Head of Development

“Ambitious and inspiring” The Guardian

“Combining social purpose with serious artistic endeavor” New York Times

“One of the most innovative charities of the decade” Gordon Brown

Are you an experienced fundraiser with a passion both for the arts, and for making a real difference in the lives of people who have experienced homelessness? Streetwise Opera is looking for a dynamic new Head of Development ready to take the next step in their career to help us deliver our innovative national and international work.

Joining our team at a pivotal time in our development as we embark on our new Strategic Plan, the Head of Development will be a senior member of our team, working with and supported by our Co-Executive Director to shape and deliver a fundraising strategy reaching a wide range of public funders, trusts and foundations, corporates and individual donors.

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning charity that uses music to help people make positive changes in their lives. Working with people who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness, we run workshop programmes across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas, and are developing With One Voice, an international arts and homelessness movement.

Our productions platform the skills of our performers in a professional arena, showing that whatever life throws at them, they can achieve great things. Underpinning these, our year-round workshop programme offers a unique source of creativity in lives where everything else can be changing.

Streetwise Opera’s next production, Tell Me The Truth About Love, will be presented at Sage Gateshead in April 2018, directed by Olivier-Award winning Bijan Sheibani and featuring music from Benjamin Britten, Will Todd and Anna Appleby.

This varied and rewarding role will be at the heart of Streetwise Opera’s work, with frequent opportunities to visit workshops and performances, and witness the tangible impact of your contribution to a charity that changes the lives of people who have experienced homelessness.

As an employer, Streetwise Opera offers a wide range of benefits including excellent professional development and training opportunities, season ticket loans and an employer pension scheme. You will be joining a friendly, committed and supportive staff team and have the opportunity to make a real difference to our ambitious and life-changing work.

If you would like to discuss the post, please call the Streetwise Opera office on 020 7730 9551 to speak to Bridget Rennie.

Reporting to: Co-Executive Director
Direct Report: Development Manager

Salary: £32-38,000, dependent on experience
Location: Central London
Hours: full time
Closing date: midnight, Sunday 4 February 2018

How to apply

Please send a completed application form to admin@streetwiseopera.org by Sunday 4 February 2018. Application forms can be downloaded from www.streetwiseopera.org/work-with-us. Please note that CVs will not be accepted. If you have any queries or require the application form in a different format, email admin@streetwiseopera.org or telephone 020 7730 9551.    

Streetwise Opera is an inclusive organisation and actively promotes equality. We welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those who have experienced homelessness. Candidates with a lived experience of homelessness who can demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria in the person specification below will be guaranteed a first round interview. Please ensure that you communicate this clearly in your application.

Photo: Kev Howard

Photo: Kev Howard