Compassion in World Farming Job Vacancy: International Director of Fundraising Growth – Europe or USA

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August 19, 2016

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June 19, 2019



International Director of Fundraising Growth

Job announcement

Job Title:International Director of Fundraising Growth

Location:Flexible, in a major city within Europe or the USA

Reports to:CEO

Salary:Competitive for level of position. Interesting benefits package.


Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming.

we campaign peacefully to end all factory farming practices. We believe
that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused,
specialised approach – so we only work on farm animal welfare.

international headquarters are located in Godalming (UK) and we also
have European offices in Bologna (Italy), Paris, Warsaw, Nijmegen (the
Netherlands) and Brussels as well as a team in the US.

Purpose of the role: 

  • The
    purpose of this role is to build on our strong track record by
    delivering rapid growth in global income to achieve an end to factory
  • To
    do this, the post holder is set a target of achieving an ambitious, but
    we believe achievable, annual global income of £15 million (an increase
    of more than 100 per cent) by the end of 2020.
  • You will bring dynamic and outward-looking international leadership to our fundraising and marketing operation.
  • You
    will be an ambitious and entrepreneurial international fundraiser,
    experienced in remarkable and dynamic net income growth, with a strong
    desire to change the world for animals, people and planet.
  • You
    will operate as a strategic partner to the CEO and the Board of
    trustees, and as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT).  You will
    nurture key external relationships and represent Compassion in World
    Farming (Compassion) externally.
  • You
    will have strategic responsibility for all international
    revenue-generating programmes and activities, including engagement with
    new donor audiences and new markets, and for marketing aimed at building
    brand awareness internationally.
  • You will require creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and transformational leadership. 
  • You
    will be able to demonstrate a track record in scaling up existing
    fundraising programmes, managing and stewarding High Net Worth
    Individuals and international foundations, particularly in the US, and
    ideally leading market entry for fundraising into new countries or
  • You
    will also be adept at building mutually rewarding relationships with
    ultra-high net worth funders, investors and grant making bodies.
  • You
    will be able to make the smartest fundraising investments to optimise
    long-term and sustainable income whilst also working closely with
    colleagues to ensure that the wider organisation is poised and ready for
    the demands and changes of such a programme.
  • Your
    passion for transforming Compassion’s impact will be matched by your
    expertise in relationship fundraising and the need for a truly
    donor-centric fundraising strategy – where our supporters are at the
    heart of everything we do.
  • You
    will both deliver direct activities and build teams to achieve these
    goals, and work in partnership across Compassion to support all
    colleagues engaged with donors and fundraising in field and HQ offices.
  • To achieve these goals, you will provide leadership and direction to the global Fundraising team.

Overall objectives of the post:

The purpose of this role is to help end factory farming.  This role will contribute by: 

  • Focusing on delivering
    dynamic and rapid growth in global income – to achieve an annual global
    income of £15 million (an increase of more than 100%) by the end of
  • Leading decisions on
    the global investment in fundraising innovation, new market entry and
    scaling up successful programmes to generate the biggest progress
    against our mission
  • Delivering national and international strategy recommendations to the CEO (and Board as required)
  • Working
    closely with colleagues to ensure that the wider organisation is poised
    and ready for the demands and changes of such a programme.
  • Driving
    the corporate identity, branding and digital marketing of the
    organisation to maximise profile and income, thereby enabling the
    organisation to achieve agreed animal welfare goals
  • Overseeing the directing of the Marketing, Fundraising and Digital Department.
  • Working particularly closely with the CEO and the Director of Marketing.

Position in the organization: 

  • Reports to the CEO
  • Responsible for global income, fundraising and marketing investment and innovation
  • Direct
    reports include Director of Marketing and any international fundraising
    team members existing or put in place by post holder
  • A member of the Senior Management Team (SMT)
  • Will initiate and Chair the International Fundraising Committee
  • Supervises, directly or indirectly, all members of the marketing, fundraising and digital department in the UK office.
  • Manages
    the matrix relationship with Compassion’s offices in France, Italy and
    the Netherlands who have fundraising within their strategy but who do
    not currently have dedicated fundraising staff
  • Develops strong and effective working relationships with Trustees, collaborating organisations and external suppliers. 

Primary responsibilities: 

  • To achieve an annual international income of £15 million by the end of 2020;
  • To
    create and deliver an international fundraising strategy for Compassion
    that both leverages the opportunity in current markets and identifies
    new market opportunities;
  • To
    unite Compassion’s international leaders and fundraisers in shared
    planning, setting of common goals and aspirations for achieving an
    ambitious income target;
  • To
    develop the necessary systems, processes, tools and staff structures to
    best support the implementation and effective growth of Compassion’s
    international fundraising programme;
  • To
    lead an international approach to fundraising delivery – setting
    international standards and methodology for investment allocation and
    monitoring, and setting goals, KPIs and benchmarks, ensuring that
    international fundraising activities and results are evaluated and
    leveraged for maximum value and impact;
  • To
    develop an international approach to digital fundraising, spending
    investment and tracking results across all Compassion markets;
  • To
    undertake an evaluation into the feasibility of building a major
    endowment fighting fund with a view to possible launch in 2018;
  • To
    research and develop prospect funders/investors for raising funds for
    investing in Compassion’s strategic income growth, and thereby growth in
    mission delivery, through social investors, ‘angel’ investors and the
  • To
    devise creative effective and integrated supporter/donor engagement,
    brand and marketing activities to reach new and potential
    supporter/donor audiences;
  • To
    attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members,
    empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of
    control, and performance.

Dimensions and Limits of Authority: 

  • International authority for fundraising and marketing
  • Authority for fundraising budget internationally
  • May authorise expenditure within budget
  • May recommend disciplinary action and training requirements for staff within own department
  • May select suppliers
  • May authorise cheque payments up to the value of £12,500
  • May recommend / suggest action to take on difficult cases. 

Person specification:

Proven Ability, Qualifications & Training


  • Minimum of 5 years working in a senior international fundraising position;
  • Proven ability to lead and co-ordinate a team internationally;
  • Proven track record in managing digital and online marketing and communications internationally;
  • Resourceful and keen to achieve ambitious fundraising targets;
  • Demonstrable success in increasing income in a ‘niche’ non-profit sector area – comparable with ‘factory farming’;
  • Significant experience and networking capability with HNWI and Trusts & Foundations at an international level;
  • Confident in leading and developing relationships with individual donors through to significant funder opportunities;
  • Resourceful and creative with budgets;
  • Able to travel internationally as and when required. 


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent;
  • Holds the UK Institute of Fundraising’s Certificate in Fundraising or equivalent from another national fundraising association.

Skills, Knowledge & Attributes:


  • You will want to change the world and have a strong affinity with animal welfare and related environmental matters;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Excellent communication skills in English – written, oral and presentation;
  • Ability
    to communicate effectively at all levels such as with manager,
    colleagues and other contacts and from corporate sponsors, HNWI,
    foundation leaders to members of the general public;
  • Manages relevant department budget appropriately;
  • Identifies
    the needs of others; uses effective approaches and styles to persuade
    them to agree to a proposal / Uses information effectively to present a
    persuasive case;
  • Clear
    strategic vision and ability to communicate it in a way that inspires
    and motivates people across the organisation to take action towards
    achieving Compassions’ goals;
  • Ensure the team adapts to the different needs of the organisation and its other stakeholders
  • Makes timely decisions which impact the whole organization;
  • Encourages and supports others to ensure their contributions are recognised and used;
  • Delegates effectively, encouraging people to take responsibility;
  • Sensitive to social and cultural issues. 


  • Helps to build a culture where ideas are encouraged, issues are debated and existing practices are challenged constructively;
  • Demonstrates commitment to a culture of openness, a sharing of ideas and of two-way feedback;
  • Leads by example in effective communication both internally and externally – walks the talk
  • Consults, listens and leads groups to an outcome;
  • Develops
    effective plans for their area of responsibility in support of the
    organisation’s strategy and objectives. Ensures appropriate use of
  • Demonstrates
    the ability to deal with detail as well as the ‘big picture’. Handles
    the detail of a wide range of organisational and financial information
    to inform decision making which affects the organization;
  • Is accountable for making efficient and measurable use of resources and for open reporting to Trustees;
  • Ensures the vision is transformed into reality – translates the highly aspirational into the achievable;
  • Acts
    as a role model across the organisation for delivering against
    commitments and plans. Shows a sense of urgency in their work;
  • Encourage a culture of acting with integrity and in a principled manner;
  • Role models a professional working environment and a culture of striving for excellence. 

How to apply:

apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating the
skills and approach that you would bring to this specific post along
with your resume /CV in strict confidence by email to Isabel Leal at

Documents must be submitted in English and in Word format. No other format will be considered. No documents other than those requested will be accepted at this stage.

CVs with photos will not be accepted in any case.

Please ensure that documents are sent with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV” and state “Compassion – Int Dir Fundraising” in the email subject line. Please do let us know, in your covering email, where you found out about the post.

Deadline for applications: Sunday, September 11th 2016   
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