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Head of Public Fundraising

Job description

Harris Hill are delighted to be working with Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity, to recruit a Head of Public Fundraising.

Born Free Foundation work to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. They oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them in the wild where they belong. 

Public fundraising is an important foundation of Born Free’s fundraised income and this position offers an exciting opportunity to diversify and grow this giving programme. As Head of Public Fundraising you will support the Director of Fundraising and work with the wider fundraising and communications team collaboratively to ensure public fundraising is integrated into plans for wider income growth and Born Free’s communications.

As Head of Public Fundraising you will;

  • Support the Director of Fundraising to deliver a contemporary and ambitious multi-faceted public fundraising strategy

  • Develop and grow income and engagement from individuals, both new and existing, through individual giving, data/insights, supporter care, legacy, DIY fundraising and challenge events.

  • Provide end-to-end management, from concept to delivery, of Born Free’s appeals and fundraising campaigns

  • Proactively explore and test new cost-effective methods for donor recruitment and retention

  • Line manage and support the development of a team of 5

This position would ideally suit a candidate who has demonstrable experience of creativity and innovation in individual giving fundraising across a range of channels. The Head of Public Fundraising will;

  • Be resourceful, organised and a proactive team player

  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Have previous experience of developing and delivering a programme of initiatives to maximise income and engagement from individual supporters

  • Be motivated by, and passionate about, the mission of Born Free Foundation.

If you are someone who has the ability to work intuitively with a “can do”, entrepreneurial approach, and thrive in a small, fast-paced environment we want to hear from you. This is an organisation where you can make a tangible impact and have real influence in a friendly and familial environment.

Please note: This is a home-based position that will require occasional office presence and travel expenses will be covered.

This role closes to applications on Thursday 27th June, so for more information about this position and next steps please contact Hayley at Harris Hill on 02078207306 or email your CV to

As leading charity recruitment specialists and a certified B Corp™, Harris Hill is committed to high and ever-improving standards of equitable and inclusive recruitment. We actively welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and other protected characteristics.