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The Foundling Museum

Archived: Head of Development

Reporting to: The Finance Director

Purpose of Job: To develop and successfully implement a fundraising strategy that supports the strategic and programming ambitions of the Foundling Museum. To manage the Development Assistant.

Salary: £37,000 – £45,000 depending on experience


The Foundling Museum explores the story of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and its first public art gallery, and through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.

The Hospital was established in 1739 to care for babies at risk of abandonment.  It was the brainchild of the pioneering philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram and instrumental in its establishment were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel.  The Museum aims to inspire people to make a positive contribution to society by celebrating the power of artists and individuals to change lives.

The Museum displays the Foundling Hospital Collection which spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, furniture, clocks, photographs and ephemera. The Museum also owns the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world’s largest private collection of Handel memorabilia and an internationally important research resource. In addition to displaying the Collections, the Museum stages three major temporary exhibitions a year, as well as smaller displays, artist interventions and projects.

The Post

This is a key position, responsible for leading on the development, implementation and delivery of the Museum’s fundraising strategy across all sectors.


The Development Team is responsible for fundraising for the annual revenue needs of

the Museum and its programmes. The team consists of the Head of Development (full time); the Development Assistant (3 days per week), who is responsible for research and coordinating the Patrons and Membership schemes), a Trusts & Foundations Consultant who works as and when required, and is supported by the Venue Hire & Development Coordinator who helps deliver Development events including private views.  The team works closely with all Museum staff, especially in venue hire, learning, exhibitions and communications.

To apply please visit the vacancies section of our website.

Closing date for applications: Midday Thursday 1 October 2015

Interview: Friday 9 October 2015 with second interviews on Wednesday 14 October if necessary