Head of Fundraising

Debbie Carpenter
Debbie Carpenter

Want to make a difference to Local Lives?

Do you have strong leadership skills, a passion for fundraising with a track record for delivering financial results, along with a desire to work for a meaningful cause? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity to join St Wilfrid’s Hospice as the Head of Fundraising.

We are an independent local charity based in Bosham, Chichester, offering a wide range of services to support our patients, and their loved ones, who are living with a life limiting or terminal illness.

The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of local people and we support over 330 patients at any one time between our Inpatient Unit and Community teams. The majority of this care is funded by the support given to us by our local community.

Being Head of Fundraising at St Wilfrid’s

As Head of Fundraising, you’ll be leading an incredible team of 12 dedicated fundraising staff who, along with the support of our event volunteers, work tirelessly to support our Hospice. Their dedication to, and care for, our supporters generates over £4 million annually, which is vital for funding our care.

This role is pivotal in ensuring our fundraising department thrives, and you will be responsible for balancing income generation with cost control, team leadership, and collaborating closely with our marketing and retail heads as one of our department leads. The team will be stewarding our amazing supporters and donors across fundraising areas such as Events, Community, Gifts in Wills, Corporate, Individual Giving, Trusts and Foundations, and Philanthropy.

Experience at a senior level in managing a varied and innovative fundraising environment, with a £2 million+ turnover, is crucial. But, more importantly, you must have a passion, and drive, for empowering teams and achieving meaningful results. The ever-evolving landscape of charity fundraising makes this an incredibly exciting opportunity to make a profound difference.

Why join us as Head of Fundraising?

Our team is extraordinarily committed to and passionate about our vision to provide high quality end of life and palliative care.  You’ll find that, throughout the organisation, our staff and volunteers understand the importance of what we do, and care deeply.

Read about the difference we make to local lives

The wellbeing of our people is a priority and our generous annual leave, pension and other benefits reflect this.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Fundraising experience and specialist knowledge at a senior level and in a wide range of fundraising income streams – Essential
  • Level 7 qualification in Fundraising – Desirable
  • Extensive practical experience at a senior level of leading and developing the skills of a team – Essential
  • Experience of building high level relationships – Desirable
  • Experience of developing funding propositions, campaigns and securing significant funds in excess of £2m annually – Essential
  • Experience of successful delivery against targets – Essential
  • Excellent communication and networking skills – Essential

Please see the attached Job Description for a full Person Specification

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at St Wilfrid’s

We value diversity and are committed to being a place where people feel their differences are recognised and welcomed, and their needs are heard and respected. Creating an inclusive workplace is a core part of our aim to ensure St Wilfrid’s is a great place to work and a compassionate and caring place to be.

We want to hire talented people and to make sure our processes don’t exclude or disadvantage people with disabilities or different needs. Please let us know what would help you apply for our role – we’re happy to be flexible with our process to make sure you can shine. To do this you can email, call 01243 775302, or pop in and ask at Reception for HR.

We guarantee an interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for the role.

What we offer you

All Hospice employees are offered the following benefits:

  • Annual Leave – Our generous holiday entitlement starts at 27 days per year plus bank holidays and increases with service
  • Healthcare – Access to a contributory health plan for you and family members, covering a range of benefits including eyecare and physiotherapy
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – Access to free and confidential Virtual GP Advice, Counselling and Legal Support
  • Continuation of existing NHS Pension Scheme Membership  – And recognition of reckonable service for certain benefits
  • Generous Pension – With 7.5% employer contribution for staff not in the NHS pension scheme
  • Life Assurance Scheme – Should the worst happen while you’re working with us, your loved ones will receive a lump sum payment equal to two times your salary (or the NHS Life Assurance Scheme if applicable)
  • Free on site parking – At our beautiful, purpose built Hospice in Bosham
  • Subsidised food – Our catering staff provide a range of high quality meals at low prices for all staff members when on site at the Hospice
  • Staff discount – In all our community charity shops and eligibility for the Blue Light Card discount scheme

How to apply

Please send a CV or Application Form to and also tell us what attracted you to this role and our organisation:

Interview Information

This will be a two stage interview process. First interviews will take place at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Bosham, on Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th June 2024. Second interviews are planned to take place on Tuesday 18th June 2024.

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy, please email us or call 01243 755183

Please note this vacancy may close early if sufficient applications have been received