Development Assistant

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 “Ambitious and inspiring”
The Guardian

Combining social purpose with serious artistic endeavour
New York Times

Streetwise Opera is looking for a personable, friendly and efficient candidate who will take pride in administrative tasks, and also be confident enough to bring new ideas to the table, to join the team as our Development Assistant.

This new role is pivotal to our success, by providing vital administrative support as well as contributing to raising funds from individuals, trusts and foundations and through events. It is an exciting, busy role that will ensure the smooth running and sustainability of the whole organisation.

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning performing arts charity for people affected by homelessness. We run a programme of free singing and creative workshops delivered weekly in homeless centres and arts venues in five regions across England. We are also a critically-acclaimed opera company that empowers the people who take part in our workshops to create and perform in extraordinary new productions, working alongside exceptional professional artists.

Recent productions include The Passion at Manchester’s Campfield Market in 2016 (“A beautiful retelling of the most enduring story of redemption”, The Times ★★★★★), and Tell Me The Truth About Love at Sage Gateshead in 2018 (“A powerful and inspiring show”, The Guardian ★★★★). In November 2019, Streetwise Opera announced After Winter, a new major production featuring baritone Roderick Williams and others.

Our new Development Assistant will be at the heart of a hard-working team and an award-winning organisation. We are looking for a people-person and resourceful self-starter who is keen to utilise and develop their skills and experience. We are committed to each team member’s professional development, and there is particular scope for growth in this role which represents a great opportunity to develop a career in the arts and/or charity sectors.

Reporting to the Development Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the Development team’s administration, co-ordination of the Streetwise Opera Friends Scheme, assisting with events, research, applications and reports, and contributing to marketing and communications from a fundraising perspective, amongst others. Please see the job specification for more detail.

As an employer, Streetwise Opera offer benefits which include professional development and training opportunities, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme and a volunteering leave allowance. You will be joining a friendly and committed team.

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

Recruitment process

Please send a completed application form to by midnight on Monday 9 March. The application form can be downloaded on this page. Please note that CVs will not be accepted. If you require the application form in a different format, email or telephone 020 7730 9551.

The interview will be held on Thursday 19 March, and there might be second interview on the week commencing 30 March. Please ensure that you are available.

Streetwise Opera is committed to having a diverse workplace and actively promotes equality and inclusivity. We especially welcome applications from people who have been affected by homelessness. Those who can demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria in the person specification will be guaranteed a first round interview. Please ensure that you communicate this clearly in your application.


Closing date: Midnight on Monday 9 March
Location: Victoria, London SW1
Salary: £22,000-24,000 (dependent on experience)
Hours: Full-time (35 hours), permanent contract (2 months’ notice) Evening and weekend work will be required on occasion (time in lieu will be offered)
Benefits: Volunteering leave, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme
Responsible to: Development Manager