Work With Us: Development Coordinator

Are you a Development Professional who is passionate about contemporary art and architecture? Do you feel that you can help us to make a significant difference in how art is supported, viewed and understood? Can you enthuse others to want to be part of a vibrant, exciting and fast-paced contemporary scene? Then we want to hear from you.

Job description/Purpose of role

As we look forward to our bi-centenary, this post-holder will manage the Development Strategy and be responsible for overall delivery of our development work. The post-holder will take a key role in assisting us to achieve our aims for our 200th anniversary – enabling income, opportunity and collaboration in support of the work of the Academy. This role will lead the management of RSA fundraising programmes and activities, including Trust applications, sponsorship, general donations, online donations, regular giving, merchandise, in memoriam giving and legacies, and to increase income from these sources. The post-holder will explore and test new income streams to increase supporter engagement.

Key tasks and responsibilities 

  • Work with the Director and the Development Committee towards increasing income.
  • Make links with, and applications to, Trusts in order to develop opportunities for the Academy and its artist programmes.
  • Manage RSA’s fundraising programmes in order to maximise returns from existing donor base (Patrons, Corporate Members, RSA Friends)
  • Achieve the annual targets agreed for all areas of development
  • Prepare detailed income and expenditure reports for each area of activity, and interpret data in order to measure effectiveness and return on investment
  • Assist the Director with preparing the annual budget. Prepare quarterly forecasts for income and report monthly on performance against targets
  • Working with the colleagues who support communications and marketing activities to produce strong and compelling fundraising materials for a wide range of media
  • Effective line management, professional support and personal development of the Friends Administrator and other Friends staff.
  • Increase levels of supporter engagement and stewardship. Work with the team to develop and implement a stewardship programme including regular newsletters, mailings and on-line activity
  • Explore and test new methods for donor recruitment and increasing donations
  • Work collaboratively across teams to help generate leads for corporate, private sector and other major donors
  • To perform any other reasonable tasks as requested by the Director and the Development Committee
  • This role profile is not exhaustive and is subject to review in conjunction with the post holder and according to future changes/developments in the service.

Experience and knowledge

  • A sound knowledge and understanding of fundraising for arts.
  • Considerable experience of preparing programmes of activity and business plans to recruit, engage, inspire and retain donors
  • Experience of developing and implementing a strategy for Trust and sponsor engagement. The ability to do this is essential for the role.
  • A proven track record of success in working with others, ideally managing a team, to deliver high quality results to deadlines.
  • Knowledge of budgets and experience of reporting financial performance against targets
  • Knowledge of regulatory environment for fundraising from individuals including data protection, Gift Aid and fundraising codes of practice and regulation
  • A keen interest in contemporary visual art and architecture would be advantageous.

Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrable ability to line manage a small team and support and develop staff
  • The ability to lead and inspire others to deliver against targets and objectives
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and able to influence/persuade a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to work across teams and departments in a collaborative manner and to proactively engage colleagues on projects and initiatives
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a fluent writing style and the ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of media and audiences
  • A keen eye for detail and to ensure high standards whilst working under pressure
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to work to deadlines
  • The ability to be a proactive self-starter and to use initiative to resolve problems and create solutions to improve results
  • Able to act with tact, diplomacy and confidentiality and deal with sensitive issues
  • Excellent IT skills, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Experience of databases and audience segmentation and use of data analytics

Terms and Conditions of appointment    

  • Contract : Permanent
  • Salary : £40K per annum (pro rata)
  • Probation period : The probationary period is six months
  • Notice period : One month
  • Work Pattern : part-time, 4 days per week (26 hours)
  • Pension : Subject to eligibility you will be auto enrolled into our pension scheme.
  • Holidays: 25 days per year plus 6 public holidays (pro rata). The leave year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
  • Location: The post holder will be based at The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL.

Applications welcomed by CV and Cover Letter to

Application deadline Sunday 26th September 2021