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Charity director

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

Annual Salary

£30,000 to £55,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: 9am to 5pm; attending events or appointments

Future employment

There will be 3.4% more Charity director jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office, in the community or at events.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

You could do a business management foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree to learn the general management skills needed for this job.

Another option is to do a degree in the subject area you want to do charity work in, and work your way up into management and director roles.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You could do a college course like a Level 4 or 5 Diploma in Business Management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
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You could work your way up to this role through a fundraiser advanced apprenticeship

This typically takes 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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You could start out in the voluntary sector as a charity fundraiser or administrator and work your way up into management after getting experience and training.

Volunteering and work experience

Volunteering is often a good way to start. You could volunteer with organisations that promote the causes you're interested in and then apply for paid roles as you get more experience.

With further training on the job, you may be able to move up to senior positions within your charity.

Direct application

If you want to apply for this type of job directly, you'll need a lot of experience at senior management level, and of building partnerships and fundraising.

You'll also need a lot of 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.

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Career tips

Excellent presentation and confident public speaking skills are essential.

Further information

You can find out more about working in the charity sector from The National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • financial management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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