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World Heart Beat Music Academy

Role: Senior Development Manager (Trusts & Foundations)
Reporting to: Sal Sherratt – Director of Philanthropy, Partnerships & Commercial
Working with: Artistic Director, Community & Events Producer & Finance Manager
Salary: £40,000-£45,000 FTE (part-time considered)
Benefits include: Contributory Pension Scheme; Equipment and support to work from home effectively; Training and development tailored to your level of experience
Hours: Full-time working is equivalent to 40 hours per week (with 1 hour for lunch included). Hours are flexible, with attendance at evening and weekend events as required
Location: Hybrid – home and office (South West London)
Holiday: 25 days FTE plus bank holidays

About World Heart Beat Music Academy

Founded over a decade ago, World Heart Beat Music Academy (WHB) provides excellence in music education and performance. World Heart Beat is fast becoming one of the most prominent music charities in the country for providing grassroots, non-selective, richly diverse, music education programmes for children from a vast array of backgrounds. We are proud that in 2018, we were awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England.

World Heart Beat Music Academy provides music tuition and personal development opportunities after school, in the evenings, on weekends and school holidays. 350 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years, who are based in Wandsworth and the surrounding London boroughs, come to us every week (many of them more than once). Wandsworth is one of inner London’s largest boroughs and it suffers from extreme social polarisation. We remove barriers by providing bursaries and free instruments and work closely with partners to engage those most in need.

Opening a vibrant new music education centre and venue

Selected by London Borough of Wandsworth and developers Eco-World Ballymore from a competitive field of 42 cultural organisations, World Heart Beat has been awarded a 750 m2 building in Embassy Gardens in the heart of Nine Elms, on London’s south bank (part of the largest regeneration area in Europe). The facilities will comprise 110-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art recording studios, 3 x teaching / rehearsal spaces and a community café and will enable us to provide a world-class music-led education and performance centre that promotes a global music programme, extends our reach to audiences and promotes social cohesion. 

We plan to commence operation in May 2022, and will formally launch in September.

Website: www.worldheartbeat.org

Project website: www.worldheartbeat.org/embassygardens/  

Video: www.bit.ly/WHBEmbassyGardens

Role description

This is a critical yet exciting time for the charity as we make the move into our new digital education and concert venue in Nine Elms; looking to capitalise on the new funding relationships created through our successful capital campaign and COVID response programmes; and launch new professional development programmes extending our reach nationally. 

As Senior Development Manager (Trusts & Foundations) you will play a crucial role at World Heart Beat, driving forward our fundraising by building on a strong base of trusts, foundations and statutory support. In your role you will lead on trusts and foundations revenue funding applications and stewardship, as well as playing a part in World Heart Beat’s wider fundraising.

You will be supported in the post by our Director of Philanthropy, Partnerships & Commercial, alongside the wider executive and delivery teams and a highly engaged Board of Trustees and Youth Board.

If you are an accomplished bid writer looking to take on your first senior level position, or are a more senior candidate who may be returning to work after a pause in your career, or are looking to balance a role with wider parenting and caring responsibilities, or would simply like a change of organisation, we would love to hear from you!

The post-holder will have considerable experience of related fundraising activity and will report in to the Director of Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial.

Key responsibilities

  • As lead grant bid writer, including for large multi-year requests, to shape considered and compelling approaches and accompanying budgets in liaison with our Community & Events Producer, Artistic Director, Finance Manager and wider team – creating bids which bring to life World Heart Beat’s work and are aligned to funders’ priorities and interests
  • To conduct regular trusts and foundation research to support pipeline development
  • Help build and maintain strong and trusting supporter relationships through cultivating and stewarding grant and public funding, including through engagement opportunities with our work, invitations to relevant events and liaison regarding grant delivery
  • In collaboration with colleagues, to monitor progress and delivery against confirmed grants and produce timely reports and updates
  • Support and oversee recording of evaluation metrics agreed with funders and collecting evidence of impact
  • Maintain thorough records of all fundraising work to include updating our database (Donorfy), logging bids submissions and expected outcomes, keeping a reporting schedule
  • Involvement with the submissions, reports and drawdowns required as an ACE NPO funded organisation
  • Play a role in the wider fundraising work of the organisation including stewardship of donors, patrons and corporates and hosting events
  • Identify and engage with future philanthropic trends and to maintain a strong overview of the current trust and public funding landscape 

Person specification

Skills and Experience

  • Track record of securing 5-figure grants and multi-year commitments from a range of trust and public sources and delivering against set fundraising targets
  • Some experience of supporting other areas of fundraising
  • Experience in contributing to organisations’ overall fundraising and/or trust funding strategies and targets
  • Ability to influence, inspire, and persuade people in written form and to tailor approaches to funders’ different priorities and interests
  • Experience of working with colleagues from across teams to iterate fundable projects, define project budgets and gather evidence of impact
  • Experience of funder research, stewardship and reporting and familiarity with fundraising database(s)
  • Commitment and flexibility to carry out varied responsibilities within a small team 
  • A passion for music and/or arts with a social purpose, commitment to opening up access and ensuring diversity across the sector 

Personal Attributes

  • Positive and forward-thinking
  • Ability to self-start and work independently 
  • Calm under pressure
  • Highly organised
  • Enjoys music 
  • Loves what they do

Terms and conditions

World Heart Beat is committed to creating a positive and inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and free to work without fear of discrimination. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our practice. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. We welcome applications from people requiring flexible working arrangements and from anyone with any professional or educational background. 

Health and safety

All employees will be required to have a DBS check and are required to understand and comply with World Heart Beat Music Academy’s Health and Safety Management Policy, including taking reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions whilst at work. The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with World Heart Beat Music Academy’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. 

How to apply

Please provide a copy of your current CV together with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the position and how your skills and experience aligns with the person specification. Please include the names of two referees, one of which must be your most recent employer. References won’t be taken up without your consent.

Your letter, CV and EO monitoring form should be emailed to Phoebe Devonald at: phoebe@worldheartbeat.org 

Application Deadline: Monday 21 February 2022 (midday) 
Interviews: Tuesday 1 March 2022

We can be flexible about how this role can work for you and can offer additional training, depending on your experience. If you would like an informal conversation to discuss this role further and find out more about our exciting future plans, please contact Sal Sherratt at sal@worldheartbeat.org


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