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Chineke! development director

Chineke! development director

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 29/04/2024
Permanent position
£41,000 to £50,000 per year

Application deadline: Monday 29th April at 6pm 

Interviews: May 2024 

Salary: £45,000 - £49,000 depending on experience 

Working hours: this is a full-time position, working an average of 40 hours per week including some work outside of regular office hours and at weekends.


We are on a mission to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music. Do you have the fundraising skills to help us? 

After nine successful years of growth, underpinned by a strong mission, clear artistic vision and successful fundraising, the Chineke! Foundation is looking for a Development Director to lead fundraising and stakeholder management. The Development Director will play a vital role in helping the Chineke! Foundation fulfil its potential. 

The Development Director will be responsible for fundraising from all sources, including trusts and foundations, public funders, corporate sponsors and individuals. Reporting to the Managing
Director and working as a part of our small, dynamic team of management staff, Chineke!’s Development Director will play a vital role in securing funding for projects including concerts and tours by the Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra, and our Learning & Participation programme. You will work closely with colleagues to gain an in-depth understanding of all projects, including budgets, which will enable you to make applications to carefully targeted potential sources. 



  • Research appropriate Trusts, Foundations, Individuals and Corporate sponsors to whom you will make written applications
  • Meet with potential supporters to understand their giving criteria
  • Write applications which meet our funding needs and the giving criteria of potential donors, and submit applications either by post or on-line
  • Attend Chineke! projects as necessary to gain an in-sight into their success
  • Write post-project reports to major funders, as required
  • Attend Chineke! board meetings to report to the trustees on fundraising progress including applications made and their outcome, and applications planned
  • Ensure that donors’ funding requirements are met, for example inclusion of name and log in concert programmes, mention in Chineke! audited accounts
  • Work in co-ordination with the Managing Director on applications to Arts Council England
  • Maintain a data-base of all applications made and their outcome
  • Organise fundraising events to attract support particularly from individual donors
  • Contribute to the Development Plan by writing a Fundraising Strategy which will inform and guide Chineke!’s fundraising activities over the coming five years
  • Contributing to a supportive and collegiate culture within the Chineke! Orchestra 


Knowledge, skills, experience


  • Extensive fundraising experience and proven track record of delivery of securing multiple 5 and 6-figure grants from a range of sources 
  • Experience of researching and writing successful trust and foundation applications
  • Experience with managing a fundraising database 
  • Experience working with colleagues to establish project budgets and plans
  • Experience of managing and reporting on major multi-year grants
  • Understanding of current fundraising issues – including the motivation behind organisations’ inclination to give, whether corporate, trusts, individuals or public bodies
  • Ability to identify and follow up in a timely manner on all potential sources of funding 
  • A high standard of communication in written and spoken English
  • Ability to talk confidently to potential and existing supporters about Chineke! and its work 
  • Outstanding networking skills in a range of settings
  • Ability to work from home and Chineke! office at Woolwich Works in Greenwich
  • Commitment to advancing the cause of diversity in the arts
  • A strong work ethic, ability to work autonomously, and a willingness to work occasional irregular hours including weekends and/or whenever projects take place
  • Strong general IT skills


  • A strong understanding of classical music and the industry around it
  • Experience of fundraising in classical music or the arts sector more generally
  • Experience in reporting for a Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation 
  • Experience reporting directly to a Board of trustees


To apply

If you have any queries, or wish to apply for the post, please send your CV and covering letter to Ellie Argente, Concert and Tour Manager to the email address found via the Apply button.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Fields of study

  • Music

Required degree level

  • Level 6 (e.g. Bachelor's degree)

Level of experience

  • Senior

Salary range

  • £41,000 to £50,000 per year

Required languages

  • English