Garsington Opera at Wormsley

Head of Philanthropy

About Garsington Opera

Located in the stunning Chiltern hills on the Getty family estate, Garsington Opera is a prestigious summer festival with a highly respected international reputation. With performances in June and July we produce four productions each year, in partnership with our two resident orchestras The English Concert and Philharmonia. Garsington is now building its own Arts Hub studios to provide much needed rehearsal facilities, production workshops, café, offices and a home for its acclaimed community programme and world-class Young Artists scheme.

This is a great opportunity to join an innovative company at a time of expansion.

The Role

At this exciting time in Garsington Opera’s development, we are looking to build on our successful track record in fundraising with the appointment of an experienced Head of Philanthropy. The role will lead on generating income from our successful membership programmes and on increasing income from mid- level (c.£5,000 to £25,000) individual, trust and corporate gifts across the range of Garsington’s work.

The Head of Philanthropy will report to the Development Director to develop prospect, cultivation and fundraising plans and manage three fundraisers to achieve ambitious targets across individual, corporate and trust giving. The role will also work closely with the Box Office and Communications, Marketing & External Relations teams to ensure that effective communications, processes and systems are in place to underpin this work.

The role is full-time based at GO’s administration offices in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, and will move to the Arts Hub at Wormsley in Summer 2023. Some flexible homeworking will be considered. Our office hours are 9.30 – 5.30, Monday–Friday except during the opera season when evenings and weekends are included as well as occasional events in Oxford and London.

Salary: £36,000 to £46,000 subject to experience
Application deadline: Wednesday 12 April 2023
Interview date: 20 April onwards

Candidates must hold a full driving license and have their own transport.

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