Following the appointment of The Very Revd Andy Bowerman as the Dean of Bradford, the Cathedral has recently developed a new vision and forward strategy. An important part of this strategy is looking at how the Cathedral can play a full part in, and realise the potential of Bradford’s year as the UK City of Culture in 2025.

The Director of Fundraising & Development will sit on the Cathedral’s Senior Management Group, playing a key role in delivering our vision and strategy, maximizing the opportunities afforded by 2025, and helping shape and resource our future, serving the City and its community.

There will be a particular focus on developing an ambitious Fundraising & Development strategy which will encompass fundraising, income generation and marketing – building on what has been achieved in recent years. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Fundraising & Development will lead a small team, including an Events & Marketing Officer and an Events & Marketing Assistant. In addition, the post holder will work closely with members of the Senior Management Group and heads of departments.

If you enjoy a challenge, working in a unique environment, have a proven track record of success and are looking for a rewarding role in a dynamic, friendly organisation this post offers a great opportunity.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Operate as part of the Senior Management Group (SMG) taking a leading role in delivering the Cathedral’s new vision and strategy.
  • Provide inspirational leadership across fundraising, events, commercial income generation and marketing – line managing the Events & Marketing Officer and Events & Marketing Assistant, and working with other clergy and lay staff as appropriate.
  • Devise and implement a Fundraising & Development strategy, setting out clear aims, objectives and KPIs in relation to fundraising, events, commercial income and marketing activity, and ensuring alignment with the Cathedral’s wider strategic plan.
  • Work with the SMG and heads of departments to identify and raise funds for the Cathedral’s ongoing ministry, and capital and revenue projects across a range of areas, including; education, music and the arts, fabric conservation and building development. 
  • Develop bids to statutory funding bodies and independent trusts and foundations, and manage relationships and all communication with funders, producing updates and reports as required.
  • Identify and explore opportunities to build relationships with influential stakeholders and high net worth individuals to secure major gifts.
  • Develop strategies and infrastructure to grow visitor donations and develop programmes to encourage long-lasting engagement with the Cathedral and individual giving to support its mission and ministry.
  • Work with the Dean and clergy to promote stewardship within the Cathedral community, seeking to grow unrestricted voluntary income from regular congregational giving and legacies, and to maximise giving at key note services through the year.
  • Develop coherent messaging to increase and embed clergy and lay staff awareness of how they can support fundraising and income development in their roles.
  • Lead fundraising campaigns and appeals, ensuring that these are supported with high quality marketing materials and imaginative promotional activities. 
  • Oversee the development of coherent events and marketing strategies, ensuring that potential for income generation from all Cathedral events is maximised.
  • Provide direction to the Events & Marketing Officer;
  • to maximise commercial income from venue hire – including music concerts/ entertainment, conferences, receptions, seminars and other booked events.
  • to deliver an annual programme of Cathedral fundraising events to generate income to support the Cathedral’s ministry and mission.
  • to ensure that high quality marketing assets and collateral materials are developed to support fundraising and income development, and that marketing activities integrate promotion of the work, life and mission of the Cathedral with fundraising and income generation.
  • Work with the Canon for Intercultural Mission & the Arts to maximise the opportunities of Bradford 2025, ensuring that there is a joined up approach to events and that the potential to secure grants and generate income is fully realized.
  • Act as a representative and ambassador for the Cathedral, liaising with partners and supporters, managing relationships with grant giving bodies and individual donors to retain engagement and provide opportunities for future funding/donations.
  • Oversee and manage the Cathedral’s fundraising, events and marketing budgets, working with the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance to establish clear income targets as part of the annual budgeting process.
  • Liaise closely with the finance team to ensure accurate reporting, recording and management of all grants and fundraised income.
  • Ensure that accurate records are maintained of funders, grants and donations, implementing systems and processes for data analysis to measure the effectiveness, and inform future fundraising and marketing campaigns and programmes.
  • Produce written reports to SMG and Chapter as required.

Application Deadline: Monday 29th July 2024

Interview Date: Thursday 8th August 2024

For full details – and to apply – please visit the Church of England Pathways website.

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