Research Executive – Fundraising

Key information

Closing date: 12pm, Thursday 13 June 2024

£35,000 per annum

Full-time, 35 hours per week

Permanent Contract

Based in London, SW1P 1QN


Please find below the job description for this role:

Job Description – Research Executive


Would you like to use your skills, energy and passion to help shape the direction of fundraising at the Diocese of Westminster as we develop and implement ambitious growth plans?


What you’ll be doing

As part of our Fundraising team, you will join a department which directly impacts how we can deliver the mission of the Catholic Church in Westminster. That impact is felt throughout London, Hertfordshire and Middlesex through our delivery of services, food banks, shelters, day centres, social enterprise and the many hundreds of programmes provided by our parishes and agencies throughout the Diocese of Westminster.

We are recruiting a Research Executive for our Fundraising and Stewardship department who will support the growth plans for Major Donor income through identifying, engaging and stewarding major donor supporters, coordinating fundraising approaches to donors, and project managing donor special events.

Above all, this role is about identifying and prioritising potential donors capable of making the high value contributions we need to help us deliver our portfolio of major projects over the coming years. This role will make a very real difference in enabling a step change towards a sustainable philanthropic income stream that will serve our beneficiaries and our Diocese through challenging times.

This means there’s lots to get involved in – and to be excited about.


What we’re looking for

Using your strong prospect research, analytic and communication skills, you will thrive on your ability to deepen and widen our donor constituency through identifying new potential donors, as well as mapping donor networks and creatively assessing opportunities for closer engagement with existing donors.

You will also have experience of the following:

  • Preparing prospect profiles and wealth ratings
  • Working with relationship managers to devise tailored cultivation and solicitation plans
  • Developing and managing reporting in our database across fundraising portfolios
  • Helping to organise smaller bespoke events for special interest groups of donors
  • Providing due-diligence reports on prospective donors as part of our gift acceptance procedures

You will also be a strong team player who is self-motivated and goal driven together with excellent organisational skills to meet priorities.

We welcome applications from those with a Catholic faith, those of other faiths, or none. What we require above all else is that you respect the values we share to help others and support decent and dignified work for all without prejudice.


What we offer you

In return for your hard work and commitment to us, you will receive a competitive reward package which will include, but is not limited to:

  • Life Assurance
  • Access to Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Discounts scheme through Reward Gateway – shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets gift cards and much more
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Access to low-cost loans with Churches Mutual
  • Employee assistance programme– free, independent 24/7 help and advice for work-related issues as well as problems affecting home life


Who are we?

We are the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, a faith-based charity with offices close to Victoria Train and Underground Station and just a short walk from St James Park and Westminster Underground stations.

We are home to the Archbishop of Westminster (Cardinal Vincent Nichols) and our beautiful Westminster Cathedral. We are one of the leading Catholic dioceses in the country, delivering our charitable mission through our network of 208 schools in which over 90,000 pupils attend daily, 212 parishes and several hundred social justice initiatives. We seek to bring hope and transformation to  the lives of all members of our community and to our wider society.

Our core values are Competence, Reliability, Honesty, Perseverance  and Love.

Our values are at the centre of everything we do and as such we are looking for a Research Executive who is able to clearly demonstrate and evidence them


Application details

Our people are incredibly important to us, and we value and respect diversity in all its forms (seen and unseen). We particularly welcome applications from those from Black and Asian backgrounds, as well as candidates with disabilities and from the communities in which we work. We would like to increase representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.

To be considered for the role, please complete an online application. CVs will NOT be considered, therefore, please do not send them. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please note that you will need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position. You must provide proof of Right to Work in the UK. We reserve the right to remove the vacancy before closing date.

Equal Opportunities & Living Wage Statement:

The Diocese of Westminster is an Equal Opportunities and accredited Living Wage employer. To be successful, we aspire to be person centered at all times and place human dignity at our centre. We aim at all times to recruit the person who is best suited to the job, and we welcome applications from all communities and underrepresented groups, regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability, faith, age and gender. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria. We strive to take a holistic approach to the development of our people so that we may better serve and empower the mission of our Church as ministered by the parishes, deaneries, schools and communities that we support. Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity.

We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our organisation, share a sense of belonging and demonstrate our values. With this in mind, we positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion at the Diocese of Westminster and place it at the heart of our aim which is to reflect and connect with the diverse communities that we serve.

Actions we take to provide equality of opportunity for all candidates include:

  • We anonymise application forms during our shortlisting process to ensure that candidates are assessed without any consideration of their name, gender or background.
  • As part of this anonymisation, we don’t take into consideration where candidates studied, or the method of that study e.g. full-time, part-time or distance learning.
  • We apply a consistent approach to our question setting across our applications and interviews to ensure that everyone is assessed against the identified values, competencies and job requirements.
  • Our values are important to us and as such we use a scoring framework that marks candidates based on values, behaviours and competencies.
  • We provide guidance and brief all our interviewers throughout the selection processes in recruitment best-practice to mitigate against any potential for conscious or unconscious bias or discrimination.
  • Whenever possible we will have multiple interviewers when assessing each candidate to ensure marking is accurate and fair.
  • We ensure all our assessment venues are accessible. We offer alternative formats of our application forms to encourage applicants with disabilities or who require reasonable adjustments to perform at their best.
  • We will work together with candidates with a disability or health condition to implement reasonable adjustments to enable them to feel comfortable and strive during the assessment process.

Please note: we are going to interview on a rolling basis for this role, therefore we could close for applications earlier than the stated closing date if we appoint early.