Job Opportunity: Development Manager (full or part time)


An exciting career development opportunity with a dynamic charity for an enthusiastic, energetic and highly organised individual to join our team as Development Manager.  This is a pivotal role with significant opportunity for growth for the right candidate.

We are looking for someone with proven strong fundraising and donor administration skills to assist the Chief Executive with funding applications, individual giving and events.

Enhancing the quality of life through artistic engagement for people in the early stages of dementia for whom provision is poor, the charity’s aims and activities meet the criteria for support of a number of Trusts and Foundations.

A4D has a record of successful awards from high profile trusts and other funders, including City Bridge Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Headley Trust (Sainsbury family trust) and four of the Top 10 City Livery Companies.

You will be based at A4D’s Phoenix Yard office, a 200-year old former brewery on King’s Cross Road.

While we are looking for someone to work full-time, for the right candidate, we would consider the possibility of part time engagement of 3-4 days per week.


Primary responsibilities

  • Researching and applying for funding from private trusts and foundations.
  • Researching and applying for funding from statutory bodies such as Arts Council England.
  • Identifying potential funding streams and ensuring deadlines are met to secure project funding
  • Maintaining and building relationships with trust and foundation representatives to maximise opportunities of success.

and managing

  • Challenge events, including our current annual Royal Parks Half Marathon participation.
  • Cultivation events.
  • Donor communications including our quarterly newsletter.
  • Gift Aid administration and our Donorfy CRM.

Secondary responsibilities

  • To collate data for evaluation purposes and to ensure reports are submitted to a high standard and on time
  • To collate up to date information for Trustees
  • To support the Chief Executive in the delivery of the fundraising strategy
  • To support the Chief Executive in researching potential major donors

Your Skills and Experience will include:

  • Demonstrable working knowledge of fundraising techniques, processes and strategies to secure grants from trusts and foundations and a proven track record of writing bespoke and successful applications to secure 5-figure sum grants from trusts and foundations and statutory bodies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, to build excellent relationships with a variety of people and organisations and with an ability to articulate A4D’s case for support in an inspiring and impact-driven way.
  • Experience of writing evaluation reports to grant making bodies and of monitoring and reporting project expenditure in accordance with the terms of the grant.
  • Good IT skills, adept at Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint, social media platform, web literacy including website updating.
  • Highly motivated with a proven track record of excellent organisational skills, working on your own and under pressure to prioritise workload, meet deadlines and targets.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Welcoming, helpful, friendly and professional manner.
  • Flexible, creative and ability to take initiative.


  • Relevant experience such as a charity or organisation in the arts and health sectors.
  • Book-keeping.
  • Experience of working with and maintaining a CRM database.
  • Familiarity with Eventbrite, MailChimp, Donorfy, MS Office 365 and Sharepoint.
  • Experience of managing relationships.
  • Empathy with and understanding of arts and/or dementia.

Education: to degree level or equivalent, 2.1 or better preferred.

Terms and Conditions

Salary:  £28,000 – £30,000 pa (or pro rata) dependent on experience.

Reporting to: Chief Executive.

: A4D offices at Phoenix Yard, a 200-year old former brewery, approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross.

 Monday to Friday, normally 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, full time or part time (from 3 days pw). Flexibility with working hours will be required, including occasional evening and weekend working, for which TOIL will be offered.

Holiday entitlement
: 28 days per year including public holidays (or pro rata).

If you think you can make a real contribution to Arts 4 Dementia, please email your CV with a one-page covering letter confirming you have read these requirements to

Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive, Arts 4 Dementia


Closing date for applications: Sunday 26 January 2020.

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) is a charity (No 1140842) founded in 2011. Based in London, we: 

  • develop innovative arts workshop programmes to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers
  • uniquely signpost arts events nationwide on our website  enabling families affected with dementia in the community and clinicians looking for stimulation for their patients easily to find opportunities nearby. 
  • provide early stage dementia awareness training for arts facilitators and encourage and support them in delivering person-centred arts programmes for dementia. The 780 facilitators we have trained to date will deliver arts events to around 15,000 people with dementia and carers in 2020. 

A4D focuses on what people can achieve, often very much more than they imagine.   

Why.  Creative skills can remain vibrant for years after the onset of dementia.  Neuroscientists and psychologists, supported by A4D’s evaluation, conferences and reports, have demonstrated that engaging in artistic activity is a highly effective non-pharmacological way to reawaken and re-stimulate cognitive ability.  

Provision gap.  At present on diagnosis, people may be given cognitive stimulation therapy but then they may be left alone to cope with increasing confusion, distress and isolation for six to twelve months, often until – as one memory service head told us – crisis hits.  

Impact. The services A4D delivers make a profound difference to families coping with early stage dementia, to carers as much as to those with dementia.  The workshops invigorate and restore confidence, energy and sense of purpose and normality. A4D publications serve as valued toolkits for arts organisations. 

I realise I have been working 1000% for J since his diagnosis. But when I take him to bbodance, Danielle makes a big difference for me as well.  I’m doing something not only for his brain, but also for my own. 

Carer at Ballet Workshop at bbodance, Wandsworth. 

Having been to many workshops (so feel that I am qualified to say) I thought it was fantastic, it was inspirational and uplifting (which was a surprise). The format of the day worked really well and Aubrey was a humorous, engaging and an extremely knowledgeable speaker and your insights were invaluable too. It was fantastic to meet so many like-minded people from such varied artistic practices and backgrounds. It was a thoroughly enlightening day. 

Participant at Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at The Garden Museum, Lambeth

You can see the impact of our work on people living with dementia, carers and volunteers in this video of a recent workshop prgramme at the Royal Opera House: