Association of British Orchestras

Development Officer

Oxford Philharmonic £24-£28K according to experience Closing date 17 May 2022
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Development Officer
Based in London Office

Job Profile:

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the UK’s leading orchestras and Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, seeks a highly motivated Development Officer to play a key role in our fundraising activities. For further information on the Orchestra, please visit our website at

The chosen candidate will work with the Music Director, other Directors and the external Development Consultancy firm.

The position is based in our London office, but occasional travel to Oxford will be required. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary for concerts and fundraising events.

Applicant Profile

• Researching current and prospective donors
• Donor aftercare: writing formal thank you letters and receipts for donations
• Updating and maintaining CRM database, entering donations records
• Producing detailed funding proposals, grant applications and reports and financial summaries
• Taking notes and compiling briefings for meetings
• General administrative duties
• Supporting the Box Office department with duties as required, including dealing with customer queries
• Managing the Friend and Patron schemes, and acting as the point of contact

Campaign Support:
• Cultivating existing and potential donors through meetings and at events
• Managing portfolios of individuals
• Developing engaging print and online copy for event literature, invitations and the Orchestra’s website
• Coordinating and executing fundraising campaigns

Essential abilities/qualifications:
• Education to degree level
• Passion for classical music, particularly orchestral music
• Excellent organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail
• Good IT skills
• Ability to juggle multiple tasks
• Strong communication skills
• Strong copywriting skills
• Motivated team-player

Desirable abilities/qualifications:
• 2+ years development experience in the arts, but candidates with no development background may also apply
• Experience in research
• Experience of working with databases
• Degree in music

Salary £24-£28K according to experience.

Please apply with brief covering letter and CV to If you do not receive a reply within a month of writing, you should assume that your application has not been successful.

Deadline for application submission: 5pm on Tuesday 17 May 2022.

Contact details
01865 987 222
29a Teignmouth Road, London NW2 4EB

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Gateshead,
hosted by The Glasshouse ICM, from 5-7 February 2025.