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Head Of Development

The Old Courts
Closing date
19 Jul 2022

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Arts at The Mill has grown significantly over the last few years, increasing its income, and expanding its team as well the range of buildings we develop and inhabit. The Head of Development leads on the fundraising strategy Arts At The Mill (Wigan) and Square Chapel CIC (Halifax) and its associated projects and partnerships, ensuring that income targets are met or exceeded. The Head of Development will maintain and grow a strong funding base across statutory, trusts & foundations, securing core, project and capital funding.

The Head of Development is a pivotal role in sustaining and developing Arts At The Mill and Square Chapel during a time of exciting change, with refreshed ambitions and major planned capital development works. This is a position ideally suited to a senior fundraising professional who is poised to work flexibly, make the role their own and make a significant contribution to an arts and culture organisation which listens and responds to the community it serves.

Please read the full job specification and essential/desirable criteria at:

About You

As someone who is interested in, and passionate about the areas in which Arts At The Mill operates - arts, community and heritage - you are a highly motivated, organised individual who is able to think strategically, develop existing opportunities and identify new ones that push the organisation and its mission forward.

You will be bringing strong fundraising expertise and financial acumen to the role, with an ability to
strategise, plan, measure, and drive performance. Your strong fundraising track record across core, project and capital means that you have a well-rounded knowledge of the current funding landscape.

You will be a comfortable communicator, able to operate at a strategic senior management team level whilst being able to seamlessly build relationships with the communities we are here to serve. With funders, you will be experienced in monitoring and reporting, developing meaningful and long-lasting relationships.

As someone ready to put their own stamp onto a role, you are excited about getting to know new teams,
developing and introducing better ways of working, and working flexibly with others in a fast-paced,
ambitious organisation.

As a leader, you will foster a supportive and positive team culture that enables colleagues to thrive. You will be invested in growing a team, developing talent and working across departments to embed a healthy understanding of fundraising across the organisation as we expand and develop.

How & Who the role works with

The Head of Development will work closely with the Project Director of Development and the Managing
Director to develop and enable the organisation's ambitious plans for growth. You will work within a small
but dynamic team and line manage the Grants Administrator (recruiting June 2022) and recruit, onboard and line manage a further Development role (to be recruited). Per-project, the Head of Development may be supported by external consultants.

Internally, the Head of Development will work with the Development Team, Senior Management Team,
Directors, Per-project Managers, Programming Team, Marketing Manager, Operations & Finance Team.
Externally, funders, stakeholders and potential stakeholders including Local Authority and community

About the Role

The Head of Development is responsible for fundraising, monitoring and acknowledgement and for
contributing to the development of Arts At The Mill's business.

Outlined below are several standard duties that this job role entails. This job description is a guide to the
nature of the work. It is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive and may be reviewed as required; other
responsibilities may be added depending on experience and need.

1. Fundraising: The Head of Development is responsible for developing and delivering Arts At The Mill's
fundraising strategy across its programmes and buildings; maximising income through existing
channels, identifying new sources and ensuring fundraising targets are met. This includes:

- Leading on the preparation of medium-to-large bids across a diverse range of projects including
capital, creative programmes and partnership projects, securing both core and project funding
- Developing the fundraising strategy for Arts At The Mill's capital projects with Managing
Director, consultants, securing major grants for capital development plans
- Establishing a clear plan for priority projects and proposals for trusts/foundations, and statutory
fundraising; including researching, identifying and building relationships with relevant prospects
- Identifying opportunities for commissioning (from local authorities, health and social care
sectors etc.), consultancy and contract management opportunities; supporting the development
of bids and tenders as appropriate
- Line managing the Grants Administrator (new recruit) and a further Development role (to be
recruited), ensuring an up-to-date funding pipeline is maintained, overseeing and proofing smallto-medium funding bids led by other members of the Development team
- Working with colleagues to ensure the fundraising strategy is understood within the
organisation, and work with teams take actions that support our fundraising
- Collaborating with the Managing Director and Marketing Team to ensure that PR, messaging,
branding and stakeholder management reflect the fundraising needs of the organisation
- Working with the Managing Director, Producing and Programming teams and partners as
appropriate to develop new project ideas suitable for fundraising in line with business and
artistic strategy
- Providing fundraising advice and support to associate artists and partner organisations and as
part of associated projects

2. Monitoring and Acknowledgement: The Head of Development is responsible for ensuring that
monitoring and reporting requirements for all funders and partners are met and ensuring effective
stewardship of funders and supporters. This includes:

- Line managing the Grants Administrator (new recruit) and a further Development role (to be
recruited), ensuring monitoring and reporting requirements for all funders and partners are met
- Ensuring effective stewardship of funders & supporters, including appropriate acknowledgement
of support received, and funding terms & conditions are adhered to
- Ensuring funding and relationship records are accurate, maintained and centralised on
organisational systems
- Maintaining oversight of fundraised income and liaising with the Finance team for budget and
audit purposes
- Providing quarterly reports for the SMT/Managing Director

3. Organisational Development: The Head of Development is responsible for contributing to the
management and development of AATM and its business planning as a member of the Senior
Management Team. This includes:

- Working actively as a member of the Arts At The Mill's Senior Management Team, supporting
the management and strategic development of the organisation
- Networking effectively with funders, and key stakeholders, attending events to represent Arts At
The Mill as required
- Support the Project Director of Development and/or Directors with the development of relevant
external facing documents and presentations when necessary
- Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with all departments, resident
organisations and third parties
- Keeping informed on Arts At The Mill's upcoming programme, projects and events, and those of
its resident and partner organisations
- Working actively within the Arts At The Mill's Equality, Safeguarding, Environmental, Health &
Safety and other policies
- Undertaking any other reasonable duties as requested by the Project Director of Development
and Managing Director

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