Development Director – UK

About The Nehemiah Project
‘Jesus was always found in the places of deepest need on earth; the work of the Nehemiah Project carries on bringing light in the darkness by reaching out to some of the most vulnerable, forgotten people in our society and walking the long road towards healing with them. Their work embodies the Good News, that in Jesus every person is loved and welcomed by God.’ – Archbishop Justin Welby

‘The weeks and months following release can be really challenging for anyone coming out of prison. Their release means they have to address many of the problems which brought them to prison in the first place. In the Nehemiah project it is heartening to see Christians coming together to meet this need by offering true hospitality to those who have known the darkness of imprisonment’. – Cardinal Vincent Nichols,  Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.   

The Nehemiah Project is a Christian-based charity that has been working for 20 years in South London with men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, most of whom are either prisoners or ex-offenders.

About the Role

Reports to:
Chief Executive

The Nehemiah Project is seeking to appoint a Development Director to grow their fundraising capacity at this exciting time for the Charity.

Poised to grow and extend their impact, with a substantial budget over three years to open new houses in different areas of London, and then country-wide, the new Development Director will join an independent, exciting charity embarking on growth which will see The Nehemiah Project become a significant presence in their sector.

Nehemiah provides professional and life-changing support for men trapped in a spiral of addiction and crime, helping them to break free from addictive and criminal behaviour and to begin to rebuild their lives. All their staff must have sympathy with the vulnerable men in the Charity, and believe in their ability to turn away from addiction and offending, and transform their lives. Nehemiah has a Christian ethos with an Anglican background, and is embarking on a partnership with a Catholic charity, “The Sovereign Order of Malta” – an understanding of both traditions will be a critical element of this role.

As the new Development Director, you will be charged with:

  • Developing the fundraising strategy for the Charity.
  • Focusing on major donors with their partner organisation.
  • Developing a new and original communications strategy.
  • Contributing to the overall strategic development of the organisation.

As an exceptionally experienced strategic fundraising professional, you will have the proven track record of prospecting, cultivating and securing major individual and corporate gifts and will be able to meet the ambitious targets for the funding needs of Nehemiah in short timeframes.

You will have project management experience and are able to demonstrate a high level of tact and nuanced diplomacy with an ability to work effectively together with the Chief Executive, Senior Management Team, Trustees, and their partners, the Order of Malta, to ensure the success of the Nehemiah’s fundraising strategy.

Job Description

  • Develop a diversified fundraising strategy to establish a sustainable funding stream.
  • Building and leading a team and growing the role.
  • Reduce risk and achieve financial resilience with a strong focus on attracting major donors.
  • Cultivate and steward a broad and effective range of relationships with individuals and organisations regionally and, during the course of their growth, nationally.
  • Lead on communications, marketing and profile-raising.
  • Secure a significant increase in income across all revenue.
  • Develop and implement innovative giving campaigns that drive donor acquisition, development and retention across all donor groups.
  • Manage their Volunteers with other team members.
  • Manage fundraising events including the London Marathon and Pru Ride100.
  • Manage a database of supporters, ensuring the reconciliation of income against records.
  • Represent the charity in a wide range of settings including churches, community groups and corporates with occasional evening and weekend events.

General Responsibilities

  • Support Nehemiah’s work to the best of your ability and join them in trying to change lives.
  • Observe Nehemiah’s Professional Boundaries Policy at all times.
  • Behaves in an open, honest and ethical manner and acts with integrity.
  • Be aware and comply with applicable Health and Safety legislation or regulations in place.
  • Be aware of and comply with all relevant financial procedures of the Charity.
  • Promote the work of The Nehemiah Project in the wider community.
  • Work proactively as part of a team.
  • Promote good working relationships with the Residents.
  • Engage in training sessions and to attend appropriate training wherever possible.
  • Act in accordance with the Charity’s Policies and Procedures.
  • Work at other locations as and when required.
  • The preferred candidate is someone who is committed to the Christian ethos of the charity.

Person Specification

Educated to degree level (essential).

Experience (essential):

  • Proven track record of high level fundraising including Trusts.
  • Major donor acquisition and relationships.
  • Working as part of a team, including a Management Team.
  • Managing staff and volunteers.

Experience (desirable):

  • Fundraising strategy development.
  • Commercial property experience would be an advantage.
  • Project management.

Knowledge (essential):

  • Commercially and financially proficient; budget management.
  • Particular emphasis on major donors, trusts and foundations.
  • Databases, reporting and management.
  • An existing network of funder and donor relationships.

Knowledge (desirable):

  • Marketing channels, including print, online and social media.

Skills (essential):

  • Highly organised with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to combine strategic thinking with operational work.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; ability to write for social media, web and print and speak to diverse audiences.
  • Proactive and innovative.
  • Demonstrate excellent Communication skills.
  • Work to deadlines with a number of conflicting priorities.
  • Demonstrate good time management.

Skills (desirable):

  • High level of computer literacy and competency in Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel and PowerPoint in particular.

Important Notes:
You will have a visa with the right to work in the United Kingdom.

To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Tim Wingrove, email address:

Please subject your email with the following reference: Development Director – UK (TNP).

It is important to note that there will be two sets of interviews held for this recruitment process.  Kindly take note of these important dates:

  • TBC – Internal interviews with Red Sea
  • TBC – Interviews with The Nehemiah Project for successful candidates