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Charity director

Charity directors plan ways to develop a charity’s services, generate income and raise awareness of its work.

Annual Salary

£30,000 to £55,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 48

Future employment

There will be 4% more Charity director jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • planning policies and raising income
  • representing the charity at meetings, events and in the media
  • managing relationships with partners, funding bodies and service users
  • presenting information about the services your charity offers
  • writing funding bids and negotiating contracts
  • making sure policies meet changes in law and regulations
  • meeting regularly with the senior management team and trustees

You’ll need a lot of experience at senior management level, and of building partnerships and fundraising.

You’ll also need an excellent knowledge of the challenges faced by your charity’s service users, what can be done to help them and a very strong commitment to the charity’s aims.

Excellent presentation and confident public speaking skills are vital.

£30,000 to £55,000

Starter salary: £30,000 to £35,000

Experienced salary: £35,000 to £50,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 48

You’ll usually work between 35 and 48 hours a week.

You’ll be based in an office but spend much of your time attending meetings, visiting projects and fulfilling media commitments, which could include some evenings and weekends.

With experience, you could move to a bigger charity, work for an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), or become a consultant, advising charities and government on policy.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • leadership and motivational skills
  • project management skills
  • the ability to work in a team
  • negotiating skills
  • communication skills
  • budgeting skills
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