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A Head of Fundraising to join our team

Head of Fundraising

As the Head of Fundraising, you will play a pivotal role in driving our fundraising efforts, ensuring the sustainability and growth of the Catalyst Strategy. ​You will lead the development and implementation of fundraising strategies, building strong relationships with donors, sponsors, and funders. Your exceptional fundraising skills and passion for our vision will enable us to make an even greater impact through the support that we offer our on-campus community and entrepreneurs.

Key Information

  • Full-time, permanent contract
  • Competitive salary up to £55,000
  • A comprehensive benefits package
  • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available)
  • Reporting to the Director of Finance
  • Closing Tuesday 23rd April at 12noon


Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities


  • Create and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies aligned with Catalyst’s vision and mission.
  • Proactively explore new fundraising opportunities and avenues to diversify funding sources.
  • Research and identify grant opportunities from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Work with finance colleagues to prepare high-quality grant proposals, ensuring compliance with funder guidelines and requirements.
  • Plan and execute fundraising events, campaigns, and initiatives to drive engagement and revenue growth.
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with potential donors, sponsors, and partnerships to secure financial support.
  • Work closely with the executive team, programme/project managers, and wider team to align fundraising efforts with needs and priorities.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to engage them in fundraising activities.
  • Provide advice in early-stage development of budgets for funding opportunities.
  • Develop and track fundraising metrics, regularly reporting on progress and results to finance colleagues and the executive team.
  • Analyse fundraising data to identify trends, opportunities, and areas for improvement.
  • Effectively communicate Catalyst’s impact, needs, and funding opportunities to donors and supporters.
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to create compelling fundraising materials, proposals, and reports.

Essential Criteria

  • At least 3 years recent fundraising experience, with aproven track record of success across individual giving, corporate partnerships, and grant writing.
  • Detailed current knowledge of the funding landscape with strong relationships and networks with funding sources.
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning abilities, with the capacity to develop and implement innovative fundraising strategies.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and stewarding relationships with donors and securing major gifts.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication & presentation skills, with the ability to effectively convey Catalyst’s mission and impact to diverse audiences.
  • Results-oriented mindset, with the ability to meet and exceed fundraising goals.
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple initiatives and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to exercise discretion when working with highly sensitive information
  • Passion for Catalyst’s vision and mission, with a genuine desire to make a positive impact in the community.


Special Requirements

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build an inclusive innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland. The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides. We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish. 

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they are part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces. 

    We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we are proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving silver status, with ambitions to progress to Gold. 

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community. 

  • Working at Catalyst

    A certified Great Place to Work® and awarded as one of the top 100 Best Workplaces in the UK for 2024, Catalyst is one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting employers.

    With a strong vision of Opportunity for all from world-leading innovation, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage. We are a force for good, bold in our approach with integrity at our core and passion in everything we do.

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma is Catalyst’s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team. As HR Offi... read more
Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma is Catalyst’s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team.

As HR Officer, in a small and busy team, Emma is responsible for providing expert support on daily activities and key HR projects.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Emma obtained a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Danielle Darragh

Danielle Darragh

HR Officer

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