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Artswork Limited

Artswork has empowered children and young people through arts and culture for the last 30 years. A national voice celebrating the arts, creativity and cultural development for, with and by young people, we are committed to improving their life chances and making a difference.  

Working closely with the Head of Business Development, the Fundraising & Development Manager will play a key role in generating new income streams, so that we expand our reach and empower more young people through creativity. The post holder will project lead on the development and submission of funding bids, tenders and business proposals, focusing on securing new high value investments from commissioners, trusts, foundations, corporate sponsors or other longer term strategic relationships.

Main responsibilities will include: 

Prospecting and research

  • Research the funding market, tracking and identifying suitable high value tendering, commissioning and partnership opportunities and funding streams, in line with Artswork’s strategic plans, priorities, Fundraising and Social & Ethical Policies.
  • Conduct regular, timely reviews of published tenders and funding opportunities, in order to make recommendations to the Head of Business Development on which ones to pursue.
  • Establish a focused, qualified pipeline of prospective funders, investors, sponsors and donors.

Bid development

  • Working to the strategic guidance of the Head of Business Development, prepare funding bids, tenders and sponsorship proposals, meeting funders' procurement and management requirements.
  • Develop realistic, costed delivery plans and budgets for proposals, working with the Head of Budgets, Contracts & Policy.
  • Lead the budget development process for bids, ensuring compliance with Artswork’s internal finance policies and funder requirements.
  • Coordinate the input of relevant stakeholders into the bid development process, ensuring they are aware of what is needed and by when, bringing everything together in a timely manner.
  • Effectively manage multiple funding deadlines to ensure no key opportunities are missed.
  • Establish an efficient and effective internal process to manage the bid lifecycle, including ensuring effective Go/No-Go decision-making processes are followed and that bid design. achieves the right balance of price, risk management and design quality.

Stakeholder management

  • Develop and implement a plan to secure ongoing relationships with grant givers, commissioners and sponsors, to retain their support into the future.
  • Coordinate the input of the Sales, Marketing and Communications team into proposal design.
  • Work with the Evaluation and Impact Manager to put in place monitoring and reporting arrangements in line with commissioner, sponsor or funder expectations.

Information management and compliance

  • Establish robust systems for the efficient planning and tracking of pipeline and bid activity ensuring compliance with Data Protection, Artswork’s operational requirements and policies.
  • Continue the development of Artswork’s bid content library to ensure availability of relevant, validated materials that can be readily customised for new proposals. Support the Head of Business Development to provide timely progress reports against income targets.
  • Contribute to the development of Capsule CRM to ensure that the Artswork’s implementation of the platform meets the requirements of the Fundraising and Development function.
  • Ensure Artswork’s fundraising activities are compliant with the fundraising regulatory environment.

General Requirements for Artswork Posts

  • Maintain positive professional relationships with our participants, partners and stakeholders.
  • Adhere to Artswork’s values and its policies and procedures, i.e. Equalities, Health and Safety, Data Protection, Safeguarding and Environmental Policies.
  • Be a committed champion for Artswork’s Anti-Discrimination Charter.
  • Maintain and develop personal skills and knowledge through appropriate training.
  • Perform own administrative duties.
  • Maintaining positive professional relationships with our participants, partners and stakeholders.

Full job description

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Closing date: 10am Tuesday 4 June 2024.
Interviews: Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13 June via Zoom.