Head of Fundraising and Development

Theatre by the Lake

What can you receive?
£35 - £45k pro rata


3 October 2023

We are delighted to open recruitment for the new Senior Management position of Head of Fundraising & Development, who will embed philanthropy as a strategic focus at Theatre by the Lake as we embark on an exciting new chapter.

Theatre by the Lake, a registered charity, is Cumbria’s professional producing theatre, bringing the world to Cumbria and taking Cumbria to the world.

Hailed as ‘the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain’, each year we present nearly 700 performances from our Keswick home on the shores of Derwent Water, and tour our productions both nationally, and regionally to communities across Cumbria.

We create opportunities for people of all ages, from developing local artists to engaging young people and community groups in all aspects of our work.

As an organisation, we have navigated a great deal of change over recent years and most recently a change in leadership, following the appointment of Executive Director Simon Stephens to join Artistic Director Liz Stevenson as Joint CEO.

It is an exciting time to join Theatre by the Lake. Audiences are returning after the pandemic, our staff team is growing and we are planning for the future with ambition and renewed focus. In 2024-25 we will celebrate our 25th anniversary, presenting a chance to celebrate our shared history with stakeholders and an important opportunity to connect with supporters as we look ahead to the next 25 years of the theatre.

We are looking for an experienced and skilled fundraiser who will play a pivotal role in shaping this future, driving a step change in our approach to philanthropy and championing our social value.

The Head of Fundraising and Development will design and implement strategy across multiple strands of fundraising, developing a compelling case for support to meet our ambitious revenue targets. As part of the wider Senior Management Team, they will also play an instrumental role in the leadership of the organisation.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview on Tuesday 10th October, with an option for second interviews on Tuesday 17th October.

Given the nature of this role, it is expected that the post-holder will be based at Theatre by the Lake.

Terms and Conditions
40 Hours per week
31 days leave pa plus Christmas Day (this allocation includes public holidays)
Salary – £40,000

Further Information
Full details of the role are available in the job description below.

If you would like an to chat to discuss the role further, please contact our Executive Director, Simon Stephens at simon.stephens@theatrebythelake.com

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