South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Fundraiser - The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum in Bath is recruiting a Fundraiser to join its small and ambitious team. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with demonstrable experience in fundraising and development in the arts sector.


Job Title: Fundraiser Location: Holburne Museum Reports to: Head of Development Contract: Permanent Salary: £24,500 p.a. pro rata Hours of work: 15 – 22.5 (flexible, to be agreed) Overview: The Holburne Museum in Bath is recruiting a Fundraiser to join its small and ambitious team. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with demonstrable experience in fundraising and development in the arts sector. Working predominantly on Trusts & Foundations, this role will work to secure grants and gifts to support the Museum’s core programmes including exhibitions, learning and capital projects to contribute towards the Holburne’s annual fundraising target, whilst also helping to support additional projects and activities. The post-holder will join at an exciting and important time in the Museum’s history with the recent appointment of a new Contemporary Curator to broaden the Museum’s artistic programme, the recent move of the Museum’s Friends scheme ‘in-house’, and the pledge of new match-funding towards the Museum’s endowment. This role will have the opportunity to work more broadly to support the Holburne’s Development remit, involving individual giving, legacy and endowment fundraising. This role is both flexible and part time, and is integral to the Holburne’s small Development team. The Fundraiser reports directly to the Head of Development.


About the Holburne Museum: The Holburne Museum is an independent art gallery and museum, founded in 1882 as Bath’s first public art gallery. The collection includes over 9,000 objects and works of art including old master paintings by Bruegel, Gainsborough and Lawrence, as well as a significant range of decorative arts including portrait miniatures, porcelain, Renaissance bronzes, ceramics and silver. We deliver 6 exhibitions a year which attract national recognition, and these exhibitions aim to provide fresh perspectives on our own collection whilst developing new audiences. At the heart of our Museum is a lively Learning and Engagement Programme which engages over 13,000 participants every year including children, families, young people, community groups and vulnerable adults. The Holburne is a registered charity (no. 310288), governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by Director Dr Chris Stephens (formerly Head of Displays and Lead Curator, Modern British Art at Tate) and a team of 19 FTE arts and education professionals. The Museum has strong supporter groups: 1,600 Friends and Patrons and over 180 active volunteers. The Holburne is committed to diversity in its programmes, audiences, staff and volunteers.


The Holburne’s vision is Changing Lives Through Art. We promote this by:
• Caring for, understanding, developing, displaying and interpreting our collection, building and site
• Reaching as wide a public as possible by providing a welcoming, intimate experience of the arts
• Creating exhibitions, events and educational activities of outstanding quality, impact and imagination
• Being confident, adventurous and innovative.


The Holburne’s charitable objects for the public benefit are:
• The provision and maintenance of a museum in the city of Bath for the exhibition to the public of a collection of specimens of the fine and decorative arts.
• The extension, enhancement, conservation, storage and maintenance of the art collection.
• Promotion of education in art and allied subjects, and of the appreciation of art. As a University Museum, in particular through our cultural partnership with Bath Spa University, we also seek to develop the use of the Holburne’s collection and the expertise of its staff as an educational resource.


Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with the Head of Development to identify and, with agreed targets, submit applications to Trusts & Foundations and other grant-making organisations.
• Research and identify suitable prospects.
• Work with colleagues from other teams to shape, write and send compelling funding proposals to support a range of Museum projects.
• Develop and manage the schedule of applications and reporting requirements.
• Create and submit funding reports.
• Maintain and develop active relationships with funders.
• Support the Head of Development through research, relevant statistics and case studies.
• Maintain and update relevant records on the Museum’s fundraising database, Donor Strategy.
• Assist with the development of projects, proposals, budgets and reports, liaising with colleagues to collate information and supporting evidence.
• Support wider fundraising and development initiatives and delivery, particularly in relation to the Holburne’s individual giving strategy and Future Fund of endowment and legacy fundraising.
• Other duties commensurate with the role and department as decided by the Head of Development.


Person Specification Formal Education / Qualifications: [E = essential, D = desirable]
• Educated to degree level or equivalent E Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
• At least two years’ experience of working in a fundraising & development environment E
• Track record of securing gifts from and managing relationships with Trusts & Foundations E
• Experience of working in the arts sector E
• Active interest in the visual arts, heritage or culture sectors E
• Experience working in a busy fundraising team and a good knowledge of current fundraising legislation and best practice E
• Experience of shaping project budgets and interpreting financial information E
• Excellent communication skills, particularly in writing E
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal confidently and professionally with donors and stakeholders E
• Strong project management skills E
• Working style which is flexible, positive and collaborative E
• Ability to work independently, prioritise workload and meet deadlines E
• Competence in working in Microsoft Office applications, particularly with Word and Excel E
• Understanding of all aspects of arts fundraising, including individuals, corporates, legacy and endowment fundraising D
• Demonstrable experience of Individual Giving fundraising D
• Demonstrable knowledge and familiarity with donor databases D

Submission by application form only please (no CVs). See application form on website https://www.holburne.org/fundraiser/

Organisation name: Holburne Museum, Bath

Contact name: Vanessa Wells

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01225388546

Contact website: http://www.holburne.org/fundraiser/

Type: Part-time (permanent)

Salary: £24,500 P.A. pro rata

Location: Bath

Deadline for completed applications: Tuesday 30 April 2019

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