Development Manager

Islington Play Association
09 Apr 2018
14 May 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

Development Manager

Job summary:

• Working Hours: 21 hours per week including some evening and weekend work

• Salary: £35,000 - £39,000 pro rata

• Location: London

• Line manager: CEO

• No direct reports

Islington Play Association is a vibrant, proactive children’s charity. Our aim is simple - to create, provide, improve and protect places for the children of Islington to play.

Play is what children do when they are allowed freedom to explore their world. Our playgrounds are unique exciting places where no two days are the same. Expect to be amazed and inspired by the depth and breadth of the innovative and original ideas of children at play.

We are a highly respected organisation in the world of play delivering excellent, high quality services making a real difference for the children of Islington. We run six adventure playgrounds, including one specifically designed for disabled children, Paradise Park Children’s Centre and a range of other play focused projects across the borough. Our aim is to continue to expand our services and to ensure that we have a wide ranging offer for the children, young people and families in Islington.

In a time of reducing budgets and increasing need, we are looking for a Development Manager who can tell our stories, galvanise support and find new ways to fund more play.

As part of the senior team, you will develop and deliver our income strategy with support from a passionate trustee and staff team. You will be creative, tenacious, and an outstanding communicator with a successful track record in diversifying and growing income.

Please visit our website to download an application pack

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Closing date for applications: 12.00pm, Thursday 19th April 2018

Interviews: Monday 30th April 2018

IPA values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

IPA is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of safer recruitment practices, the applicant will have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau) check.

Job Description

Main Tasks:

· Work with the CEO and trustees to develop a strategy to diversify and grow IPA’s income.

· Operationalise the income generation strategy to meet agreed targets.

· Report to the CEO and trustee board, as a member of the Income Generation sub-committee.

· Drawing on IPA’s current engagement with trusts, statutory funders, community groups, corporates, partners and schools, identify opportunities and devise approach and cultivation plans for each prospect.

· Work with key internal stakeholders, such as the Adventure Playground Manager, to develop funding opportunities, including paid for services, creating attractive proposals which offer mutual benefit.

· Develop, write and present proposals, pitches and bids for priority projects.

· Keep accurate, up-to-date and GDPR compliant donor and prospect data for reporting and tracking.

· Generate content and develop materials for digital and print marketing communications.

Person Specification


· Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.

· 5+ years fundraising, sales or marketing experience.

· Experience in developing and implementing strategy.

· A successful track record of diversifying and growing income.

· Good understanding of the charity sector.

· Committed to children’s issues.

· Excellent communicator, influencer and negotiator.

· Energetic, self-motivated and resourceful team player.

· Proactive in identifying new opportunities, ideas and information.

· Maintain and build enduring relationships with a diverse portfolio of stakeholders.

· Persuasive presentation skills; must have personal presence and a professional, polished manner.

· Skilled in producing creative and compelling pitch, bid and proposal content and materials.

· Experience of producing impact and evaluation reports for funders.

· Knowledge of relevant data protection legislation.

· Excel and/ or CRM software competence.

· Thrives in a challenging and ever-changing environment.

· Ability to work autonomously, managing and prioritising own workload to deadlines.

· Willingness to take on a range of tasks and to develop new skills, as appropriate, in own or other departments/directorates to support the IPA’s objectives as required.


· Experience in funding and/or marketing paid for community services.

· Well established fundraising contacts and networks.

· Experience of working with or as part of corporate CSR or Events teams.

· Track record of securing and managing high-value corporate relationships and their mechanics.

· High level of comfort with and experience of face-to-face asking.

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