Full-time permanent role

Full-Time: 32.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Salary range: £28,162 - £32,376 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Job reference: 22/066

The Royal Academy of Music is a creative and vibrant workplace with a diverse mix of students and staff from over 60 countries. Many of the world’s leading musicians and performers have studied with us and we are firmly focused on developing tomorrow’s musical leaders in a number of disciplines, including Classical Performance, Composition, Opera, Jazz, and Musical Theatre. Integral to the musical training we offer is the opportunity to perform; in an average year, the Academy runs a vibrant programme of around 500 events. Philanthropy plays a significant role in the life of the Academy and supports our mission to develop and educate the musicians of tomorrow.

This is an exciting time join the Development team. In April 2022, we launched our Bicentenary Campaign to raise £60m through philanthropic donations for priorities including scholarships, endowed posts, widening participation and capital projects. Thanks to the tremendous success of the Development team, particularly around the launch of the Campaign, internal promotions and team expansion have led to the recruitment of several roles in the department and this is one of them.

We are seeking an effective and organised Major Gifts Officer to join the Development team. You will provide direct support to the Deputy Principal (Advancement), Director of Philanthropy and Head of Philanthropy, working to produce high-value proposals for support, draft high-level correspondence, maintain donor and gift records, and support donor meetings and visits. You will also perform a coordination role for the High Value Giving team, ensuring that key documents, templates, policies and procedures are well-organised and accessible for fundraisers to draw on. In a department with a busy schedule of cultivation and stewardship events, this role will collaborate with both the Prospect Research team and the Events team to coordinate invitations and attendance to events, and to ensure database records are consistently updated.

The successful candidate will enjoy using their excellent administration, organisation and prioritisation skills in a busy role and have good knowledge of MS Office and experience of maintaining database systems. Excellent communication skills and the ability to develop strong relationships across the Academy and with donors are also key requirements for this role. We are looking for someone with experience of writing in a persuasive way, for example fundraising cases for support, proposals or sales pitches, and experience of systemising manual processes to more efficient working practices. Experience gained working within an arts-based, Higher Education or music related organisation would be ideal, and passion for and commitment to the arts – ideally music- and education is a must.

Completed applications must be received by 10am on Friday 30 September 2022.

First round interviews are expected to take place online on week commencing 3 October with second round interviews on-site week commencing 10 October 2022.

Enquiries or applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

The Academy is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of all students.

We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates with disabilities because we would like to increase the representation of these groups in these roles. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to greater results for students.