Head of Fundraising

North East
Budget of c£25K to be allocated based on experience and days worked
10 Dec 2018
07 Jan 2019
Contract Type


Flexible full or part time working

Flexible location in Northumberland (for example Ashington, Berwick or Hexham)

Salary: There is a budget of c£25K  to be allocated based on  experience and days worked.

Many of us have a favourite museum but Museums Northumberland is special because it champions the heritage of the whole of this ancient and beautiful county. Our strapline ‘Sharing Northumberland’s stories’ sums us up well.  We are all about people and places, with the history and culture coming to life through our range of museums and collections.

If you have connections with the North East you are probably familiar with Ashington, which was once the largest pit village in the world and now houses our showcase colliery museum which is a scheduled ancient monument.  You might have visited Berwick -upon-Tweed and seen our Art Gallery and Museum there, or perhaps visited England’s oldest gaol in Hexham. And who cannot feel nostalgic for the Northumbria pipes (brought alive at the Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum).

We are proud to house the Pitman Painters Collection (officially known as the Ashington Group Collection of artworks) at Woodhorn Museum – made famous by the Lee Hall play which, following sell out performances in Newcastle, opened to critical acclaim in London and New York.

Following our establishment as an independent museum charity in 2009 we have been developing a vision to add new stories for local people and visitor to enjoy – each representing a fascinating aspect of this wonderful county.

So, it will come as no surprise to know that we are now looking at how we can take our income generation to the next level, whether it is through partnerships with companies, grant making trust or major donors and not forgetting the valuable donations from our members and visitors. We have decided we need a Head of Fundraising who has the experience to develop plans and prioritise activity to maximise the return on our investment whilst, as currently our only fundraiser, enjoying the practical side of developing partnerships, applying for funds and bringing in resources to meet the agreed targets. It is a fantastic opportunity to be at the start, shaping what we do and seeing t what can be achieved by the money you raise.

For more information  about the charity do have a look at our website: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/

You will have noticed we use the work ‘flexible’ a lot. This is because we know that if we insisted on the post being full or part time or being based in a specific location or for applicants to have certain experience, we might be missing out on the very person we need. We know what our maximum budget is and if you want to work full time, and feel you have the experience and skills to cover the whole range of fundraising activities then that’s just fine. If you want to work part time you could use some of the budget to bring in, say, a freelancer for a specific area such as trusts. We are also happy to invest in fundraising as and when money starts coming in, so you can enjoy growing your team.

We are working with Valerie Morton (who, having been born and bred in Northumberland knows what makes us tick!)  to help us with this recruitment process. If you have any questions about the role, please do feel free to contact her either by phone (01767 677661) or email (valerie@valeriemorton.co.uk).

When you are ready to apply, please email Valerie your CV. We are not asking for a covering letter (we know how tedious and time consuming they can be) but we would like you to add an attachment answering the following questions (in, altogether, a maximum of 500 words):

  1. Which one of your specific experiences do you think will be most useful if you become Head of Fundraising at Museums Northumberland?
  2. If you had to pick only one source/type of income to work on in your first 6 months in post which would it be?
  3. What will your biggest challenge be in this role? Please think as widely as possible and be completely honest


Interviews are planned week beginning 21st of January 2019 (with some flexibility) 

We do not wish to receive contact from agencies.