Interviewing Senior Legacies Manager

Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music is one of the oldest music schools in the UK, founded in 1822. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate training across a variety of musical disciplines, including instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera. The Academy has a global reputation and attracts students from over 50 countries. Some famous alumni include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox and the Academy is affiliated with the University of London.

The Academy’s charitable aim is to provide high-quality musical education and training. It offers scholarships and bursaries to support talented students who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend. Legacies are an integral part of the Academy’s income, accounting for around 30% of fundraised income each year and supporting a range of key priorities, from scholarships and bursaries to artistic projects and capital investments.

The Senior Legacies Manager is a reworked position that will manage relationships with high-value legacy pledges and create and implement a legacy marketing strategy for the Academy. This is an exciting opportunity for a legacy professional who is keen to develop their career and looking for a potential stepping stone to a head of level role.

About the role

  • Responsible for legacy income of between £2.5-3 million a year
  • Management of the legacy portfolio, ensuring excellent stewardship and communications to current and prospective high value pledgers
  • Develop and implement a legacy fundraising and marketing strategy following an initial audit of the legacy programme and income
  • Work with external legacy administration consultants, preparing reports for SMT and ensuring compliance
  • Work with other fundraising teams to develop supporter journeys which include legacy pathways
  • Ongoing internal engagement about legacies and the importance of legacy giving for the Academy
  • Opportunity to develop an In-Memory product and structed In-Memory giving for the Academy

About you

  • Experience of relationship based legacy fundraising as well as experience of legacy marketing
  • Background from legacy fundraising at arts or Higher Education Institution is of specific interest but will consider candidates from the not for profit sector with the mix of relationship and marketing experience
  • Candidates may also have a fundraising background from major gifts and legacy giving
  • Able to see the potential of driving legacy acquisition and be able to build a proactive legacy marketing programme
  • Interest in arts and culture with the ability to understand the passion that the Academy legacy givers have for the Academy


The Academy’s career prospects and benefits include:

  • Annual leave – 30 days annual plus bank holidays for full-time professional services staff
  • Training and Development – Staff are encouraged to continue their professional development relevant to their role. The Academy also has an online training suite that staff can access at any time
  • Pension – Automatic enrolment into the applicable Academy pension scheme from day one of your employment
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – All staff have access to this wellbeing service
  • Canteen – Subsidised refectory which is open to staff and students from 8.30am every day during term time, with a separate Staff Room and bar which is open to all from 5.30pm
  • Concerts and events – On most days during term time there are lunchtime concerts at which you will be most welcome. Evening concerts and recitals happen daily, where there is a chance to hear a variety of musical genres: classical, modern, vocal, jazz or musical theatre performances
  • Maternity and Paternity – The Academy offers enhanced maternity and paternity scheme options, dependant on length of service
  • Counselling service – In-house counselling services available for staff and students
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Season ticket loan – After successful completion of your probationary period, you will be eligible for an annual season ticket loan with the facility to repay through a monthly deduction from your salary

Apply for this role

First stage online interviews will be held week commencing 13 May.

Second stage interviews in person will be held w/c 20 May.

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