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Trusts Officer

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Do you have excellent, persuasive writing skills? Are you interested in a career in trust fundraising? Can you work in a small and dynamic team?

For a complete understanding of this opportunity, and what will be required to be a successful applicant, read on.

This newly created key role in our Development department will increase the capacity of the Trusts and Grants team, helping to drive income growth in a highly respected team.

As a Trusts Officer you will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of small and medium-sized trusts, to raise revenue and capital income to support the strategic aims of the RSC. You will support the Trusts and Grants function with all aspects of the grant fundraising process, including carrying out research, planning, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of potential prospects.

Duties and responsibilities will include

  • Preparing, writing, and submitting high quality applications to small and medium-sized Trusts (expected to be in the region of £1,000 to £20,000)
  • Growing and managing a portfolio of trusts, including maintaining existing supporters, re-engaging lapsed donors, and identifying/engaging new prospects
  • Ensuring excellent stewardship of funders by sending high-quality evaluation reports, updates and event invitations, and arranging project visits and theatre tickets
  • Assisting the Trusts and Foundations Manager and Head of Grants in producing larger persuasive and inspiring grant proposals
  • Representing the RSC at events, with a focus on building relationships with small and mid-sized trust donors and prospects
  • Researching prospects with the aim of building an extensive and varied pipeline of small and medium sized trusts
  • Working with colleagues in the Development department to ensure connected approaches across all teams
  • Supporting colleagues with high quality and efficient proofreading

The ideal candidate will have strong, persuasive writing skills, be detail orientated and able to work to strict deadlines, ensuring applications are submitted within set timeframes. We are looking for someone who is seeking to hone their skills as a Trust Fundraiser, or transfer their relevant skills and experience, within an exciting new role at a major theatre company. You might already do some fundraising work, either on a voluntary or employed basis, or you might have secured funding to deliver a project in your community, either way, if you are passionate about the arts, have a great work ethic and are keen to expand your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

The Development department works to achieve an income target of over £5 million annually, of which income from the Trusts and Grants makes a significant contribution. The department is split between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. This post is based in Stratford-upon-Avon and is offered as a full time, permanent contract, working 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Occasional weekend and evening work will be required when supporting at events and shows.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, until at least September 2021, you will be required to work from home/remotely. From September onwards we hope to introduce a flexible working environment with a combination of both office and at home working possible.

Closing date: 13 June 2021

All applications should be made online using the RSC website. If you need any assistance when applying, please email

We are committed to diversity equality and inclusion and want to represent and amplify the voices of people currently underrepresented in our workforce. We welcome applications from all including, but not limited to, male candidates and ethnically diverse and/or disabled candidates.

The RSC strives for excellence, and values integrity, inclusion, ambition and innovation. We act with respect, show leadership, and build resilient ways of working in all our activities.

We aim to create a welcoming, supportive environment which is happy, healthy and safe. We place great importance upon developing a diverse, highly motivated and energised workforce to help achieve our priorities. We put our values at the heart of everything we do.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (no. 212481) is a registered charity.

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