Development Director – Almeida Theatre – London – Competitive

The Almeida Theatre is a leading producing theatre company in London with a reputation for producing work of the highest standard - achieving recognition through critical acclaim, full houses, and an increasing national and international reach.

Since 2013, led by Artistic Director Rupert Goold and Executive Director Denise Wood, we have sought to make bold work which challenges and questions the world we live in, bringing together the most exciting artists to interrogate, provoke and entertain audiences through new writing and reinvigorated classics.

This is an exciting opportunity for an imaginative, experienced and entrepreneurial fundraiser to join the Almeida Theatre and to be responsible for all aspects of fundraising.


The Role

The Development Director will have a confident track record in securing charitable and sponsorship support from a wide range of sources, be a sophisticated and imaginative strategist, excellent communicator and a proactive builder of relationships – with supporters, colleagues and other key stakeholders.

Key areas of focus include:

·      Securing a new Principal Partner and/or major sponsors following the conclusion of the Almeida’s relationship with Aspen, Principal Partner until 2020. Driving strategies to cultivate and renew other key corporate partnerships in support of the breadth of the Almeida’s activities.

·      Continuing to develop the Almeida’s individual giving programme, driving forward recruitment and ensuring strong retention of supporters at all levels.

·      Continuing to develop a pipeline of major donor prospects with the support of the Board and other senior advocates.

·      Securing support from Trusts & Foundations, with a particular focus on sustainable, multi-year funding from strategic trusts.

·      Playing a key role in engagement with the Arts Council and other statutory funders.

·      Developing a compelling case for support and fundraising strategy to secure sustainable support as the Almeida rebuilds its finances and programme following the pandemic.

·      Working with the Board of Trustees and other senior advocates to broaden our fundraising networks.

·      Leading the Development team.


The Candidate

·      Experience of securing six figure + gifts from individuals or strategic trusts.

·      Experience of devising and managing strategic partnerships with corporate sponsors.

·      Experience of leading an individual giving and/or corporate partnership programme.

·      Capital/project fundraising experience probably desirable rather than essential


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Almeida politely request that all candidates please complete the following Equal Opportunities survey:


For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners:


William Pringle

Partner, Not for Profit Practice at Berwick Partners

Closing date for applications: Thursday 2nd December

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