Development & Events Assistant

We have an exciting opportunity for a Development & Events Assistant to work within our busy Development Department for this year's Festival

May – September 2023 
We have an exciting opportunity for a Development & Events Assistant to work within our busy Development Department. 

You will assist with the planning and delivery of a varied programme of donor & sponsorship events across the Glyndebourne Summer Festival. You will also support the development team with administration tasks relating to fundraising and donor stewardship, including database management. 

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Support the Development Events Manager with the operational side of all sponsorship events. 
  • Provide hands-on support at events during the Glyndebourne Summer Festival; to include meet & greet and name taking. 
  • Guest list and invitation management; support internal processes to send and record invitations and manage attendance records on the CRM database following events.
  • Process VIP dining requests and handle general donor inquiries.
  • Assist the development department with other areas such as prospect research and database inputting. 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience 

  • A ‘can do’ attitude 
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and keen to learn 
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work well within a team 
  • Attention to detail and accurate data inputting 
  • Good level working knowledge of MS Word, including mail merge and Excel 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Ability to work with absolute confidentiality 
  • Some experience or training in events 

Special Requirements

This position will involve frequent shift work (afternoon and evenings) and weekend working between May and August and some offsite work to support events outside Glyndebourne. 

Hours of Work 

The contractual hours of work are 35 hours per week with a one hour lunch break, however we would  be open to discuss part time work over 4 days a week. Due to the nature of this role you will be required to work evenings and weekends.

Rates of Pay & Benefits

This is an hourly paid position at the current National Living Wage. (£10.42 per hour)

We offer 5.6 weeks’ holiday inclusive of bank holidays per annum pro rata. 

We can offer a beautiful working environment, and the chance to see world-class opera.  For those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station. 

We also offer : 

  • Free Pilates and Zumba classes, once a week
  • Corporate Gym memberships
  • An onsite Physiotherapist 
  • Subsidised electric car charging
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Subsidised dining at our onsite restaurants
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Discount at the Glyndebourne shop
  • Free on-site parking 
  • Free minibus service to and from Lewes train station and Ringmer
  • Discount at various highstreet retailers through the Glyndebourne benefits hub

How to Apply

Glyndebourne is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for vacancies, including ethnically diverse and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

To help us monitor the effectiveness of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our supporting policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our anonymized and confidential Equal Opportunities monitoring form .

Please then apply by e-mail, sending your CV and covering letter to 

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March 2023 

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