Head of Fundraising at Royal Blind

LOCATION: Edinburgh

SALARY: £42,610 – £45,665 per annum

STATUS: Permanent (4 day week considered)


Associate Director of Marketing & Communications 


Senior Fundraiser
Fundraising and Supporter Development Officer
Marketing and Fundraising Systems Administrator

CLOSING DATE: Monday 4th February 2019

1st STAGE INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 28th February 2019
2nd STAGE INTERVIEW DATE: Monday 4th March 2019

Head of Fundraising

Thank you very much for your interest in Royal Blind. This newly created role of Head of Fundraising is instrumental to our planned growth as a charity, as we embark upon a new organisational strategy to further expand our service provision for people living with sight loss across Scotland. This role leads the fundraising team within the Marketing and Communications department.

We have a long and proud history as one of Scotland’s oldest and most established charities, having celebrated our 225th anniversary in 2018. Today we run modern, cutting edge services for people with sight loss of all ages from our bases in Edinburgh and Paisley.

2019 is going to be a year of transformation and expansion for Royal Blind and fundraising leadership and success is key to that. The number of people living with sight loss is set to more than double in the next few decades due to an ageing population. Our mission is more important than ever before and we have ambitions to significantly grow our fundraising to increase our reach and develop more much needed services.

We are seeking an ambitious and inspiring fundraising leader who can develop a new strategy for transformational income generation over the next five years and beyond. The Head of Fundraising will be at the forefront of developing new income streams to enable our charity to grow and to setting targets and resources accordingly.

If this sounds like a challenge you would like to take on, we would love to hear from you.

Yours faithfully 

Davina Shiell

Associate Director of Marketing & Communications

Royal Blind is Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity and runs services for people with sight loss of all ages. This year we celebrate our 225th anniversary.

We support children and young people through the Royal Blind School, our pre-school playgroup, after school and holiday club and educational outreach services. We have care homes for young people with complex needs and others for older people with sight loss and additional needs such as dementia. Through the Scottish Braille Press, we provide transcription into large print, audio and Braille for thousands of blind people across the UK. In the last decade, Royal Blind has expanded significantly with the establishment of several new services, including a new care home in Paisley last year.

• A strong track record of fundraising success

• Developing fundraising strategies

• Managing people and developing others

• Running successful individual giving campaigns

• Legacy promotion

• Establishing and implementing donor care and stewardship strategies

• Maximising the potential of a donor database
• Knowledge of how data protection legislation impacts on fundraising

• Knowledge of administrative systems relating to fundraising
• Proficient at using Raiser’s Edge

• Data analysis skills

• Excellent grammar and a high level of written communication skills

• Ability to pitch a fundraising proposal face to face

• Excellent relationship building skills.
• Ability to work out of hours, for which TOIL will be granted

• Personable, approachable and confident with the ability to build good rapport with donors


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