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Head of Development

Strengthen, sell and expand CHI's offer.


This is a new role, which will be focused on strengthening, selling, and expanding CHI's offer.

We are looking for someone who has experience working in collaborative environments to meet organisational goals, build and manage relationships, and develop pitches that connect our mission and capabilities with the needs of potential funders. She/he will surface and establish partnerships, lead funding bids, and act as a key representative of the Centre to the outside world. 


At the Centre for Homelessness Impact we help people to harness the power of evidence and data to improve policies and interventions. We are currently in a period of growth and learning, so there is a huge opportunity for this role to make an impact. 

Working with the Chief Executive, the post-holder will lead on all aspects of development and fundraising; maintaining high level relationships with donors and prospective donors and maximising opportunities to secure new sources of income from individuals, companies and charitable trusts.

This role is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a high-profile initiative to deliver creative solutions to homelessness.


  • Work across the homelessness and housing sector and the What Works network to identify compelling opportunities for complementary value creation. Elevate and amplify the Centre’s reputation, influence, and leadership in the sector by building new networks, partnerships, and externally-facing programmes (e.g. roundtables, workshops, publishing opportunities).
  • Keep abreast of the market landscape to continuously push our positioning. Identify and define value that’s already being created, evolve our current funding model, and continuously experiment with ways to create new value and generate revenue.
  • Implement the Centre’s fundraising strategy and nurture relationships with potential investors. This will include securing new funding to scale up the Centre’s knowledge mobilisation programme.
  • Oversee all aspects of fundraising. Maximise voluntary income for the Centre, targeting donors and prospective donors and aiming to attract longer-term commitments to the organisation to ensure its sustainability over time.
  • Develop and deliver an annual fundraising plan to meet the aspirations of the organisation over the longer-term, working with the Chief Executive and the rest of the team, taking the lead on income generation.
  • Provide support to other team members to encourage their successful involvement in the fundraising process.
  • Cultivate and develop strong relationships with a portfolio of major donors and prospects
  • Manage a portfolio of major donor/grant-maker/sponsor relationships, adding new names and maximising income from new and existing supporters; to advise and support the Chief Executive and other team members on how they might best help develop some of these high level relationships.
  • Develop creative approaches to leverage resources in the major giving market, developing a compelling business case for investment, securing pro-bono support and managing new investment effectively.
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Executive, trustees and other stakeholders on all aspects of fundraising, producing regular reports of progress against plan.


We are looking for someone who is excited and motivated by the challenge of raising significant funds for a What Works Centre dedicated to improving the lives of people who are homeless through the evidence-led transformation of the field. She/he will need to be highly articulate, imaginative and resourceful in their approach, and excellent at building strong and enduring relationships.

Your experience includes:

  • A track record of working to, and achieving, financial targets ideally in a fundraising capacity or in a context where skills are transferable 
  • Experience of fundraising in the academic or voluntary sector in an executive or non-executive capacity is essential
  • Experience of diversifying income streams in a start-up social sector organisation

You will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • The capacity to build good relationships at senior levels with influencing and negotiating skills, able to understand others’ agendas and goals
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to explain ideas, methods and concepts to a range of audiences
  • Personal presence, excellent influencing, negotiating and interpersonal skills, strong networker, good relationship developer and able to work with very senior individuals
  • Proven experience of face-to-face fundraising experience at a senior level, or transferable skills and experience from another sector.  
  • Financially literate, accustomed to working within budgets and understanding financial information
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills with an ability to translate strategies into achievable goals
  • Flexible and able to respond quickly and imaginatively to changing priorities
  • Ability to set clear priorities, prioritise ruthlessly and to work to tight deadlines
  • Experience of managing a diverse group of stakeholders 
  • Energy, drive, initiative, a self-starter, able to push self and others to achieve, problem solver with a ‘can-do’ mentality
  • Sophisticated understanding of fundraising and current trends across individuals, trusts, corporations and major donors
  • Excellent presentation and negotiation skills; must have an engaging personal presence and an ability to exert influence
  • High comfort level in working within a start-up environment, within a small, self-directed culture.
  • A commitment to the values and mission of the Centre


Both full and part time considered.

Salary: £38,000 to £50,000 (pro rata if part time), depending on experience and location. 

Location: Flexible, with at least two days in office on an average week.


Sunday 6th September 2020

Interviews will take place on the 17th September in London. Travel expenses will be covered for any candidates travelling from elsewhere in the UK and other arrangements will also be considered on a case by case basis.


If you are interested in applying please send your CV and cover letter to, detailing why you think you are qualified for this role and why you want to work at the Centre in up to two sides of A4. 

General information

Who we are

We’re a social startup in the homelessness sector. Our mission is to end homelessness by helping charities, local authorities and policy-makers understand which programmes and strategies work best. We’re big believers in the power of evidence and human-centred design when it comes to solving complex social problems like homelessness – and we’re looking to build a small, agile team to deliver content, training and platforms that make a real difference to those affected, as well as people working towards a future without homelessness.

Joining a relatively small team you’ll be a big part of shaping the way we work, collaborate and deliver impact. You’ll also have a great opportunity to assert your aesthetic and personality on the centre and its work in a meaningful way.

Our values

We value optimism, diversity, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, a talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making each other successful. If you identify with our values and want to help us end homelessness, we’d love to have you in. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of homelessness.



How to apply

Read our job descriptions above and apply by emailing a cover letter and CV to and reference the job title.

In your cover letter, please address the points outlined in the person specification section of the role you are interested in. 

For any queries you can email and a member of the team will respond.

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