SSAFA – Head of Events (Maternity Cover)


£50,000 per annum

37.5 hours 

Central Office, London with flexibility to work remotely 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join SSAFA in this dynamic and exciting role.

We are looking for a highly experienced events professional to join our team and continue the development of our events fundraising through a portfolio comprising challenge, special and networking events.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is the UK’s oldest military tri-service charity, established in 1885.  Last year, SSAFA helped 79,500 people from the Forces family get back on their feet.  From the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran, no one’s service in uniform is ever forgotten.  We provide hope, help and support for as long as it takes to regain that person’s independence and dignity.

About the role

This is an exciting time to be joining the charity as we develop and implement our plans around a new and ambitious multi-strand fundraising strategy for the next three years.

The Head of Events is responsible for implementing SSAFA’s strategy for managing a highly valuable and profitable portfolio of events which include a Level Two London Marathon partnership, Central London annual charity ball for 500 guests, Battle Proms summer concerts, a schedule of Corporate Affairs and Networking meetings for C-Suite audience, International Trade Exhibition sponsorships and many other activities across the UK.  The overall target income budget is c £1m.

You will be responsible for all aspects of the events management and delivery including venue and speaker hire, supporter communications, partner contract management, sourcing auction prizes and so on.  This is a very hands-on role, and you will be attending and directing most events, which will involve some weekend and evening working.

One of six Heads reporting directly to the Director of Fundraising, you will lead a team of challenge, special and community events fundraisers as well as contributing to the leadership and management of the directorate and wider organisation as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Working closely with colleagues in the Marketing & Communications, Volunteer Operations and Services directorates you will continue the work started to develop and deliver a bold and ambitious business development and fundraising strategy that will drive significant growth in our income over the next three years. 

About you

We would expect you to have senior-level management experience in the charity sector with expertise and sound knowledge of events fundraising in particular.

A passion about delivering outstanding supporter experience is essential whilst delivering ambition and success in highly successful events in a market full of opportunity and healthy challenge.

You will thrive in a collaborative and coaching-style team dynamic and be able to motivate, develop and empower team members to achieve common goals as well as manage expectations and priorities of multiple stakeholder groups. Engaging others from all backgrounds and areas of the business will be an area in which you excel.

Events play a key role within our fundraising strategy as they provide unique opportunities for the charity to bring its welfare support, services and programmes to new audiences and to align our values with those of our supporters and partners in a way that will deliver significant and lasting impact for our beneficiaries and their families.

SSAFA is an employer who values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

No agencies please. Any unsolicited submissions from agencies will be accepted as a direct application from the candidate and no fees will be payable. 

For further information  

If you have any queries or would like to speak to someone about this role, please contact Jonathan Sandall, Director of Fundraising on +44 20 8148 7561 for an informal discussion.

To apply, visit SSAFA’s website

Closing date: Midnight on 18 August 2021

Interviews: First interviews are expected to be held via MS Teams. during the weeks commencing 23 August or 30 August.  If you are invited to attend an interview you will also be required to undertake an aptitude test.  If successful at first stage you may be invited to a second interview in the weeks commencing 30 August or 06 September.

SSAFA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to using the Disclosure & Barring Service.

If you wish to apply for any of our vacancies you will be asked to answer some screening questions before completing an application form and uploading your CV.  Personal data to progress your application for employment is covered under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Article 6 Section 1b and Article 9 2b and c. Your details will not be used for any other purpose or shared with a third party without your permission.  Data on unsuccessful candidates will be retained for one year from the vacancy being filled. If you take up employment with us, your information will be held for the duration of your employment plus six full calendar years. Further details are contained in SSAFA’s Privacy Statement at

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