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Development Manager


The Development Manager is a key leadership role within the organisation and is responsible for the overall organisational development and income generation plans for the organisation.

The Development Manager reports directly to the Directors and takes day-to-day responsibility for creating and implementing Reef-World’s income generation strategy and organisational development plan.  The Development Manager will also contribute to the strategic direction of the charity. The main responsibilities of this role are:

  • Lead on Reef-World’s fundraising/income generation activities

  • Lead on identifying areas for organisational development across the organisation 

  • Continue to develop and refine, implement and monitor a fundraising strategy to support the implementation of Reef-World’s strategic plan

This is the first role of this kind at the organisation. Previously, fundraising has been carried out successfully by the Directors, and a freelance trusts and foundations fundraiser. As we continue to grow and seek to diversify our income base, now is the right time to bring in dedicated fundraising/income generation expertise into the organisation. We’d also like this role to have a broader view of the organisation’s overall development alongside the fundraising/income generation. This may be things like identifying improvements to our approach to communications, monitoring and evaluation, finance management to support fundraising, etc.  

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but growing team. We are looking for someone who would like to grow in this role and has ambitions to be involved more strategically in senior management going forward.


We are looking for an experienced Development Manager or senior fundraiser to lead our fundraising/income generation plans within the scope of the charity’s strategic plan. The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraiser with a good working understanding of multiple kinds of fundraising, most importantly trusts and foundations fundraising and individual giving fundraising. We don’t expect you to be an expert in every kind of fundraising, and we will encourage training and professional development.

You should be a proactive and resourceful leader and an excellent communicator. You will be a strategic thinker who is comfortable working largely independently but with the support of a Director and Trustees. You will naturally approach tasks with a sense of curiosity, patience and the ability to consider the bigger picture impact of your work. You’ll be open to new experiences and adventures and be adaptable and flexible.


Holiday entitlement

30 days a year.

Flexible working

The Directors are based in an office in Bristol, and we have a field office in Dauin, Negros Oriental in the Philippines. As an international team working across time zones, our working policy is flexible and hybrid. 


For all employees, we pay a minimum of 3% of your qualifying earnings per month (over £6,240). For UK employees, you’ll pay a minimum of 5% of your qualifying earnings per month.

Culture of Care

As an organisation, we are invested in the personal and professional long-term success of our Reef-World team. Reef-World’s vision for a Culture of Care embodies a collection of support mechanisms aimed at enhancing the well-being of our team and enabling each of us to properly care for ourselves, our teammates and our network. These include –

  • Access to a team coach

  • Access to personality type tool analysis for yourself and your team 

  • Reflection days – dedicated time to reflect on your successes and takeaways

  • Personal Development days, with a small budget to ease you in (think training, new books, new classes, experiences)

  • Dedicated, and respected, focus time throughout your working week

  • Exemplary and effective internal communication mechanisms

  • We are a parent and family friendly organisation, our Directors work flexibly around their children. 

  • Reef-World is a safe space for everyone. We especially want to make sure we are a safe space for LGBTQIA+ people, neurodivergent and disabled individuals, and racialised communities. We’re constantly learning to make sure everyone feels welcome here.

Professional development and training 

Organisational membership at Fundraising Everywhere.


A small, friendly and ambitious team. Read more about our staff team and Trustee board.

“The Reef-World Foundation is a phenomenal place to work where everyone’s contribution is valued and our team is able to punch well above our weight in terms of conservation impact. It has been an absolute pleasure to contribute to Reef-World’s output for the last 3.5 years.”
— James Greenhalgh, former member of staff and now Trustee

“Working at The Reef-World Foundation is an inspiring journey. Beyond professional growth, being part of a team actively engaging in marine conservation and witnessing efforts to protect our oceans make each day at Reef-World rewarding. It’s a privilege to contribute to an organisation making a real difference in preserving our planet’s marine ecosystems. The inclusive team and culture of care create a dream work environment!”
— Joyce Yang, current member of staff

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be part of the Reef-World Foundation,  my time here has been a catalyst for both my professional and personal growth. Collaborating with passionate individuals sharing the common goal of protecting our marine ecosystems, particularly the coral reefs, has been an extraordinary journey. Moreover, the organisation’s culture of genuine care surpasses expectations, something for which I am very grateful. In all honesty, working with Reef-World has been the highlight of my career, and I’ve never been happier professionally.”
— Erin Canto, current member of staff

“It’s inspiring and motivating to work with everyone in the team who truly believes in our work — working together towards the organisation’s mission to have a global conservation impact. Reef-World has given me the opportunity to grow professionally and personally in the field of marine conservation, and I am truly grateful for that. I am very honoured to be part of this inspiring team that walks the talk!”
— Teresa Moh, current member of staff



Reef-World has incorporated an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) framework into its recruitment processes, resulting in more than 50% of leadership positions within the organisation being held by female professionals. Additionally, we take pride in operating as a fully remote team, engaging in asynchronous collaboration across various time zones.

For more information, please download the full Development Manager job description.

Applications close on
February 12th, 2024


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The Reef World Foundation

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