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Patrons Manager

  • Organisation:Natural History Museum
  • Location:London, England
  • Salary:£34,421 per annum
  • Contract type:Permanent / Full-Time

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum’s unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today the Museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us.

Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the Museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the Museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.

About the role

For this role candidates will be required to maintain and develop a strategy for increasing funding from the NHM’s Patrons programme. This includes effectively promoting and cultivating prospects and stewarding existing Patrons.

Based in the Philanthropy team, you will work closely with a number of colleagues in the Development Group and across the Museum to raise the profile of the Patrons scheme and to establish best practises. Reporting into the Senior Philanthropy Manager (HNWI).

This role requires strong creative, interpersonal and communications skills; excellent planning, administration and process management abilities.

About you

  • A successful, personal track record in membership scheme fundraising and donor development in the not-for-profit or cultural sectors (membership scheme can be principal experience).
  • Demonstrable experience of relationship cultivation and donor management and a successful track record of developing and maintaining a network of contacts.
  • Experience of managing productive relationships with senior volunteers to support fundraising objectives.
  • Experience in planning and involvement in delivering successful events.
  • Experience in planning and administering budgets
  • High Level of computer literacy, including good keyboarding skills and experience of using MS office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), database (Raisers Edge) and email packages, as well as the Internet.
  • Experience of working in a charity, non-profit, arts organisation or educational institution.

Thriving at the Museum: the way we work
We are proud to work at the Museum and have identified the qualities we all need to embody to reach our shared ambition. This sits alongside the Museum’s values and forms the framework for the way we work.

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What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution 4 – 10%)
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loan
  • Life insurance
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across London and the UK.
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • We offer a wide variety of training initiatives and opportunities to build skills. Investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about helping staff to grow and fulfil their potential.
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including an extensive list of special offers and reduced entry fees at a selection of cinema chains, theme parks, theatres, retailers and supermarkets. It also provides entry to up to 300 English Heritage sites and other national treasures. For more details, visit
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi

How to apply

If that sounds like you, please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, at

Closing date: Monday 15th August 2022 at 9am

Interviews expected W/C 22nd August 2022

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