Director of Development

Opera North
Arts, Culture & Sport, Executive & Senior Mgt, Fundraising
Salary Details
c. £60,000 per annum
Contract Type
Closing Date
Opera North are looking for a Development Director to join the senior leadership team of an ambitious arts organisation, who will play a central role in facilitating our renewed commitment to creating extraordinary experiences every day.

Job Description

Director of Development

The shape of the Company’s fundraising has changed through the course of the pandemic, with new areas such as online giving, supported by online events and activity, coming to the fore alongside traditional individual donor management, support from trusts and foundations and partnership working with the private sector.

It is an opportunity for the right person to build on the success of Music Works, leading a dynamic and committed team to energise and grow an existing individual and major donor base, whilst evolving and diversifying income from other areas to support Opera North's purpose of creating extraordinary experiences every day.

In our new home the Howard Opera Centre and Howard Assembly Room, we have a world class facility for rehearsal, production, learning and performance, providing a springboard for the company to emerge from the pandemic. It has been made possible by a major fundraising campaign that has energised an existing and new donor base, presenting an opportunity to build future philanthropy.

The Senior Management Team has been restructured to include the role of Director of Development, recognising that as the company plans and responds to a post pandemic landscape and Arts Council England’s new investment principles we will need to continue to build our contributed income.

This is an opportunity to join the senior leadership team of a complex and ambitious arts organisation, to lead strategic planning and delivery of fundraising to support the creation of performances and participatory activity that impact on people's lives every day.

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • Are ready to be the fundraising lead at a complex and ambitious arts organisation. 
  • Are a strategic thinker who can shape and drive the delivery of a multifaceted fundraising plan. 
  • Can provide leadership for a team of eight fundraisers, motivating them to achieve challenging targets. 

Salary: c.£60,000
Deadline for applications: Monday 6 December 2021
First round of interviews: Wednesday 15 December 2021

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Company Description

Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and a leading European arts organisation. Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, Opera North also programmes its own venue, the Howard Assembly Room, with an enormous diversity of activity.