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Head of Development

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Water underpins all forms of life. Access to water is a basic human need and right. Yet 2.2 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion live in water-stressed countries. Frank Water’s mission is to inspire society to value the world’s most precious resource and improve how people understand and use water, ensuring long term access to some of the world’s most marginalised communities.

We do this by:

  • Enabling those most in need to build climate resilience and access clean, safe, sustainable water.
  • Developing tools and approaches for use by governments, NGOs, and companies to improve their understanding and management of water, and drive the change that’s needed for a water-secure world.
  • Inspiring collective water stewardship for use in corporate supply chains.
  • Delivering education in the UK to increase understanding of the global water crisis and inspire the next generation of global citizens.
  • Providing water products and services (through Frank Water CIC social enterprise) that inspire society to engage in responsible consumption of water.

We’re looking for an ambitious and proactive Head of Development to join our small, passionate team and support the delivery of our mission.

About the Role

The Head of Development will work closely with the CEO, Head of Programmes & Funding and Head of Operations & Finance, as part of the SLT, setting the strategy and taking responsibility for income generation across Frank Water including charitable fundraising as well as  commercial sales and development through our Social Enterprise. This is a full time role.

You will lead an integrated communications strategy which includes thought leadership, brand development, communicating impact, agreeing marketing messaging of commercial opportunities and of fundraising opportunities.

You will play a pivotal role in integrating income generation across the charity and the social enterprise, setting and driving the strategy to increase income from fundraising and communications, and developing delivery of the social enterprise services and products. 

Your team, who you’ll work with and line manage to deliver the strategy comprises the Fundraising & Communications Manager, Corporate Partnerships Manager and Commercial Manager. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure a diverse and balanced income portfolio to include philanthropy, legacy fundraising, community and individual giving, corporates, events and commercial (including income from products, services and festival activity via the social enterprise).
  • Own and manage the Major Donor portfolio and stewardship.
  • Set and manage the annual income generation budget, including regular re-forecasting.
  • Lead on Frank Water’s communications and marketing strategy
  • Manage key fundraising and communications risks and lead on fundraising compliance and GDPR for the organisation
  • Line manage the Commercial Manager and Fundraising and Communications team with a professional and enabling approach that encourages a collaborative and supportive culture
  • Ensure consistent and high-quality stewardship of donors, volunteers and partners across the organisations

What We’re Looking For:

The ideal candidate will have experience in income generation through fundraising and/or through commercial channels, with a proven track record in securing 6 figure gifts and/or contracts. You will be entrepreneurial and dynamic, keen to make your mark and develop sustainable income streams to enable increased impact for the environment and communities we work with. You are a natural relationship manager with high emotional intelligence and a proven track record of managing teams with a professional, enabling style.

You will be proactive, organised, and an excellent communicator with strong attention to detail. You will have proven your communications skills and have a gift for quickly building strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You are self-motivated, tenacious, and solutions focussed.

It is essential you’re passionate about social and environmental change and you will be keen to develop an understanding of all aspects of our work. You are able to travel throughout the UK when required to meet donors and partners (TOIL where appropriate). There will be opportunities to visit our projects overseas and you will be comfortable to travel for up to two weeks at a time when these opportunities arise.

You’ll have experience, or be ready to take on the challenge of working in a small, dynamic and ambitious organisation where the scope of work is broad and you’re happy to work on all levels, where days often include both strategic meetings and getting ‘stuck in’ with the team.

You’ll be able to work from our central Bristol office at least one day a week, enabling face to face working with the team and opportunity to support the SLT in building a collaborative and supportive culture.

Why You Should Join Us:

  • Make a meaningful impact on global water issues.
  • Supportive and collaborative work environment.
  • Join an ambitious,  dynamic, passionate team dedicated to positive change
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth
  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Flexible and remote working arrangements with 2 days in the office per week
  • Travel opportunities within the UK and occasionally overseas (with TOIL)

How to Apply:

If you’re ready to join us in our mission and possess the skills and passion we’re looking for, we want to hear from you! Please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you’re excited about joining Frank Water to hr@frankwater.com

Frank Water is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

The application deadline is 10am on Monday 1st July, but we reserve the right to interview as applications are received and therefore may close recruitment early.


Join us in creating a world where everyone, everywhere has access to clean and sustainable water resources. Apply now and be part of our journey towards positive change!

Applications close on
July 1st, 2024

£38,513 - £44,774 Full time

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Frank Water

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