- Job Title
- Philanthropic Lead
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 3 Oct 2022
- Starting Salary
- £42,050 - £51,950 Salary will be pro-rata, based on a full time 37 hour week
- Project Title
- Philanthropic Lead
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
The John Innes Centre is a world-leading centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. Its strategic vision for Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of its science globally – driving a step change in agricultural productivity, developing new products from plants and microbes and ensuring that agriculture is sustainable in the face the climate emergency.
The Philanthropic Lead is a senior position at the John Innes Centre, with responsibility for the planning and delivery of a new philanthropic function. This is a new role created to identify potential supporters, build relationships and secure philanthropic gifts to ensure the John Innes Centre can deliver its ambitious strategy. The post holder will collaborate with colleagues across the JIC to help identify a portfolio of philanthropic projects and create inspiring cases for support to encourage philanthropic giving from a pool of individual supporters, trusts and foundations.
They will also help create an engaging capital campaign to help secure funding for building plans being taken forward by the JIC and The Sainsbury Laboratory.
The role’s focus is to develop and deliver compelling approaches for a pool of trusts, foundations and individual supporters. The post holder will need to work closely with a broad range of scientists across the JIC, the senior management team and the JIC’s Governing Council to develop compelling cases and build relationships with for support for our work.
The role also involves working closely with The Sainsbury Laboratory and BBSRC on joint plans for a new development on site, and an associated capital campaign.
Internally they will also need to work with the Communications and Engagement team to ensure materials align with organisational messaging and branding. Experience of working with senior colleagues within a complex organisation would be an advantage.
The post reports to the Director of the John Innes Centre.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Philanthropic leadership
• Leading and delivering a new philanthropy function for the JIC, to build a more diverse financial model and help secure philanthropic gifts.
- Build a portfolio of projects across the JIC and create the case for support
• Working with senior staff across JIC, to identify relevant, fundable project proposals aligned with the JIC’s strategic priorities.
• To prepare compelling pitches and funding proposals in partnership with relevant academic colleagues and senior staff across the JIC, ensuring that key messages on priority projects are clearly communicated.
- Maintain database of prospective donors
• To manage and prioritise a portfolio of prospective donors, maintaining an effective database and ensuring records are kept up to date and follow best practice and legal requirements around confidentiality and data protection.
• To research prospective donors to support planning and decision-making.
- Relationship building to support income generation
• To develop individual cultivation plans for prospective donors, taking into account their interests, aims and capacity.
• Working with senior staff across the JIC, to grow and maintain relationships with prospective donors.
• To work with the Communications and Engagement team to build the JIC’s profile and enhance our reputation through targeted communications activities aimed at our fundraising audiences.
- Relationship building internally
• To help build a wider understanding of fundraising within the JIC to support the work of the team.
• To support the network of senior researchers across the organisation who will need to engage in this work and act as ambassadors for the JIC.
• To work collaboratively and undertake any other duties that may be reasonably required within the scope of this role.
- Capital campaign
• To create an engaging capital campaign to help secure funding for building plans being taken forward by the JIC and The Sainsbury Laboratory.
- Analysis and reporting
• To monitor and report on progress against plans.
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
Education & Qualifications
- Educated to degree level or equivalent in a science or related subject (or have equivalent experience)
- Postgraduate qualification in a science or related subject or equivalent experience
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- An understanding of the research environment
- Broad scientific awareness across subjects and disciplines relevant to the work of JIC
- Knowledge of major gifts fundraising and proposal design
- Ability to write in a clear, concise and persuasive manner in a range of formats
- Familiarity with data protection laws and ability to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner
- Ability to use databases and standard packages such as MS Office
- A proven track record of strategy development
- Knowledge of capital campaigns
- The skills required to effectively manage projects and programmes
- Experience of developing successful funding proposals and approaches to secure income
- Experience of engaging with complex scientific content and communicating it effectively for non-scientific audiences
- Experience of effectively managing multiple stakeholder interfaces, successfully building relationships and navigating complex dynamics
- Experience of working with senior colleagues within a complex organisation
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent planning and organisational skills with demonstrated ability to effectively manage competing priorities/deadlines
- Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and influence at all levels
- Outstanding written communication skills.
- Natural relationship builder, able to quickly establish effective working relationships, inspire confidence and work collaboratively with stakeholders at all levels (showing highly developed emotional and political intelligence)
- Able to present a positive image of self and the John Innes Centre
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the John Innes Centre ensuring it is a great place to work
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Who We Are
John Innes Centre
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial genetics, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.
Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or email@example.com.
We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).
Living in Norfolk
Salary: £42,050 - £51,950 pro-rata, per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract: 2 years, part-time (hours to be confirmed)
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 3rd October 2022
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Philanthropic Lead. The role will join the Directorate and lead on writing fundraising proposals to support the John Innes Centre deliver its ambitious vision for the future.
About the John Innes Centre:
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally.
Our employees enjoy access to a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.
The Philanthropic Lead will have responsibility for the planning and delivery of a new philanthropic function. This is a new role created to identify potential supporters, build relationships and secure philanthropic gifts to ensure the John Innes Centre can deliver its ambitious strategy.
The ideal candidate:
Candidates should be educated to degree level or equivalent in a science or related subject (or have equivalent experience). We are looking for applicants who have an understanding of the research environment and a broad scientific awareness across subjects and disciplines relevant to the work of the John Innes Centre.
The ideal candidate will have experience of developing successful funding proposals and approaches to secure income and experience of engaging with complex scientific content and communicating it effectively for non-scientific audiences.
The ability to write in a clear, concise and persuasive manner in a range of formats is essential and excellent planning and organisational skills are required.
Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.
We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The John Innes Centre is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.