Development Lead


Salary: GBP£40,000 - 45,000 per annum, pro rata.

Start date: October 1st 2021.

Hours: 32-40 hours per week.

Location: Flexible with preference for candidate located near London (UK) or Galway (Ireland).

Basis: Full time 



This is a new senior leadership position within the executive team of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN). The post holder will play a lead role in: developing and implementing a fundraising strategy for GLAN, building and developing existing funder relationships, identifying and developing new opportunities for partnerships, crafting compelling proposals and leading on all aspects of donor stewardship. We have had considerable success in securing income from trusts and foundations and are looking for somebody who can lead our team to take this success to the next level.  

This is an exciting time to join GLAN, as we have undergone a period of rapid growth and development fuelled in part by our ground-breaking work tackling climate change alongside a range of compelling programmes using legal strategies to create real, sustained change for communities impacted by serious human rights violations. The role offers the right candidate the opportunity to shape our fundraising strategy and make a real impact on the most pressing human rights violations and environmental harm.


GLAN works with affected communities to pursue innovative legal actions across borders to challenge states and other powerful actors involved in human rights violations and systemic injustice. Our actions address the most pressing instances of human rights concern and they fall within the following themes: War and occupation; accountability and supply chains; environmental and economic justice; and migration and border violence.

Our diverse strategies unlock the potential of foreign courts and legal mechanisms. Since being established in 2016 we have developed legal strategies directly addressing human rights impacts in over 23 countries and territories. We work with the individuals and communities resisting injustice to  empower and amplify their voices. Our approach is networked and nimble, allowing us to advance cases across multiple issues and jurisdictions despite our compact team.



The position requires innovative thinking and creativity to package our programme strategies in ways that attract support and grow our portfolio effectively. This role will involve two major areas of work:

Trust & Foundation Fundraising and Diversification.

  1. Identify and track new funding opportunities

  2. Develop and implement stewardship plans for new and existing donors, including briefing and supporting the CEO and other staff members as needed at key funder meetings

  3. Develop compelling proposals/applications, budgets and supporting documentation for funders

  4. Coordinate proposal development for strategic funding opportunities

  5. Track grant requirements, support the development of impactful reports and ensure ongoing communication about project developments  

  6. Diversify GLAN’s income streams and helping to design the correct mix of funding to support long term sustainability


Fundraising Strategy

  1. Develop a fundraising strategy for GLAN, working with the CEO and Board Members

  2. Support the Executive team and Board to develop a plan to nurture and cultivate individual and major donors, building on successful crowdfunding efforts. This would include recruiting and managing a Supporter Officer role (dependent on funding) to deliver this work.




  • Minimum of 5-years experience of fundraising from Trusts and Foundations and/or in a Fundraising/Development Manager role

  • Track record of securing six figure relationships

  • Relevant experience in grant development management/coordination, including developing six-figure strategic proposals and budgets and writing clear and concise donor reports Experience of Fundraising Strategy development .

  • Excellent written and verbal English skills

  • High level of numeracy, particularly an ability to support the development of project budgets and donor financial reports.

  • Excellent IT and organisational skills

  • Self-confident, ability to take the initiative and motivate a team

  • Ability to manage own time and workload efficiently in order to prioritise and meet deadlines

  • Understanding of and commitment to GLAN’s mission and values


  • Management and of individual donor and major donor work,

  • Understanding of human rights or strategic advocacy or litigation.



Please send a CV and concise cover letter (no more than two pages) setting out your suitability for the role to Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than COB on August 21st 2021. GLAN is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from black, Asian, minority ethnic and/or disabled candidates, as well as those who have been directly impacted by injustice.