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Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy Manager

Contract Type Full Time
Contract Duration Fixed Term - 12 months with a view to extend
Job Location Dublin 8
Job description: 

Age Action is Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people.

Everything we do is based on a recognition of the diversity of identity and situation among older people and a concern for equality for all older people. In addressing ageing, our work includes a concern to influence perspectives on and responses to ageing. This pursuit of equality and human rights is underpinned by our work to promote ageing in place, life‐ long learning, and health and wellbeing for older people, empowering them to live as active citizens.

Our work is driven by an organisation that is professional in its operations and lives out its values of dignity, participation, diversity, social justice, and professionalism.


Age Action Ireland has an ambitious fundraising strategy and Strategic Partnerships with Corporate & Philanthropic supporters are central to this growth. This role is therefore fundamental to the success of Age Action Ireland.

Age Action has the following Fundraising income streams:

1. High Value support from Corporates, Individuals and Trusts

2. Individuals Supporters

3. Raffles, Events and Community Fundraising

4. Legacies and In Memory Giving

5. Retail

Key Responsibilities:

  • To initiate and grow strategic partnerships with organisations, trusts and individuals to meet agreed strategic and financial targets in line with Age Action’s strategic objectives.
  • To recruit and support a committee of fundraising advisers to provide networks and advice for the growth of high value giving including corporate partnerships.
  • To develop, implement and provide excellent relationship management and supporter care.
  • To create and follow a solicitation process to track all prospects and supporters across their contact with Age Action from solicitation to thanking, banking and ongoing supporter care.

Reports to: Head of Fundraising

As a key strategic senior post, this position reports to the Head of Fundraising and will have responsibility for managing high value giving. Assistance will be provided by CE and administrative staff on a project basis.

The Role


  • To be an inspiring ambassador for the vision, mission and values of Age Action and ensure these are fully reflected in fundraising strategies, partnerships, and behaviours.
  • To be positive, proactive, and professional in your approach and delivery of all strategic relationship and partnership work.
  • To be target driven and focused on raising vital, sustainable, high value income for Age Action from the organisations, individuals, and trusts that you will recruit and manage.
  • To display excellent internal and external relationship management skills and encourage enthusiasm for Age Action’s fundraising across the wider organisation.
  • To set clear examples of excellence and best practice through the delivery of key partnerships and ensure supporters feel valued and value for Age Action’s work.
  • Strategy and Policy

  • To input to and lead on the delivery of an effective fundraising strategy for high value giving.
  • To proactively seek out and identify new fundraising trends and developments and make recommendations about their relevance to Age Action.
  • Fundraising

  • To develop and manage a proactive and measurable programme of corporate partnerships, including planned events, and a healthy pipeline of high-value individual prospects and trusts.
  • To ensure that annual fundraising targets are set and met as a minimum.
  • To ensure the quality and quantity of supporters grows in line with the fundraising strategy.
  • Ensure new corporate relationships dovetail with existing partnerships being managed within the fundraising team and across Age Action.
  • To work collaboratively with the rest of the fundraising team and across Age Action to inspire growth in engagement with fundraising both internally and externally.
  • To ensure that all fundraising activity complies with relevant legal requirements and Age Action’s policies, including adherence to financial procedures; keeping up to date with changes to fundraising regulation and identifying impact and necessary action for Age Action.
  • To create, manage, and evaluate annual operational plans to meet fundraising goals, including meeting income targets, and growing the awareness and visibility of Age Action amongst your target audience of companies, high value individual supporters and trusts.
  • Develop and implement effective solicitation and supporter care to grow retention and satisfaction amongst supporters and wider influencers and stakeholders.
  • To undertake research to identify and prioritize prospective funders at an early stage of development, ensuring every opportunity is taken to secure funding.
  • Develop and manage a prospect pipeline to track funding opportunities.
  • To develop professional and engaging fundraising materials.
  • To strengthen and build on existing relationships with organizations, individuals, and trusts.
  • To produce and deliver compelling and persuasive funding proposals, speeches, and coordinate development of funding applications, liaising with colleagues where necessary.
  • To implement effective evaluation and benchmarking tools to measure performance and support ongoing improvement.
  • Work with Head of Fundraising and senior management team to shape a compelling case for support to assist in attracting and inspiring strategic support from key target audiences.
  • To grow the brand-value and reputation of Age Action through all your work and support media, marketing and communications activities as required by the Head of Fundraising.
  • Budgeting and Reporting

  • To plan and manage medium-long income and expenditure budgets for partnership funding.
  • Ensure adequate controls are in place and monitored to protect income and reputation.
  • Monitor and track income against targets, providing regular updates to Head of Fundraising.
  • Other

  • To attend and organize meetings with funders, prospects and networking events and briefing Age Action’s leadership to inspire the recruitment of supports.
  • To undertake any other duties reasonably required to fulfil the duties of this post.
  • A flexible approach to working hours – including evening and weekends as required.
  • Skills and Abilities:


  • Qualified to degree level or with equivalent experience. Post-Graduate qualification in fundraising, marketing, sales and/or similar is desirable.
  • Comprehensive fundraising knowledge.
  • Strong research skills and understanding of trends, legislation, and best practice.
  • Understanding and significant track record of achievement with corporate fundraising, trust funding and/or high value individual giving.
  • Strong commitment to Age Action’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Empathy and understanding of ageing and the needs of people as they age.
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office and database software.
  • Experience

    Significant (3-5 years plus) relevant fundraising experience including:

  • Delivering successful fundraising strategies.
  • Substantial and demonstrable in-depth experience of corporate partnerships, trusts, high-value individual supporters and supporter solicitation, engagement, retention, and care.
  • A proven track record in meeting and managing challenging income targets.
  • Proven experience of financial management and managing budgets.
  • Experience of strong motivational management and inspiring stakeholders for a cause.
  • Experience of briefing and inspiring the support of senior volunteer networks, advisers, and other senior managers to influence giving.
  • Experience of producing professional fundraising and marketing materials.
  • Skills

  • Target focused and results driven with an ambition to drive targets and exceed expectations.
  • Persuasive, articulate, and consistent oral and written skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  • Well organized, analytical, methodical with a high degree of accuracy and ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to provide positive outcomes in a target focused, values-driven organisation.
  • Ability to work well and remain calm under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to build constructive relationships with a broad range of internal/external stakeholders.
  • Other

  • Full valid driving license and access to car to carry out full duties of the role essential.
  • Eligibility to work in Ireland.
How to Apply: 

This is a broad role and the successful candidate will have a wide variety of technical fundraising, communication, strategic and leadership skills.

This is a 12-month fixed term contract, with a possibility to extend.

Salary: Salary range €45,000- €50,000  DOE

Applications: Applications by letter outlining your suitability for the post (maximum 300 words),

quoting reference CPPM20 with CV and details of two referees in Word format by email to:  by 5pm on Wednesday 15th July 2020.

Referees will not be contacted without prior notification.

Informal enquiries are welcome to Caroline O’Connell on 01 4756989 or  

Age Action is opposed to discrimination and the best candidate will be appointed regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, or other grounds.

Closing Date: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 17:00