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Vacancies at Lion Landscapes

Fundraising and Communications Director

We are looking for a Fundraising and Communications Director to help us grow our funding so we can continue to grow our work and impacts. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate fundraiser to make an impact in the conservation of iconic African wildlife, and improve the lives of rural communities who live alongside them. The Fundraising and Communications Director will lead a team of two full-time fundraising and communications staff based in Kenya, and work with teams in four countries.  

Job Purpose: 

  • Review, develop and implement LL’s fundraising strategy to increase fundraised income from $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 over 3 years; 

  • Design, develop and implement LL’s communications strategy; 

  • Provide management of the Fundraising and Communications team; 

  • Be a key member of the Charity’s Leadership team. 

Job responsibilities

Team Leadership, Management, and Supervision

  • Oversee and manages the Fundraising and Communications team of two full-time staff and one volunteer, ensuring that team members have the necessary tools and training to do their work. 

  • Provide overall direction and priority-setting for the team in such a way that individual strengths and organisational needs are balanced. 

  • Seek ways to professionalise and systematise the work of the team to be more responsive, effective, and efficient.

  • Ensure policies and procedures are in place to meet legal regulations and reflect fundraising best practices.

  • Communicate effectively, both internally and externally, ensuring a flow of communication across the organisation, sharing information, success and good practice. 

Sustaining and Increasing Funds

  • Develop a multiyear fundraising strategy comprising a balanced, sustainable and diverse portfolio of income streams with a special focus on increasing funding from major individual donors.

  • Sustain LL’s current funding streams which consist mostly of grant-making organisations.

  • Seek and identify new funding opportunities, bids, philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships.

  • Pursue opportunities, ensuring high-quality, cohesive proposals, and reports. 

  • Lead donor reporting and collaborate with Programme Leads to ensure programmes yield donor-relevant impacts.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with, and solicit major individual donors.

  • Support the organisation’s Trustees and the Leadership Team in their fundraising efforts.


  • Develop and lead LL’s communications strategy and strengthen the role of communications for fundraising.

  • Ensure the charity has brand guidelines which reflect the charity’s core values and guide all staff to be consistent in external communications. 

  • Work with the Digital Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Assistant to ensure all the social media channels, newsletters and other communications are regularly updated and up to standard.

  • Produce fundraising reports/presentations for board meetings and the Leadership team.

  • Actively manage, document and track donor, sponsor, and institutional funder relationships, actions, and notes to assure accurate, timely, and consistent donor engagement and communications using donor management software.


  • Financial Planning & Management

  • Review monthly financial statements and facilitate reconciliation of donor gifts between finance and fundraising data systems.

  • Work with the executive team to plan and review the annual budgets, fundraising targets and expenditures every quarter.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Strong working knowledge of international development, the philanthropy sector and institutional donor environments. 

  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in an international NGO or philanthropy environment with a diverse workforce. 

  • A proven track record in successfully securing grants from major donors, corporations, and individual partnerships and trusts, in establishing and managing relationships and partnerships with private and institutional donors and other counterparts. 

  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in an international setting with a proven track record of people and team management and development, and establishing a learning culture within an organisation. 

  • General understanding of UK and US Charity regulations.

  • Knowledge of IT, new media for communications and fundraising and experience in managing a fundraising and communications function. Salesforce experience preferred.

  • Strong sensitivity and commitment to cultural, racial, ethnic, and  socioeconomic justice. 

  • Ability to lead and engage in planning processes, budgeting, and priority-setting. 

  • Ability to work under pressure and keep a good sense of humour. 

  • Strong writing and public-speaking skills. 

  • English fluency required (written and oral).

  • A passion for wildlife conservation and understanding of wildlife conservation issues.

Start date & Duration

Start date: 1 April 2023

Duration: permanent full-time position


Annual Salary: $40-50k (depending on experience)

Benefits: statutory requirements based on country of employment.


Remote work from anywhere.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following materials (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  • Resume

  • Motivation or cover letter explaining why you'd like to work for Lion Landscapes and your qualifications. 

  • Writing sample of any fundraising or communications materials you wrote

  • 2 Referee contact details

Please submit application materials to by 31 March 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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