Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy Manager

Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy Manager

Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy Manager

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is the national charity for people with Down syndrome and their families in Ireland, supporting over 3,500 members across 25 branches nationwide. We are working to achieve an optimal quality of life for people with Down syndrome, as equally valued, independent citizens.  

DSI is recruiting an experienced Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy Manager to work in its busy Fundraising Department, thereby helping to implement the Fundraising Plan and meet annual income targets. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work effectively as part of a small Fundraising Team as well as originate, take ownership and proactively drive relationships with corporate partners and individual major donors. Relevant experience in a similar fundraising environment and excellent business development and relationship management skills, along with the ability to work under pressure and prioritise a varied workload are essential attributes for this role.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy Manager will develop and implement a strategy to increase fundraising income from existing and new partnerships, grants and major donors
  • Take ownership of Down Syndrome Ireland’s existing corporate partnerships, nurture and drive relationships to deliver on objectives and maximise fundraising income
  • Take the lead on researching, targeting, recruiting and managing a pipeline of new corporate partnerships across a variety of sectors, through networking and leveraging new and existing contacts
  • Cultivate and sustain high value long-term relationships with both corporate supporters and individual major donors
  • Work closely with fundraising colleagues to maximise corporate involvement in DSI campaigns and events thereby engaging partnership teams and enhancing relationships
  • Identify suitable grant funding opportunities and develop relationships with key stakeholders
  • Prepare and submit high quality funding applications and effectively manage all reporting requirements
  • Develop a major donor plan to identify, cultivate and recruit potential major donors
  • Build long term sustainable relationships between individual donors and Down Syndrome Ireland so as to maximise their lifetime value
  • Any other duties as designated by the Head of Fundraising and Retail

Person Specification / Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Minimum 4 years’ relevant experience in a corporate fundraising or business development environment is preferential
  • A proven capability of securing and building corporate partnerships, grants and individual funder relationships
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal and communication skills with experience managing all level relationships with corporate partners, sponsors and individual funders
  • Highly developed business development and relationship building skills
  • Experience in writing and presenting effective corporate funding proposals and grant applications, with compelling cases for support
  • Good knowledge of fundraising best practice and the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a small team and on own initiative
  • Strong strategic, analytical, planning and budgeting skills with a focus on return on investment
  • Demonstrable experience of structuring workload and conflicting demands of comfortably managing the multiple dimensions of this role
  • Energetic, creative and proactive approach, with a strong work ethi
  • Highly organised and excellent attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • Highly computer literate – proficient in Microsoft Office and using CRM Database
  • Working knowledge of Digital Fundraising tools and Social Media platforms
  • Flexibility in working hours and duties – the role involves occasional out of hours work
  • An understanding and empathy for the mission and work of Down Syndrome Ireland
  • Knowledge of and interest in Ireland’s charity sector


  • This is a permanent full-time role with a six month probation period
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Role to commence June 2023
  • Position is subject to reference checking and Garda Vetting


  • This position will be based in Down Syndrome Ireland’s National Office, Unit 3 Park Way House, Western Parkway Business Park, Ballymount Drive, Dublin D12 HP70
  • DSI employees currently work a hybrid model comprising 3 days in the National Office and two days remote working


Reporting to:  Head of Fundraising and Retail

To apply:            

Please forward a CV and Cover letter to 

Closing date for applications is Friday, May 12th 2023 at 5pm

Down Syndrome Ireland is an equal opportunity employer

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