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Individual Giving Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £34,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th January 2020

  • Advertised from 19th December 2019
  • Salary dependent on experience. Permanent


The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the world’s largest public celebrations of the written word, providing a lively forum for democratic discussion and the exchange of ideas. For 17 days every August, it brings writers, poets, politicians, journalists, thinkers and decision makers from around the world to Edinburgh to discuss and share stories about the things that shape our lives. 900 authors from over 60 countries appear in an eclectic and wide-ranging international programme of over 800 events, activities and workshops.

The Book Festival also produces the Baillie Gifford Children’s and School’s Programmes comprising hundreds of events created especially for young people, and a year-round community programme takes the Book Festival on the road around Scotland to people in their own communities.

During August the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs its own independent bookshops, which champion Scottish books and writing alongside the best international work, selling over 70,000 books each year. Around 240,000 visits are made to the Book Festival’s home every year, a specially created tented village in the leafy green space of Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street, in the heart of historic Edinburgh – the world’s first UNSESCO City of Literature. The 2020 Book Festival runs from 15-31 August. / @edbookfest

The Individual Giving Manager is a new role within the Development Team at the Book Festival. Individual giving represents the fastest-growing private sector income source for the Book Festival, with a 35% increase in monies raised from individual donors since 2016. The creation of this new post represents an increased investment in the Book Festival’s fundraising capacity and presents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to make their mark within the organisation and help take our fundraising ability to a new level.

This is an exciting time to join the team, and the postholder will be expected to make a significant difference to its continued success, by supporting the acquisition of new donors and excellent stewardship of existing ones.

The Individual Giving Manager will be responsible for managing the Friends and Patrons schemes: overseeing the smooth delivery of benefits to our supporters, encouraging them to renew and, where possible, increase their support. They will also be closely involved in the strategic planning and management of individual giving campaigns, including delivery of an annual appeal. The postholder will also assist in the planning and implementation of an updated Legacy Giving campaign strategy and the public-facing elements of other future campaigns. They will support the Head of Development in the management and delivery of the Festival’s Benefactors scheme, managing a portfolio of relationships with key donors, and identifying and cultivating new prospects.

Application notes

Closing date for applications: Monday 20 January 2020, 5pm

Interviews: early February (exact date to be confirmed)

Interviews will be held in a central Edinburgh venue (venue tbc).

Please read the job description carefully and complete the online application using the links on our website.

For further information, please visit or contact or call 01317185666.

Please note the Book Festival offices are closed from Friday 20 December 2019 to Monday 6 January 2020.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival Ltd has its registered office at 5 Charlotte Square, EH2 4DR and is a company limited by guarantee (no SC 79939) with charitable status (SCO10120)