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Development Assistant

It’s a standing ovation for this brilliant opportunity! If you are a lover of classical music and interested in corporate fundraising and events, take your development career to the next level with this brilliant role at a leading orchestra…

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is recognised as one of today’s finest orchestras on the international stage, balancing a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. As well as its concert performances and its own CD releases, the Orchestra also records film soundtracks for many blockbuster scores, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Lawrence of Arabia to East is East and Thor: The Dark World.

They currently have an exciting vacancy for a Development Assistant to join their busy Development team. This role represents an ideal opportunity for a bright and confident team player to take a first step into a fundraising department at a major arts organisation and to learn from working as part of a team of committed fundraising professionals.


  • Working primarily with the Corporate Relations Manager and the Development Events Manager
  • Playing a key role in researching and identifying new partners, supporting their progression through the development pipeline and ensuring the smooth running of all Development department events
  • Co-ordinating the LPO Corporate Circle scheme, the Orchestra’s membership scheme for corporate giving
  • Working with the Corporate Relations Manager to steward major sponsors and partners
  • Raising invoices for corporate and event fundraising activity
  • Assisting with the preparation of proposal documents and reports for sponsors and partners following the end of project activity
  • Regularly liaise with staff across the organisation including the other major administrative departments: Marketing and Box Office, Finance, Concerts, Digital, Education and Community and the Stage Management team
  • Regularly interact with donors and key stakeholders including their Board and Advisory Council, along with the Orchestra’s musicians, and staff at both Southbank Centre and Glyndebourne Festival Opera



  • Highly developed organisational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to work at a high tempo
  • Creative thinking and resourcefulness
  • An ability to communicate clearly and confidently at all levels
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Motivated team player
  • Proactive and independent with the ability to work on own initiative
  • Strong desire to build working knowledge of fundraising techniques and professional practice
  • Competency in all of the major MS Office software packages


  • Some experience of working in an arts and/or charity environment
  • Some experience of fundraising in an arts and/or charity environment
  • An understanding of business motivators for corporate support of the arts
  • An enthusiasm for the arts and classical music
  • Knowledge of the Adobe InDesign graphic design application
  • Experience of using fundraising databases (e.g. Tessitura)


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