Current Vacancies

Head of Fundraising

Full time permanent position £40 to £45k based at our Royal William Yard Office with hybrid working

The South West Coast Path Association is a champion and guardian for the Coast Path, England’s longest National Trail. We are a strong membership charity employing the National Trail team. We have a strong and growing track record fundraising to protect and promote this world-class long-distance trail.

The Head of Fundraising will co-ordinate the charity’s fundraising activities, engaging with members, supporters, businesses, trusts and foundations and the wide range of stakeholders in the Coast Path and wider public communities who use, enjoy and benefit from this 1,000km National Trail.

You will:

  • Develop and implement the charity’s fundraising strategy, continuing to diversify fundraising channels and leverage best return on investment of fundraising activity for the charity.
  • Be an active member of the Membership and Fundraising Committee and be responsible for delivery of and reporting on the fundraising aspects of the charity’s Business Plan.
  • Drive effective individual and community fundraising from supporters – growing the supporter base.
  • Manage the charity’s corporate and business engagement activities to help ensure strong business financial and in-kind support for the Coast Path – including further growth of the Way Maker programme.
  • Review and implement the charity’s legacy strategy.
  • Lead fundraising elements of the charity’s membership programme as part of the Membership Team.
  • Have oversight of the Coast Path Friendly programme, including growing the proportion of Coast Path Friendly Events along the National Trail.
  • Work with the Path Team to identify projects needing support.
  • Work with the Head of Comms to develop campaigns, products and strategies to ensure the charity remains an effective fundraiser for the Coast Path.
  • Innovate with new audiences, technologies, channels and messages to ensure strategies and tactics are up-to-date and tested in the field.
  • Engage with the SWCP Trails Partnership, England Coast Path Partnerships, National Trails UK, World Trails Network and other networks to raise funds for the charity’s work through co-ordinated campaigns such as World Trails Day.

For more information download the job description and person specification.

Closing date: 17th July.

Interviews: 22nd July.

We have a great new opportunity to help us engage with the millions of people who use the South West Coast Path every year and help secure its future. If you love the Coast Path and are a can fundraise for health & wellbeing, connecting with nature and addressing climate change, we'd love to hear from you.

Trustee opportunity

We're looking for new Trustees to join our 12 strong Board of Trustees. The charity works with a wide range of public and private stakeholders, including local authorities, and conservation bodies to preserve, improve, and promote the 630-mile South West Coast Path (SWCP) National Trail. The SWCP is recognised as one of the World's top  trails, and an important environmental and economic asset for the SW Region. The Association celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and is is thriving.

We are currently looking for Trustees with either a health and wellbeing, environment/landscape management or access background, sufficient to provide advice to the Board, the Associations permanent staff, and appropriate Board committees. The role is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are remunerated for volunteers. 

You can download a copy of our Trustee Prospectus to find more detail about who we are looking for and the responsibilities of being a Trustee. You can also download a copy of our application form.

It is not essential that the successful candidate will be a member of the Association already or be resident in the SW of England. Quarterly Board meetings are hld at the charity's Royal William Yard Offices in Plymouth, and candidates should also be prepared to join one of the 3 committees - Path, Membership & Fundraising, and Finance & HR, which also meet on a quarterly basis in advance of the Board.

The charity makes extensive use of video conferencing, when appropriate, to contain costs. Trustees, co-opted for their specialist contributions are expected to join the Association, to be good 'team players', and to exhibit enthusiasm for the Association's aims, particularly conserving and promoting the Path, the health and wellbeing benefits of walking, nature conservation and climate change adaptation in the Path's 'green corridor'.

 Interested? Then please contact the Board Chair, Bob Mark, or Charity Director, Julian Grayfor more information