Southampton Hospitals Charity helps to enhance the care and treatment of patients at University Hospital Southampton. We work with our supporters to raise money and provide financial support to areas of the hospital service that lie beyond the scope of NHS funding.
The Charity is now seeking to recruit an experienced and motivated Fundraising Officer to support our Major Gifts team to help meet ambitious fundraising targets. We are ideally looking for someone with experience in Corporate and/or Major Donor fundraising who can hit the ground running, thus helping to maintain, and grow these vital income streams. You will work closely with the Head of Major Gifts, Trust & Foundation Fundraising Manager to initiate, build and sustain relationships with high value donors through bespoke proposals, presentations and events.
This role is being offered on a fixed-term basis for 12 months.
You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.
To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.
As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Under the direction and management of the Trust and Foundation Fundraising Manager, to focus on securing major gifts to support approved innovative medical projects, the post holder will research, engage, retain and develop donors through the application of professional fundraising principles and techniques.
The Major Gift Officer will be required to use their specialist knowledge and judgement to implement a variety of individual and tailored approaches including targeted research, instigating face-to-face meetings, arranging cultivation events, writing compelling proposals and conducting formal presentations to capture support from philanthropists and companies within (mainly but not exclusively) southern England and the Channel Islands. Additionally, the post holder may be called upon to support Legacy and Trust & Foundation income streams.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
The ideal candidate will have experience in charity fundraising - in particular, major gifts and corporate fundraising. However, those with equivalent transferable skills gained in a commercial sales/marketing environment will be considered. You will have strong interpersonal and influencing skills with the ability to discover a donor’s interests and motivation and to match to funding opportunities.