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Charity director Charity manager, managing director

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £30,000 to £55,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 48 per week

1. Entry requirements

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.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

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

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £30,000 to £35,000

Experienced: £35,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £55,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016