Head of Development

  • Job title – Head of Development
  • Role type – Permanent, full time
  • Hours – 40 hours per week, 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday with daily one hour lunch break
  • Location – Clerkenwell, London with some flexible working supported

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary – £45k-50k per annum
  • Annual leave – 20 days, plus bank holidays, plus one additional day's annual leave for each year worked at Artangel. The office is closed between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, these days do not come out of your entitlement
  • Employer pension contribution – 5%
  • Reciprocal agreements with many galleries and museums for free entry, including special exhibitions, in the UK and internationally
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Application Dates

  • Deadline for applications – Midnight, 21 July 2022 
  • Interviews – Friday 2nd August. Interviews will take place in person and on zoom.

About Artangel

Commissioning without compromise, Artangel is open to the most challenging ideas and responsive to the rapidly shifting ambitions and expectations of artists and audiences alike. Artangel incubates and delivers exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists.

The team at Artangel contributes to this by being open to new ideas, new partnerships, and new ways of doing things, and by working strategically we ensure that the full potential of all we do is realised.

Purpose of the Role

Reporting to the Managing Director and working closely with the Director, the Head of Development provides both strategic and operational leadership of Artangel’s fundraising.  With a demonstrable track record of managing patrons and generating income, the Head of Development will be responsible for the successful delivery of income against agreed targets and ensuring that donors and funders at every level are engaged with Artangel’s mission and programme.

The Head of Development has a strong understanding of the funding landscape in the UK and has successfully fund-raised from trusts and foundations, corporate sponsorship and private patrons.

Specific Responsibilities


  • Work closely with the Managing Director, Director and Board of Trustees to develop and implement a fundraising strategy to maximise fundraising income from individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate sponsors.
  • Agree revenue targets with the Director and Managing Director and ensure successful delivery.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the fundraising strategy by monitoring income against agreed targets, reporting back to the Director and Managing Director and revising where necessary.
  • Work closely with the Managing Director, Director and other colleagues to identify new funding opportunities.
  • Maximise opportunities for tax-effective giving.
  • Maximise opportunities in the programme to ensure donors and funders at every level feel appreciated, thanked and engaged.


Individual Giving

  • Manage and grow Artangel’s private patrons’ schemes, working to agreed targets.
  • Manage and develop existing relationships with high level individual donors, including an effective stewardship process with the Director and Associate Directors.
  • Identify and research potential donors at all levels and implement and deliver an effective cultivation plan for each new donor.
  • Plan events programme for all levels of donors.
  • Manage the delivery of events for high level donors, including events, dinners and overseas trips
  • Oversee the management of events for the Company of Angels including previews and special events.
  • Work closely with the Director, Managing Director, and other Heads of Department to identify new opportunities for project-specific fundraising.
  • Create opportunities for the Artangel Trustees, Director and other key contacts that develop new and existing networks and ideas that strengthen individual giving.
  • Stay abreast of developments in the market and legislation as they affect philanthropy, especially tax efficient giving and VAT on benefits.

Trusts & Foundations and Corporate Sponsorship

  • Research, identify and prepare applications to Trusts & Foundations, with a particular focus on project specific fundraising.
  • Ensure all reporting requirements are fulfilled for Trusts & Foundations.
  • Identify and develop potential corporate sponsorship and other business partnerships where appropriate.


  • Work with the Administrative & Development Assistant to ensure administrative duties relating to the Company of Angels are delivered effectively and on budget.
  • Maintain up to date records of correspondence.
  • Ensure the highest standards of data capture are maintained on Raisers Edge including giving history, relationships, contacts, etc.
  • Ensure all accreditation is appropriately applied to each new project.
  • Maintain high standards of financial record keeping including Gift Aid declarations, processing of personal payments and storage of personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation and best practice.   
  • Maintain up to date records for reporting purposes and management accounts.
  • Ensure compliance with the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice and Artangel’s Ethical Fundraising Policy.

Essential Skills and Experience


  • A track record of successful fundraising experience in a broad range of funding areas
  • Working within the arts sector (desirable, but not essential)
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating a fundraising strategy
  • Managing a patrons’ scheme
  • Working with a Development Committee (desirable, but not essential)
  • Devising and managing a fundraising campaign
  • Proven success in fundraising from trusts and foundations
  • Planning and managing events
  • Managing and developing staff
  • Building and managing budgets

Skills and knowledge

  • Familiarity with fundraising databases i.e Raisers Edge
  • Understanding of best practice in fundraising standards
  • Effective researcher of potential sources of funding
  • Understanding of tax-effective giving
  • Highly effective administrative and organisational skills including the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Effective project management skills
  • Very strong presentation and written skills
  • High level of numeracy


  • Enthusiasm for the arts
  • Ability to form effective working relationships
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Able to produce accurate work under pressure
  • Well networked across the cultural community
  • Entrepreneurial and positive attitude
  • Ability to persuade, influence and negotiate effectively
  • Ability to make direct solicitations to potential supporters
  • Ability to grow professionally in this role through new challenges and opportunities

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please complete the application form below.  

  1. All applications will be shortlisted using the information given in Part 1 of the form only
  2. Part 2 will be accessed by the selection panel if you are shortlisted for interview
  3. Part 3 is not accessed as part of the recruitment process at all

You cannot begin the form and then complete it at a later date. To ensure your application is not lost due to connectivity issues or similar, please write your answers on your own backed-up document and paste them over into the form when you are ready to submit it.

You should use the form to demonstrate clearly and fully how you meet the essential criteria for the job. The desirable criteria outlined in the person specification above contain skills and experience that it would be beneficial for a candidate to have. We will not make assumptions about your achievements or abilities – you must make it clear in your application exactly how you feel they match our requirements.

For all positions, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Artangel is a Disability Confident Committed Employer. We guarantee interviews to candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria. 

Please see our office access statement and contact us at  info@artangel.org.uk to discuss any adjustments you might need, either as part of the application process or for employment. Visit our Team page to see who works here.

We will only contact you if you are invited for an interview.

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