Alder Hey Children's Charity,

E Prescot Rd.,


L14 5AB

+44 151 252 5716

Job Title:

Philanthropy Support Lead

Reporting To:

Head of Philanthropy


£27,471 – £34,848


37.5 hours per week (flexible working will be considered)


Alder Hey, Liverpool (Hybrid)

Job Description
Job Purpose:

We are recruiting for a Philanthropy Support Lead to work within the Philanthropy team here at Alder Hey, the UK’s busiest Children’s Hospital.

The Philanthropy team raises vital income from major donors, charitable trusts, foundations and other funders. This is a key role to support the team and help implement the Philanthropy strategy to reach new audiences and grow sustainable income.

We’re looking for a proactive team player who loves organising events and has a structured approach to administration, research and data. Charity experience is desirable but not essential, we’re very open to candidates from other sectors who have transferable skills. You’ll also be calm under pressure, self-motivated and an excellent collaborator. If you’re excited by the sound of this, we’d love to hear from you!

Main Duties/Tasks

Event management

  • Manage the organisation of a programme of philanthropy events; from individual visits and tours of the hospital for donors, private dinners, through to larger events such as Gala Balls.
  • Build strong relationships with colleagues and clinicians in the Trust to support, coordinate and plan events.
  • Lead on liaising and negotiating with venues and third-party suppliers to ensure that events are delivered to the highest standards.
  • Prepare event briefings for Charity and Trust colleagues, so that all participants understand their role and contribute effectively.
  • Track, monitor and report to the Head of Philanthropy, CEO and Trustees on event plans and performance against KPIs.

Administration, Processes and Data

  • Oversee administration for the team, including thanking, minute taking and meeting organisation, ensuring the work is of a high standard, professional and accurate.
  • Development and ongoing management of the CRM database processes (Salesforce) for Philanthropy, including insight and reporting information for financial and performance tracking, segmentation and pipeline management.
  • Responsibility for preparing data for philanthropy mailings and event lists, including recording details on Salesforce.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the Finance Team, working together to provide smooth processes.
  • Delivery of prospect research requirements, including donor profiles, network analysis, sector research and due diligence reports, ensuring all processes are compliant with our privacy policy, data protection legislation and prospect research best practice.

Other Duties

  • Be an active and supportive member of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity team, contributing to the team’s development and working collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers.
  • Be an outstanding advocate for Alder Hey Children’s Charity and represent the Charity at functions and events, in line with the values of the organisation, to promote the objectives of the Charity.
  • Be an active and supportive member of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Team, contributing to the team’s development and working collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required by your line manager.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

• Event management
• Managing relationships and negotiating with third party suppliers, venues and agencies.
• Managing team operations and processes
• High level administrative support with excellent attention to detail
• A range of research methods
• Efficiently managing and delivering a demanding and varied workload
• Using a CRM system or database
• Experience of working in the charity sector
• Experience of working in a Philanthropy/high value team

Skills and Attributes

• Excellent organisation and planning skills.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written across a range of audiences
• Excellent influencing skills
• Ability to build strong working relationships internally and externally at all levels
• Self-motivated, calm and positive attitude with the ability to work effectively under pressure and prioritise in a busy environment
• Ability to work in a logical and organised manner
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently
• Excellent IT skills including Microsoft packages, especially advanced use of Excel
• A creative and lateral thinker with the ability to look for innovative solutions to problems
• Commitment to principles of equality, diversity and collaborative working
• Experience of public speaking/ presenting at Board or Committee level
• Excellent presentation skills with the ability to get information and ideas across clearly and succinctly

Additional Requirements


• Committed to continuing professional development
• Strong interest in working for a children’s health charity
• An understanding and commitment to the values of Alder Hey Children’s Charity
• Willingness to get involved with activities across the charity
• High standards of personal conduct, honesty and integrity
• Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality
• Willingness to occasionally work outside of normal office hours for events.

How to apply

Applications must include your CV and a covering letter which answers the following questions:

  • How do you meet the person specification? If you don’t exactly meet all of the role requirements but have transferable skills please do consider applying and provide details as part of your answer.
  • Why do you want to work for Alder Hey?

If you have any questions about the role please contact Tracey Wilson, Head of Philanthropy at [email protected].

Closing date: 4pm on Thursday 22 February 2024

Interviews: Thursday 7 March 2024

Alder Hey Children’s Charity will make every endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments for applicants who require assistance in carrying out their duties due to a disability. Alder Hey Children’s Charity is committed to equal opportunities and positively welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Alder Hey Children’s Charity is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The post holder may be required to complete an enhanced DBS disclosure check.

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