Trusts, Foundations & Government Manager

Up to £37,000 dependent on experience

The Trusts, Foundations & Government Manager plays a key role, securing funding from charitable trusts and foundations and statutory bodies that is critical to sustaining the new museum as it continues to deliver its most ambitious plans to date.

About the role

This role offers a fantastic opportunity for an experienced trusts/government fundraiser to develop a new pipeline of opportunities for the Design Museum. You’ll work closely with the Head of Philanthropy and corporate development team to identify opportunities for cross team collaboration – identifying new opportunities with family trusts/foundations, corporate foundations and statutory funders.

You’ll have personal responsibility for securing c.£300k in 2022/23, which includes a significant relationship with The Arts Council. The Design Museum are presently in the process of finalising their NPO which will mean the incoming postholder will have a wealth of information and content at their finger tips to support with new applications and reporting for existing funders.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the Head of Philanthropy to develop the strategy and agree annual targets for the team.
  • Develop a pipeline of opportunities and timetable of applications and reporting across each financial year.
  • Research, identify and apply to prospective funders (trusts, foundations, statutory).
  • Responsibility for overseeing, with the relevant internal teams, the delivery of all funded activity and reporting against grant conditions.
  • Together with the Director of Development and Head of Philanthropy be responsible for all Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations applications and reporting requirements, and be the main point of contact for the ACE relationship manager.
  • Research and identify potential statutory and local authority funding sources (including Arts Council England), taking the lead on making applications as appropriate and the subsequent delivery.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relations with current and potential supporters and public at all times, ensuring excellent stewardship and fundraising best practice.

Person specification

  • Proven experience of statutory, trusts and foundation fundraising, with a track record of securing major gifts of, or applications soliciting, six or seven figure sums.
  • Experience of researching prospects using appropriate research tools.
  • Experience of CRM systems, preferably Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Ability to craft compelling cases for support and to communicate these effectively through written and verbal channels.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, colleagues across the museum, supporters and prospective supporters.
  • Ability to work to manage a varied workload to deadlines.
How to apply

For more information or to start your application process, please get in touch with Naomi Carruthers at QuarterFive Fundraising Recruitment.

This can be done via the form below, by emailing or by calling 07538 576637.

The closing date for applications (CV and cover letter) is Monday 28 March, with interviews to take place w/c 4 April.

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