South Bank, Greater London (Hybrid)
In the region of £45,000 per year, depending on experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Department/Team: Development

Responsible to: Associate Director, Trusts and Foundations

Contract: Permanent

Location: Flexible mix of home working and from The Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Hours: Full-Time - 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday

The Old Vic offers the ability to work these flexibly under the guidelines in our New Ways of Working policy. Additional hours may be necessary in order to fulfil the requirements of the post

Salary: In the region of £45,000 per annum, depending on experience

Direct reports: None


  • Flexible working and a company culture that promotes good work/life balance
  • Access to mental health support
  • Commitment to learning, education and development
  • Complimentary tickets for you and a guest to Old Vic preview productions
  • Enhanced annual leave, starting at 25 days per year, increasing by one day per year up to 30 days (plus bank holidays)
  • Festive day – discretionary additional day off around Christmas to spend with loved ones
  • Time to volunteer – one day per year to support a charity or project of your choosing
  • Cycle 2 work scheme
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/shared parental pay
  • Staff social events

Role Summary

The purpose of the post is to develop compelling proposals - clear, persuasive, and well-articulated documents that translate complex ideas into easily understandable narrative to elicit philanthropic support from a variety of sources - and write reports that demonstrate delivery on funders’ expectations. Additionally, the successful candidate will undertake research to identify five and six-figure project, capital and core-funding prospects and support the fundraising strategy as it relates to charitable trusts, statutory funding, corporate CSR foundations and individual foundations.

Your Team

The Senior Proposal Writer will work as part of the Trust & Foundation team within the Development Department which fundraises for The Old Vic Theatre Trust, a registered charity. Its aim is to raise voluntary funds for the theatre from individuals, companies and charitable trusts and foundations.

The department consists of: Co-Directors of Development, Associate Director, Trusts and Foundations, Trusts and Foundations Officer, Head of Corporate Development, Corporate Development Officer, Development Projects Manager, Head of Events, Events Officer, Head of Philanthropy, Head of Individual Giving, Senior Individual Giving Manager, Individual Giving Officer and Development Assistant.

The Old Vic Trust receives no government subsidy and in the year ahead we need to raise approximately £3.5 million in revenue fundraising while we have also embarked on a £15m capital campaign.

Areas of responsibility

The Senior Proposal Writer will be responsible for

  • Working closely with the Co-Directors of Development; Associate Director, Trusts and Foundations; Head of Corporate Development; Head of Philanthropy and Head of Individual Giving and liaising with other Old Vic departments to develop compelling proposals and highly detailed funding applications.
  • Supporting the management and growth of a portfolio of mid and higher-level foundation donors and potential major donors.
  • Prospect researching to develop new pipelines.
  • Developing new income streams, particularly in the areas of corporate and Individual / family foundations.
  • Contributing to ensuring the Development department reaches, and where possible, exceeds fundraising targets as set out in the department budget across i) revenue targets and ii) the capital campaign.
  • Working across the organisation to devise and agree budgets and source financial information as required for funding bids.
  • Retaining and increasing support by delivering an excellent programme of donor stewardship.
  • Ensuring all grant-related deliverables are achieved and reports submitted on time and as requested.
  • Maintaining and improving internal records to track approaches and correspondence.
  • Building strong relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure effective communication and maximise income through contributing to the development of projects that appeal to grant-makers.
  • Working with the Co-Directors of Development and the Associate Director of Trusts and Foundation to engage the support of senior volunteers and project advocates to grow The Old Vic’s prospect pool and leverage further funding.


  • To contribute proactively to Development team activities.
  • To undertake training deemed necessary by the Co-Director of Development.
  • To carry out any other duties as requested by the Co-Director of Development.
  • To assist and attend events run by the Development Department to include Trust & Foundations evenings and the Annual Fundraising Gala plus individual and corporate as required.
  • To comply with The Old Vic’s Equal Opportunities, Sustainability and Health & Safety and Staff Handbook policies at all times.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and the Theatre's management may, at any time, allocate other tasks which are of a similar nature or level.

Person Specification


  • Excellent written skills and ability to convert an application against stated criteria.
  • Significant experience of trust fundraising, resulting in 5 and 6 figure and multi-year grants.
  • Excellent track record of application success and deadline-oriented working.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Confident at creating complex project narratives and budgets.
  • Knowledge of venue software, Tessitura or other fundraising software.
  • Ability to prioritise a number of varied tasks.
  • Meticulous eye for detail, excellent proofreader.
  • Ability to build and maintain good relationships with people at all levels.
  • A team-player willing to work outside normal office hours and attend events.
  • Resilient, flexible, and discreet.
  • Ability to work independently both from home and in the office and take responsibility for own tasks.
Posted on: 18 May 2022
Closed date: 06 June 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Campaigning, Fundraising

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