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Vacancy: Development Executive - Trusts and Corporates

We're seeking an experienced fundraiser with outstanding written communication skills to join our Development team and support our trusts & foundations and corporate fundraising.

The Role

  • Location: Based in Leeds – Hybrid working possible with 1 day a week minimum on site
  • Reports to: Head of Trusts and Foundations

Key Responsibilities

Trusts and Foundations

  • Managing a portfolio of small-scale trusts and foundation supporters, including writing proposals and reports and stewarding trusts and foundations effectively.
  • Support the Head of Trusts and Foundations in the administration of the Trust programme, tracking relationships on the CRM database Spektrix, including logging gifts, sending thank you letters, recording communications, deadlines and invitations etc.
  • Being responsible for ensuring Trust supporters are credited accurately in annual reports, production programmes and online, liaising with trusts to obtain correct logos and working with the Communications Team to make sure credits are up to date across external comms.


  • Support the Head of Development in writing small scale corporate proposals.
  • Developing and managing a small corporate prospect pipeline. 
  • Ensure corporate supporters are credited correctly in annual reports, production programmes and online and working with the Communications Team to make sure credits are up to date across external comms.


  • Support Head of Trusts and Foundations and Head of Development in researching and identifying new trust and corporate prospects and adding to the prospect pipeline.
  • To support the Head of Trusts and Foundations in liaising with other departments to identify specific projects and productions that might be of interest to Trusts and Foundations.
  • To maintain prospect pipelines, working with Head of Trusts and Foundations and Head of Development to regularly review prospect pipelines and the progress of cultivation plans for key supporters across the Development Team.
  • Work with the Events Executive to provide up to date research and compile short biographies on event attendees.


  • Working alongside the rest of the Development Team at supporter events in Leeds and occasionally at other touring locations around UK.
  • Required to work evening events and occasional weekend events. 
  • Other administrative tasks as and when required to support the wider team.

Development Team

  • Be an active member of the Development team, identifying crossworking and income generation opportunities and ensuring best practice is implemented in the use of Spektrix.
  • Working towards the agreed annual budget, play an active role in supporting the Development team reach its overall target.

Northern Ballet

  • Working with colleagues across the Company to promote the work of Northern Ballet – a powerhouse for inventive dance – and to uphold our principles, vision and values.

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organised with an ability to work to deadlines and with multiple tasks at any one time
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team and with other departments within Northern Ballet
  • The ability to work with supporters, manage their needs and expectations
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Good working knowledge of CRM databases and IT programmes, including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work flexibly and under pressure
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends (Lieu time offered)


  • Demonstrable interest in the arts sector
  • Experience of working within an arts company
  • Knowledge of Spektrix database



  • Two years’ experience of fundraising within the arts sector
  • Evidence of outstanding written communication skills including writing proposals, letters and producing presentations
  • Have used a CRM database to record supporter information and track future work plans


  • Experience preferably gained in proposal writing
  • Knowledge of Spektrix database


  • Full details can be found in the enclosed candidate brief.
  • To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to:
  • Closing date for applications is 12noon on Wednesday 29 March
  • Interviews will take place in Leeds on Monday 3, Tuesday 4 or Wednesday 5 April

Download the full candidate brief