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Fundraising Manager

The Roses is looking for a creative, dynamic and experienced Fundraising Manager to transform how the organisation fundraises over the next year. The role is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund, Sustainability Project until April 2023. This is an opportunity to join The Roses at an exciting time in its development and rebuild the fundraising function that aligns with the charity’s ambitions. The role will develop fundraising as a core activity of the organisation, and help establish new resources to increase donors, members, sponsors and funders and improve the experience of stakeholders. 

Responsible to: Director  

Contract type: 1 year fixed term initially, with the aim of transferring to permanent in 2023



  • Collaborate with the Director to develop and deliver an annual fundraising strategy
  • Develop and deliver fundraising campaigns, including small scale lotteries, making use of direct mail, email and digital communications, and to oversee how donations are run and encouraged across all platforms: on the website, in the building, in printed materials, through social media and in cinema screenings
  • Increase membership sign ups from our core audience
  • Increase the proportion of our core audience (primarily, members, and secondarily, ticket buyers) who choose to become donors, moving prospects up the donor pipeline and encourage uplifts of gifts from existing supporters
  • Process donations in PCI compliant way and ensure prompt and accurate receipting and thanking of gifts. Maximise eligible donations with gift aid
  • Develop a legacy programme of giving, create engaging copy for campaign materials, and steward pledged and potential Benefactors for future gifts
  • Build a trend of year-on-year growth in fundraising campaigns
  • Maintain and improve the ROI of fundraising campaigns and appeals
  • Produce regular management reports for the Board of Trustees
  • Produce outstanding copy and innovative approaches for campaign materials
  • Attend weekly planning meetings, making the case for fundraising campaigns

Trusts & Grants

  • Work with the Director to identify and apply for appropriate grants and funds
  • Support the Director in delivering the Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation application, and with monitoring and reporting if successful
  • Keep up-to-date with available grants and funders 
  • Manage the monitoring and reporting of funded projects
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • To develop the Spektrix fundraising function into a stakeholder management system for both individuals and funders 
  • Develop and deliver donor events in collaboration with the Director and the Board of Trustees
  • Manage communications with major donors and stakeholders to grow and maintain strong relationships 
  • Maintain GDPR compliant donor information 

Business Sponsorship 

  • Identify and cultivate potential business donors and sponsors
  • Work with the marketing department to develop clear and engaging business sponsorship materials 
  • Manage the delivery of benefits for corporate members of all levels including show sponsors i.e. panto.
  • Develop and deliver annual business sponsorship campaigns ie Panto sponsorship 

Continuous Improvement 

  • Support and contribute to a culture of high performance, innovation and continuous improvement 
  • Promote and foster a culture of information sharing and collaborative working 
  • Keep in touch with best practice and any updates as relevant to the role 
  • Manage own learning and continuous professional development relevant to the role 
  • Keep in touch with developments in the sector and develop and manage own network of fundraising professionals

In all matters, to operate in accordance with the Company’s employment, health & safety, diversity, safeguarding and other practices, policies and procedures.
To undertake any other duties that are consistent with the purpose of the job or may be required. The role needs a flexible approach to working with some evenings and weekends required. 

Person Specification

Required Experience

  • Professional experience of planning, developing, running and evaluating fundraising campaigns, gained within a charity or other fundraising organisation 
  • Excellent team player, providing a consistent level of donor care and responsiveness 
  • Effective influencing skills 
  • Experience of running direct mail, email and mobile campaigns 
  • A demonstrable track record in setting and meeting income targets 
  • Strong understanding of social media and its potential use within fundraising 
  • Results driven, with an open, curious, intelligent approach to analysis and reporting 
  • Experience of stakeholder or customer management systems
  • Excellent project management skills, with evidence of having delivered concurrent projects and met deadlines
  • Strong professional relationship building skills
  • Outstanding written communication skills, including the ability to tailor communications for different audiences and media whilst maintaining consistent tone and messaging 
  • Strong attention to detail and proofreading skills
  • Careful budget management 

Desirable Experience

  • Interest in theatre, film and/or participatory community activities
  • Experience of running lotteries or draws for fundraising 
  • Experience of managing website fundraising pages  
  • This job specification reflects the core activities of the post and is subject to change and development as the theatre develops its programme, services and customer offers. Therefore, we expect the post holder to adopt a flexible approach to their role. 


Hours: 28 hours a week
Salary: £27,000 pro rata
Holidays: 28 days per year pro rata (inclusive of bank holidays) 
Contract: 1 year Fixed term contract (with the potential of permanent)
Probation: 3 months
Notice period: 1 month

How to apply

Please email jessica.brewster@rosestheatre.org with a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role. The deadline is Monday 4 April 5pm. 
We also accept video or audio CVs and cover letters. 
If you would like further support with access to apply for this role please get in touch with Jess on the above email.

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