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Senior Development Manager

Circa £40,000 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience) + benefits

35 hours per week, based in London WC2

This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity for a motivated and talented fundraiser who will work closely withthe Directors of Research and Senior Researchers in the Action and Research Centre (ARC) team to further develop RSA’s core revenue streams.

As our new Senior Development Manager, you will be responsible for bringing insights from potential funders and using your understanding of current funding trends in our key areas of work to advise research colleagues in creating fundable research and action propositions. You will develop relationships with trusts, corporate and statutory funders to further develop RSA’s core revenue streams.

With a degree or equivalent ability and skills, you will have significant fundraising experience and may also bring useful insights from programme management or research experience. You will have a demonstrable interest in the work of the RSA in education, public services and economy and enterprise and an interest in joining an organisation that aims to make a real difference in the world. You must have a track record of securing significant income, particularly from trust and major donor, statutory or corporate sources and will be a confident and persuasive communicator both with potential funders and internal stakeholders.

Key tasks include staying abreast of funding trends and spotting new business opportunities, researching relevant opportunities, developing relationships with current and potential funders, employing expertise in the editing of bids and closing funding and sponsorship deals.

There is huge potential for innovation and growth in this role, which will attract a tenacious, resourceful and insightful fundraising professional with a strong interest in the RSA’s work which is to find innovative practical solutions to today’s pressing social problems.

The RSA combines thought leadership with civic innovation to further human progress. Building on our 250 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, the RSA is currently at an exciting period in its history. We provide platforms for leading experts through the UK’s most ambitious free public lecture series, our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and we are building on our network of over 27,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.


How to apply

To apply for this position please download the application pack document below and prepare your CV and a covering letter clearly addressing how you meet the criteria for the role as set out in the person specification. Please also state your current salary and where you saw this advertised (for recruitment monitoring purposes). You may address your covering letter to Rowan Conway, Director of Research and Innovation.

Click on "Apply Now" below to submit your application. The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Wednesday 13 January 2016. Please note that we are unable to accept late or incomplete applications. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 21 January 2016.


Application pack (PDF)

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