Head of Individual Giving and Legacies

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Salary: c £ 53,500 per annum

Contract: Permanent, full-time, 35 hrs per week

Location: Home Based within the UK with occasional/ regular visits to Young Lives vs Cancer workplaces

Closing date: Monday 20th November 2023


When a child is diagnosed with cancer life becomes full of fear, for them and their family. Fear of treatment, but also of families being torn apart, overwhelming money worries, of having nowhere to turn, no one to talk to. 

At Young Lives vs Cancer, we help children and young people (0-25) and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. Join us and your skills will make a real difference to the lives of young cancer patients. 

 About the role 

Our Individual Giving and Legacies team has just embarked on an exciting new strategy which aims to achieve substantial growth in the short to medium term alongside developing our legacy pipeline. With a £8m individual giving target, you will need to be a direct response and legacy marketing expert, someone who always keeps their finger on the pulse of the ever-changing sector and beyond. You will love your numbers, tracking performance with quality KPIs and measures, working closely with your team and partner teams to stay on track.

But, it’s not all about numbers; you will also care deeply about our audiences’ experiences, whether they’re first-timers or long-time supporters. You will respond confidently to performance patterns, leading your team and stakeholders to take brave risks.

Above all, the Head of Individual Giving and Legacies is a supportive, challenging, and development-focused leader who builds honest, high-quality relationships with their team and partners.

Young Lives vs Cancer is open to and in support of flexible working. Your flexibility requirements and that of the role will be discussed at interview stage with you. 

We would love to hear from you if you have: 

  • Experience of managing both individual giving and legacy activity and the professional standards required for this.
  • Experience of developing and successfully delivering strategy with the budget management that goes with this.
  • Experience of leading, inspiring and motivating people at all levels, including line management and development of a team.
  • A proven track record of using data and insight to make effective decisions.
  • Understanding of the importance of delivering a positive supporter experience and experience in doing this.
  • Experience of identifying and delivering innovative approaches.

Diversity declaration 

At Young Lives vs Cancer, we recognise that opportunities for too many people remain a condition of their race, class, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation – or a combination. This has never been acceptable to us as an organisation.  

We are committed to taking anti-oppressive action and removing barriers in our recruitment practices. We particularly welcome applications from members of minoritised communities and creating equitable opportunities for all. We are passionately committed to taking actions and making changes to be a truly diverse, inclusive and equitable organisation, as well as reflective of the diverse children and young people we support. Click here to find out more about our Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging strategy.  


We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we’ll always endeavour to be as accommodating as possible.  Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss any specific requirements. 

What we offer 

In return for your commitment, we offer a great reward package, which includes generous annual and family/ caring leave entitlements, enhanced pension and employee savings scheme. To find out more about our benefits package, have a look on our website: 


If you join us, you will be part of a community that is committed make a difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer. Young Lives vs Cancer is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. 

Young  Lives vs Cancer is open to and in support of flexible working. Your flexibility requirements and that of the role will be discussed at interview stage with you. 

To arrange an informal chat, please contact Serena Daw on Serena.Daw@Younglivesvscancer.org.uk

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