Director of Fundraising

  • Job Reference: 00001033-1
  • Date posted: 22 March 2024
  • Recruiter: Manchester Youth Zone
  • Location: Manchester
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £52,000 to £58,000
  • Sector: Children & Young People
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

Are you a talented Fundraising leader who believes every young person deserves the chance to reach their potential?

As Director of Fundraising, you’ll ensure that donors and partners are offered the right opportunities to be involved in Manchester Youth Zone – present and future. You’ll ensure MYZ continues to be a proactively inclusive and young-person centred charity. With a brilliant new CEO at the helm and £1.4 million of capital redevelopment funding secured, there’s going to be plenty on offer to engage and excite your supporters.

Salary: circa £52-58k, depending on experience with potential for negotiation for an exceptional candidate
Location: Hybrid, ideally 3-4 days on site in Harpurhey
Benefits: 5% employer pension; 33 days annual leave including bank + birthday day; free gym access; access to OnSide’s Talent Academy; bespoke training and mentoring.

About the charity:
Manchester Youth Zone (MYZ) is a unique and ambitious charity that punches above its weight. Part of the national OnSide family and deeply rooted in North Manchester’s Harpurhey community, MYZ serves one of the poorest wards in England with 94% of MYZ’s youth members coming from the highest indices on the national poverty index scale.

We need you to lead a refreshed and reimagined Fundraising team, to deliver for these young people.

About the opportunity:
This is an extraordinary Director of Fundraising role with the chance to live and breathe the impact of your fundraising. It would suit an ambitious fundraising leader who wants to work collaboratively and with autonomy, working towards a target delivery of circa £2m income per annum.

There’s a unique duality to this role. On the one hand, it is absolutely strategic, leading and a team of x4, working closely with the CEO and Board, and taking ownership of a brand-new fundraising strategy for 2025-2030. But, it’s essential to also have a willingness to get stuck into the detail and work closely and hands on with high-value partners (mainly philanthropists and corporates). You’ll hold relationships with the charity’s largest donors and need to steward them appropriately.

About you:
We’re looking for an empowering and effective fundraising leader. You’ll need to create a dynamic balance between supporting a team to feel valued and motivated, and delivering a high-impact donor centric fundraising portfolio.

To apply, we would love you to clearly demonstrate:

  • Impressive fundraising performance, delivering on financial targets and increasing unrestricted income.
  • Personal track-record at six-figures working, with either major donors or corporate partners.
  • Ability to work strategically across a range of income streams, with a willingness and appetite to work hands-on too.
  • Generous and compassionate leader of people, with a motivational and empowering leadership style.
  • Creative thinker who embraces change and welcomes fresh ideas.
  • Understanding of the issues affecting young people and disadvantaged communities and a commitment to advocating and proactively championing ED&I.


It’s of vital importance that you are an emotionally intelligent communicator and relationship builder. You’ll need to work seamlessly with donors, partners, young people and stakeholders at all levels, as well as an ambitious, entrepreneurial board of trustees.

MYZ operates in a vibrant and diverse community, so we would especially welcome and encourage applications from individuals from global majority backgrounds.

If you are as excited by this unique opportunity as we are, you’ll want to get in touch ASAP for further details on how to make your application.

To apply, please send a copy of your profile or CV in the first instance to Amelia Lee at Charity People.

Deadline: Only because the role has been previously advertised, we’ll be working on a rolling basis.

Please get in touch ASAP if you are interested so that we can get excited together. If working on a rolling basis disadvantages you in any way, just let Amelia know and she’ll make sure you don’t miss out.


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