Writer and Research Officer

Job type: Permanent
Starting salary: £31,740 per annum inclusive of London Weighting

The Barbican is home to all the major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. We work with exceptional artists to build an outstanding international programme which holds creative collaboration and learning at its core. We’re both a civic space for our communities and a multi-platform venue that showcases the best artists, musicians, directors and actors to global audiences.

As we enter an exciting new stage of the Barbican’s life, there couldn’t be a better time to join. We have a new CEO, Claire Spencer, an ambitious creative vision led by Artistic Director, Will Gompertz and a major new renewal plan for the Centre, with a design team led by Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio.

The Development department is responsible for securing income for the Barbican from a variety of sources including donations, grants, patronage, sponsorship and corporate memberships.

The role

We are seeking a Writer & Research Officer to play a key role in the Development Operations team. The successful candidate will support the Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships teams with prospect research, tools and advice to enable the advancement of potential supporters. They will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the Barbican’s aims and objectives and build relationships with colleagues across the institution to maximize opportunities. They will also assist the Philanthropy team in developing strategies to prioritise asks and leverage opportunities in line with the Barbican’s fundraising and business objectives. They will manage and maintain written information about the organisation and assimilate this information for use in developing proposals and asks.

Strong candidates for this role will have a flair for writing and be able to create clear and accurate copy. They will be able to demonstrate good working knowledge or successful previous experience in prospect/client research or a research-related role, alongside a broad understanding of fundraising in the UK.

The Barbican is committed to increasing diversity of staff, and as an organisation we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 30 November 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please note the following dates for interviews:

First round interviews: Tuesday 06 & Wednesday 07 December
Second round interviews (on Zoom): Friday 09 December