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Development Manager

Based out of our office in Cecil Sharp House in Camden, OFA is looking for a Development Manager to join our team. The role is offered on a two or three day a week basis for nine months from September 2019 at £25,000 per annum (pro rata). Subject to the organisation meeting its fundraising goals, the role is expected to continue from July 2020.

Under the guidance of the Head of Development and Communications, you will play a key role in the delivery of OFA’s development strategy and development plan to achieve annual income targets. Grants from trusts and foundations form a significant percentage of OFA’s annual income. At least 75% of your time will be spent supporting this income stream, identifying and developing new trust and foundation opportunities, liaising with OFA staff on proposals, writing funding applications and supporting with approaches to larger, strategically important trusts. In addition, you will also work with the team to develop other funding streams, including funding from high net worth individuals, fundraising events and regular giving.

We encourage candidates from a wide range of professional backgrounds and experience levels to apply, including candidates without traditional development experience. We see this role as an exciting development opportunity for an individual looking for career progression, a career change or looking to get back into work and we are interested in meeting a wide range of candidates. Our essential criteria for the successful candidate are:

  • outstanding oral and written communication skills

  • creative, flexible, strategic and innovative thinking

  • confidence in presenting and selling and a willingness to learn

  • an understanding of the charity funding landscape through either direct (e.g. previous role) or indirect (e.g. volunteering / CSR) experience

Download the full job description and person specification here (PDF).

How to apply

We will be assessing the first round of candidates based solely on an application letter (two pages maximum) which should outline how you meet the above essential qualities and why you want to work with us at OFA.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm Sunday 21 July 2019

Interviews: w/c 29 July 2019

Proposed Start Date: Monday 2 September 2019                                 

Please send your cover letter to Stuart Burns at

We are also offering interested candidates the chance to come in and see the office, meet some members of the team and have a chat through the role in more detail - or to have a chat on the phone before the application deadline. Please contact Stuart Burns on 0207 267 4141 or at to arrange a time for a visit or call if you are interested in doing so, or for any other enquiries.

Volunteer Roles

We rely on a team of enthusiastic volunteers to run every Orchestras for All event. Volunteers are invited to join us for any or all of the events during the season and are welcome to support in a number of ways:

  • Support young musicians to learn repertoire during full and sectional rehearsals

  • Support young musicians during improvisation and composition sessions during the Regional and National Modulo Meets

  • Support young musicians during performances

We are also happy to involve volunteers in the behind-the-scenes work of the organisation, including pre-event planning, event delivery, impact and evaluation or general arts administration work including fundraising, marketing and PR.

If you are interested in being involved with OFA as a volunteer, please contact Team Coordinator Myffy Dymond at or on 0207 267 4141.

Fair Access Principle

Orchestras for All is proud to have signed the Fair Access Principle - pledging to give fair access to all for all our volunteer, intern and apprentice positions.