Development Manager - Link Community Development International

Development Manager - Link Community Development International

Location: Central Edinburgh, with remote/home working considered

Salary:  £32,144 - 35,439 plus benefits

Contract/Hours: Full time (part time and/or flexible working available)


About the Organisation

Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished rural areas of Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts. Link Community Development International (Link), based in Edinburgh, supports all project, fundraising, finance and governance activities in our four sub-Saharan partner countries.


About the Role

The purpose of this role is to lead the development and implementation of Link’s fundraising strategy and achievement of Business Plan objectives and Strategic Goals. To play a key role in realising unrestricted and project funding targets by identifying new fundraising opportunities and by securing and stewarding donations from charitable trusts and foundations, high net worth individuals, regular donors and other sources such as corporate and community. The ultimate objective of this role is to build long-term, sustained relationships with donors and diversify the funding base for Link - developing and securing trusts and foundations engagement will be key. There will be some opportunity for both national and international travel.



  • To achieve agreed income targets through researching, identifying and applying to current and prospect trusts and foundations, individual donors and corporate supporters
  • To manage and nurture trust and foundation supporters through email, virtual and face to face meetings, telephone, written proposals and other forms of communication with the aim of ensuring their on-going and increasing support
  • To manage and develop Link’s fundraising strategy, including campaigns, projects and activities, as required, in support of Link’s Business Plan
  • To provide motivational and meaningful communication, in writing and person, with donors and prospects, building informed and committed relationships  Ensure compliance with donor and GDPR requirements in all fundraising activities
  • To ensure donations from trusts and foundations are promptly and appropriately acknowledged and recorded
  • To work with key members of programme and finance team to monitor and report spend on restricted funded projects, and provide forecasts for unrestricted and restricted funding at key points of the financial year 
  • To manage and work with the Fundraising Officer enabling areas of responsibility to be met
  • To support the Communications and Administration Officer in the delivery of the communications strategy and their ongoing work to widen Link’s audiences, including the stewardship of regular donors
  • To work with the Communications and Administration Officer on coordinating Ambassador campaigns to amplify Link’s public profile and further audience growth and donor development opportunities
  • To devise and deliver awareness raising and fundraising events
  • To provide briefings for the Senior Management Team and Board on projects, prospects and issues.
  • Representing Link and working to raise our profile e.g. via conference attendance


Experience and Qualifications:


  • Proven track record in fundraising, donor stewardship and strategic planning
  • Demonstrable experience in succinct, technical proposal and report writing
  • Considerable experience of managing a portfolio of trusts and foundations, with a proven track record of delivering income targets
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Experience of identifying and tracking new funding opportunities
  • Knowledge of the UK, European and international philanthropic landscape
  • Sound understanding of charity and data protection law in respect of fundraising


  • Experience of the international development or education sectors
  • Experience in the national and international trusts and foundations arena
  • Knowledge of the Scottish fundraising landscape
  • Knowledge and understanding of communications, media and marketing in the NGO sector


How to Apply

For further details about the role, please click here.  To apply, please send a cover letter, completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to with the subject line “Development Manager”. 

Your cover letter should include your available start date and current salary. 

The closing date for applications is 10 am on Monday 10th August 2020

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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