Save the Children
The job of a Save the Children’s UK Head of Special Events is interesting and fulfilling.
Do you have extensive experience of delivering high value fundraising and stewardship events in a philanthropy setting?
Do you have experience of developing, networking, and enhancing committee and donor relationships?
Are you a strong leader with the ability to inspire a high performing team?
Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?
If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!
Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.
Reporting directly to the Director of Philanthropy, the Head of Special Events will be responsible for leading on our high-value fundraising and stewardship events.
The Head of Special events will lead a team to deliver multiple objectives that include delivering exceptional experiences, generating vital unrestricted income, engaging donors, and stakeholders, and introducing new individuals to the organisation.
The role holder will also work closely with the Partnerships & Philanthropy senior leadership team to proactively drive new business, grow income, and support the stewardship of long-term committed relationships.
As a member of the Philanthropy & Partnership Senior Leadership Team, the role holder will ensure that we continue to evolve our approach to partnerships to maintain our sector leading position as partner of choice for companies.
As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.
The Head of Head of Special Events will be responsible for leading on our high-value fundraising and stewardship events. Key duties will focus on:
Providing consistent leadership, driving and empowering the team to deliver outstanding events and building long lasting highly engaged relationships with donors and event committees
Developing and executing the Special Events strategy to reach income goals. Aligning activities with the wider Partnerships and Philanthropy and SCUK’s strategic framework, including our commitment to and progression of a more diverse and inclusive approaches across all activity
Reviewing and critically analysing existing activity. Making recommendations for the development of an ongoing successful integrated events portfolio to drive engagement and cultivation opportunities and to maximise income
Stewarding event committee members and donors with excellence. Understanding donor motivations, philanthropy and event trends & delivering a bespoke journey to ensure continuity of their engagement with Save the Children
Leading the financial planning and budget setting for Special Events and reporting monthly on forecasting figures
Reviewing all event activity and working collaboratively across the department to ensure resource is built into schedules and activity aligns with priorities whilst spotlighting opportunities, and best practice
Proactively prospecting, generating new links through peer-to-peer approaches, and actively networking to introduce new event committee members
Working with the CEO’s office, trustees, and senior volunteers to seek new opportunities and to deliver stewardship at the highest level
Demonstrating excellent behaviours to drive external engagement, working to a collective department target to meet unrestricted annual income targets
Working collaboratively and effectively to developing positive solution focussed relationships. Taking an agile approach and working with other departments and teams when required
Extensive experience of working within a philanthropy setting, delivering a high value fundraising and stewardship events portfolio
Experience of developing, networking, and enhancing committee and donor relationships
Demonstrable experience of delivering high level stewardship
Experience of leading and developing teams, building a positive culture to ambitiously succeed
Ability to collaborate & work across teams on complex programmes and donor relationships, building both strong internal and external networks
Ability to plan, prioritise and manage a varied and demanding workload to meet deadlines
A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity
Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.