Senior Grants Manager
Ref: SGM(22)/FMC

Home Based, Flexible , Based at any of our Wetland Centres
Fundraising, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications
Salary circa £42,000 pa
Position type
Full Time
Working pattern
37.5 Hours per week, Monday to Friday
Job advert

We are seeking an exceptional fundraising professional to lead our highly successful Grants Team at an exciting time for our organisation, joining the senior team within the Philanthropy Department.

As Senior Grants Manager, you will head up the Grants Team (four direct reports) and deliver income targets in excess of £3M p/a. Building on an established pipeline and strong relationships with long term funders, you will be responsible for developing WWT’s grants strategy, raising critical funds for conservation projects in the UK and internationally, supporting conservation, education, and wellbeing projects as well as our network of UK Wetland Centres.

In addition, you will play a lead role in the development and execution of significant new funding proposals offering the potential for transformative change. At this critical time, WWT is looking at innovative new projects combating the climate, biodiversity and mental health crises with wetlands as a nature based solution. You will be instrumental in this work.

We are looking for a dynamic and creative professional with extensive experience of grants funding, ideally with experience that covers Trust & Foundation, Statutory, LCF and International sources.

The ideal candidate will be a strong relationship fundraiser with exceptional communication and leadership skills and have the proven ability to collaborate internally and externally to develop, deliver and steward funded projects.

Experience with a conservation charity is preferred but not essential, although a comprehensive understanding of the funding landscape will be required. A collaborative and proactive approach will be critical for success, as will the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to build effective working relationships across the organisation.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is the UK’s leading wetlands conservation charity. We are pioneers in saving threatened wetland wildlife, a centre for excellence in conservation science and experts in wetland management and creation.  Around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature at our ten centres around the UK, and we work nationally and internationally in key wetland areas to balance conservation with sustainable livelihoods.

We have recently completed a review of our strategic priorities, which includes ambitious targets for developing bigger and better wetlands and encouraging more people to take direct action for these unique places. The world is facing a climate crisis, a nature crisis and an emerging wellbeing crisis. Wetlands offer a real solution, and as our new Senior Grants Manager, you will play a vital role building relationships with leading funders to work with us to create, protect and restore these spaces.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (30 days after 5 years’ service) pro rata
  • Flexible working location / home working
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Life assurance
  • Free parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

Closing date:         30.01.22

First Interview:       08.02.22

Second Interview:    15.02.22



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