This is an exciting time to join the English National Ballet (ENB) Development team as Grants Manager.
ENB has always been a pioneering ballet company and our mission is to take world-class ballet to as many people as possible, wherever they are and whatever their means. We tour annually to over nine UK towns and cities, and prestigious venues worldwide like the Bolshoi and Paris Opera. Our significant and influential contribution to Britain’s cultural sector is demonstrated by strong and diverse audiences, regular recognition by key industry awards, and the elite talent that we attract.
In 2015 we embarked upon an ambitious capital project to relocate from our landlocked and listed rehearsal premises in Kensington to a new purpose-built home on London City Island (LCI). The new building is a 93,000 square foot industry-leading centre for dance where ballet is created, taught, rehearsed, developed and shared with our audiences, nationally and internationally – from a Dance for Parkinson’s participant in Tower Hamlets, to an audience member in Manchester enjoying the premiere of an award-award winning new production.
We successfully achieved the £36m target and moved into our new home in July 2019.
Our capital fundraising campaign attracted support and championship from significant funders and individual donors, and we have continued to build on those relationships to support our ongoing artistic, digital, engagement and participation activities.
As we look to the future, the opportunities to increase revenue from fundraising are many and varied, and we are looking for someone with rigor, passion and fantastic written and verbal communication skills to drive our fundraising from charitable and statutory grant-makers. We have ambitious and achievable targets, along with multiple compelling fundraising narratives around high-quality and impactful artistic and social outputs such as access to the arts, health and wellbeing, community engagement and societal cohesion.
The Grants Manager is a key member of our Development team. Reporting to the Head of Philanthropy and working closely with people from across the company, you will grow income from charitable trusts and foundations, define new propositions and strategies, and support the Executive team in producing reports and applications for our statutory funding partners.
We have supportive Trustees, leadership that understands how vital fundraising is to our sustainability and growth, a dedicated Development Board and committed staff, dancers and creatives who are enthusiastic about engaging our supporters and sharing their knowledge and experience.
If you understand and can persuasively champion the arts’ value and impact, have experience of meeting fundraising targets and excellent relationship management, and want to work for an inspiring, hard-working and fun company at the top of its game, we look forward to hearing from you.
Experience and knowledge
• Experience developing successful funding applications with accurate budgets, for 5 and 6 figure bids.
• Experience of working to income targets and developing long-term strategies for support from grant-makers.
• Experience of working closely with Trustee Boards senior staff, building trust to encourage access to their networks.
• Knowledge of grant-making trusts and foundations, livery companies and public funding bodies, their funding criteria and how they operate.
• Knowledge of relationship and/or ticketing databases, ideally Tessitura, to map and track fundraising relationships.
Skills and Attitude
• Clear, confident communication and active listening skills and the ability to write compelling and persuasive funding applications to specific criteria.
• Excellent relationship building and interpersonal skills.
• Efficient time management ability to manage multiple approaches concurrently to strict deadlines, with a focussed and unflappable attitude.
• Proficient use of the general suite of Microsoft Office Programmes (Outlook, Word, Excel), and Adobe Acrobat.
• Professional and ethical approach in all aspects of your work as an ambassador for the Company.
• Positive enthusiasm for ENB and the performing arts.
Circa £38,000 per annum
Hours of working
Normal office hours are 10 am to 6 pm over weekdays. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.
Normal place of work
English National Ballet, 41 Hopewell Square, London E14 0SY
Additional working may be required away from the office by attending events and venues in London and the regions.
Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 25th January 2021
Selection Process: Interviews will take place in week commencing 1st February 2021.
How to apply
Download the full job description on our website, then please send your CV and covering letter providing evidence of your ability and experience and explaining why you are interested in working for ENB, along with the names of your two most recent referees to firstname.lastname@example.org.