Appointed Head of Development

NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra)

NYJO is dedicated to making jazz and creative music-making more accessible to early-career musicians, young people, and audiences across the country. Their main focus is the professional development of emerging artists and their Learning programme for under 18s.

In 2022-23, 18–25-year-old NYJO musicians played 45 professional performances to a public audience of 14,000+, and worked with 3,768 young people from all around the country. This year, 85+ Emerging Professionals have benefited from rehearsals, workshops, and gigs.

NYJO have an excellent success rate with Trusts and Foundations, a strong network of individual donors, and a growing legacy circle, created in response to a recent bequest of £1,300,000.

The Head of Development will work closely with their Chief Executive, Susie York Skinner, and be a key member of their Senior Leadership Team. You will build on strong existing relationships with individual donors, corporates, trusts and Arts Council England, and inherit an excellent, strategically developed portfolio of relationships and income streams, including ACE NPO funding, confirmed until 2026.

Please note that interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Therefore, please get in touch with Joe ASAP to discuss the role further and make an application.

Introduction from the Chief Executive

NYJO is a large organisation that means a great deal to many, but at the heart of the organisation is a small group of people that I am proud to work alongside, whether we’re dreaming up new ideas or solving problems together: our staff and trustees are dedicated and driven, imaginative and fun.

This is an exciting time to join NYJO, as we develop our community around our new home in Woolwich, embark on ambitious artistic collaborations within and beyond jazz, and work in partnership with music education organisations around the country to address structural inequalities in music education. Our recent legacy bequest of £1,300,000 has put NYJO’s future on a secure footing, creating the opportunity to develop longer-term income streams.

If you are an experienced fundraiser with a passion for creative musicmaking and increasing participatory arts opportunities for all, we would love to hear from you!

Picture of Susie York Skinner

Susie York Skinner

Chief Executive

About the role

As Head of Development you will:

  • Work alongside the Chief Executive to develop and implement an effective fundraising strategy to grow and maximise income
  • Lead on optimising income from trusts & foundations, individuals and corporates
  • Personally manage a diverse portfolio of trusts, foundations and statutory sources with focus on securing 5- and 6-figure gifts
  • Line manage the Development and Communications Coordinator (in collaboration with the Communications Manager)

About you

NYJO are keen to provide equality of opportunity to a wide range of prospective candidates as they expand the diversity of staff and musicians. Whilst they hope to attract candidates with the experience outlined in the person specification, they encourage applications from those who do not fulfil all stated criteria.

Ideal skills and experience include: 

  • Experience of securing 5- and 6-figure grants from a range of trust, statutory and/or individual sources
  • Tailoring applications to appeal to a diverse range of funders/donors, which may include drawing together distinct areas of activity to create bespoke packages
  • An outgoing, approachable and professional manner in dealing with donors, prospects and other stakeholders
  • Enthusiasm for working with young artists and musicians and broadening access to participatory arts for all young people

Employee Benefits

Employee benefits include:

  • Flexible working. Work/life balance is important to us and we expect staff to take TOIL for out of hours work.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays. The office is also usually closed between Christmas and new year

NYJO employees are able to attend NYJO gigs for free, including their annual two-night Ronnie Scott’s residency, and other cultural and sector events throughout the year.

NYJO are based at London’s most exciting new arts hub Woolwich Works, which is a multi-disciplinary cultural hub on the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, which has recently been named London’s ‘best new culture spot’ by Time Out. As Resident Artistic Company at The Woolwich Works, NYJO form part of a burgeoning artistic community bringing new performances and participatory work to southeast London (whilst still only 20 minutes from central London on the new Elizabeth Line!).

Apply for this role

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Therefore, please get in touch with Joe ASAP to discuss the role further and make an application.

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