Director, Philanthropy, fixed-term contract, up to 2 years

United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)

This vacancy is now closed


About Us

At MSI Reproductive Choices we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give women the means to do so. Across 37 countries, we provide high quality, safe services, and work with advocacy to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

MSI Reproductive Choices is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups. 

About the Role

The Director, Philanthropy is a new role, responsible for crafting, leading, and implementing a successful strategy to grow MSI’s HNWI, individual giving, and smaller foundation income in non-US markets, with an initial focus on the UK and Europe. This position is critical in the diversification of MSI’s funding streams – a crucial aspect of our new organisational strategy.

The role requires an experienced, savvy and accomplished senior professional to create and implement a comprehensive strategy to attract private philanthropists to MSI. Demonstrable success will lead to increased internal investment in this team.

About You

We want individuals who support our mission of eliminating unsafe abortion by 2030 and who work with us to build an enabling environment to increase access to safe services everywhere. We expect all team members to share our vision and commitment to achieving our mission whilst promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all clients and colleagues.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • Extensive experience of private philanthropy fundraising, including the cultivating and soliciting gifts from HNWIs, preferably for a not-for-profit working internationally.
  • Proven track record in, and excited by the challenge of, building a nascent individual giving programme.
  • Proven experience in developing a broad but segmented individual giving programme, inclusive of digital marketing techniques.
  • Experience with using fundraising tool and technologies to support major donor programs, like donor CRMs, prospect research and wealth screening tools, and capacity and willingness to learn new systems.
  • Success in engaging leadership individuals as stakeholders and mobilizing them to support a philanthropy programme.
  • Integrity and ability to gain the trust and confidence of supporters and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the SRHR sector would be beneficial.


  • A thorough understanding of the UK and European private philanthropy market (with a focus on HNWIs), with a network of established contacts and relationships.
  • Proven ability to develop and institute cultivation and solicitation strategies to engage and upgrade individual donors.
  • Ability to anticipate the needs and interests of individual donors, and develop successful, deep-rooted relationships with them through an exceptional supporter journey.
  • Digital marketing and social media fundraising experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of best practice standards and processes as set out by industry regulatory bodies.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Data analysis and budget management skills.
  • Effective team leadership and line management skills to inspire motivate and develop a high performing team.
  • Experience of developing effective cross-departmental relationships across an organisation to achieve mutual objectives.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically for donor engagement and on occasion internationally for site visits and/or internal meetings.

Personal Attributes:

  • Committed to the protection of team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Able to role-model inclusive and culturally sensitive attitudes and behaviours.
  • Excited by the challenge of establishing a new income stream for MSI.
  • Able to work well with others in a team environment and across disciplines and cultures
  • Ability to manage a heavy and fluctuating workload.
  • Results orientated.
  • Demonstrates MSI team member behaviours
  • Pro MSI philosophy of social enterprise and cost recovery
  • Pro choice

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification on our website.

Location: London Support Office

Full-time: 35 hours

Contract type: Fixed term contract, up to 2 years

Salary: *£63,640 - £81,000 per annum + discretionary bonus + benefits 

Closing date: 20th August 2021 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

For internal employees considering applying for an advertised vacancy internally, you must first speak with your line manager, or if they are absent, your manager’s line manager. 

*Please note for internal employees applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.

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