Major Donor Relationship Manager

JN -082022-155803_1659368078
£30000 - £32500 per annum Home based, part time

Managing this Role

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Stuart Milliner

Head of Hunter Merrifield 0207 759 7929

As Head of Hunter Merrifield, it's my role to lead the team as NFP specialist recruiters for charities and memberships. We cover roles from Director to Junior in Fundraising, HR/Office Support, Marketing and Comms.

My personal background before becoming a recruiter was a 6-year period working in the charity sector. Based in Cornwall, I worked for two South West charities as an Engagement worker and Manager. The charities focused their efforts on working with children and young people from disaffected and vulnerable backgrounds on a one-to-one basis.

As a recruiter, I have spent the vast proportion of my time as a Fundraising specialist. With my background in the sector, I had an immediate connection to the charities I have worked with and understood the demands on them. Charities and Memberships are no different to the largest corporates where they need and desire the best talent available. My favourite part of the job is checking in with people I have placed into a job after a period, and finding out how much of an impact they have made to their charity. Given the roles I recruit, this usually mean they are impacting lives in a positive way and their efforts are helping others who need the support.

Hunter Merrifield are thrilled to partner with Young Epilepsy to find a Major Donor Relationship Manager to be responsible for supporting and implementing a successful programme of Major Donor fundraising and engagement. This will include securing Major Donor & Mid Value support for all areas of their work.

Job Title: Major Donor Relationship Manager
Organisation: Young Epilepsy
Salary: £30,000 (4 days a week)
Contract: Permanent, Part time (3-4 days a week)
Location: Home based (Commutable to London/Surrey on an ad hoc basis)
Closing date: Monday 22nd August 2022
Required: CV and Cover Letter

Young Epilepsy is dedicated to standing up for children and young people with epilepsy. They listen to and work with them so they can fulfil their potential. They coordinate research that improves diagnosis and treatments. They campaign for children's rights. Furthermore, they support young people in school and college and provide innovative tools, information, and practical help for living everyday life.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To approach, qualify, and cultivate potential high-value donors, engaging them with Young Epilepsy's purpose and strategy
  • To convert those prospects at a giving level of £5K - £100K, working across the fundraising portfolio to link the donor with the right project or focus for their giving.
  • To produce compelling and engaging proposals - in person, over video calls, and in writing.
  • To provide outstanding stewardship to all donors: working with our senior leadership and operational staff to offer unique thanking opportunities.
  • To work closely with internal stakeholders to identify new prospective donors and to build cultivation plans for those relationships.
  • To support the development and delivery of the Philanthropy team's cultivation and stewardship event programme


Person Specification:

  • Recent and proven success of fundraising with high-net-worth individuals within a third sector organisation
  • Experience in personal relationship management and 121 stewardship of individuals
  • Experience of successfully delivering against financial targets within specified deadlines
  • Experience running events for VIPs and HNW Individuals, with a focus on excellent service, creating a first-class experience and meeting donor needs
  • Knowledge and skill in proactive networking and relationship building
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written, in English) and relationship building skills
  • Personable, professional and approachable presentation style and appearance


This role is perfect for someone looking to take on more responsibility in a management level role with a fantastic charity. Furthermore, we would be keen to hear from people with senior experience who are looking for flexibility in a role where their experience could have a hugely positive impact.

To find out more and to apply, please contact Stuart Milliner at Hunter Merrifield.

We practice a diverse and inclusive recruitment process that ensures equal opportunity for all we work with, irrespective of race, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age or gender. As an organisation, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and will ensure measures are met when required, to allow a fair process throughout.