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Contract: 12 months - Maternity Cover

Hours: Full-time

First interviews (online) on 6th October 2023

Second interviews (in Shrewsbury) 11th October 2023

Start date: 1st December 2023 if possible.

Are you an experienced fundraiser, passionate about engaging audiences with the impact of their donations?

Do you enjoy leading a varied team of specialists to achieve wider collective goals and grow income?

Can you work strategically to manage multiple priorities and budgets?

Do want to want to see a thriving natural world in Shropshire and help more people to take action for nature?

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you! We are seeking a Head of Development to join our team for a 12 month maternity cover contract.

The Head of Development will plan, lead, and coordinate all development activities including membership, individual giving, grants and corporate funding, communications, campaigns and marketing. They will ensure that each function is efficiently and expertly run in line with the relevant strategy and organisational business plan, so that SWT has the resources and the influence to make a demonstrable positive impact on nature across the county.

Experience in professional fundraising and management is essential but there will be support from peers and communities of practice across The Wildlife Trust movement. Knowledge of, or interest in wildlife and the natural environment is desirable.

The Trust is committed to building a diverse workforce. Whilst an element of office work will be a requirement, we also offer home working and flexible hours in a friendly and supportive environment.


Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) has a vision of a thriving natural world, where Shropshire's wildlife and natural habitats play a valued role in addressing the climate and ecological emergencies, and people are inspired and empowered to take action for nature. We combine projects across Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin) with advocacy and campaigning to restore nature and to engage people. We manage over 40 nature reserves and have almost 50 staff, 300 volunteers, and over 9000 members. SWT is an autonomous charity, but we are increasingly working collectively, as part of The Wildlife Trusts (TWT), to ensure that our local actions have a national impact and help to address global issues.

We value courage, respect, integrity, trust and responsibility. Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims, we are not judgemental and are inclusive. We want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector, including people from minority backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.