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Development Manager 

Common Wealth is offering an exciting opportunity to join our company at a significant point in the company’s development. We are looking for a passionate, motivated, and visionary person who will support us in raising additional income and developing a long-term funding strategy to support our ambitious theatre work. You will be part of a small team that is delivering high-quality contemporary theatre to communities across the UK and internationally. In the current political context our work to bring people together, to champion radical ideas and challenge media narratives has never been more important and the successful applicant will help us to build and develop our work. 

We will consider all applicants but will pay particular attention to candidates from BAME backgrounds as we recognise the importance of representation at all levels of the company. We encourage applicants from different sectors to apply as we recognise that there may be people in housing, charities, youth and community work and other voluntary sectors who have the right attributes for this post. This post will be accompanied by training to equip candidates to grow and develop in the role.

Closing date for applicants is:

10am Monday 4 January 2017


Our Work

Common Wealth are an award winning site-specific theatre company making theatre that encompasses electronic sound, new writing, visual design and verbatim. Our work is political and contemporary – based in the present day – the here and now. We make work that is relevant and addresses concerns of our times. Common Wealth are based in Bradford and Cardiff and make work that tours across the UK and internationally. Recent productions include The Deal Versus the People (West Yorkshire Playhouse), No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (Scotsman Fringe First Award / Live from TVC on BBC4), Our Glass House (Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award) 


Common Wealth have recently been awarded Elevate funding from Arts Council England which represents a significant time of development for the company.  Common Wealth has created a new post and is seeking a Development Manager to build on existing and develop new relationships to help realise its long term artistic and organisational ambitions. 



Development Manager 

3 days per week at £25,000 pro rata

Primary Objectives

  • Identify and plan funding approaches in support of Common Wealth’s aims and objectives, with a particular focus on applying to charitable trusts, lottery and other grant-giving bodies, in order to deliver annual fundraising targets.
  • Develop other fundraising strands, including individual giving and corporate support.
  • Support with project management of theatre productions as appropriate. 


Key Duties 


  • Develop a practical three-year fundraising plan and a clear case for support
  • Submit compelling, accurate and targeted proposals to charitable trusts and foundations, and other grant-giving bodies, in support of Common Wealth’s work
  • Manage funding agreements and submit regular reports and updates to funders.
  • Work with the Artistic Directors and Board of Trustees to identify Trustees and networks, and use these contacts strategically and appropriately in fundraising approaches
  • With the support of the Artistic Directors develop a comprehensive rolling programme of targeted trust applications, undertaking appropriate planning so that potential approaches are timely and considered
  • Research new funding opportunities from charitable trusts and other grant-giving bodies
  • Develop relationships with key contacts in each funding organisation, cultivating support and more deeply engaging funders with Common Wealth’s work
  • Explore opportunities for Common Wealth to diversify its funding, including regular giving, major gifts and corporate support
  • Support the Artistic Directors on developing relationships with key stakeholders such as Arts Council England


Administration and Finance

  • Maintain accurate fundraising records
  • Develop a fundraising and marketing database with the support of the Artistic Directors which supports and tracks communication with external stakeholders
  • Ensure that Common Wealth is maximising tax effective giving and complying with HMRC and VAT in its fundraising



  • Adhere to the highest standards of fundraising best practice
  • Represent Common Wealth in fundraising networks and industry events as appropriate
  • Ensure that all activities comply fully with the relevant Data Protection and any other legislation
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties, which are consistent with the skills, abilities and position of this role.
  • Attend rehearsals and support productions as appropriate 
  • Support and adhere to the values of the company 


Person Specification 

Essential skills and attributes

  • A desire for social change
  • 2+ years in fundraising and track record of successfully applying to charitable trusts and foundations
  • Experience of managing grants 
  • Experience of individual giving, and building relationships with patrons and major donor
  • Ability to state a convincing coherent fundraising case in person and in writing to a high level to all potential supporters. 
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders and build relationships easily
  • Highly motivated and proactive
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Accuracy and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to think creatively and offer imaginative solutions to a range of situations and challenges 
  • A commitment to inclusion and diversity and to applying these in the role. 
  • Excellent IT skills including competence in using Excel and Word 


Desirable skills and attributes

  • Experience within an arts organisation or voluntary sector
  • Interest or passion for the arts/theatre


Terms of employment

  • Contract: 12 month contract with a view to extension to 24 months. Subject to a three-month probationary period. 
  • Salary: £25,000 pro rata
  • Holiday: 25 days pro rata
  • Hours: 24 per week 
  • Location: Bradford based office however work in other areas of the UK may be required from time to time and where appropriate work from home 


Application procedure

If you wish to apply please send your CV with and a supporting statement (no longer than 2 sides of A4) outlining your suitability by addressing the job description and person specification, by email to with ‘Development Manager application’ in the subject field. We would be grateful if you would also return the Equal Opportunities monitoring form. We cannot accept applications received after the deadline. 

Closing date for applications: 10am Monday 4 January 2017

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