Volunteer Opportunity

Head of Development and Campaigns

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Published 4 months ago

About the Organisation:

The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society are the proud custodians of the Southern Railway Bulleid Merchant Navy class locomotive  21c11 / 35011 General Steam Navigation, which currently resides at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway in beautiful Wiltshire, England.

The Society aims to restore the Merchant Navy locomotive 21c11 / 35011 to its original condition, complete with air smoothed casing and Bulleid’s unique chain driven valve gear.  Retro-converting a Merchant Navy has long been debated since the days of Barry Scrap Yard with 11 of the 30 members of the class surviving the cutter’s torch. General Steam Navigation went to Barry in June 1966 with most of its running gear missing and, critically, no crank axle. This has put GSN in a rather unique position compared to its fellow Merchant Navies, as the costs of restoring it to either rebuilt or original condition are fairly similar.  We are recreating the missing link in Southern Railway preservation.

We endeavour to promote education in technology and engineering associated with the preservation and restoration of heritage steam.

For more Information about 35011GSN, please visit our website:

About the Role:

The Society is growing and evolving, having recently recruited a Chief Mechanical Engineer to oversee the long-term restoration project, and a qualified Management Accountant as Treasurer to oversee the finances of the project.  We have also worked collaboratively with several university programmes in the UK during the past year, and have gained increased membership through social media events and our feature debut through a Railway Mania podcast

We seek to recruit a volunteer Director of Development and Campaigns to lead the development and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Society. 

Main Responsibilities

  1. Draft a plan for 35011GSNLRS’s first capital campaign.
  2. Plan an annual donor programme.
  3. Solicit gifts on behalf of the organisation.
  4. Manage relationships with donors and donor prospects.
  5. Help bring awareness and support to the project.

Specific Duties

Fundraising Programmes and Strategies

  • Develop goals and strategies for the development department for the next 1, 5 and 10 years.
  • Create a system for effectively managing and tracking development activities for the Society.
  • Develop the plan and budget for an annual donor programme
  • Track fundraising progress throughout the year; attend quarterly board meetings to report on progress.

Donor and Prospect Management

  • Create a portfolio of prospects.
  • Develop cultivation strategies for prospects, engage staff, Board, or other organizational supporters as appropriate.
  • Move potential donors toward solicitation and closure.
  • Generate plans for communicating regularly with donors, supporters and potential allies
  • Identify opportunities to network with donors and prospects and engage members of the board as appropriate to make the most of those opportunities.
  • Ensure quality communications follow all gifts to provide thanks and documentation to donors.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for donor recognition, stewardship, and appreciation.
  • Make solicitations.

Other Support

  • Represent the organisation positively in public at all times by acting as a professional representative and ambassador.
  • Support the mission and goals of the organisation across all programs and departments.

Desired Criteria

  • English language fluency is essential.
  • At least three years’ experience in fundraising with non-profit organisations (preferably in the UK) including major gifts fundraising.
  • Must adhere to the highest ethical standards, demonstrate an empathetic disposition and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors.
  • Excellent attention to details and follow through as demonstrated through effective project management experience. Demonstrated writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organisational, communications, problem-solving and analytical skills. Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Physical requirements include ability to spend hours listening and talking; working via computer, telephone and other electronic devices.
  • An interest in heritage steam railways.

This opportunity is 100% remote.  Applications are welcome from all parts of the world. 

Women, people of colour, LGBTQ individuals and those who are differently-abled are encouraged to apply.

About the Organisation:

The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society are the proud custodians of the Southern Railway Bulleid Merchant Navy class locomotive  21c11 / 35011 General Steam Navigation, which currently…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per month
  • Recurrence


Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon Station, Tadpole Lane, Blundson, Swindon SN25 2DA, UK
Tadpole Lane

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If you are interested in this role, please submit a current CV/Resume along with a one-page cover letter, indicating why you are a suitable candidate.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and 35011GSN reserves the right to stop accepting applications at any time.

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