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The Royal Society of Literature

Archived: Development Director

£35,000-£40,000 per annum. Full-time, permanent.

This new post offers a unique opportunity for a talented fundraiser to play a leading role in taking forward one of the UK’s most prestigious cultural organisations.

In October 2015 we appointed our first full-time Director, Tim Robertson, who is reviewing the RSL’s work and generating a strategy for growth up to our bicentenary in 2020 and beyond. We are now looking for a Development Director to support Tim and our Council of trustees in shaping and implementing the strategy, specifically by bringing about a significant increase in the Society’s income, which is currently at about half the level of our expenditure.

The challenge is partly organisational – establishing systems and managing our financial administration – and partly creative – building new partnership and finding ways to integrate fundraising into the Society’s activities. The potential – for building on our royal status and engaging with our world-class Fellows to place the RSL at the heart of the UK’s cultural life – is exceptional and tremendous.

As well as a track record of fundraising, management and innovation, we need you to bring the right blend of dynamism and diplomacy to win support in and for a historic, writer-led foundation. We envisage the job being ideal for someone who has been successful in one or two areas of fundraising, perhaps within the development department of a large charity, and who is ambitious to take on a broader and more leading role – but, in whatever way your experience matches our Person Specification, we would like to hear from you.

If appointed, you will join the sociable, hard-working team of seven in our small office in Somerset House, have one-to-one support from our Director, regular contact with the RSL Council, and opportunities for external mentoring or training.

For more information and to apply, visit the RSL website.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 12 noon.

Interviews will take place at Somerset House on Thursday 17 March.
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