collective success.
You take real ownership of the fundraising strategy and bring it to life, with the gravitas and influencing skills to operate at Board level.
What makes Chester Zoo a great place to work?
Well, where do we start? A team of conservationists, scientists, educators, animal welfare experts, marketeers, visitor experience professionals, environmental policy influencers; the list goes on. Each and every one on a mission to make Chester Zoo the best in the world, and our planet a better place.
As the UK’s biggest and best zoo, they have ambitious goals, exciting plans and there’s always lots going on. It’s an inclusive and diverse organisation, made up of nearly 500 permanent and 500 seasonal team members, and they know how important it is to invest in colleagues to help boost their career development.
About the package:
* 12-month fixed term contract
* 4 or 5 days per week
* Option for hybrid working
* 33 days annual leave per annum
* Access to healthcare plan
* Employer contributory pension scheme
* Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus a number of complimentary tickets for your family and friends
If we’ve piqued your interest, please get in touch with a copy of your CV initially to Amelia Lee at Charity People who will be happy to provide lots more information.
Deadline: Only because of the time sensitive nature of this recruit, we’re accepting applications on a rolling basis. If this will disadvantage you in any way at all, please drop Amelia a message and she’ll make sure that you don’t miss out.
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