Head of Development

Streetwise Opera is seeking a new Head of Development with a passion for and the capacity to lead fundraising within an organisation that makes a real difference to the lives of people who have experienced homelessness through outstanding culture.

We are looking for an individual who shares our passion for social impact and outstanding performance who, with our small Development team, will play a central role in the ongoing development and success of our organisation.

While you do not currently have to be leading a team or have extensive management experience, what is important is that you have the leadership approach, communication skills, track record in securing major grants in either the performing arts, wider cultural not-for-profit or homelessness sector to lead our Development function. 

You will be a key member of our leadership team, working closely with our General Manager, Head of Marketing & Communications, Head of Programme and Artistic Director, reporting to our Chief Executive. You will lead your own department of two Development colleagues, with whom you will lead our relationships with major trust and foundation funders.

About Streetwise Opera

Streetwise Opera is an opera company that enables people who’ve experienced homelessness to find inspiration and empowerment while they rebuild their lives and identities. We support participants to develop as creative people and, as we amplify their voices, change how society views homelessness.

We engage world-class artists, both established and emerging, to co-create bold new work and reimagine traditional repertoire. We create opera that is for everyone and, by bringing together diverse voices, change how society views opera.

This is an exciting time for Streetwise, with a new executive team in place and a new business plan being developed. Emerging from the pandemic, which saw us take our weekly sessions online and develop new digital projects with participants across all our regions, we are taking our key learnings from this period and using them to inform our plans for the coming years.

Recruitment process

Applications for this role are now closed.

The first round interview will be held (remotely) on Monday 6 June with our Chief Executive, General Manager and a Streetwise Opera performer. The second round (in person) will be in the morning of Wednesday 15 June with our Chief Executive, Artistic Director and a Trustee.

The second interview will involve a short written task to be submitted in advance and presented in the interview, and an opportunity for an informal conversation with the other members of our Senior Management Team.

Equal Opportunities

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law that our workplaces are free from unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender (including gender reassignment), sexuality, religion or beliefs, marital status, disability, age, pregnancy or trade union membership, or the fact that they are a part-time worker or a fixed-term employee.

We aim to ensure that our employees achieve their full potential and that all employment decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria. To find out more, read our Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy.

We will guarantee first round interviews to candidates who have lived experience of homelessness. If you regard yourself as someone who has this lived experience, please also indicate this on the application form.


Reporting to: Chief Executive
Direct Report: Development Officer - Trusts and Foundations and Development Officer - Individual Giving and Events
Salary: £43,000
Location: Our Central London office with some remote working. We welcome applications from candidates from Manchester and Nottingham (the other two cities where our activities are delivered) and a hybrid working model would be discussed
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 10:00am, Monday 30 May 2022