Director of Funding – Pieta House

Pieta House was established in 2006 to help people affected by suicide. In 2018, we saw over 8000 clients who were at risk of suicide, were engaging in self-harm or had been bereaved by suicide.

We employ over 200 therapists who provide counselling services to people suffering from suicide ideation, to those who self-harm and to people who need bereavement counselling. Sadly, demand for Pieta’s services continues to grow. It is through the continued support of the Irish people that the work can continue.

We are currently recruiting for the following position:


Key Responsibilities

The role will be responsible for driving the annual income by delivering a strategic fundraising programme for Pieta House.  As a key member of the leadership team, the Director of Fundraising reports to the CEO and will manage a team of professional fundraisers, marketing and communications staff.

The director of Fundraising will play an integral part in developing and delivering the Pieta House Fundraising Strategy driving significant income growth, an increase in funds from all income and funding streams and delivering on key strategic goals including improving overall sustainability.   

You will also manage key relationships with state and other funders to drive sustainability.

Strategy & Planning

  • Develop, communicate and maintain Pieta’s long term fundraising strategy together with the fundraising team, professionals and other individuals to achieve annual income and expenditure targets.   

  • Audit and develop the portfolio and programme plans to deliver the best possible impact from donor funding through effective, innovative and sustainable funding strategies.

  • Develop key opportunities and programmes including enhancing donor development, partnership strategies and the development of a philanthropic programme

  • Continue to oversee, manage and develop Darkness into Light and provide support to and liaise closely with the DIL committees.

  • Development of a research and data-led strategic approach to all partner development and acquisition strategies.

  • Work with the Pieta House Executive and the Board on the development of appropriate fund-raising budgets.

  • Build and manage relationships with senior staff and/or trustees of funding organisations nationwide in particular the HSE.

  • Develop and implement a personalised communications strategy with each Centre nationwide.

  • Establish, from the outset, systems to gather quantitative and qualitative information throughout the lifetime of each project and campaign

Staff Management

  • Foster a culture that is target driven, encourages growth, being donor focused and responsive to changing environments

  • Overall management and development of your team through the change process, implementing strategic goals through collaboration and engagement

External Relationships/Networking

  • To act as a key advocate for the organisation within the wider community, with stakeholders and funding bodies nationwide.  

  • To maintain and foster strong working relationships and continue to motivate others in their fundraising endeavours for Pieta House.

Budgets and Reporting

  • Management of overall fundraising costs and expenditure budgets ensuring all activity is implemented within budget and within defined costs ratios

  • Develop strategies for securing and raising funding to best meet the service needs

Donor Engagement

  • Support the development of donors in a systemised manner that follows best practice guidelines

Brand Development

  • Support the development of the Pieta brand through the development of effective, innovative, high profile or community orientated campaign extension opportunities working with marketing and fundraisers


    • Participate as part of the Pieta leadership team in all working groups, meetings and workshops as required

    • Manage the reputation of Pieta House and our partners by engaging in the highest levels of fundraising excellence


  • Undertake any relevant work as delegated by the CEO

 Essential Criteria

  • A strong strategic leader with proven capability in leading a successful fundraising operation at the scale of Pieta House.

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities with experience of managing large teams of both staff and volunteers

  • Highly developed management and team building skills

  • Champion collaborative working and demonstrate the ability to drive change

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills and the ability to engage at a very senior level with a strong track record of stakeholder management

  • Strong analytical, planning and budgeting skills with a focus on return on investment

  • Flexibility: demonstrable experience of structuring workload and conflicting demands comfortable managing the multiple dimensions of the role

  • Diligent, highly organised with close attention to detail

  • Clear understanding of new media and technology and its application to fundraising

  • Hold a third level qualification in a relevant discipline

  • Working knowledge of the not for profit sector

  • Ambitious with a high level of energy and an exceptional work etic  


  • Attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience and qualifications

  • Pension of 5% of base salary (eligible after 6 months service).

  • 25 days holidays.

  • Attractive CPD allowance

Please note: Garda Vetting is required (of the successful candidates) for all positions.

  • Applications for all of the above posts should be made via email, attaching a cover letter (outlining your particular suitability for the role and specifying salary expectations) with an updated Curriculum Vitae to by Friday 19th July 2019.


  • Closing Date for Applications
    July 19, 2019