Gilly Balmer





Fundraising Manager for DEAFHEAR

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Fundraising Manager will be a member of the wider management team and will contribute both strategically and operationally to the overall success of the organisation by leading effectively on all Fundraising activity. The Fundraising Manager will be required to develop and implement fundraising strategies at both the strategic and operational level while also achieving agreed net income targets for the organisation.  

This is an exciting opportunity as it is the first fundraising post in the organisation; however, the future growth of the Fundraising Team will depend on the success of the role. The role is the primary leadership position for the development and delivery of all fundraising channels. It is envisaged that Corporate Partnerships, Trusts and Foundations and Major Donors will be the key channels, with income also generated through Community Activities and Regular Giving Programmes.


DeafHear is the leading charity in Ireland providing social and care support services to people affected by Deafness, hearing loss or other ear related conditions. DeafHear has approx. 90 employees and is currently funded through HSE funding and social enterprises. We have identified an opportunity to develop a new income stream through fundraising that would support a number of important new services, improve the sustainability of the organisation and create opportunities for donors and supports to contribute to the success of DeafHear and ultimately help improve the quality of the life of those who need our support.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the Role

  • Steward all existing major donors, providing high quality account and relationship management so they engage in the charity’s work and continue to support The Mix.
  • Carry out all prospecting work for major donors/funders including donor research, prospect identification, propensity assessment, cultivation, relationship management, donor engagement and solicitation.
  • Establish and develop appropriate relationships with high net worth individuals and their organisations to grow major gift income for the charity year-on-year.
  • Work across the charity, especially with the service delivery directorate, to collaboratively create exciting and impactful projects for major donors to support and fund.
  • Work to the Fundraising Targets and directorate KPIs set by the Senior Team and report on them.
  • Manage the reporting, events and engagement activities associated with the major donors programme and its supporters.
  • To keep abreast of and share developments in major donor fundraising and major gifts fundraising.
  • Work closely with the DeafHear Board to develop and manage a Board Fundraising sub-Committee.
  • To recruit, organise and inspire volunteers are required.
  • Research fundraising opportunities and write grant applications to charitable trusts or statutory bodies.
  • To do other related duties to this role, as required.

The successful candidate

The successful candidate will be an innovative professional with exceptional networking and relationship management skills, will be comfortable identifying and pitching to potential donors and supporters, and would ideally have for following skills:

  • Experience working in a fundraising environment or in a relevant private sector environment – sales, account management or business development.
  • A proven track record in developing and implementing effective business development strategies.
  • Excellent project management and problem solving and organisational skills.
  • Experience working to short and long term targets.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills and a good understanding of donor care.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and people skills, adaptable and flexible in manner and approach.
  • Experience managing, monitoring and reporting on an agreed income and expenditure budget.
  • IT literate and relevant experience working with a CRM database maintaining up to date and accurate records and running relevant reports.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • Relevant University degree or college diploma.
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in a similar role.


This role is primarily based in the Organisation’s head office in Dublin, although the role will require some travel.


A competitive salary is on offer to the successful candidate.

Additional benefits include a generous pension contribution following the successful completion of a 6-month probationary period.

Application Process

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to Gilly Balmer by email to for review.

Closing date for applications is Friday 16th March at 5pm.