Senior Development Officer

We’re looking for an energetic networker with passion for Londonthe ability to help build compelling funding propositions and the rigour to help us ensure we walk the walk with all our partners.   

Centre for London is a charity focused on London’s critical challenges. We identify things that aren’t working, research ways to improve them, and then speak with decision makers to persuade them to make the changes necessary to make London better. This could be relating to where people live, how we move around the city, the work we do and where we do it, and the way London connects with other areas of the UK.

Over the last decade, the Centre established a record of producing high quality and influential research and events and its reputation and influence has grown.

Your work will focus on building relationships with the people and organisations who currently fund the work we do and helping find more funders to invest in our vision for London. These might be wealthy individuals (major donors/high net worth individuals), corporates, local authorities or local government departments. We also work with charitable trusts and foundations to encourage them to give us grants.  We are currently primarily funded on a project-by-project basis, though core funding and individual giving is growing. Exploring new income streams is a priority in our new strategy.

We think this role would best suit someone ready to take their next step in their career, learn quickly, think creatively and communicate compellingly. You may already have experience in fundraising, or you might have other transferable experience.

We are looking for someone who is able to perform (or able to learn) key fundraising activities and who has relevant experience in managing relationships and who is looking for a new challenge.

At Centre for London, we pride ourselves on our strong culture of collaboration. As such, you will work closely with the research, events and communications teams to ensure continued fundraising success. We don’t ask that you are an expert in London policy issues – though some understanding of our policy focus areas would be helpful. We are a team who is very committed to the work we do to improve London.

We celebrate London’s rich and diverse culture, and we want our team to reflect the city we serve. We especially welcome applications from people from minority ethnic and/or less advantaged backgrounds.

We also work hard to help our team progress in their careers and provide support for relevant training.

This ideally is a full-time role, however we would be open to applications from people who would like to work part-time.

If you would have any questions about this role, please email [email protected]



To ensure the fairest recruitment process that we can, the first assessment is done anonymously. To help with that process, please make sure your CV does not include reference to your name or email address.  

To apply:

  • Follow this link to submit your application.
  • The form will ask for your answers to the questions below.  As this is a role that requires strong writing ability, we will be assessing your writing style as well as the content of your answers.
  • The form will ask you to upload a pdf of your CV (no longer than 2 pages). The file title should be your initials and two numbers e.g. AA14.

Please include this code as a header within the file too. Please remove any reference to your name, including your email address.  

Assessment questions

  1. What do you think makes people choose to donate to charitable causes? (200 words max)
  2. What specific challenges would you expect fundraising for a charitable think tank, and how would you deal with those challenges? (bullet points are fine, 200 words max)
  3. How do your experiences and interests make you a good candidate for this role? (200 words max)

Deadline – 9am on Monday 24 January 2022

Expected interview dates – 31 Jan or 1 Feb 2022 

Please note – we will be assessing applications in the first week of January and then once more before the closing date. We may close applications at these points if we have sufficient applications.

We do not want any contact from recruitment agencies regarding this vacancy.

We are not able to sponsor visas, so you must have the right to work in the UK at the start of your employment.