Job Vacancy: Fundraising Officer

  • 3rd November 2020
  • Posted by Tyne Theatre & Opera House

FUNDRAISING OFFICER (Fixed Term: 12 Months – Full time / Part time negotiable)

Purpose of Role

Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust are currently looking to recruit an experienced Fundraising Officer to help deliver our fundraising strategy.

Like all theatres, Covid-19 has had a major impact on the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. However, the Trust has resolved to look to its future and to appoint a fund-raising officer to help take our plans forward.

The role will include networking and developing relationships with various outside organisations with the aim of increasing and developing business relationships.

The Fundraising Officer will report to the Theatre Director and with close working relationship with the Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify potential funders for the Tyne Theatre’s programmes and projects.
  • Produce high quality funding applications and proposals to a range of funders including trusts and foundations, statutory and Lottery funders, individual donors and corporate sponsors.
  • Attend events and represent the Tyne Theatre in a networking capacity.
  • Support the development of individual and legacy giving.
  • Manage Gift Aid
  • Corporate donations and sponsorships.
  • Organise events, develop printed and digital tools to build relationships with supporters and potential donors.
  • Develop and maintain robust fundraising systems and processes.
  • Maintain records, develop projections and produce high-quality reports on activity and achievements against the Trust’s fundraising and public engagement targets.
  • Work with colleagues to support, develop and manage the Tyne Theatre and Opera House’s Friends membership scheme.
  • Contribute to Tyne Theatre’s stakeholder events and other activities to promote the Tyne Theatre and involve local communities, visitors and key stakeholders
  • Trust administration as required.

Role Requirements


  • A strong fundraising track record.
  • Experience in and a drive to learn on the job, bringing new skills and ideas.
  • High-level competence in IT skills, including databases and standard Office applications.
  • Competence in spreadsheet manipulation and ability to help assemble and understand budgets, and to monitor and measure the impact of fundraising activities.
  • Excellent writing ability for consumption by a variety of audiences, from potential grant funders reading your submitted grant application, to users and supporters with a range of interests in the organisation and its historical content.
  • A confident telephone manner and highly-developed communication skills, including the ability to make convincing presentations and produce suitably worded letters, emails and other documents to engage with existing and potential funders.
  • The ability to get on well with a wide range of people and build relationships face-to-face, via video software, over the phone and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, working well in a team, with the ability to maintain professionalism with donors, potential supporters, staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to operate independently and methodically, and to communicate results clearly.
  • The skills to identify areas of opportunity within existing and potential activities.


  • Relevant experience in theatre or heritage.
  • Relevant advertising or marketing experience in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • Experience in writing published material e.g. blogs, articles.
  • Experience in creating printed promotional materials.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience in using contact relationship management databases.


£18,000 – £22,000 (negotiable depending on experience)

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to with the subject line; ‘Fundraising Officer Application’ by 12noon Monday 23rd November 2020.

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