Head of Development & Finance

As OperaUpClose’s activities and ambitions continue to grow, we are seeking to appoint an exceptional individual to the new role of Head of Development & Finance, to work closely with the Artistic Director/Chief Executive and board to deliver our ambitions.

OperaUpClose is an ambitious, inclusive, Olivier Award-winning touring opera company. We produce high quality, innovatively staged, unintimidating and affordable English language productions. We commission composers to write new orchestrations, and librettists to write new English versions of classic large-scale operas, working with exciting directors to create productions that challenge and excite and, where necessary, explode some of the sexist, racist or other outdated baggage which hampers otherwise great works of art. We produce a biennial world premiere chamber opera, and a programme of work for young people.

Our mission is to show that opera is a vibrant, living artform that everyone can enjoy and be inspired by. There is a place for people of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and economic means as part of the audience; as performers; and behind the scenes, at our productions. We encourage people who are unfamiliar with opera to try it by strategically breaking down barriers that prevent them from doing so. We provide opportunities for existing opera audiences to engage with classic operas in new ways and discover new music and artists. We want to diversify the audience and makers of opera, which in turn will result in the most exciting, resilient and relevant artform for the future.

Working from offices in London you’ll be part of a small team dedicated to touring high quality opera, participation and audience development programmes across the UK and beyond. The Head of Development & Finance will be charged with ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of OperaUpClose. Alongside the AD/CE, you will develop a strategy that meets the financial and artistic requirements of the organisation over the next decade and provide executive leadership, management and business planning. You will be responsible for fundraising for OperaUpClose’s ambitious programme, raising at least £225k per year from grants, individual giving and sponsorship.

OperaUpClose encourages applications from people of all backgrounds but particularly welcomes applications from candidates from BAME backgrounds as they are under-represented within our staff team. 

Job Details

Job Title:                   Head of Development & Finance
Salary:                       £27,000
Holidays:                   20 days per annum
Reporting to:             Artistic Director/Chief Executive
Line managing:         Administrator


Role Profile

Development (c. 3 days/week)
Create and implement fundraising strategy
Hold relationship with ACE (with Artistic Director/Chief Executive)
Hold relationships with major Trusts & Foundations (with Artistic Director/Chief Executive)
Research potential Trusts & Foundations for funding
Lead on writing funding applications
Sign off all funding applications
Manage team as regards writing funding applications, especially Administrator
Oversee Individual Giving / Friends and Patrons programme
Manage team as regards individual giving, especially Administrator
Secure corporate sponsorship
Lead development sub-committee meetings
Development reporting to the board

Finance (c. 1 day/week)
Annual budgeting & tracking
Oversight of company finances including cashflows, quarterly accounts etc.
Financial reporting externally (HMRC compliance etc.)
Create & track production budgets with Producer
Create production sales targets with Producer
Lead finance sub-committee meetings
Financial reporting to the board

Management (c. 1 day/week)
Work with Artistic Director/Chief Executive on company strategy
Implement and monitor business plan
Update business plan & keep relevant
Ensure that OperaUpClose and its staff comply with all legal obligations and the highest ethical standards expected of charitable organisations
Lead on HR, including:
           - governance & compliance (including policy updating)
           - recruitment
           - health & safety
Approve contracts with theatres
Line manage Administrator
Chair team meetings (in AD/CE's absence)
Report to board and attend board meetings

Contribute to participation programme
Attend some performances
Act as an ambassador for OperaUpClose and develop its national and international profile

Person Specification

Knowledge of and passion for the performing arts
An understanding and appreciation of OperaUpClose’s work
Arts Council fundraising success, either with Grants for the Arts or NPO
Trusts & Foundations fundraising success
Knowledge and experience of preparing annual budgets
Knowledge and experience of preparing cashflows
Knowledge and experience of preparing management accounts
Knowledge and experience of preparing production budgets
Experience of negotiating contracts for touring productions with venues, or (as a member of venue staff) negotiating contracts with visiting companies
Professional experience as fundraiser or producer for performing arts events
Commitment to making theatre and/or opera accessible to all
Positive, flexible and responsive approach

Knowledge of and passion for opera
Individual Giving experience
Corporate fundraising / sponsorship experience
Experience working in a small team
Experience working for a company turning over c.£500k per year
Experience creating strategy and business plans
Experience and knowledge of legal requirements and safeguarding for small businesses/charities
Knowledge of Quickbooks accountancy software
Charity administration experience
Experience managing staff
Experience working with a board of trustees

How to apply

Please download the Job Pack below for further details. Application is by cover letter and CV. Your cover letter should be no more than two pages of A4, and should describe why you are interested in the role, how you match the role profile and person specification. Please email your cover letter and CV, along with a completed Equal Opportunities monitoring form, to Olivia@operaupclose.com, with ‘Head of Development and Finance Application’ as the subject line.

Deadline for applications has been extended until 5pm on Monday 17 April 2017