Better Cotton Initiative
Contract type: Permanent, open-ended
Salary: 50,000 – 55,000 GBP or CHF 90,000-105,000
Location: London, United Kingdom or Geneva, Switzerland
Application closing date: Midnight 31.01.2022 GMT
Better Cotton is the world’s largest cotton sustainability programme. Our mission: to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. In challenging times, we are meeting the challenge head on. Through our network of field-level partners we have trained over 2.5 million farmers – from the smallest to the largest – in 23 countries in more sustainable farming practices. A quarter of the world’s cotton is now grown under the Better Cotton Standard. We have united the industry’s stakeholders behind our efforts, from ginners and spinners to brand owners, civil society organisations and governments. Everyone who cares about cotton and its sustainable future can now be part of something better.
About this role
Better Cotton is now seeking a Donor Partnerships Manager who will help to drive revenue in support of the ongoing success and growth of Better Cotton globally. The role has a dual function; outward facing in cultivating donor relationships, as well as follow-up in leading proposal development processes. As a Donor Partnerships Manager you will identify and cultivate new revenue sources, develop proposals and shape programme design. In addition to this you will represent Better Cotton in external forums and use these opportunities to influence and leverage resources. This post will report to the Director of Fundraising. This challenging role offers excellent opportunities for personal and professional development, together with a competitive benefits package.
Identify & cultivate new revenue sources for Better Cotton
Channel greater volumes of funding toward sustainable cotton farming communities
Support Better Cotton’s fundraising strategy by driving a diversification of income sources to support the growth of Better Cotton
Manage income generation through identification, cultivation and acquisition of new funding streams from diverse sources
Coordinate and lead outreach to potential new donors and investors
Build and maintain an active pipeline of prospective donors
Ensure the alignment of relevant donors and financing instruments with Better Cotton’s 2030 vision
Build Better Cotton’s network; improve awareness of and recognition of Better Cotton amongst relevant stakeholders
Convey the distinct value of Better Cotton opportunities to funders
A positive attitude, with a high level of presentation and persuasion, setting an example to staff
Participate in the review of Better Cotton’s fundraising strategy to ensure it remains relevant and fit for purpose
Bring a positive attitude, with a high level of presentation and persuasion, setting an example to staff
Development of proposals, programme design and presentations
Lead proposal development phase; including communicating donor guidelines and priorities, proposal content and project design, reviewing documentation, collating information, liaising with different functions/teams, lead meetings, editing and wordsmithing and compiling annexes for the donor.
Ensure donor interests and priorities are well understood across the organisation, including country directors and functional leads.
Tailor Better Cotton material to approach donors as first contact
Develop Fundraising strategies (tailored around donor, thematic and/or country as appropriate and necessary)
Better Cotton representation
Represent Better Cotton and the programmes, when needed to present a ‘pitch’ to donors. Where required represent programmes nationally and internationally through participation in relevant workshops and symposia and in collaboration with partners where fundraising or the potential for fundraising is deemed significant.
Contribute to the development of programmatic documents, multimedia and publications for use in promotion of the work of the programmes. Ensuring the documentation reflects and is relevant to donor priorities.
Building internal and external relationships
Collate key information through high level of engagement with internal stakeholders
Foster relationships with prospects, donors and other external stakeholders, by applying high levels of professionalism, using diplomacy with influencing and persuasion.
Build relationships with bilateral agencies, trusts and foundations from a variety of countries, cultures, languages and charitable interests.
Line management of fundraising coordinators
The selected candidate will have the following skills, knowledge, and experience:
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
A thorough understanding of the current donor landscape and fundraising environment, ideally for sustainability programmes.
Effective fundraising management and planning skills evidenced by a full knowledge of philanthropic income sources and their application, the legislative environment for the charitable sector, fundraising planning and monitoring tools.
Donor cultivation and sales skills evidenced by successful proposals with an individual value of more than €1 million
Good active contacts within the donor community
The ability to turn lukewarm opportunities into tangible successes
IT literacy, to include: Word; PowerPoint; Excel; Outlook; MS Teams
Ability to analyse complex budgets and manipulate budget data
Strong interpersonal skills and enjoys networking, public speaking and presenting
Well-developed personal strategies for time and complex process management; data management and internal communications
Ambition, positivity, determination and resilience
Knowledge of the agricultural sector, including common challenges and opportunities associated with smallholder agriculture.
Professional fundraising qualification at management and strategy level, or relevant qualifications in business management
Professional qualifications in marketing and sales. Experience with impact investing.
Knowledge of Salesforce
Ability to read and present ‘audited accounts’
Fluent in French or other languages relevant to Better Cotton’s work: Portuguese, Turkish, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu
The position is full-time (40 hours per week) and will be based in the London office. Better Cotton offers flexible working, with core hours being 10am – 4pm and the option to work from home one day per week. Travel will be required.
Interested applicants with the required attributes are asked to send, in English, a detailed CV and a brief cover letter (2 pages maximum) to Better Cotton by email with subject “Application For Donor Partnerships Manager”
Application deadline: 31/01/2022
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates short-listed for a telephone interview will be contacted. Better Cotton is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to good practice and transparency in the management of natural, human, and financial resources.