What is it like to work at Manx National Heritage?

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Want to be the first ever fundraising manager for the Isle of Man's heritage charity? As part of Wonderful Workplaces, we spoke to Gaynor Haxby, head of public services at Manx National Heritage, for insider insight into the career opportunity on offer and what it's like to work there.

Tell me about Manx National Heritage and the work you do

Manx National Heritage (MNH) is the umbrella name for Manx Museum and National Trust. Our mission is to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Isle of Man. We are here for the protection and conservation of the island but more importantly to enable people - locals and tourists - to enjoy the richness of this spectacular and special place.

What is unique about this career opportunity?

This is a once in a lifetime career opportunity to become the first fundraising professional  for the Isle of Man’s much loved cultural and natural heritage charity. The role is based at the Manx Museum and is initially a three-year contract, with the opportunity to go permanent after that. This is a chance to live and work in a wonderful environment amidst the Isle of Man’s varied and astonishingly beautiful scenery. Heritage is everywhere - from castles to museums, woodlands to farms, galleries to wildlife.

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What else makes the Isle of Man a special place to work?

Nearly 85% of the population of the Isle of Man are ‘happy’ or ‘very happy’ living here with factors such as safety and low crime, the clean environment, the island culture and sense of community usually being cited as the main reasons. And 21% of residents walk to work daily! How great is that? The cost of living is generally higher than much of the UK but then taxes are a lot lower, so it's swings and roundabouts. It’s a very small island so you’ll probably want to plan trips away but on the plus side you’re never more than six miles away from the sea.

I moved to the Island 10 years ago with my husband and I can honestly say it was the best move I ever made!

What does the fundraising manager role involve?

The successful fundraising manager will work with companies, trusts, local organisations, individuals and the community to raise money to do even more with the island’s amazing spaces, places and collections. You will be working alongside a great team of professionals and will be responsible for everything to do with fundraising including strategy, planning budgeting, communications and of course hands-on fundraising. In the early days you will have the support of three marketing colleagues but as things develop you will be able to start creating your own team.

What kind of person would be perfect for this role?

We are looking for someone with strong fundraising experience, so you can hit the ground running. Specific heritage, arts, wildlife or conservation experience would be useful. However, if you are a great fundraiser and can show that you have a keen interest in these issues, that will stand you in good stead.

How will you help candidates who need to relocate?

If you already live in the Isle of Man or are hankering to go back to your roots there, you will know all about how wonderful it is. However, if it’s all new to you, we appreciate it’s a big decision to move over. We plan to organise interviews around a weekend, so you’d have time to get a feel for the place and can bring a partner or friend with you. If you get the job, we will give you all the support you need and will understand if you want to test things out for a year or so before making a big move. We would also pay some relocation expenses.

What top tips can you offer applicants?

Make sure you include a cover letter with no more than 750 words answering the following:

  1. From your experience, what have you found are the key things that ensure a fundraising strategy succeeds?
  2. Describe the piece of fundraising you have carried out of which you are most proud.
  3. What, honestly, do you feel will be your main challenges if you get this job?

You don’t need to worry about adding any further information about yourself in your cover letter, your CV and answers to the above will be the information we use for shortlisting.

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