Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships Manager

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Maidstone, United Kingdom

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30+ days ago

Closing date: Tuesday 31 January 2023
Salary: Up to £35,000 PA dependent on skills and experience
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time

Tyland Barn Nature Park & Gardens,

Chatham Road
, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Support the Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications and the Head of Grants and Partnerships to lead the strategic development of major donor and corporate fundraising, with a target of growing income from this area by at least 20% over the next five years. Whilst developing a broad portfolio of corporate supporters to drive forward our Nature Based Solutions approach to tackle the conservation and climate crises.

Globally and nationally wildlife is in steep decline. We appear to be reaching critical tipping points around the loss of biodiversity as well as around climate change, both being interlinked. Human society cannot prosper without wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

Kent’s wildlife needs to be restored to much higher levels. We can no longer allow common things to become rare. We can only do this by restoring large-scale natural habitat areas and processes. Doing this will contribute to solving global problems. But we won’t be able to do this unless we publicly aspire to a higher level of impact and show that we can deliver this.

The Job:

Our new Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships Manager will be a critical part of our fundraising management team and will be expected to significantly contribute to achieving KWT’s ambition goals. This exciting opportunity will build on the existing work in both philanthropy and corporate partnerships. We have an established portfolio of committed loyal supporters who are passionate about our work - we need to expand and diversify this network and build on the wave of support we have experienced in recent years following ground-breaking projects like The Wilder Blean Bison introduction. Working with key stakeholders from across the organisation. The successful candidate will lead the strategic development of major donor and corporate fundraising and will also be responsible for delivering and creating bespoke development plans to secure increased funding from existing and new donors.


  • Proven significant demonstrable Corporate and/or Major Donor fundraising management, including line management, experience within a registered charity.
  • Success in cultivating relationships with new and existing supporters and in securing in five figure gifts or above, with retention.
  • Excellent knowledge of the methodology of major gift fundraising and corporate fundraising strategies.
  • Positive, proactive and enthusiastic approach with a personal commitment to the climate change agenda.
  • Proven ability to create bespoke, compelling cases for support at a variety of levels and to different audiences.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the varied mechanisms by which organisations demonstrate CSR.
  • A nuanced understanding of how ENGOs can support private sector organisations to meet ESG standards and criteria.
  • Demonstrable product development experience within the environmental/sustainability sector
  • Experience of working with large businesses and multi-national organisations.
  • Fantastic communication skills with the ability to build influential relationships at a senior level.
  • Excellent commercial awareness, with the ability to identify potential client needs and translate these to revenue opportunities which add value to all sides.
  • Highly competent presenter, able to convey often complex technical information to a wide audience.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals. Join our team and help us create a Wilder Kent! In return we will inspire you, listen to you, value you, treat you equally and fairly, look after your health and wellbeing and encourage flexibility from day one, enabling you to draw on these benefits to be a better, happier and more productive you.

Contact details:

If you wish to discuss this post, please contact to arrange a call.

The application process:

Applicants should read the Guidance Notes carefully before completing the applicant information form supported by Cover Note and CV

To apply for this position, please download the application pack and submit your completed Applicant Information Form together with your covering letter and CV using the link below.

We are unable to recruit anyone who does not have a right to work in the UK.

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