Fundraising Manager


Friday 30 October at 12noon

Credit: c. Ruth Armstrong

Friday 30 October at 12noon

How to apply

To apply, please download and read the application pack and job description carefully before completing the application form.

Please download the application form as a word document and email it to

If you have any queries, access requirements or would like an informal chat about the position, please contact Marion Bourbouze.


Imaginate is looking to recruit a part-time fundraising manager to raise income streams through trusts & foundations, as well as manage and increase corporate sponsorship, in order to support its core programme and contribute to its strategic plan. Please download the application pack for full details.

Terms: Part-time 3 days a week, fixed term until March 2022
Reports to: Head of Marketing & Communications
Salary: £29,000 (pro-rata 0.6: £17,400pa)

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Quickly develop a clear understanding of Imaginate’s ethos, objectives and diverse programmes including the Children’s Festival.
  • Review and refine the existing fundraising strategy in collaboration with the senior management team
  • Set ambitious but realistic fundraising targets and implement the strategy to reach it
  • Co-ordinate bid-writing across the team to maximise income generation, including writing or contributing to bids
  • Create fundraising materials in collaboration with the Head of Marketing and Communications
  • Research new potential funders with a focus on trusts and foundations
  • Develop and maintain relationships with trusts and foundations, sponsors and donors
  • Collaborate with Imaginate team members and the board to build relationships with potential funders and to deliver pitch presentations
  • Represent Imaginate at relevant events with a view to developing new contacts
  • Develop an efficient system to record all aspects of fundraising work
  • Perform any other reasonable activities as required

Person Specification

Essential Skills

  • Track record of writing successful funding applications
  • Excellent knowledge of the principles and processes of trusts and foundation fundraising
  • Confidence to develop fundraising strategies with the senior management team
  • Experience of managing funding relationships
  • Experience in cultural or third sector fundraising
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to represent Imaginate to a high standard

Personal Attributes

  • Hard-working and personable, with a can-do attitude
  • Highly motivated by delivering targets
  • The ability to work independently, take initiative and make decisions when required
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure as part of a small team
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • An interest and belief in the positive impact of the arts on young people


  • Bid writing and presenting pitches to potential corporate sponsors
  • Knowledge of the potential for fundraising in Scotland
  • Knowledge of corporate giving schemes and partnerships
  • Knowledge of the theatre and dance sector
  • Knowledge of the children and young people’s sector

Please download the application pack for full details.