Current Vacancies

Job Description –  Fundraising Officer

Reporting to:      General Manager
Salary:                  Circa £23,000 pro rata
Based:                  Musical Museum, Kew Bridge, London
Contract:             12-month fixed term contract, 2-3 days per week-flexible working available


To play a key role in the development and implementation of the Museum’s fundraising activities, primarily through the securement of grants, in order to secure funding for projects of varying scales and long-term major developments.


Specific Tasks

Trusts and Grant-Making Bodies
•    Build on relationships with existing trust and grant making bodies, writing reports to meet deadlines and submitting further applications for funding.
•    Manage and lead the identification of, and approaches to, new funding sources that have not previously supported the work of the Museum, building on an annual calendar of key prospects.
•    Develop core generic funding proposals for each project/programme that requires funding.
•    Write tailored applications, addressing grant-making priorities or requirements as specified by individual funding bodies
•    Develop and maintain reporting and application systems and coordinate information with General Manager and Director responsible for fundraising

General Fundraising
•    Develop with General Manager and Director responsible for fundraising, strategies and supporting action plans.
•    Contribute new ideas for fundraising and identify suitable funding initiatives, calls for proposals etc.
•    Produced detailed annual action plans on specific areas of responsibility outlined above, identifying areas for growth and development and outlining measurable objectives.
•    Maintain organised hard and soft files of all fundraising information.
•    Develop a fund-raising database, ensuring that it is kept up to date and that all new contacts and correspondence have been entered.
•    Manage and maximise Gift Aid

•    Contribute to the production of fund raising information for the Museum’s newsletter
•    Ensure the fundraising and communications information on the Museum’s website and social media presence is accurate and up to date.
•    Collate case studies, photographs and information from successful initiatives

•    Work with volunteers to raise their awareness of fundraising and fund-raising opportunities when interacting with the public generally. 

Personal Specification

•    At least two years’ experience in fundraising, preferably in the heritage sector.
•    Proven record of successful applications for significant funding from Trusts and other grant-making bodies
•    Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with partner organisations and grant making bodies
•    Experience of researching funding opportunities.
•    Working within a charitable environment, preferably within the heritage sector
•    Previous experience in preparing multiple funding application forms and writing detailed and compelling proposals.
•    Some experience of social media and digital marketing.

Skills and Competencies
•    Excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative bids.
•    High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook and the Internet).
•    Meticulous attention to detail.
•    Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision.
•    Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral, required to build relationships with potential donors.
•    Demonstrable knowledge of UK Trusts, Foundations, grant giving bodies and 
•    Knowledge of Gift Aid 
•    Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure.
•    Ability to understand and generate budgets.
•    Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes
•    Ability and willingness to travel to attend fund raising events
•    Excellent organisational and project management skills with the ability to prioritise and deal with a variety of tasks. 
•    Tactful and diplomatic

Applicants should send a CV together with a brief covering letter to