Deputy Director of Communications and Fundraising

Discipline: Internal
Job type: Fixed Term
Contact name: Devia Gurjar

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Job ref: 018502
Published: 5 days ago
Expiry date: 14 Jun 2024 23:59

A 12 month fixed term contract has become available for a Deputy Director of Communications and Fundraising and applications are welcomed from internal colleagues.


Job Purpose

The Deputy Director of Comms and Fundraising acts as the custodian of Hft’s brand to raise the profile of the organisation, to grow support, and to influence change. The role will report to Steve Veevers, CEO.


Responsible For

They are accountable for developing the communications and fundraising strategies in support of organisational objectives; whilst championing and influencing health and social care legislation and relevant policy activity at a national level to create positive change for the people we support.


Key accountabilities

  • Strategic leadership. You will lead the ongoing delivery of the long term Communications and Fundraising Strategy, foster a culture of creativity and ensure that the directorate is represented in key organisational discussions and plans
  • Internal and external communications. You will work with the Head of Brand, Communications and Marketing to leverage a wide range of communications channels, lead on crisis communication responses and act as the guardian of Hft's newly refreshed brand, building consistency across the organisation
  • Policy and Public Affairs. Working with the Head of Public Affairs and Policy you will oversee engagements with policy and decision makers, lead on the strategic planning and delivery of Hft's Sector Pulse research and oversee the engagement with Hft's Walk in our Shoes campaign
  • Impactful fundraising. Working with the Head of Fundraising to lead Hft's diverse fundraising programmes, cultivating donor relationships, ensuring a pipeline of future supporters and make recommendations to the CEO and Executive Board in relation to funding decisions

Please review the job description for a full list of all the responsibilities.

Job Description and Person Specification  


What you need to be successful in this role:

  • Senior leadership experience in a non-profit organisation with a successful track record in fundraising and/or communications.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, with experience of leading communications, marketing, and social media strategies to promote an organisation’s vision and profile through a wide range of channels.

  • The ability to achieve targets and goals while ensuring excellent governance of a Charity.

  • Engaging personality that can cultivate strong relationships and work successfully with a range of stakeholders, including Board Members, Trustees, donors, and colleagues.

  • Risk – applies robust risk governance, balancing growth with stability, ensuring accountability for all risk-based decisions and actions and encouraging awareness, engagement, and consistent behaviour in every employee.

  • Strategy –Thinks ahead, sets clear business targets and expectations. Creates plans that provide clarity and direction enabling others to perform effectively.

  • Stakeholder Relations – understands the importance of engaging with internal and external stakeholders to leverage their expertise and forge mutually beneficial connections.

  • Corporate Governance - Is expert at delivering within a governance framework regarding decision-making processes, policies, and procedures. Works collectively with others but demonstrates independent judgement reasonable care, skill, and diligence.

  • Accountable & Performance Orientated – takes personal responsibility and continually promotes best practice and measures KPI’s. Builds a performance culture to improve efficiency, quality, and stakeholder satisfaction.

  • People-Centered - embraces and values diversity, equality & inclusion always treating everyone with utmost respect. Has a passion to support people with learning difficulties.

  • Strategic Thinking – thinks creatively and evaluates opportunities. Is an early adopter of new ideas, is decisive and demonstrates optimism. Can translate thinking into action.

  • Analysis & Decision Making – has an enquiring and analytical mind-set, takes effective and timely decisions by evaluating relevant information from within or outside of Hft.

This role is considered a member of the Senior Leadership Team/Exec Board


This role bridges both our Senior Leadership Team and our Executive Leadership Team. The Deputy Director of Comms and Fundraising will join Executive Board meetings to contribute to organisational discussions. Whilst the role does not have delegated Executive decision-making authority, as a development opportunity, they will be supported to develop the skills and attributes around decision making for the organisation. The role does have accountability for driving performance, managing risk, leading strategy and influencing change across all three Charity and External Affairs departments including Brand Comms & Marketing, Fundraising, and Policy and Public Affairs.


Our Values and Behaviours

  • Diverse
  • Positive
  • Visionary