Development Officer-Appeals and Campaigns

We are currently seeking a Development Officer to join our highly successful Development team

Role overview

We have a vacancy for a Development Officer to join our highly successful Development team. You will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of all appeals and campaigns in a busy Development office. This role will work directly with the Senior Philanthropy Manager to think creatively around fundraising campaigns, donor asks and a busy calendar of donor communications. You will be responsible for designing beneficiary stories across a range of materials, as well as securing advertising for both the Festival and Tour Programme Books

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Manage the delivery of the Annual Fund realising an annual income target of £350,000. 
  • Develop appeals and campaigns around Glyndebourne’s work including the Tour, Young Artist Development programmes, future audiences, capital projects and other priorities. 
  • Deliver content across all donor communications
  • Manage and update support webpages; telling effective donor stories with clear calls to action. 
  • Engage supporters with our campaigns by writing, building, and sending e-mail marketing messages and segmenting audiences. Monitoring audience analytics to assess impact
  • Secure advertising for the annual Festival and Tour Programme Books.
  • Be responsible for all donor acknowledgment online and for the donor acknowledgment  listings for  the printed Festival and Tour Programme Books. 
  • Create invitations for and assist with key fundraising events during the Glyndebourne Festival between May-August and for other donor stewardship and prospect cultivation events throughout the year. 
  • Where required, to work outside of standard office hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Perform any other duties  as assigned by the Senior Philanthropy Manager. 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Experience or interest in an arts fundraising role with an emphasis on donor communications
  • High level of literacy with strong spelling and grammar, and an understanding of what will resonate with people online
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload and work well under pressure
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of working in a similar role
  • Experience of CRM and/or databases eg  Tessitura or equivalent.
  • Experience of collecting and analysing data, working methodically with precision, including experience of researching donor prospects.
  • Knowledge of key facets of GDPR and how it relates to prospect and supporter data.
  • Knowledge of marketing email design systems such as Wordfly. 
  • Intermediate website design and photo editing skills

Salary and Benefits

We can offer a salary of up to £27,000 per annum depending on experience.

This is a full time position, the contractual hours of work are 35 hours per week, working primarily Monday- Friday but with some weekend and evening work, especially during the Festival. You may be required to work additional hours to meet the demands of the role. 

We offer 28 days (5.6 weeks) holiday per year rising to 33 days (6.6 weeks) after 5 years, including public holidays.

We have excellent on site catering facilities and offer a beautiful working environment including the opportunity to see world class opera. For those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station and a season ticket loan scheme.

How to Apply

Please apply by firstly clicking here to complete our online monitoring form and then e-mail your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is 14th February 2022. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. 

As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies. If relevant to you, please inform us of this in your covering letter. If you have any questions in relation to this please contact a member of the HR team at

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This job description reflects the current situation. It does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future

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