Development Officer

Glyndebourne is an opera house in East Sussex, just one hour from London, which has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival since 1934.

You will be a fundraiser, responsible for lower to mid level donations. This role will work directly with the Senior Philanthropy Manager to think creatively around fundraising campaigns, donor asks and a busy calendar of donor communications. 

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Manage and grow the Ebert Room Club (£1k – £5k donors)
  • Manage the delivery of the Annual Fund, working towards an agreed target. 
  • Develop appeals and campaigns around Glyndebourne’s work including the Tour, Young Artist Development programmes, future audiences, capital projects and other priorities. 
  • Deliver content across all donor communications, telling effective donor stories with clear calls to action, implementing compelling supporter journeys and inspiring individuals.
  • Collaborate with other teams across Glyndebourne, eg comms in regard to scheduling appeals etc 
  • Engage supporters with our campaigns by translating Glyndebourne’s most pressing needs into appeals 
  • Secure advertising for the annual Festival and Tour Programme Books.
  • Where required, to work outside of standard office hours including evenings and weekends especially during the Festival (May – September)
  • Work with the Development team as required

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Some fundraising experience
  • Understanding of donor communications and what will resonate with audiences online
  • High level of literacy
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload and work well under pressure
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills


  • Experience of working in a similar role
  • Experience of CRM and/or databases eg Tessitura or equivalent.
  • Experience of researching donor prospects.
  • Knowledge of key facets of GDPR and how it relates to prospect and supporter data.
  • Knowledge of marketing email design systems such as Wordfly. 

Salary and Benefits

We can offer a salary between £27,000 – £30,000 per annum depending on experience.

This is a full time permanent position, the contractual hours of work are 35 hours per week, working primarily Monday- Friday but with some weekend and evening work, especially during the Festival. You may be required to work additional hours to meet the demands of the role. 

We offer 28 days (5.6 weeks) holiday per year rising to 33 days (6.6 weeks) after 5 years, including public holidays.

We have excellent on site catering facilities and offer a beautiful working environment including the opportunity to see world class opera. For those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station, a season ticket loan scheme and a cycle to work scheme