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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £23,067 - £26,715 per annum
Company:Kettle's Yard
Open to all
Apply by:08/03/2021 - 23:59

Development Assistant

Calling all modern art lovers! Looking for the chance to be involved in fundraising for a renowned gallery? Don’t miss this exciting opportunity…

Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. The gallery has a permanent collection of over 1500 art works and a gallery presenting a changing programme of exhibitions and displays, focusing on 20th and 21st Century art. The public programme encompasses research, talks and events, publishing, chamber and new music, learning and projects with artists and local communities. Attracting over 200,000 visitors each year. Following an £11m building project, Kettle’s Yard reopened in 2018 with state-of-the-art galleries and new spaces for research, learning, the archive, café and shop.

Kettle’s Yard is looking for a Development Assistant. The Development team's purpose is to increase Kettle's Yard sustainability by generating income through philanthropy. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent reduction in visitor numbers and commercial income, have made this even more crucial.


  • Manage, maintain and update the database of donors and members in a timely and accurate manner
  • Reconcile donations with monthly statements sent from the University Development Office and central finance and ensure all donations are recorded on the fundraising database
  • Manage Direct Debit procedures for Friends membership renewals using the database
  • Ensure the successful administration of the Friends of Kettle’s Yard and the Patron schemes
  • Liaison with Cambridge University Development Office (CUDAR) and Kettle’s Yard finance team to ensure gift aid is claimed on all donations that are eligible
  • Responsibility for overseeing onsite giving including contactless donation points, this includes regular liaison with the front of house team and delivering training as required
  • Provide timely donation reports as requested by the Head of Development and SMT
  • Manage online giving portals in liaison with CUDAR
  • Act as the main point of contact for the Friends of Kettle’s Yard, this will include day to day liaison on membership, events and reporting
  • Assist in the marketing and promotion of Friends events including gathering copy and images, assisting in their promotion emails and managing bookings

Knowledge, Skills, Experience


  • Educated to at least ‘A’ level standard
  • Excellent written communication skills with the ability to tailor communication to different audiences
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and work unsupervised
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining a strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • Confidence to build new relationships internally and externally
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to work in a confidential manner
  • Competence in using appropriate software and developing and maintaining databases
  • Competence in standard IT software packages, e.g. Word, Excel, updating websites, using ticketing systems and e-marketing systems
  • Experience in a customer/client-facing role


  • Interest in a career in fundraising
  • Ability to work flexibly and be supportive of colleagues
  • A commitment to inclusion, anti-racism and environmental sustainability

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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