Transformational Philanthropy Lead - 6675


Save the Children UK has an exciting opportunity for a driven individual to join us as our Transformational Philanthropy Lead (12 months FTC). This key role within our Partnerships & Philanthropy department requires a dynamic and strategic leader who will make a lasting impact by driving our ambitious strategy forward, focusing on cultivating high-impact, transformational funding opportunities and partnerships.

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.  When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave.  We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

About you

As our Transformational Philanthropy Lead, you will be responsible for leading three critical areas within our Philanthropy & Strategic Foundations team:

  1. Driving New Business: Forge strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, engage with UK philanthropic networks, and work with others in the leadership team to develop a new business strategy that leverages our movement's networks and brand.
  2. Managing Strategic Partnerships: Oversee key partnerships with high-net-worth individuals and Trusts & Foundations, ensuring exemplary account management and securing multi-year commitments aligned with our priorities.
  3. Leading Innovative Projects: Take charge of pioneering initiatives within Save the Children UK, including our Next Generation project aimed at engaging philanthropists aged 35 and under.

 In this role, day -to- day, you will:

  • Support the growth of our pipeline alongside senior leadership, nurturing relationships with key stakeholders, and enhancing our external profile.
  • Contribute to the leadership of the Philanthropy & Strategic Foundations team, fostering a culture of excellence and collaboration.
  • Personally manage transformational philanthropic partnerships, securing significant gifts and providing mentorship to team members.
  • Represent Save the Children UK within global forums, collaborating with international partners to maximise the impact of our philanthropic efforts.
  • Provide leadership and support to the team, ensuring their well-being and professional development.

To be successful, it is important that you have:

  • Proven experience in major donor or trust & foundation fundraising, with a track record of securing six and seven figure gifts.
  • Ability to drive new business and identify opportunities for growth.
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing complex projects and navigating organizational structures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels.

What we offer you:

  • Working for a charity provides one of the best benefits there is – a sense of purpose and reward for helping others. However, we understand the importance of giving back to our employees to ensure a happy and healthy working environment and work/life balance.
  • To have the best (and happiest) employees we focus on flexibility, inclusion, collaboration, and health and wellbeing both in and outside of work.
  • We provide a wide range of benefits which will reward your hard work, motivate you, and inspire you to work to improve the lives of children every day.
  • You can find is our employment offer here.

To learn more about the position, please review the Job Description in the attached Documents.

Closing Date: April 16, 2024


Please note: To avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. This is to ensure that we can manage application levels whilst maintaining a positive candidate experience. Unfortunately once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.


Ways of Working:

The majority of our roles can be performed remotely in the UK, but there are likely to be times when you will be required to come to your contracted office (up to 2-4 days per month or 6-8 days per quarter).  This will be agreed with your Line Manager and team and is intended to be time spent on collaborating with colleagues and relationship building. 

Please note: travel costs to your contracted office will be at your own expense. 

Flexible Working - We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK believes in a world that is fair, inclusive and equitable where all children have the opportunity to change their world. We apply this to our workforce and we are committed to developing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation where all employees have a sense of belonging and feel that they can be "Free to Be Me". We are not looking for just one type of person - we want to recruit people who can add fresh perspectives, innovative ideas or challenge that disrupts the risk of group think. 

We are especially interested in people whose childhood experiences - of life on a low income, of migration, of being in a racialised community, of the care system, of being LGBT+ or in an LGBT+ family or living with (or with someone with) a disability - help us to see things we might otherwise miss. Whatever your story is we want to hear it because we know that different voices, ideas, perspectives and knowledge, working together will enable us to better the lives of children around the world. This is the reason why we are all here. 

To see our full statement please visit this link:


Salary Structure: 

Save the Children is committed to paying staff in a fair and equitable way and will benchmark all salary offers in line with the pay of existing staff. To see our full offer please visit this link:


Interview Expenses: 

Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.


Pre-employment Checks:

Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role


If you have any questions, we have an FAQ section here. For anything else you can email us on:


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Farringdon, London/Home-based
1 St John's Ln, Clerkenwell, , London, UK, EC1M 4AR
  • Division:
    Fundraising & Marketing
  • Location (Role):
    Farringdon, London/Home-based
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Contract / Internal Secondment
  • Full / Part Time:
    Full time (flexible working options available)
  • Contract Duration:
    12 months
  • Closing Date:
    16 April 2024
  • Salary Range :
    £55,400 - £61,500
  • Hours Per Week:
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