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We are hiring for a Director of Strategic Partnerships (Deadline 24 September)


Job title: Director of Strategic Partnerships

Reports to: Chief Executive, Angus Mercer

Salary: Ca £75k, depending on skill set and experience.

Location and travel requirements: Flexible location within the UK, with the expectation of attending our central London office at least two days a week, including Mondays. Please do contact us if location is a barrier to you applying, as we can consider a remote position for the right candidate.

Application form: Apply here.

Deadline: EOD 24 September 2023

For any questions about the role, please contact

About CLTR

The Centre for Long-Term Resilience (CLTR) is a UK-based think tank with a mission to transform global resilience to extreme risks: high-impact threats with global reach. We do this by working with governments and other institutions to improve relevant governance, processes and decision-making, with a particular focus on the UK government.

We focus on three main areas, where effective governance today could substantially mitigate both current and future threats: the safe development and use of AI; biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and improving how governments manage these types of extreme risks. We work with experts and policymakers to develop concrete and actionable policy recommendations in these areas, and to advocate for those recommendations in senior policy communities.

You would be joining a small but ambitious team with experience across academia, government, non-profits, and the private sector. Over the last three years, we have built a leadership team with expertise across our key policy areas, and are now continuing to expand the organisation to increase our capacity for impact.

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Fundraising at CLTR

We are excited to be recruiting a Director of Strategic Partnerships as a core part of our senior team. This person will lead our fundraising efforts to reach our fundraising target, and to make our funding streams more diverse and resilient.

About the role

This brand-new role is a fantastic opportunity for an entrepreneurial and strategic-minded fundraiser to make their mark on big-picture issues that are beginning to be framed at the same scale as the climate crisis by Governments and policy makers.

We have a unique network of foundations and UHNW supporters, which we’ll be looking for you to expand our reach within, whilst also developing partnerships from our nascent relationships in the global foundation space. The issues we’re tackling are becoming some of the hottest topics amongst change-making philanthropists and institutions, and we’re uniquely placed to take the lead.

Working in close partnership with, and full support of, our senior leadership team and board you will lead on the diversification of our income mix, building on our success of securing six and seven-figure gifts. With the support of the Head of Operations and the wider team, you will head up the creation of project budgets for funding bids.

We believe that fundraising is a part of everyone’s role. In addition to our AI, biosecurity, and risk management units, you will be able to draw on our directors, Head of Operations, and the board, who are all highly invested in and engaged with our philanthropy programme. You will be working with the wider team to help efficiently contribute to developing our partnerships.

What we're looking for

We are seeking an entrepreneurial fundraiser who is as comfortable devising strategies and managing budgets, as they are engaging with high-level donors and securing major gifts.

We are working across complex, multi-disciplinary issues, with our contemporaries including Cambridge University, University of Oxford, Berkeley, and the University of California. You will be building out from our supportive funding base in the world of effective altruism and building links with the global foundations capable of true impact in this vital space, so will need to be comfortable dealing with donors at this level on complex issues.

We’re keen to attract as diverse a range of candidates as possible, and we’ve narrowed the person specification down to the following key qualities/skills:

  • Deep interest in our mission and the wider policy landscape

  • Proven experience of driving significant fundraising growth (from global foundations

  • and UHNWIs)

  • A proven ability to develop and maintain trusting, long-term relationships with UHNWIs

  • Experience of implementing and maintaining robust fundraising systems and processes

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication

Key priorities for the role

  • Build and drive an effective fundraising operation focused on extremely high value partnership funding

  • Build, deliver, and steward high-value funding partnerships across the major foundation and UHNWI landscape

  • Deliver a fully diversified income mix and grow our annual income

  • Contribute to the culture of a kind, ambitious, motivated and growing team

Salary and Benefits

Ca £75k, depending on experience. However, we would be open to considering a higher salary for a truly exceptional candidate. If you are interested in this position, but the salary is a barrier to applying, please get in touch with our team to discuss.

The salary comes with a generous benefits package which includes:

  • 28 days annual leave, plus public holidays

  • £3,000 annual learning and development budget

  • £5,000 yearly bonus (before tax) for mental health and wellbeing, for you to spend at your discretion

  • A pension contribution scheme (up to 7% employer-matched contribution)

  • Health insurance through AXA

  • Generous parental leave

It also comes with a commitment from CLTR to care deeply about your well-being, career development and overall experience working with us, and to respect your preferred working patterns wherever possible.

Location and travel requirements

Flexible location within the UK, with the expectation of attending our central London office at least twice a week, including Mondays. However, we may be open to exploring remote working arrangements in exceptional circumstances. If location is a barrier to you applying, please get in touch with our team to discuss.

Diverse and Inclusive Recruitment

At the Centre for Long-Term Resilience, we take inclusion and diversity seriously. Only by getting this right can we truly live our organisation’s values: people-first, targeted real-world impact, and integrity.

We are constantly working to improve our way of working to be more inclusive and equal. This is fundamental to our principles, meaning that our organisation and the change we seek to make in the world should be as impartial, neutral and universal as possible.

We are an anti-racist organisation and are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity across all of our teams. We value diversity and we believe it makes us a stronger engine for change.

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