Head of Trusts and Foundations

Barnardos National Office, Dublin 8

Job Description


Head of Trust and Foundations


National Office, Dublin 8 / hybrid and with travel

Responsible to: National Fundraising Manager, Director of Fundraising            
Works with: Corporate and Events Team, National Fundraising Manager, Director of Fundraising & Retail, Children’s Services staff, Finance Dept.


Job Purpose

The purpose of this post is to maintain and deliver an ambitious charitable trust and foundations, and major donor fundraising strategy to increase funds raised through these income streams and maintain all current relationships with funders and projects.

This role as part of the Fundraising department will also liaise closely with the Finance department, Project Leaders and Assistant Directors of Children’s services.

This role has line management requirement for at least one other team member.  

Core Job Requirements

Strategic Development

  • Maintain and develop a robust philanthropic income strategy to ensure that all opportunities for approaching trusts, foundations and philanthropy sources are maximised in line with the Barnardos five year strategy and targeted income.
  • Initiate, develop and maintain long-term relationships with a portfolio of donors leading on the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of these relationships.
  • Work with colleagues to create compelling fundraising materials (cases for support, impact reports, philanthropic newsletters and email engagement series) for a philanthropic audience.
  • Work with the National Fundraising Manager and donor marketing team to enhance donor relationships– including data analysis, research and donor care development.
  • Lead on the development of high-value, multi annual fund applications to charitable funders including Charitable Trusts and Foundations.
  • Maintain all relationships with funders, donors, project staff and finance staff to get the best outcomes on an ongoing basis.
  • Arrange visits and other creative opportunities for prospects and donors to experience first-hand, Barnardos work with children and families in centres across Ireland.
  • Devise and deliver a calendar of major donor impact and cultivation events (in person and virtual)

Regional and Cross Department Communication

  • Develop a format for regular communication with the Assistant Directors of Children Services.
  • Make regular visits to Barnardos projects to research and identify potential programmes or expansion areas for funding.
  • Identify programmes and Barnardos services that can be developed into funding proposals.


  • Work with the National Fundraising Manager to ensure Philanthropy budgets are updated in line with requirements for the Board and Finance Dept.
  • Working with the Director of Finance to ensure that all agreements and funding contracts are in place, as per Barnardos compliance and governance policies.
  • Ensure that Barnardos service staff are aware of new funding and their obligations regarding the project delivery and reporting.
  • Ensure reporting requirements for all major funders (T&F and Major donors) are met by the Philanthropy team, within donors’ deadlines.
  • Contribute ideas to the ongoing development of Barnardos fundraising strategies.
  • Line manage the Philanthrophy Executive and ensure their targets, workload and day to day duties are managed effectively. This includes any HR responsibilities as required for this role including annual appraisals.

Requirements of all Barnardos staff

  • Commitment to the purpose of Barnardos and to work within the values, policies and procedures of the organisation and in the context of current legislation and regulations.
  • To participate in regular supervision with your line manager.
  • To actively participate in team and staff meetings and service reviews/ evaluations and to contribute to the development of policy and practice with your area of work and within Barnardos as a whole.
  • To report any area of concern to your line manager in a timely manner.
  • To show reasonable flexibility in relation to hours of attendance to meet the needs of the work. Work during unsocial hours may be required.
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice.
  • Participate in and engage with a performance management programme.
  • Identify training needs with your line manager and participate in training opportunities appropriate to the role.
  • To be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of your line manager or local Health and Safety Officer.
  • To be vigilant to any concerns regarding the protection and welfare of children and to bring them to the attention of the Barnardos Designated Person in a timely manner, in keeping with the Barnardos Child Protection policies.
  • To participate in the efficient flow of information within the organisation by sharing and seeking information as appropriate.
  • To undertake other duties as may be requested by the line manager from time to time.
  • To undertake your work in a manner that is friendly, flexible and informal.

Person Specification

Personal attributes

  • Flexibility, innovation and initiative
  • Excellent grant and report writing skills
  • A clear understanding of fundraising through trusts and foundation grants
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, verbal, written and face to face
  • Excellent project management and planning skills
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Initiative and focus to carry out the research function of this role
  • The ability to juggle a wide range of activities, prioritise own workload and meet deadlines.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ Trusts’ Fundraising experience, or similar research based role
  • Excellent computer skills, including working experience in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and database packages.      
  • Exposure to other elements of fundraising and/or research activity desirable.
  • A proven track record in securing multi-year grants and maintaining ongoing relationships with funders desirable.


  • Education to degree level (desirable) or relevant experience gained either in the corporate or voluntary sector.
  • Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured vehicle essential.

The postholder is initially assigned to work in our National Office, Dublin 8 but may be required in the future to work in other locations in the Dublin area in line with organisational needs.

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete this application form and submit it through our website before the closing date.

Applicants may also attach a CV or other supplementary information in respect of our application.

Attaching a CV alone will result in the applicant not being considered for shortlisting. 

Shortlisting will apply

Candidates who are moved to the 2nd stage of our Recruitment process are required to complete a medical questionnaire and the E-Vetting process. References will be taken up at this stage.