How to become a charity director
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- 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.
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
You could do a college course like a Level 4 or 5 Diploma in Business Management.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
You could work your way up to this role through a fundraiser advanced apprenticeship
This typically takes 18 months to complete.
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
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 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.
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.
Excellent presentation and confident public speaking skills are essential.
You can find out more about working in the charity sector from The National Council for Voluntary Organisations.