Association of British Orchestras

Development Manager

Dunedin Consort £28,000-£32,000 pro rata (0.6 FTE) Closing date 26 July 2021
Dunedin Consort is looking to recruit a highly motivated, confident and enthusiastic individual to join Dunedin Consort as its Development Manager on a part-time basis (3 days per week) to support the advancement of its growing programme of work.

Over the past two years, Dunedin Consort has enjoyed significant fundraising success, increasing its revenue from all its major income streams — trusts and foundations, individual giving, and corporate support. It has guaranteed Regular Funding from Creative Scotland until 2023, and enjoys a strong relationship with Dunard Fund and Baillie Gifford, both of whom have guaranteed funding for the next two years. The organisation is also supported by a large and committed group of individual donors, with whom it stays in close and regular contact, and has been successful in attracting funding from a large number of trusts and foundations for specific projects.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Dunedin Consort has been notably active, taking much of its work online and increasing its reach through a series of concert broadcasts, educational videos and online masterclasses. With robust support in place from numerous multi-year funding sources, the organisation is in a strong position to emerge from this period on a sound financial footing, with a celebratory 25th anniversary season planned for 2021/22 and exciting plans for the future beyond.

We are looking to recruit a new Development Manager with a strong interest in the arts, who can build on these successes and help to assure Dunedin Consort’s plans to expand and develop its growing programme of work. We are looking for candidates with good experience of fundraising or related roles, with excellent writing and research skills, and confidence in liaising with donors and supporters. Experience of fundraising software (we use Salesforce NPSP) would be an advantage but is not essential. We are a small, dynamic and friendly team, and this is an ideal post for someone who wants to help make a real difference.

Based primarily at the Dunedin Consort office in central Edinburgh, together with the Chief Executive you will prepare grant applications, develop compelling cases for support based upon our existing and planned projects, and identify potential funders. You will help to develop and oversee the fundraising strategy for increasing Dunedin Consort’s income streams both from individuals and trusts, manage relationships with our current supporters, maintain the donor database and manage supporters’ events. This will include hosting private receptions during our performances, bringing supporters to rehearsals and outreach activities, and coordinating corporate events.

Dunedin Consort is an Equal Opportunities employer. We will consider a range of part-time models, including condensed hours, days working from home, or other structures to accommodate a range of personal circumstances, and to ensure equality of opportunity between those who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.

Application process

Please ensure you download and read the complete Application Pack before applying. To apply, please send a copy of your C.V. to Jo Buckley, Chief Executive, at, along with a covering letter explaining why you would like to work with Dunedin Consort and how you believe your skills fit the requirements of the role. Please aim for your C.V. to be no longer than two pages.

Pre-application conversations are welcomed. If you would like to discuss the role or the company in advance of applying, please contact Jo Buckley at

If you have any disability that prevents you from following the application process as described, please contact the office for a confidential conversation on 0131 516 3718.

Deadline for applications: Monday 26 July 2021, 5pm
Interviews: Wednesday 11 August 2021
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary: £28,000 – £32,000 pro rata (0.6 FTE) based on experience

Contact details
Dunedin Consort
77 Montgomery Street

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