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Development Assistant, Northampton



Northampton, United Kingdom 

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Arts & Entertainment


€13,004.00 - €13,545.00

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Job Description:

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact in the arts? Join our team as a Development Assistant at Royal & Derngate, where you will play a crucial role in supporting our Development Team and advocating our charitable status.

You'll have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders, cultivate partnerships, and drive fundraising campaigns to raise our organisation's profile. With a focus on coordination, communication, and engagement, you'll be instrumental in shaping our success.

If you have a passion for the arts, excellent interpersonal skills, and a desire to work in a lively and dynamic environment, we want to hear from you. Apply now and become a key player in our mission to enrich our community through the power of the arts.

This is a part-time role, working 20 hours per week, spread over 3-5 days (to be agreed upon with the successful candidate).

Job Purpose

In this Development Assistant role, you will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day tasks of the development team as directed by the Development Manager.

Your role will be to ensure the continuity of regular communication with stakeholders, members, and prospective partners to advocate Royal & Derngate’s charitable status. You will assist, where necessary, in cultivating partnerships and promoting fundraising campaigns to raise the organisation's profile.

Key Duties

* Coordinate all partner ticket enquiries and be the main booking contact for Business Club and selected Director’s Circle members.
* To support all Business Club and Director Circle communication in accordance with an agreed delivery schedule.
* Assist the Development Manager at VIP evenings and launch events, including press evenings.
* Be responsible for managing and encouraging Business Club members complimentary ticket allowances via engagement across our channels.
* To ensure development webpages and business listings are up to date and relevant for development purposes.
* To support membership growth and engagement alongside the Development Manager.
* To assist with a schedule of fundraising campaigns.
* Help to establish a newly formed 21-35 membership community.
* Work closely with the marketing team to effectively communicate member offers & newsletters.

For the full job description, please see our website.

Essential Skills


* Knowledge of industry working practices relevant to the arts
* An interest in theatre, arts, and cultural activities
* A commitment to diversity, representation, & inclusion


* High level of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Meticulous attention to detail
* Able to think outside of the box to engage new audiences
* Ability to effectively engage with the public and convey enthusiasm about the organisation
* Able to work as part of a team and use initiative
* Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
* Ability to multitask in a pressured environment without compromising on quality and accuracy
* Ability to adapt to a lively and constantly changing programme
* Willingness to learn

Desirable Skills


* Experience working in theatre or arts environment
* Knowledge of local area businesses, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic communities
* Experience of (Capital) fundraising
* Experience in cultivating and nurturing relationships and the ability to adapt communication style accordingly


* Working knowledge of CRM and systems, with an understanding of TESSITURA


* Able to drive with access to own vehicle
* A flexible approach to working patterns, with a willingness to work occasional unsociable hours

How To Apply

Please submit a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) stating your relevant experience, knowledge, and skills for this Development Assistant role, along with your CV.

Closing Date: Thursday 11th July 2024
Interviews: Friday 19th July 2024

About Company

Royal & Derngate Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire and one of the major regional producing theatres in the country, with its acclaimed Made in Northampton work touring nationally and internationally.
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