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Director of Development

  • Salary: £48,000-£56,000 pro rata
  • Job Type: Part-time

The Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) (UK registered charity 1085057), which is known for its innovative work in international sustainability education, is seeking an experienced professional to lead its future fundraising activity. The successful candidate will help develop TSL’s charitable activity by raising financial support from external sources. The post will initially be part-time (2½-3 days/week), with potential to grow based on future success.

TSL runs the Living Rainforest visitor centre near Newbury and the annual International Schools Essay Competition and Schools Sustainability Challenge globally. The charity collaborates with partners including the Eco Attractions Group, British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, Seychelles National Botanical Gardens and International Institute for Sustainable Development, amongst others.

The Director of Development will work closely with the Chief Executive to support the growth and expansion of TSL’s charitable activities. While TSL’s day-to-day activities are currently underwritten by revenue from the Living Rainforest centre, expansion requires new and additional funding. Your role will be to raise funds to help TSL achieve its vision, including:

  1. Significant capital funding for a new education wing, rainforest visitor centre and associated exhibits, in order to upgrade the existing facilities at the Living Rainforest;
  2. Project funding to allow TSL to extend its international sustainability education work in response to significant and growing demand from schools around the world, and
  3. Day-to-day management and cultivation of strategic funding relationships with external entities such as grant-making trusts, institutes, companies, quangos, visiting schools and the general public.

Previous fundraising experience and knowledge of the educational and sustainability fields are a requirement. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, results-driven, organised, a skilled communicator, a team player and excited about the opportunity to help expand the future reach and impact of TSL.

The closing date for applications is 5 April 2015. Applications should include a covering letter and c.v.. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held at the Living Rainforest centre in Hampstead Norreys during the week commencing 13 April 2015.

Please email your application to or post to: K Hansen, Trust for Sustainable Living, The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, RG18 0TN, United Kingdom.

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