Development Manager

Job Overview

TITLE: Development Manager

CORE ROLE TYPE:  Arts & Business Administration, Fundraising

LINE MANAGER: Reporting to the board, usually via Emrys Green, Director

HOURS: Initially 16 hours per week across a minimum of 3 days Mon-Fri usually worked between 9am and 6pm.  Additional hours may be available, including evening & weekends, if appropriate & desired to support delivery.  Flexible working time is available along with occasional working from home.

SALARY: Depending on experience, in the region of £22,500 pro rata per year (equivalent to approximately £150 – £180 per week).

DEADLINE: 12pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018

INTERVIEWS: Expected to be 11th of October 2018.

STARTING: As soon as possible depending on notice period.

CONTRACT: This role is employed and office based, initially for a 3-month period (subject to performance) with expectation to make the role permanent based on funding.  Although could be available on a 3-month freelance contract with equivalent agreed fees for the right candidate [please stipulate if you prefer this on application, it will be equally considered].

LOCATION:  Diss Youth & Community Centre, Shelfanger Road, Diss, IP22 4EH

Job description

The development manager will be directly responsible for supporting our projects co-ordinator in setting up projects with partners, gaining the funding needed to run them, and helping to evaluate ready to lead reporting back to funders.  This is not just a fundraising job – although it is the crux, you will be supporting our team to deliver & evaluate the projects so you can be involved at every stage of the project lifecycle.  We are a small organisation and there will be opportunities available to get involved in other areas if you desire, or to experience work with freelance practitioners and partner organisations.

You will be a part of leading the development of community arts activities in and around Diss, our Young Associates Project, Freefall (our touring theatre with/for young carers) and a number of other new projects.  Excellent organisational and communication skills are required along with a good knowledge of MS Office and strong budgeting skills.  We are looking for someone with demonstrable successful experience in working with funders and managing both grant applications and earned income streams.

Experience in supporting the delivery/planning of events or cultural programmes is vital and experience and understanding of youth & family programmes is desirable.

You will get involved in the planning & delivery of projects from inception to evaluation, and we welcome new ideas in addition to working on our current activity.  Some experience or willingness to “sell” the value of arts projects & young people’s involvement will be vital.

The breakdown of responsibilities includes:

Project development & evaluation

  • Setting aims & objectives for projects
  • Setting project budgets
  • Managing resource allocation & expenditure through projects
  • Supporting the collection of evaluation materials


  • Recording transactions and ensuring all expenses, bills and income is logged – supported by/ delegated to our administrator.
  • Sending Invoices to participants & organisations


  • Source different funding pots applicable to Unit Twenty Three projects
  • Lead funding applications
  • Support evaluations and report back to funders about project outcomes & expenditure
  • Lead developing opportunities for earned income
  • Create fundraising events or campaigns

Marketing & Publicity

  • Writing press releases and gaining editorials about our work
  • Contributing to our social network platforms
  • Ensure our website is kept up to date to attract funders & clients

Management/ General

  • Maintain a clean & safe environment in which to work
  • Communicate with project partners, commissioners and funders about project progress

Person specification


  • Experience of gaining funding within the arts, cultural or heritage sectors
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience working in an office environment
  • A demonstrable interest & passion for the arts & young people
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and can work off own initiative
  • Experience with Office Computer Software (Word, Excel & Powerpoint)
  • Experience managing financial records
  • Experience of working on cultural projects or live events


  • Be willing to progress your career and attend relevant training
  • Be willing & able to occasionally support delivery – especially facilitating discussions or groups with young people to inform our development
  • Experience of working remotely with teams
  • Full clean driving license & access to own transport
  • Local knowledge of arts or youth organisations
  • Experience line managing staff within a small organisation
  • Knowledge of the Arts Award Programme, especially as a trained adviser Bronze-Gold levels


How to apply

Submit your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 A4 sides), detailing why you would be suitable for this job against the Job Description and Person Specification.

Email with the subject line ‘Development Manager Application’

We will contact you by 12pm on Friday 5th October to confirm if we can invite you to interview on Thursday 11th October 2018 – please include on your application whether you have a preference for morning or afternoon and we will do our best to accommodate this.


Additional Points

The appointment will be made subject to a satisfactory clearance with an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Services check due to the access to young people & nature of our work.

We envisage the role growing and continuing long term but there will be a 3 month probationary period / initial fixed term contract to evaluate the fit of us & yourself if appointed.  We also envisage needing to grow the capacity to deliver projects and we will consider increasing your basic hours if appropriate before appointing additional staff members if that were to suit you.

Those successful in this role will also be able to help us grow not only our capacity but what we can afford to pay staff. We believe in growing our people with the organisation through training opportunities and suitable wage increases with growth of income and sustainability.