Polly Symondson Recruitment | 000140
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number 000140

Job Title: Head of Development
Charity: Lakeland Arts
Salary: circa £45,000
Contract: Full time
Location: Home based/Hybrid working including all Lakeland Arts sites 

Closing Date: 11th March

Purpose and Key Objectives

In this senior role you’ll support Lakeland Arts to carry out our charitable objectives by leading the strategic development of our fundraising strategy, as well as its practical implementation.This is both a strategic and hands-on role. You’ll lead the Development Team, and you’ll personally raise donations and grants to support our programme of exhibitions, participation activities and art and heritage conservation projects. You’ll secure funds from a range of sources, including trusts and foundations, statutory funders, individual donors and corporates.You’ll realise opportunities to grow our voluntary income, especially across individual, legacy and digital giving.As a member of the Leadership Team, you’ll work collaboratively with the Development team, colleagues across the organisation and trustees, as well as building and nurturing relationships with external stakeholders to help deliver the fundraising strategy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Chief Executive, Leadership Team, Trustees and Development Team to lead all aspects of the fundraising strategy and planning process including analysis, planning and implementation.
  • To be an active member of the Leadership Team and support the strategic development of LA and the delivery of the Business Plan.
  • As a member of the Leadership Team Contribute to developing LA’s strategic and business planning in addition to other strategies and plans.
  • Play a key role in developing the overall success of the organisation, including attracting new audiences and delivering a high-quality visitor experience.
  • Set and achieve fundraising targets, securing funding from trusts and foundations, individual donors, corporate sponsors and other supporters for core programmes and projects.
  • Lead the high-performing Development team demonstrating empathetic leadership with line management responsibility for the two Development Officers and the Membership and Development Support Officer.
  • Identify potential funders and develop high quality funding applications and sponsorship proposals to a range of funders including trusts & foundations, public organisations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.
  • Lead the development and implementation of an individual and legacy giving strategy to sustain support from existing donors and increase donations year on year.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with current donors and supporters and cultivate new prospective donors demonstrating excellent care and stewardship.
  • Manage and develop the Lakeland Arts Membership scheme.
  • Lead capital fundraising to support Lakeland Arts’ long-term programme of capital developments at all of its sites.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to develop the profile of Lakeland Arts with supporters.
  • Develop and maintain robust fundraising systems and processes. 
  • Support development of Lakeland Arts’ staff members – carrying out appraisals and identifying training and development needs for staff managed by the post holder.
  • Report as required to trustees, CEO, Leadership Team and other internal and external bodies, e.g. Arts Council England.
  • Represent Lakeland Arts as required at stakeholder events, meetings, private views, events etc.
  • Develop existing relationships and build new strategic partnerships with funders, donors and stakeholders; manage relationships with key organisations, including Arts Council England, National Heritage Lottery Fund and South Lakeland District Council.
  • Ensure the highest level of relationship management to provide an excellent experience for funders and donors.  
  • Maintain records, develop projections and produce high quality reports to the Chief Executive and Trustees on activity and achievements against Lakeland Arts’ fundraising targets.
  • Contribute to Lakeland Arts’ stakeholder events and other activities to promote Lakeland Arts and involve local communities, visitors and key stakeholders.

This job description outlines the principal responsibilities and duties of the post holder. It isn’t meant to be, nor is it, an exhaustive list of specific responsibilities and duties. The post holder will be expected to undertake any other duties which could reasonably be expected as being within the remit of the post and which arise out of changes of legislation, regulations, orders, rules and working practices, methods and procedures and reviews, as directed from time to time

Additional information

As a senior member of the organisation the post holder will be required to attend occasional events such as previews and marketing events, particularly those connected with responsibilities of the post.


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