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Head of Development and Communications

Based out of our office in Cecil Sharp House in Camden, we are looking for a Head of Development and Communications to join our dynamic team on a part-time basis. The role will initially be offered on a three day a week basis for six months from October 2017 at £33,000 per annum (pro rata). Subject to satisfactory progress and securing necessary funding, the role is expected to continue on these terms from March 2018.

The primary purpose of the role will be to implement OFA’s income generation and communications strategy as set out in the organisation’s 2017-2020 strategic plan. In collaboration with the OFA team and with administrative support from our Team Coordinator, you will identify and secure income from a range of sources and support the organisation to become an influencer in the sector.

We encourage candidates from a wide range of professional backgrounds and experience levels to apply. 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. We believe that those with transferable experience (e.g. in voluntary sector strategy, relationship management, local authorities, donor bodies, corporate social responsibility (CSR), marketing / communications or business development) may be strong candidates, as well as those with traditional development and communications profiles. 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

You will be joining OFA as we transition into an exciting new phase. From January 2018, our existing staff will be taking on new roles and responsibilities as our Founder and Chief Executive moves into a new part time role whilst she takes up her place as a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme.

You will help drive the organisation during this important next phase and create a step change for OFA in terms of building a robust and sustainable organisation for the future. There will be a significant period of training and handover led by our Chief Executive between October and December 2017. OFA offers a supportive environment for professional development including on-going sector training, networking opportunities and the potential to engage a mentor.

Main Responsibilities


You are expected to undertake fundraising and income generation activity which provides a meaningful contribution to OFA’s annual revenue budget (c. £350,000).

With the support of the OFA senior leadership team and board of trustees, drive and deliver OFA’s development strategy and development plan to achieve annual income targets from sources that include but are not limited to:

  • Trusts and foundations: identify and develop new trust and foundation opportunities, liaise with OFA staff on proposals and take the lead writing key applications and driving new strategic approaches to larger, strategically important trusts
  • High net worth individuals (HNWI): conduct research into and drive strategy to secure potential high net worth individuals
  • Fundraising events, community and regular giving: plan and deliver a small number of volunteer-supported fundraising events including our annual Musical Chairs event; drive strategy to grow our group of regular donors
  • Public funding: develop our relationships with and support with repeat applications to Arts Council England and Youth Music (both existing funders); explore additional opportunities for public funding e.g. Department for Education
  • Corporate funding: develop a creative and innovative corporate funding package and identify corporate funding sources
  • Additional earned income: identify opportunities for income generation from our activities (e.g. selling our resources, instrumental rental)

A key objective of our 2017-2020 strategic plan is to diversify our funding sources and we have clearly defined targets for each income stream:

  • Income from ‘traditional’ fundraising sources (e.g. trusts and foundations, HNWI, fundraising events and individual giving) to reduce from 81% in 2017-2018 to 57% by 2020 -2021; currently the majority of our funding comes from trusts and foundations
  • Income from public funding (e.g. Arts Council England / Youth Music) to increase from 15% in 2017-2018 to 30% by 2020-2021

Corporate funding and additional earned income are both new streams for OFA and targets for this will be set in collaboration between the Head of Development and Communications, OFA senior team and trustee board.


  • Develop approaches to disseminate the work of OFA across the education, youth music and arts sectors, and manage the production of attractive and compelling marketing materials designed to inspire donors, stakeholders, young people, schools and the wider sector
  • Represent the organisation externally at events where appropriate
  • Develop OFA’s PR strategy and support the Team Coordinator to produce press releases and engage with the press in the lead up to events
  • Develop the organisation’s advocacy work and build relationships with key policy makers


  • Support the Team Coordinator to ensure effective administration of fundraising activities, including donor stewardship and reporting
  • Manage team of fundraising volunteers, including trustees and the fundraising subcommittee
  • Take responsibility for managing an annual fundraising budget of £9,000

Person Specification

We are keen for a wide range of individuals to apply for this role in terms of professional experience or background. We are therefore not insisting upon direct development (fundraising) or communications experience for a candidate to be eligible for this role. There are, however, a number of essential qualities we are looking for:

  • Outstanding communication skills – written and verbal
  • Excellent presentation, negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Excellent organisational skills including time, project and budget management
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, work to deadlines and respond well to pressure
  • A willingness to learn and develop quickly
  • A creative, flexible, innovative and strategic thinker, with the ability to think laterally and find solutions to problems
  • An ability to work independently and take initiative
  • An ability to work in partnership across a small team and collaborate with others, establishing positive and successful working relationships
  • An understanding of the charity funding landscape through either direct (e.g. previous role) or indirect (e.g. volunteering / CSR) experience
  • A firm believer in the value of participation in music-making and passionate about music education, young people and artistic innovation

Application Process

 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. Please send your cover letter to Stuart Burns at

Deadline for Applications: 5pm Sunday 27 August 2017

Interview Process:

  • Assessment Evening: Monday 4 September 2017
  • Second Round Interviews: w/c 11 September 2017    

Proposed Start Date: Monday 9 October 2017            

The Assessment Evening (a series of group activities to explore your suitability for the role) and follow up individual meetings will be held at Orchestras for All head office at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

If you would like to see our work in action, you are welcome to join us at the First Direct Leeds Arena at 4pm on 1 August for our National Orchestra for All Summer Course Concert. If you are unable to join us on this day, we would encourage you to tune into the live stream of the concert at 4pm on 1 August. Please email for more information.

Additionally, we will be 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 on 22 and 23 August 2017. Equally we are happy to arrange a short call on either of these days. Please contact Stuart Burns at or on 0207 267 4141 to arrange a time for a visit or call if you are interested in doing so, or for any other enquiries.

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

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 member of the events volunteers team for future events, please contact Head of Programmes and Operations, Stuart Burns.

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.