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Senior Development Manager 

Senior Development Manager 

Closing date: 8th March 2024 

Salary: c.£45,000 depending on experience 

Location: Hybrid between our office in NW2 and working from home 

Contract: Permanent 

World Jewish Relief provides life-saving and life-changing action to people in crisis around the world. We work with our trusted local partners to help people survive the consequences of conflict and disaster, to thrive and rebuild their lives. We deliver programmes using our expertise, with urgency to achieve maximum and sustainable impact for those within and beyond our community. 

As we continue to respond to the protracted war in Ukraine, the global refugee crisis, and new emergencies, it is critical our fundraising team continues to strengthen our supporter base, grow our audience, and increase income generation significantly to fund the growing needs of our programme portfolio globally.  


We have an exciting opportunity for a new Senior Development Manager to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to our ambitious plans and vision. You will join our energetic and ambitious fundraising team. With an annual income target of in excess of £10M, this is a fast paced, busy department working across a wide range of portfolios, both in the UK and the US, including: trusts and foundations, institutional funding, major donor fundraising, individual giving, legacies, online matched funding campaigns, and high-profile events, donor acquisition and engagement. 

You will be responsible for: 

  • Undertaking a constant and rigorous exploration of all institutional and statutory funding opportunities in the UK and US that could resource existing and future programmes domestically and internationally.  
  • Working with the Programmes team and Head of Major Giving, lead on developing applications to institutional and statutory funders in the UK and the US, managing these applications in full, from the research to the writing and submission. 
  • Supporting the Head of Major Giving and the Finance team in managing the grant budgeting and forecasting processes. 
  • Collaborating with members of the Major Giving team and Programmes team to develop compelling five and six figure funding proposals and applications to Major Donors, Trusts, and Foundations, both in the UK and the US, forging long lasting relationships with these critical donors. 
  • Supporting our Trust Fundraisers as they undertake continuous and appropriate research into new Major Donors and Trusts and Foundations: identifying, exploring and providing a pipeline of new prospects and opportunities. 

You should have: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of trust and foundations, statutory, and institutional fundraising, including research sources and eligibility criteria. 
  • Demonstrable track-record of securing five and six figure funds through writing high-quality proposals and reports.  
  • Experience of donor prospecting and pipeline management. 
  • The ability to develop high quality, clear and persuasive funding proposals. 
  • Excellent inter-personal skills; proactive and confident in engaging with a range of high value funders. 
  • Good financial management for budgets and financial reporting. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others both within a small fundraising team and across a wider organisational team. 
  • Confidence in presenting information and ideas to others, internally and externally. 


We offer a range of benefits including: 

  • 23 days holiday plus bank holidays and Jewish holidays. After 2 years’ service holiday entitlement increases to 25 days. 
  • Pension scheme – we contribute 5% to the World Jewish Relief pension scheme. 
  • Life Insurance – up to 3 times salary to nominated beneficiaries. 
  • Health Cash Plan – cash back to cover the costs of dental treatment, optical care, specialist consultations and a range of complementary therapies. 
  • Enhanced maternity & paternity pay. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme – free, confidential advice or support with any personal or work. related concerns or free counselling if needed. 
  • Season ticket / travel to work loan. 
  • Cycle to Work Scheme. 
  • On Friday the office closes at 3pm. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

World Jewish Relief promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We invite and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates of different ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and of faith or none that meet the criteria set out for this role. You don’t need to be Jewish to work for us, but you must share our desire to assist those who need help based on their vulnerability, not their identity, recognising the dignity and potential of all people. 

To apply 

As part of your application, we ask you to demonstrate your suitability for the role by answering the following questions in your cover letter: 

  • Why does this role appeal to you?  
  • Referring to the Job Specification, what skills do you have that will enable you to excel in this role? 
  • What do you believe makes a high-quality fundraising proposal? 

Candidate Brief Pack