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Head of Development


Eden Scott is delighted to be working with an Edinburgh based visitor attraction whose museums care for collections of national and international importance, preserving them, interpreting them and making them accessible to as many people as possible.

They have four museum sites in Scotland and their collections are a legacy which they look after on behalf of everyone in Scotland. Their wealth of objects represent everything from Scottish and classical archaeology to applied arts and design; from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world.

The collection centre in Edinburgh, is home to millions of items not currently on display. It also houses state-of-the-art facilities for conservation, taxidermy and academic research.

Through their research, they aim to explain the significance of the millions of objects in their care to a wider audience. How they interpret their collections can increase public understanding of human history and the natural environment.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at the museums in the role of Head of Development, the successful candidate will drive philanthropic income generation, creating a strong fundraising culture to underpin the organisation's strategic and operational success.

Key responsibilities of the role:

  • Develop and implement a transformative fundraising strategy which supports their strategic and operational plans and ensures the future of Scotland's national collections.
  • Inspire, lead and develop a team of fundraising professionals, to ensure that each team member fulfils their potential in delivering target income
  • Develop and project manage ideas through to concrete proposals for philanthropic support, ensuring proposals are properly costed, strategically aligned and deliverable
  • Lead major institutional (including capital) campaigns, setting campaign strategy and managing operational plans
  • Lead the engagement process for a portfolio of potential major donors (including private philanthropists, major sponsors, trusts and foundations and statutory funders), planning and devising detailed engagement plans and solicitations for gifts
  • Oversee revenue fundraising programmes to drive increased income from fundraising streams such as sponsorship, and individual giving (including Membership, Patrons, legacies, onsite, online and appeal giving)
  • Set fundraising targets, evaluate and report on performance
  • Be a trusted expert on, and champion of, fundraising across the organisation, providing briefings, reports, presentations and training as appropriate
  • Work with colleagues to reconcile income across three charitable bodies and to track income and expenditure across projects
  • Oversee delivery of a high-quality engagement programme, delivering outstanding events for donors, patrons and members which build support for our museums

Key skills and experience required:

  • Applying candidates must have an excellent knowledge of the principles, theory, practice and ethics of fundraising across major gifts, trusts and foundations, lottery funding, individual giving, and membership either from a similar organisation, a charity, academia or similar.
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully fundraising in a complex multi-stakeholder environment including formulating and successfully implementing strategy.
  • Experience of managing fundraising staff, systems and processes to successfully drive philanthropic income.
  • Experience of working on a successful major capital campaign at a senior level

This role offers an excellent competitive salary and significant company benefits including a civil service pension.

Eden Scott are working in partnership with their client on this vacancy so to be considered for this exciting opportunity with a truly unique and best in class employer, please submit your CV online clearly stating salary expectation or to and for an informal chat or to receive the full job description please email or call Sally on 07776 662506.

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