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Cambridge Science Centre – Head of Development

Role: Head of Development 

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer 

Location: Cambridge 

Salary: £50,000 upwards, depending on experience

Closing date: 30th of April

Cambridge Science Centre – An Introduction 

Young people are full of curiosity that, once encouraged and nurtured, knows no bounds. Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) feeds that natural curiosity, encouraging a lifelong passion and understanding of how science and innovation will increasingly impact on the world around them and inspiring them to believe in the part they can play. 

An independent educational charity (Registered Charity No. 1146349) CSC is dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement through hands-on exhibits, shows and STEM activities for young people and their families to ignite curiosity in the next generation of young learners 

Since opening our doors in 2013, CSC has interacted with over 350,000 young people and their families, visited more than 300 schools throughout Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk and held over 100 street science pop-up events. 

In June 2018 we were runner up in the Not-for-Profit category of the SME Cambs Awards and currently rank 22 of 145 Things to Do in Cambridge on TripAdvisor. 

We are guided by three main principles: 

• To develop, acquire and host high quality, curriculum-based, hands-on exhibits, shows, activities and events. 

• To deliver targeted engagement both in our Science Centre and through outreach in schools and communities that will improve access to STEM subjects for underserved communities throughout Cambridgeshire and the East of England. 

• To evaluate our outreach to determine how effective our unique, multiple touch point model is in helping to inspire and excite as well as improve attainment in STEM subject. 

Building science capital in this way achieves short term goals such as improving attitudes, increasing attainment and raising aspirations 

In the longer term it can increase uptake of STEM subjects that will address the STEM skills gap and promote social justice with equality of opportunity. 


We are seeking a dynamic, resilient, confident and experienced Head of Development to lead the fundraising for Cambridge Science Centre and help support us in the next stage of our growth. 

As Head of Development you will have the responsibility for maximizing the charity’s income by growing and managing major donor relationships, identifying and developing new funding opportunities, moving forward on current opportunities, and setting up and running fundraising events. 


You will be able to demonstrate a significant track record of securing incomes sufficient to meet our business plan objectives and of building mutually-beneficial relationships with the region’s technical and scientific entrepreneurs. 

You will have previous experience in a similar leadership role, and have the experience and/or the confidence to build long-term relationships to help us secure gifts of six figures, and, to help us grow the revenue stream further. Of particular relevance to this role is experience of fundraising from corporates, trusts and foundations and high net worth individuals. 

This is a very exciting time for the Cambridge Science Centre. We have been through a period of significant change to ensure we have internal systems and processes in place to provide a solid foundation for our continued growth. In addition, we have recently relocated to new premises which gives us a great, central Cambridge location to showcase the excitement of science. 

If you are looking for a role where everything you do will be noticed and make a difference to establishing the value of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as vital skills for day-to-day life and future careers, then please do get in touch, we do want to speak to you. 


We expect that you will have an excellent track record of major donor and grant fundraising and the ability to use strong and compelling marketing material to engage with donors at various stages of their giving journey. 

With the ability to manage multiple relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, you have a passion for inspiring STEM education. So, to be successful in the role you will need to demonstrate that you: 

 are a self-starter, proactive and goal oriented 

 a strategic and innovative thinker with an eye for detail 

 able to work under your own steam as well as being part of a team 

 are comfortable in a hands-on leadership role 

 have a flair for building relationships and collaborating at all levels 

 have a track record of working in partnership to develop new business opportunities 

 able to develop service models and budgets 

 have the ability to write targeted, cohesive and winning bids. 

It would be extremely advantageous if you can also bring the following to the role: 

• a track record of increasing income in the third sector 

• an established and relevant network in our Region 

• a knowledge of the challenges of the STEM skills agenda 

• experience of grant applications and managing each stage of the tender process from initial identification through to final presentation 

• a background of consummate events planning and organisation. 

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