27 August 2019

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Job title

Head of Fundraising

Reporting to

Chief Executive


£ 50,000 per annum (pro-rata)

ORG operates a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%.

Contract type


Fixed term – 12 months with the possibility of extension


2.5 days (18.75 hours per 5-day week)


The Green House

244-254 Cambridge Heath Road E2 9DA

How to apply

Please send a covering letter (1-page max.) and CV (2 pages max) to [email protected] by 9AM (GMT) on Wednesday 11th September 2019.


Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply.


First interviews will be by phone on a rolling basis and second interviews will be held in London in mid-September.


This is an exciting time of growth and organisational development for Oxford Research Group. As we put our new 3-year strategy into action, we are looking to scale-up our organisation to ensure we can deliver on our planned impact. We are seeking an experienced fundraiser to join our close-knit team to provide the pivotal leadership and talent to help the organisation generate the income needed to achieve its goals.

Our focus for fundraising is on high net worth individuals and trusts and foundations. Our aim is to build strong, long-term relationships, creating a rewarding supporter experience that provides clear insight into our work. The Head of Fundraising will play a vital role securing major gifts from our current small but loyal base of supporters as well as engaging new donors through the development and delivery of tailored approaches.

This role reports directly into the Chief Executive and will be a member of the Senior Management Group sharing collective responsibility to deliver the organisation’s strategy and vision – a future for a safer and more peaceful world for us all.



Are you a creative storyteller? Are you resilient and resourceful? Do you enjoy a challenge of building a new team? We are looking for someone who will have a high level of responsibility and autonomy as well as the space to innovate and shape the role to help take the organisation’s fundraising to the next level.



We are influential in developing new approaches to sustaining peace and security. We use our research and peacebuilding projects to connect, educate and inspire others to work together to break the cycle of violence.

Our work is more important than ever with 33 countries currently experiencing armed conflict, 70.8 million people being forcibly displaced globally and almost half of all post-civil war countries relapsing into conflict within 5 years.

We work with those affected by conflict and engage with policymakers around the world because we believe that together we can make a change.




  • Refine and implement ORG’s fundraising strategy to maximise income from individual donors and, charitable trusts. 
  • Identify and develop new streams of income including prospect research and identification.
  • Lead the annual fundraising planning process to produce effective strategies to achieve income targets across existing and new revenue streams. 



  • Develop, implement and manage a stewardship programme for the different levels of donors. 
  • Work with existing major donors to solicit new introductions to their contacts and peers.
  • Identify and build new relationships with individuals, institutions, private sector and charitable trustees likely to become donors to ORG. 
  • Report to unrestricted donors on use of funds and ORG’s future priorities. 
  • Organise cultivation and stewardship events. 


Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitor the impact of our fundraising activities by establishing and tracking performance targets, seeking continuous improvement and efficient ROIs. 


People & Systems Management

  • Line manage fundraising volunteers. 
  • Take responsibility for the use of ORG’s relationship management system. 
  • Build fundraising capacity in the organisation. 


Collective Leadership

  • Contribute to the collective leadership of ORG as a full member of the Senior Management Group, meeting monthly. 
  • Work with the Senior Management Group to implement the organisational strategy and operational plan. 
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of the range of issues, audiences and wider environment in which ORG operates. 








Education & Qualifications

A degree or equivalent professional qualification. 



Exposure to major donor fundraising & philanthropy. 



Exposure of developing and implementing a fundraising strategy. 



A full understanding major gift fundraising cycle. 



Experience using fundraising and relationship management databases. 



Experience of working with a development committee or board to generate funds. 



Event management experience. 


Skills & Abilities

Ability to build and manage successful relationships with donors. 



Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically. 



Ability to manage a complex workload within tight timescales and deliver outputs to deadlines. 



Fluency in spoken and written English with excellent communication and presentation skills. 



Excellent people management skills. 


Knowledge & Understanding

Knowledge of the current trends in major giving in the UK and preferably, Europe and the US



Knowledge of current GDPR and Fundraising legislation and standards.



Commitment to ORG’s vision, mission and values. 



 We aim to recruit and retain passionate people who have the skills and commitment to meet our vision, and we have a pay and benefits system which is both competitive in our sector and reflects our values.

Our reward system aims to:

  • Encourage and enable accountability
  • Enable on-going learning and career development
  • Recognise achievement, skills, competence and development
  • Support and enables recruitment and retention of the best candidates
  • Be equitable, fair, transparent and flexible



Our London office is currently based at The Green House near Bethnal Green, London E2. The building is a bright and friendly shared space for social businesses, charities and not-for-profit organisations.


Flexible working

We embrace flexible working practices and endeavour to accommodate requests for flexible working where possible.


Probation period

All appointments are subject to a 3 months’ probationary period. During probation, you are required to give one weeks’ notice.


Employee Benefits and Assistance

ORG appreciates the invaluable contribution made by all employees and offers a range of benefits and policies.



Benefits/ Policies


Living Wage Employer

Oxford Research is an accredited Living Wage employer and has a commitment to pay a Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation for all UK employees.

Benchmarke d salaries

In 2018, ORG conducted a salary benchmarking using an independent advisor to ensure that our salaries remain competitive. The expectation is that such a review be conducted every 3-5 years (subject to financial resources).


ORG is committed to assisting staff to make adequate provision for retirement and offers membership of a group personal pension plan operated by Aegon. ORG will make a 6% contribution and employees are asked to contribute 3%. If eligible, ORG will auto-enrol you into a pension scheme, in accordance with its pensions auto-enrolment obligations. Full details of the scheme will be given to you when you are enrolled including your right to opt out if you do not want to be a member of the scheme.

Work life balance

Annual Leave

All staff are entitled to 25 days annual leave per year plus UK bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff). In addition, our office is close on Christmas Eve. Staff are entitled to carry over 5 days (pro rata for part time staff) to the next annual leave year.

The annual leave year runs from 1st January – 31st December. Staff starting during the annual leave year will receive a pro – rated entitlement for the remainder of that year.

Flexible working

ORG is open to a range of flexible working arrangements. The right to request flexible working arrangements is open to all staff.

Compassionate leave

ORG will provide employees full pay for time off on compassionate leave up to a maximum of 5 days (pro rata for part time staff) in a rolling year. Further time off will be unpaid.


Emergency leave

ORG will provide employees full pay for time off on emergency leave up to a maximum of 2 days (pro rata for part time staff) in a rolling year. Further time off under this policy will be unpaid.

Health and well being

Sick leave and pay

ORG offers 4 weeks occupational sick pay scheme in place to all staff in any rolling year.

Cycle to Work Scheme

This scheme provides a tax efficient way to obtain a bicycle and accessories up to the value of £1,000. Repayments are made over 12 months by means of salary sacrifice in order to obtain full relief from both income tax and National Insurance. To be eligible, employees need to have completed their probationary period and have an employment contract which lasts for at least 12 months from the date the bicycle is collected.

Employee Assistance Programme

ORG is committed to health and well-being of its employees and have put in place an employee assistance programme (EAP) that offers access to a variety of confidential services including telephone and online counselling and legal and financial information services. There are additional perks to the EAP that encompass a huge range of exclusive discounts across shopping, dining, gym memberships and entertainment.

Personal and Professional Development

Performance Management Process

Each year the Chief Executive participates in performance appraisals, as part of the same feedback and appraisal scheme operated for all ORG staff.

Learning and knowledge sharing

Working alongside our passionate and dedicated staff is one of the main attractions of working at ORG. Staff here are experts in their field, which contributes to informal learning and knowledge sharing opportunities across the organisation.

Training and career development

ORG is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate professional development and therefore aims to offer formal and informal training and development to all its employees .