Key Relationships and Trusts Lead

Key Relationships and Trusts Lead

Are you a skilled and passionate fundraiser, able to build strong relationships with major donors and Trusts, to inspire them to partner with and financially support the vision of CMS to make disciples of people at the edges?

  • Permanent, full-time post (35 hours a week)
  • Hybrid working – approximately two days a week at CMS House
  • Starting salary 33,200 – £35,365 depending on experience with further salary advancement and generous pension contribution: up to 10 per cent employer contribution on annual salary

We welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from women and individuals from minority groups as they are currently underrepresented within our organisation at this level. All appointments are made on merit of skill, experience and potential as laid down in the job description and person specification.

Talk to us first?

If you would welcome an informal discussion about the role before applying, please contact Paul Francis, Head of Key Relationships, on 01865 787462 or Melinda Staines, People and Culture Manager, on 01865787405.

Your role

We are looking for a proactive and talented individual who has demonstrable experience of working in a major donor and / or trusts fundraising team. You will have outstanding relationship building skills and an ability to build rapport quickly with existing and prospective major donors and trusts. You will be a confident and able communicator across a variety of mediums including written word, telephone, online and face-to-face within 1-2-1 and 1-2-many environments. You will be able to evidence a strong ability to steward and grow existing donor relationships as well as having implemented acquisition strategies in order to grow income through significant major gifts.

The organisation you’ll be joining

Church Mission Society is comprised of people who are passionate about mission and fired up about helping people follow Jesus. For over 200 years CMS has been at the forefront of global mission, living out the gospel of Jesus, seeing lives changed and communities transformed. If you join CMS you will find an organisation that has been reinvigorated with a fresh vision to make disciples of Jesus among people at the edges, both in the UK and around the world.

What you’ll need to succeed

The successful candidate will have a minimum of two – three years of experience of successfully working in a major trust and / or fundraising environment, with evidence of retaining and growing an existing caseload of supporters to secure new and significant income to support the charity’s work. You will have solid experience of effectively working across multiple teams and collaborating with others. Excellent database and strong administrative knowledge is essential.

It is also a requirement for this post holder to be a committed and practising Christian as well as committed to CMS’s values and aims.

Further details can be found in the job description and person specification available to download below.

Our commitment to you


We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of the people we serve, our partners, our volunteers, and our staff. We believe that every child or adult we come into contact with has the right to be protected from all forms of harm and abuse. Our recruitment and selection processes are in line with our Safeguarding Policy and the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, which CMS is a member of as part of our commitment to safeguarding.    


Our core values of being pioneering, relational, faithful and evangelistic are integral to everything we do, and we work hard to ensure that every member of staff is valued, supported and encouraged to continually learn and develop their skills.

Closing date

We must get your application by midnight on Sunday 16 April 2023.

Interviews are planned to be held on Thursday 27 April at CMS House, Oxford.

To apply

Please send your application form and CV to jobs [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org or by post to HR Team, CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ. CVs will only be considered when sent with a completed application form (download below). Please be sure to save a copy of the application form to your device. If you have any issues downloading or opening the form please contact our HR team for assistance. See the application guide for further advice.

CMS is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects at all grades the diverse communities that we serve. Therefore we ask that you complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form and send it to equalopportunities [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org

As a member of the Inter-agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, CMS has committed to systematically check with previous employers from at least the last five years for any ‘SEAH’ (Sexual Exploitation, Abuse or Harassment) issues relating to all potential new hires.

Candidates for all UK roles must already be eligible to work in the UK, with a valid visa and work permit if required.