Head of Philanthropy

Key details

Job Title

Head of Philanthropy


c£60,000 per annum

Closing date

29 April 2018


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Reports to

Director of Fundraising


The role is based in our UK Office in Central London, a short walk from Victoria station. Wherever possible Parkinson's UK will consider flexible working arrangements.


Role Overview

We are looking for an exceptional individual to lead our major gifts fundraising programme and team, which in 2017 raised over £5.5m. Reporting to the Director of Fundraising, you will be responsible for devising, implementing and growing philanthropic income.

Income from trusts’ foundations and high net worth individuals at Parkinson’s UK has grown from £1m in 2009 to over £5.5m last year. Working with many of the world’s most enlightened philanthropists and a stellar team of major gifts fundraisers you will play a key role in managing and growing this vital income that enables Parkinson’s UK to deliver its ambitious goals. Opportunities like this don’t come up very often and to lead major gifts at Parkinson’s UK is to lead one of the best teams in the sector.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience:

  • Operating at a senior level in fundraising including with major individual or trust donors or a comparable sector/working environment
  • Personally securing significant gifts (at least five figures) from individual donors through face-to-face solicitation
  • Managing the involvement of senior volunteers and staff to develop relationships with significant individual and trust donors
  • Working with a volunteer fundraising board
  • Working in a fundraising management team and collaborating with colleagues across functional areas
  • Creating and implementing individual donor cultivation and solicitation plans and/or similar
  • Creating and implementing strategic and operational fundraising plans and/or similar
  • Line managing fundraising staff working with major donors or trusts
  • Managing and reporting against income and expenditure budgets


To apply for this position, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (2 pages max).  The supporting statement should detail your suitability for the position based on the criteria of the person specification.

It is important that you show how you are able to satisfy each of the stated criteria as this will be used as part of the shortlisting process.

If you have any queries, or would like an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Nicola Hitt via email: recruit@parkinsons.org.uk


The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 29 April 2018.

Candidates who are successful at shortlist stage will be invited to interview in London on 8 May 2018.

Please indicate at your earliest convenience if you are unavailable during the date highlighted.