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Development Trainee

Show stopping opportunity! If you have a passion for fundraising, theatre and the arts, check out this brilliant traineeship at one of the UK’s leading theatres…

The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. For more than 120 years, it has been responsible for creating some of the UK’s most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work. The organisation has also gained a national reputation for its work with children and young people and is a charity.

The Lyric’s Development team are looking for a confident Development Trainee to join their Development team. This team is responsible for fundraising £800,000 every year from individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to support the Lyric’s charitable activities including producing ground-breaking work onstage, innovative creative education programmes with children, and creating pathways into the industry for young people and emerging artists.

Over the course of this one-year placement, the Development Trainee will learn how to support the Development team across a wide range of events, membership, donations and research projects. The successful candidate will take responsibility for helping engage funders with the Lyric’s story and role in the west London community, and to help deliver the fundraising target for the organisation.

They will receive in-depth training on how to assist with the implementation of fundraising campaigns for corporate and individual donors including a major fundraising Gala event taking place in November 2019. The trainee will also attend Lyric Press Nights and special events and see a wide range of the Lyric’s work including productions, festivals and projects.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see how a busy producing theatre works behind the scenes, gaining an understanding of all aspects of fundraising – which is of integral and growing importance in arts organisations.


  • Understanding of development and fundraising frameworks and best practice, especially within the arts sector
  • Understanding of fundraising memberships including Friends, Patrons and Corporate schemes
  • How to use a ticketing and fundraising system (Spektrix)
  • Communication skills especially face-to-face relationship building with senior volunteers and donors to the theatre
  • Copywriting and research skills
  • Events Management skills
  • Administration skills including minute-taking, writing presentations, and general office duties
  • Understanding of the theatre industry


  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good time management skills and the ability to work at speed and under pressure
  • High attention to detail with accuracy and ability to proofread
  • Excellent communication and social skills, with the ability to deal with a wide range of people at all levels


  • Send your CV, cover letter and completed Equal Opportunities Form to this email including ‘Development Trainee’ in the subject header
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website