Combat Stress

Combat Stress – Head of Major Gifts


Based at our Head Office in Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0BX

Status: Permanent
Salary: 8a, £52,476 – £59,260, per annum, dependent on experience, plus 5% Outer London Fringe Allowance
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 16:30, hyrbid (2 days in office, 3 days at home)

About Us:

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans. For over a century we’ve been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues related to their military service.

We provide a range of community, outpatient and residential mental health services to veterans with complex mental health problems. We provide services in-person, and via phone and online.

About the role:

We are looking for an emotionally intelligent, creative Head of Major Gifts fundraising who will maintain momentum and grow this well-stablished major giving programme.

You will have an intuitive understanding of the donor journey and the ability to galvanise Trustees and senior volunteers to create an understanding and culture of philanthropy across the whole organisation.

You will also be able to use your experience and interpersonal skills to forge new supporter relationships and maintain existing ones.

Experience within the military charity sector and/or mental health is highly desirable, but most importantly, we are looking for someone with drive, energy and passion, as well as exceptional communication skills and the ability to expertly engage supporters both verbally and through compelling writing.

This role is subject to a DBS check.

What we offer:
You will work within a reputable charity that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our veterans, that has a fantastic cause and a committed follower base.

• 30 days paid holiday plus bank holidays. After 10 years continuous service, this will increase to 33 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
• Competitive stakeholder pension scheme – contributions matched up to 11% of salary
• Discount shopping vouchers
• Cycle to work scheme
• Access to the Employee Assistance Programme
• Flexible working
• Access to Blue Light Card scheme
• Death in Service Scheme
Plus many more.

How to apply:
To apply, send an up to date CV and covering letter to

Job Description

Person Specification

Closing date: 8 March 2024

Interview date: Week commencing 25 March 2024

Please note, we reserve the right to close this advert early, should we receive a sufficient amount of applicants

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All of the information you provide during the process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, or to fulfill legal or statutory requirements if necessary.

We will not share any of the information you provide during the recruitment process with any third parties for marketing purposes or store any of your information outside of the European Economic Area.

The information you provide will be held securely by our data processors whether the information is in electronic or physical format.
We will use the contact details you provide to us to contact you to progress your application. We will use the other information you provide to assess your suitability for the role you have applied for. You do not have to provide what we ask for, but it might affect your application if you don’t.

We do not collect more information than we need to fulfill our recruitment process and will not retain it for longer than is necessary.

Applications sent speculatively will be retained for a maximum period of six months, unless you contact us and ask us to delete your application sooner.

To read Combat Stress’ Privacy Policy please see our website

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