Income and Funding Manager

Posted 10 days agoExpires in 11 days
Fixed Term Full Time


The cathedral has secured a grant from the Church Commissioners’ Cathedrals Sustainability Fund to support a new post – Income & Funding Manager. Funding is in place for three years, and during this period, it is anticipated that the post holder will actively work towards making these posts financially self-supporting through increased regular income for the cathedral.

The Income & Funding Manager will lead in identifying and securing funding opportunities, for both major capital projects and the ongoing ministry and outreach of the cathedral. Sustainable revenue income is key to the cathedral’s future and the Income & Funding Manager will devise, implement and review a funding strategy for the cathedral and be actively engaged in developing and nurturing income streams from trusts and foundations, from regular giving, major donors and legacies.

To find out more about this exciting new role and how to apply, please see our Job Description Pack and Application Form.

For more information about the job description and person specification please see the attached application pack.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Friday 12th March 2021.

Completed application forms should be returned to Neil Holland, Chief Operating Officer:, or by post to: Cathedral Centre, 8-10 Westmorland Street, Wakefield, WF1 1PJ.

Principal Duties

The post-holder will:

• Devise and work with the Senior Management Team (SMT) to implement a strategy to generate income for major capital projects and to sustain the cathedral’s ongoing ministry and outreach.

• Identify and build relationships with trusts, major funding bodies and individual donors.

• Research, draft and submit funding applications to trusts and foundations.

• Act as a representative of the cathedral and liaise with partners and supporters, managing relationships and funding agreements.

• Create and maintain a database of funders and donors.

• Work with staff colleagues, SMT and Chapter to maximise income streams from events, visitors and the cathedral’s retail and catering operations.

• Develop and support Chapter in the implementation of the ‘Life Giving’ Stewardship campaign to increase regular giving at the cathedral.

• Prepare income and expenditure budgets for fundraising, achieving the budgeted level of income and operate within budgeted expenditure.

• Liaise closely with the Finance team to ensure accurate reporting and recording of fundraising income. General

• Provide written updates and evaluation reports as requested by SMT, Finance Committee, Chapter and funders on the cathedral’s income generation and fundraising activity.

The Cathedral stands on the site of a Saxon church in the centre of Wakefield. Evidence of the Saxon building was discovered in 1900 when extensions to the east end of the building were made. In 1090, King William II gave the church and land in Wakefield to Lewes Priory in Sussex and shortly after that a Norman church was built.

The present building was mainly constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries in the Perpendicular style. The 15th century spire is 247 feet (75 m) tall and is the highest spire in Yorkshire. Up to the 16th century, the church was known by the Anglo Saxon All Hallows and after the Reformation changed to All Saints.

The building was restored during the 19th century by George Gilbert Scott, with the stained glass windows being created by Charles Eamer Kempe. In 1888, the Diocese of Wakefield was founded and All Saints church became the Cathedral for the new diocese. In 2014, the diocese of Wakefield joined with the dioceses of Ripon & Leeds and Bradford to create the Diocese of Leeds. The three cathedrals of Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield equally serve this new diocese.

Since 2013, the cathedral has undergone two major programmes of restoration and redevelopment. £6 million has been spent and the building has been transformed from top to bottom and end to end. It has been the most extensive and thorough restoration programme undertaken by any cathedral in modern times. The final phase of the redevelopment, to create a new Song School for the choir, new facilities for visitors and the cathedral community and refurbishment of the Cathedral offices, is in its early stages and we hope to begin work on this final, exciting stage of the building’s development in the next 12 – 18 months.

The cathedral is currently emerging following a period of ‘shut-down’ due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This period of closure has inevitably led to a severe curtailment of our normal activities and subsequently, a loss of income. Chapter is committed to rebuilding and revitalising the cathedral’s outreach and ministry and this process is currently under way. We are empowered and strengthened in our commitment to building up the people of God. We seek to serve the wider community, and to grow our congregations in numbers and depth.