Senior Project Developer
Fundraising and Supporter Development (F&SD) is an integrated department, based at King’s College London, that provides a single fundraising and supporter engagement function for King’s College London (KCL), Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust and for King’s Health Partners (KHP), working closely with the Maudsley Charity.
The aim of the Project Development team is to lead the development of robust, strategically aligned projects that will create impact for beneficiaries – including the university, students, our health partners, patients, and many more. We support our partners to shape these projects around the donor landscape and financial targets, while ensuring the right framework is in place to ensure they are realistic, accountable and can drive real change. Our main focus is on priority projects – those strategically selected by each partner in collaboration with F&SD – but our processes, expertise and storytelling abilities are also used to support donor-informed propositions and so the team aim to be agile and responsive in terms of supporting these potentially transformative opportunities.
We work in trusted partnership with leadership teams, expert academic/clinical stakeholders and colleagues across F&SD. Our core output is the creation of written collateral and gift opportunities, designed to inspire internal audiences, and be easily tailored by them for their external audiences, supporting them to have great fundraising conversations. We also produce a range of other content (film, case studies, project milestones, staff directories etc) to further support F&SD colleagues, as well as running interactive sessions designed to engage and inspire internal audiences. Our work supports many others across F&SD ensuring the department can reach its goals and we rely on audience insight and feedback from within the department to continuously shape and improve our outputs.
It will be the responsibility of the post holder to scope the fundraising potential for student support, research, clinical and capital projects with all our partners. The successful candidate will use their excellent writing and communications skills to turn these projects into fundraising propositions for the department, working with team members, getting the projects ready for fundraisers to take to market.
The post holder have the confidence, accountability and leadership skills to own and drive projects forward support the shaping and costing of projects, proposals, papers and film collateral in line with the interests of our very largest potential donors. Working collaboratively with F&SD management, senior academics/clinicians and university and hospital staff, they will own, assess, scope and articulate the fundraising priorities against KCL’s strategy and vision, King’s Health Partner’s priority projects and the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Fundraising Strategy. The post holder will also support other members of the team in developing and honing their writing and project development skills.
They will support the Head of Project Development in being one of the first points of contact for any requests for fundraising support from across the university and will be able to assess any requests according to pre-agreed ‘fundraisability’ criteria, selection and governance processes.
This is a full-time post. Indefinite contract.
- Work collaboratively with project leads within F&SD to understand details of specific projects then assess the fundraising potential of new ideas and requests for fundraising support, working with fundraisers and the project research team, or support peers across the department to do so.
- Maintain the ‘shopping list’ of ideas and bank of associated information that fundraisers can draw upon.
- Ensure agreed priorities are “fundraising ready”, e.g. work with project lead / fund holder to establish scope, timings, dependencies and full costings.
- Write compelling cases for support as basis for proposals and collateral, working with dedicated writers where appropriate.
- Contribute to the pipeline of potential and confirmed fundraising priorities.
- Where required support the initiation of project planning for any associated fundraising campaign working with experts across the team to advise on how best to allocate resources for different fundraising functions, donor cultivation, stewardship, brand and marketing.
- Support the shaping of projects for our very largest potential donors, where these do not align with agreed priorities.
- Ensure agreed priorities are well understood and promoted within F&SD and amongst our stakeholder organisations.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
- Strong organisational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritise effectively and to successfully manage competing deadlines whilst maintaining attention to detail.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey information to a range of audiences in a clear, inspiring and confident way.
- Ability to analyse, translate and present complex research and ideas into written form, in line with audience requirements.
- Ability to think strategically and understand/interpret complex activities and partnerships.
- Ability to analyse and assess new ideas.
- Knowledge and understanding of fundraising and philanthropic motivations and of engaging with donors/prospects.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to form excellent working relationships with a variety of individuals including senior leaders, clinicians, academics and other key stakeholders.
- Awareness of sensitive internal politics and ability to navigate these, ensuring projects continue to move forward.
- Ability to use initiative to work independently but also to refer issues to others when appropriate.
- To live and breathe the Core Values of F&SD (collaboration, ambition, respect and accountability).
- Ability and track record in supporting, developing and feeding back to others, specifically in relation to written content.
- Involvement in major, integrated fundraising campaign(s).
All F&SD appointments involve a standard skills-based interview, followed (for up to two appointable candidates) by a Core Values interview.
About Fundraising & Supporter Development
Fundraising and Supporter Development (F&SD) is an integrated department that provides a single fundraising and supporter engagement function for King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust and for King’s Health Partners, working closely with the Maudsley Charity. Based at KCL, we work with colleagues across our partners to help them serve society through world-leading education, research and healthcare.
We operate a unique and powerful model, which brings together fundraising for all our partners across major and principal gifts; trusts & foundations; legacies; corporate engagement and mass fundraising. We also promote KCL’s engagement with its worldwide alumni community, as well as engaging more broadly with supporters of all our partners. Our work is underpinned and enhanced by a range of professionals in areas such as donor relations, communications and marketing, prospect research, finance, data, supporter services and general administration. By pooling our passion and expertise to support the university and our health partners, our potential and impact is maximised.
We have an impressive, well-established track record of success in securing support that allows our partners to deliver on their missions. This includes our global, award-winning World Questions: King’s Answers campaign for KCL, which set the standard in the sector and enabled us to raise substantial funds to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Ambitious and innovative, the team has won awards across the higher education and charity sectors, including the CASE Platinum Award for Fundraising.
We continue to set ourselves high standards and expectations in terms of supporting our partners, mapping out ambitious fundraising campaigns and appeals where we want to achieve ground-breaking milestones in areas such as children and young people’s mental health; sickle cell disease; cardiology; cancer; global women’s leadership; engineering; international relations and support for students who will go out and make a difference in the world. We are a strongly values-driven team, maximising the benefits of working across organisations and united in our ambition to support out partners in making a real and positive difference to the world we live in.
King’s Health Partners
King’s Health Partners (KHP) is an Academic Health Sciences Centre and a partnership between King’s College London and three NHS Foundation Trusts – Guys and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley. We bring together 40,000 NHS Staff with 30,000 students and researchers to join up world class research, education and pioneering clinical practice. Our partnership sees 4.8 million patient contacts each year. Academic Health Sciences Centres are engine rooms of high impact and innovation discovering new insights into disease, transforming diagnostics and unlocking new therapies. We speed up the time it takes to translate research and high impact innovations in physical and mental health into outstanding patient care. We do this by working in dedicated clinical academic groups and institutes and by involving more and more people in clinical trials and research. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org
King’s College London
King’s College London is an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research. The university is dedicated to driving positive and sustainable change in society and realising our vision of making the world a better place. Through its commitment to exceptional education, impactful research and genuine service to society, KCL is creating positive change in its communities, both in London and on the world stage. The Strategic Vision 2029 looks forward to KCL’s 200th anniversary in 2029 and sets out ambitious plans in five key areas:
• Educating the next generation of change-makers;
• Challenging ideas and driving change through research;
• Giving back to society through meaningful service;
• Working with our local communities in London;
• Fostering global citizens with an international perspective.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Guy’s and St Thomas’s Trust is among the UK's busiest and most successful foundation trusts, with a long history of clinical excellence and high quality care. The Trust is made up of two of London's best known teaching hospitals – St Thomas' Hospital and Guy's Hospital. It also includes Evelina London Children’s Hospital and both adult and children’s community services in Lambeth and Southwark.
Dedication to the communities it serves is at the heart of everything the Trust undertakes, providing high quality and personal care. The Trust is guided by its values: putting patients first, taking pride in what we do, respecting others, striving to be the best and acting with integrity.
Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals became part of Guy's and St Thomas' in February 2021, bringing together world-leading expertise and research in heart and lung disease.