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Development Assistant

If you are seeking to develop a career in fundraising working with innovative, impact-led charities this could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for…

The Institute of Imagination (iOi) is an amazing charity that is creating a new kind of space for imaginations to grow. Their goal is to spark imaginations everywhere and encourage creative learning through their events, training, partnerships and research. This Institute is a world-class cultural destination in London that puts children at its heart and gives a place for families to make, play, create and explore together.

They are looking for a Development Assistant to ensure the Development team has the administrative support they need to secure funds for their multi-million pound capital campaign, as well as their ongoing outreach activity.

You will have a varied workload including research, event support and report production. You will work across all funding streams and support the Campaign Director, Head of Development and two Development Managers. If you are self-motivated and highly organised with a keen eye for detail and can use your imagination, then they would love to hear from you.


  • Support the day-to-day operations of the Development team toward securing funds for their multi-million pound capital campaign as well as their ongoing outreach activity
  • Undertake prospect research, help maintain and develop the database (Salesforce) whilst ensuring compliance with GDPR
  • Undertake research and analysis of information such as grant application guidelines or feedback data from iOi’s events and activities
  • Support relationship management with current and prospective high net-worth individuals trusts and foundations and corporates, such as preparing correspondence and report writing
  • Support the delivery of iOi’s Imagineers programme to provide outstanding stewardship to donors
  • Support the delivery of year-round cultivation and fundraising events
  • Help the charity achieve its overall aims by contributing to (and sometimes taking the lead on) projects that cross the organisation such as events



  • Highly motivated with desire to build experience and gain new skills in the charity sector
  • Adaptable and flexible, able to remain calm and work effectively in a creative and fast changing environment
  • Team player with proven ability to build strong working relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to tailor your approach to your audience
  • Excellent numerical skills with demonstrable experience of keeping accurate financial records
  • Proven ability to organise and plan own workload, identifying conflicting demands and establishing clear priorities in order to meet agreed objectives
  • Proven ability to use own initiative to problem solve
  • Demonstrable high attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Passion for the mission of the Institute of Imagination


  • Demonstrable interest in children’s development
  • Proficiency in using a CRM package and undertaking accurate data entry
  • Excellent IT/digital skills
  • Experience of using other digital tools such as Adobe InDesign and project apps (e.g. Slack)
  • Experience of developing filing systems and other office processes


  • Follow this link to apply
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website