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The Elders is an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace and human rights worldwide. The Elders are assisted by a small team based in London.

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  • Head of Development

    Do you hope for a world in which there is universal respect for human rights; in which poverty has been eliminated; in which people are free from fear and oppression and are able to fulfil their true potential?

    A group of independent leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Kofi Annan, The Elders use their collective experience and global influence to promote peace, justice and human rights. They support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.

    We are currently seeking an exceptional Head of Development to lead on developing and delivering a funding model and strategy aimed at diversifying and maximising donor income to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Finance and Corporate Services, you will maintain and strengthen long-term partnerships with existing major donors on our Advisory Council; build and deliver a pipeline of new major donors; and develop and implement a systematic fundraising strategy to realise new funding from high net worth individuals as well as private family and charitable foundations.

    You will be a proven ethical leader with a passion for peace, justice and human rights worldwide and will demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical leadership and the vision, mission and values of The Elders. You will have significant experience of working at a senior level and a track record of developing and implementing fundraising strategies and of achieving funding targets. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate experience of securing major gifts, ensuring donor care, preparing grant applications and impact reporting. You will be a strategic thinker, have excellent stakeholder management, negotiating, interpersonal and diplomatic skills as well as the ability to network and influence at the highest levels. The small Secretariat represents a close knit team and therefore flexibility and interoperability are key.

    If you identify with the vision, mission and core values of The Elders, and can demonstrate the relevant experience and skills, then this is the role for you. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

    To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 2521.

    The closing date for applications is 9am BST on Wednesday 25th May.

    The salary for the role will be competitive with market rates and negotiable depending upon experience. There is the potential for flexibility and this role being part-time (3-5 days a week).

    The role will be based in London.

The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

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