Director of Fundraising & Communications

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £65,000 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received



Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £65,000 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received


ShareAction is a charity and campaigning organisation working to unleash the power of the financial system to drive social progress and protect our environment. We focus on transforming the investment system, using it as a lever to generate positive social and environmental impact in the real world.

We do this by:

  • Educating and working with investors to improve their practices;
  • Influencing the policy-makers and industry regulators that can ensure the investment system serves society’s interests in the long-term;
  • Campaigning to unlock the power of investors, as shareholders in companies, to change corporate behaviour (on issues such as climate change, good work and human rights, sustainable food and public health);
  • Mobilising ordinary people, who have a stake in the investment system through their pensions and savings, to demand a change in how their money is invested;
  • Collaborating with other civil society organisations who share our vision.

Job Description

The Director of Fundraising & Communications is a member of ShareAction’s leadership team and is specifically responsible for the following:

  • Leading the development and implementation of an ambitious fundraising plan in support of our organisational strategy;
  • Maintaining and growing ShareAction’s income in line with our priorities and ensuring we sustain a good proportion of unrestricted income;
  • Overseeing the delivery of an integrated communications strategy, including Press & PR, digital communications, brand development, and social media;
  • Establishing ShareAction as a visible thought-leader on key topics of relevance to our mission and across diverse audience groups, and ensuring we are recognised as a global authority on responsible investment.

While responsible for overseeing, managing and supporting both functions, the day to day split of the role is approximately 80/20, with the larger proportion of time spent driving and delivering fundraising objectives.


The post holder has specific responsibility for:

Leadership / Management

  • Setting organisation strategy with the CEO and Leadership Team;
  • Working with the CEO and Leadership Team to effectively lead the organisation, driving high performance and contributing to problem solving;
  • Managing and developing growing teams of fundraisers and communications professionals on a day-to-day basis;
  • Reporting to the Board of Trustees on fundraising and communications strategy, activities and progress against targets;
  • Overseeing systems development/ management: helping to improve and implement internal systems to support fundraising and comms activities, including our CRM (Salesforce), prospect research, audience segmentation, proposal development, monitoring & evaluation, and financial reporting;
  • Keeping up to date on best practice within the charity sector generally and particularly changes to fundraising and communications innovation, legislation and codes of practice.


  • Setting and delivering strategy for ShareAction’s fundraising function;
  • Driving innovation and diversification in the fundraising portfolio to ensure the organisation has the resources required to deliver current and future projects, programmes and ambitions;
  • Setting and ensuring compliance with ShareAction’s fundraising policy for raising funds from trusts and foundations, individuals and major donors, as well as setting parameters around investigating sources of additional earned income;
  • Building on our success in fundraising from foundations and major donors, developing our relationships with existing funders (including meeting reporting requirements for current grants) and identifying new sources of funding;
  • Working with internal teams to define and articulate their programme and project needs, and supporting them in crafting compelling funding propositions to deliver income against agreed fundraising priorities;
  • Developing our major donor and individual supporter strategies, building support from new and existing donors.


  • Overseeing and supporting strategy for ShareAction’s communications function;
    • Managing and supporting the communications team to deliver an effective, integrated and strategic communications plan;
    • Ensuring that the ShareAction brand continues to grow in credibility and recognition;
    • Supporting the development of key messages, leading on creating and maintaining appropriate and consistent language, tone of voice and use of brand across all media;
    • Overseeing stakeholder engagement activity with funders, donors, supporters, networks and members;
    • Supporting the communications team to improve the quality, consistency and management of ShareAction’s communications tools and resources;
    • Evaluating and reporting on all aspects of communications, including identifying and mitigating reputational risk.

Please note that this list isn’t exhaustive and the role might change slightly from time to time.

Person specification

We are looking for a passionate, determined individual, with the following experience and skills:


  • Senior fundraising or business development experience with a solid grounding in raising income from trusts and foundations and major donors or equivalent high level clients/partners;
  • Experience of managing, growing and developing a highly motivated team;
  • Track record of working closely with, or in, an integrated communications team;
  • Strong skills in writing and in presenting publicly;
  • Proven ability to build effective relationships with a range of senior stakeholders;
  • Keeps up to date on best practice within the charity sector generally and particularly changes to fundraising and communications innovation, legislation and codes of practice;
  • Familiarity with Salesforce (or other CRM system).


  • Experience of the NGO sector, either in a voluntary or other capacity;
  • Experience of operating on the senior management team/ leadership team of an organisation;
  • Understanding or experience of successfully campaigning for change;
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office, including SharePoint.

ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (see and unseen). One of the ways we do this is by actively encouraging staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available- such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

ShareAction’s London office is based in vibrant Bermondsey and within 5 minutes walk of London Bridge underground and national rail.

How to apply

Please send an up to date CV and cover letter to Catherine Howarth at recruitment@shareaction.org by Monday 20 January 2020 at 9am. Please ensure that your cover letter is no more than two sides of A4 and that you address all of the criteria in the person specification by giving details of work experience (paid or voluntary), skills and achievements relevant to this post, and any other information to support your application.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. 

A bit more about us

ShareAction is a charity which promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. We believe that investment can be a force for good, serving savers and communities, and protecting our environment for the long term. We campaign on specific environmental and social issues that the investment industry has the power to influence, like climate change and workers’ rights. We advocate for policy changes required to enable responsible investment to thrive. We undertake research and rankings to drive up best practice among pension funds and asset managers. And we work with savers to help them push their pension schemes towards more responsible behaviour and sustainable investment practices.