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Current Opportunities

Development Manager

The Findhorn Foundation
Findhorn, Scotland
Salary negotiable
Contract, Full-time

Are you ready to take a creative leap?
Are you excited to work within a world-leading spiritual community?

This exciting new position of Development Manager is to be based in the Findhorn Foundation offices in Scotland. We offer flexibility in a relocation process and timeframe, including with a work-from-home start if necessary. This is a full-time position.

The Findhorn Foundation is a world-leading, recognised pioneer of living in harmony and cooperation with self, others and nature. Based in Scotland, we are a highly dynamic and evolving experiment in exploring, researching and educating about new ways of living and being in a world that’s undergoing rapid and unprecedented change. As an NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, we actively align our activities and programmes with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Findhorn Foundation has received coverage recently in an article on community living in the Guardian. Louis Theroux and comedian Ruby Wax also discuss the Findhorn Foundation in Louis’ podcast Grounded (episode 14, 30 minutes in), and Ruby Wax wrote about us in her latest book ‘And Now For The Good News… ’.

This is an exciting time to join the Findhorn Foundation as we undergo a major strategic review. As we look to the future with its unknowns and challenges, we see an extraordinary opportunity to reimagine, to reinvent, and to revitalise our founding impulse.

We are seeking to recruit a Development Manager who will raise income from charitable trusts, individuals, and statutory sources, managing a small team of professionals and volunteers to help us adapt how we take our programmes into the world, reaching a more diverse planet-wide audience. This position is supported by a highly regarded and experienced US-based Fundraising Consultant who is supporting the Findhorn Foundation with great success to formalise the fundraising function within the organisation. This position will be line managed by the Finance Steward (director). Please see the job description below for more information.

You will be proactive and exceptionally well-organised. You will inspire funders with your compelling written and presentation skills. You will have a keen eye for detail, enjoy the creativity of the fundraising process and the collaboration needed to meet targets in line with strategic priorities.

You will have experience in all aspects of fundraising management including achieving and exceeding targets through applications to multiple sources, event management, social media campaigns, monitoring budgets and presenting financial reports.

If the Findhorn Foundation’s values align with your values, and if you have the skills and experience we need, then please apply, we would love to hear from you.

Job Description

In this exciting new role, the Development Manager will be responsible for building good relationships with prospective donors and clients across multiple sectors, communicating about fundraising needs with the broader public and internal teams, supervising a small team of staff and volunteers (including a part time Fundraising professional and a part time grant writer) at the direction of the Finance Steward, working closely with a US-based Fundraising Consultant, delegating projects and tasks as needed, and contributing toward the execution of the Fundraising Plan to ensure that annual fundraising targets are met.

The Development Manager is expected to stay well-informed on fundraising strategies including social media and email campaigns and be comfortable completing, as well as supervising, research into – and applications to – government, trusts, enterprises and individual prospects and funders.

The ideal candidate will be exceptionally well-organised, proactive, and will have the ability to inspire funders as well as staff. Good public speaking skills are important, to be able to present to staff as well as a range of external audiences.


  • Conducts research on fundraising opportunities.
  • Drafts, submits and uploads fundraising communications on all social media platforms and manages appropriate development responses as required.
  • Drafts funding proposals of all kinds and submits them for review to the Finance Director, CEO and potential donors.
  • Monitors quarterly department budgets, financial reports and fundraising database reports, and supervises the database coordinator and a small team of volunteers.
  • Is continually aware of fresh ways to raise awareness of the organisation and its mission.
  • Coordinates marketing strategies and promotional campaigns with fundraising needs in collaboration with other departments.
  • Post-Covid 19 crisis, organises donor events as needed, attends programmes and events and networks with relevant stakeholders.
  • Establishes good relationships with staff, members of the public, and community members as needed.


  • Aligned with the spiritual impulse of the Findhorn Foundation and committed to embody and implement the spiritual core principles in daily life.
  • Committed to Relationship-based Fundraising
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, PR, Fundraising, or any related field.
  • 3-5 years of proven fundraising experience is highly preferred.
  • Sound knowledge of the charity sector.
  • Experience managing small teams and interdepartmental projects.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and technological communication skills.

To apply for the role please contact Sara at [email protected] by 28th February 2021, with a CV and short cover letter of no more than 2 pages. We will be holding interviews as applications come in, so please apply now. We reserve the right to remove this advert when we have filled the position. For more information or an informal chat, please contact Sara at [email protected]