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Following the Belgrade’s successful application to the Arts Council for funding through its Catalyst Arts Programme, the Theatre seeks to appoint a full-time Development Manager to take the operational lead in developing its fundraising capacity.
We create theatre in the belief that it can enrich our community and fundamentally change peoples’ lives for the better. It is the Belgrade’s underlying belief that it should be open to the influences that surround it, and to this end, the artistic policy draws on the City of Coventry’s international outlook as the city of peace and reconciliation through a ground-breaking artistic programme of work.
“What regional theatre urgently needs is… bolder programming. But regional theatre suffering the double whammy of local authority and central government cuts once more seems to be operating with its back to the wall. When are we ever going to realise that all our theatres are invisibly linked and that the international standing enjoyed by our writers, actors, designers and directors depends on a thriving regional base?”
Michael Billington April 2012
We believe that collaborations between artists, local agencies and communities can create relevant and exciting theatre and we will work with artists of the highest possible quality, locally, nationally and internationally to achieve this.
Our vision does not exist in isolation from the City of Coventry’s strategic vision and indeed it supports it. This means the Belgrade will and must remain a major contributor to the Local Authority’s main targets within its current Community Plan, as well as strategic targets within Economic Development, including the Growth Agenda for the City. Evidence from around the UK demonstrates conclusively that cities can regenerate and reinvent themselves through the success of their cultural institutions as those institutions not only help project a city’s profile nationally but also serve a city’s needs locally.
To this end, and supported by two Development Officers, the post-holder will play a key role in upholding our vision and the principles we abide by.
The post-holder will work closely with the Development Director to establish a Major Gift Strategy from Individuals and Corporate Sponsors, Legacy Giving and new individual giving initiatives. They will be responsible for achieving fundraising targets from Businesses, Trusts & Foundations and low-level Individual Giving. They will also manage the day to day running of the Development Office, including budgets and staff performance.
Although the role is responsible for delivering Individual Giving, Trust & Foundation and Sponsorship programmes, the Belgrade will consider an applicant who has a strong track record in one or two of these areas and has the aptitude to work with the Development Director to develop their skills in the other(s). Therefore this role would suit someone who has experience of fundraising as a whole and is looking to step up into a senior role or larger organisation, or someone who specialises in a specific discipline and wants to develop their skills in others.
Initially the post is funded for 18-months but the expectation is that securing set targets will convert the position to a permanent one.
For a job pack and application form, please visit the website by clicking Apply now or send an s.a.e to: Denise Duncombe, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, CV1 1GS.
Please complete the application form and post it along with any supporting information to: David Jane, Development Director, C/O Denise Duncombe, Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, CV1 1GS.
Closing date for applications: Friday 15 June 2012, 5pm.
Interviews will be held week commencing the 18 June 2012.
The Belgrade Theatre strives to be an equal opportunities employer.