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Development Officer

Reference: MAY20243126
Expiry date: 2024-06-16 22:59:00.000
Location: London
Salary: £28,000 Per Annum
Benefits: Complementary tickets to ICA exhibitions, cinema screenings and events, discounts in our bookshop, cafe and editions, and more.
Duration:12 months (maternity cover)
Attachments: DevelopmentOfficerJD.pdf

The Development Officer reporting to the Senior Development Manager, will play a pivotal role in supporting the Audience & Business Growth department in managing all administrative tasks related to our Patrons and Corporate Sponsors. You will also be responsible for ensuring smooth operations in terms of fundraising activities, renewals, prospect meetings, and diary management. Your role will encompass devising a year-round Patrons’ Events Programme, handling logistics for both internal and external events and maintaining regular communication with our supporters through newsletters and event invitations.

You will have experience in stewardship, partnership building, being able to identify opportunities for income growth and reporting on successful donation schemes. You will be a talented writer and communicator, adept at drafting written material to a high level and with tight deadlines.

As Development Officer, you should enjoy working in and out of the office, creating connections with our Donors and prospective supporters and actively help shape a scheme which entertains and educates our Individual and Corporate Donors so as to see them continue their support of ICA.

ICA is… For the brave, the new, the curious

As a member of the Audience and Business Growth team, you will play a role in supporting the delivery of the ICA’s strategic goals.

  1. Conceiving, producing and delivering a leading and acclaimed world-class programme locally, nationally and internationally.
  2. Reaching beyond definitions of a contemporary arts audience by understanding all visitors as active participants in our programmes and building a diverse, inspiring community around the ICA.
  3. Providing multiple entry-points to the arts for young people and those who are currently underrepresented in the cultural sector.
  4. Building a new, more sustainable business model that secures the long-term stability and growth of our organisation, enabling us to significantly increase our investment in the production of new works, supporting artistic experimentation and risk-taking.
  5. Realising and engaging an innovative contemporary culture programme that challenges the status quo, fosters a dialogue between different art forms, and inspires generations-to-come

On top of working towards the 5 institutional strategic goals, every role at the ICA delivers on our 4-point framework: Every role will have objectives set against the 4-point framework and 5 core goals.

Relevance: be a home for the next generation (of talent, artists, audiences)

Reach: grow our audiences (young and diverse)  

Return: ensure financial discipline and stability

Reputation: deliver Artistic Excellence and a brave programme     


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Manage administrative tasks related to Patrons, Corporate Sponsors including managing fundraising diaries.
  • Organise and provide logistic support on the year-round Patrons’ events programme, both internally and externally.
  • Draft invitations and oversee RSVPs via email and through the Fundraising CRM.
  • Conduct valuable prospect research to generate new sources of income across corporate and individual giving.
  • Stay informed about the ICA's programme, event spaces, and activities to identify opportunities for Corporate Donors.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the arts, business, and economic news, as well as activities of competing organisations.
  • Draft proposals for both Individual and Corporate Donors.
  • Draft and share monthly Patrons' updates.
  • Manage the back end of the database from a Development department perspective.
  • Assist in the production of fundraising reports for the department.
  • Oversee the effective administration of the ICA’s Gift Aid scheme, including processing and filing all Gift Aid forms and ensure timely submission to HMRC. Provide necessary information to the finance department for Gift Aid claims and support with audit.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Proven or transferable experience in fundraising, stewardship of high-net-worth individuals, event management, and administrative support.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Proficiency in database management and financial reporting.
  • Familiarity with fundraising software and tools.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team responding to and managing deadlines in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and needs.