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Head of Development ArtsEd

ArtsEd are seeking a Head of Development to lead on all fundraising activity. Devising a strategy and working closely with colleagues to design an engaging and inspiring programme across all income streams, you’ll raise vital funds to broaden access to world-class performing arts training.

  • Location: London, Chiswick
  • Salary: £45,000 – £50,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 28th May

Who we are.

For over 100 years, Arts Ed has been at the forefront of performing arts in the UK, nurturing talent, inspiring confidence and providing opportunities to help talented students realise their potential.

ArtsEd is one of the UK’s leading providers of degree-level conservatoire education. They offer Foundation, BA and MA courses in Musical Theatre and Acting to a broad range of students.

You’ll be raising money for the bursaries and scholarships that are so important to the diversity of students. This financial support is vital to allowing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to join and thrive in the performing art sector, increasing representation on the stage to better reflect the UK.

‘The future of this country’s theatre tradition depends on centres of excellence such as ArtsEd.’

– Lord Lloyd Webber, ArtsEd President

The quality of education at ArtsEd is world-class. On any Westend production, students and graduates always make up a percentage of the cast. The dedication and passion for theatre among students is huge. The success of ArtEds’ approach has led to alumni playing a key role in the success of the UK’s creative economy for many years and they include choreographers, directors, and producers, as well as performers.

ArtsEd also does outreach work in local communities, providing easy access to the performing arts for those who may not otherwise get a chance. Entertaining and inspiring the next generation of performing artists and lovers of the stage, ArtsEd helps to enrich so many lives.

About the role.

The Head of Development role is instrumental to ArtsEd and its charitable aim to broaden access to world-class performing arts education. In this role, you will seek to build relationships with a diverse array of funders who share this vision.

You’ll be joining at an opportune time. ArtsEd is approaching the end of a five-year strategy, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to play a huge role in crafting a significant fundraising strategy and deciding on income targets.

This role is responsible for all income streams at ArtsEd, including:

  • Individual Givers
  • Alumni
  • Major Donors
  • Events
  • Trusts and Foundations
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Community

Working in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, you will focus on managing and building relationships with individuals and organisations who are aligned with ArtsEd’s charitable goals.

You will deepen relationships with existing donors by providing excellent stewardship, as you identify and cultivate new prospects, seizing opportunities where you find them. You will also create and deliver an engaging programme of events, in close tandem with the Head of Marketing.

The art sector has encountered challenges in a landscape of reduced available funding, this requires great creativity and a positive approach. Arts Council funding for theatres is particularly stretched, so it’s vital to continue to diversify income resources for a sustainable future.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking a seasoned fundraiser with a breadth of experience across income streams and an emphasis on relationship building.

You will have fresh and ambitious ideas for growth with the quality and desire to be an integral part of the organisation. You’ll live the brand’s values and be a positive and influential figure, championing and promoting what makes ArtsEd successful.

Suitable candidates will have charisma, a passion for the arts and a real understanding of fundraising in the arts sector, its challenges and opportunities.

What do we offer?

The energy and passion at ArtsEd are tangible. We are a small, close-knit team, committed to supporting all our students to achieve their best. We offer competitive salaries, and our size means that we are able to provide tailored opportunities for staff to develop their skills and experience through internal and external programmes.

The health and well-being of our staff is a key focus and we have teamed up with Simply Health to offer a family-wide health plan that includes:

  • a full Employee Assistance Programme, including face-to-face counselling and unlimited telephone support.
  • contributions towards a range of therapies, including sports massage, physiotherapy, and chiropractic appointments.
  • contributions towards dental and optical costs.
  • 24/7 GP appointments via telephone/webcam.
  • Lifestyle Discounts.

In addition, staff are eligible for the following:

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • 5% matched pension (after the relevant qualifying period)

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Josh Larkin | josh@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07950 729373

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 28th May 2024
    First Stage Interviews: w/c 3rd June 2024
    Second Stage Interviews: w/c 10th June 2024

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