Southfields, Greater London (On-site)
£40,000 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


As Senior Development Manager (Trusts & Foundations) you will play a crucial role at music charity World Heart Beat, driving forward our fundraising by building on a strong base of trusts, foundations and statutory support. In your role you will lead on trusts and foundations revenue funding applications and stewardship, as well as playing a part in World Heart Beat’s wider fundraising.

This is a critical yet exciting time for us as we make the move into our new digital education and concert venue in Nine Elms; looking to capitalise on the new funding relationships created through our successful capital campaign and COVID response programmes; and launch new professional development programmes extending our reach nationally.

You will be supported in the post by our Director of Philanthropy, Partnerships & Commercial, alongside the wider executive and delivery teams and a highly engaged Board of Trustees and Youth Board.

If you are an accomplished bid writer looking to take on your first senior level position, or are a more senior candidate who may be returning to work after a pause in your career, or are looking to balance a role with wider parenting and caring responsibilities, or would simply like a change of organisation, we would love to hear from you!

The post-holder will have considerable experience of related fundraising activity and will report in to the Director of Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial.


  • As lead grant bid writer, including for large multi-year requests, to shape considered and compelling approaches and accompanying budgets in liaison with our Community & Events Producer, Artistic Director, Finance Manager and wider team – creating bids which bring to life World Heart Beat’s work and are aligned to funders’ priorities and interests
  • To conduct regular trusts and foundation research to support pipeline development
  • Help build and maintain strong and trusting supporter relationships through cultivating and stewarding grant and public funding, including through engagement opportunities with our work, invitations to relevant events and liaison regarding grant delivery
  • In collaboration with colleagues, to monitor progress and delivery against confirmed grants and produce timely reports and updates
  • Support and oversee recording of evaluation metrics agreed with funders and collecting evidence of impact
  • Maintain thorough records of all fundraising work to include updating our database (Donorfy), logging bids submissions and expected outcomes, keeping a reporting schedule
  • Involvement with the submissions, reports and drawdowns required as an ACE NPO funded organisation
  • Play a role in the wider fundraising work of the organisation including stewardship of donors, patrons and corporates and hosting events
  • Identify and engage with future philanthropic trends and to maintain a strong overview of the current trust and public funding landscape


Skills and Experience

  • Track record of securing 5-figure grants and multi-year commitments from a range of trust and public sources and delivering against set fundraising targets
  • Some experience of supporting other areas of fundraising
  • Experience in contributing to organisations’ overall fundraising and/or trust funding strategies and targets
  • Ability to influence, inspire, and persuade people in written form and to tailor approaches to funders’ different priorities and interests
  • Experience of working with colleagues from across teams to iterate fundable projects, define project budgets and gather evidence of impact
  • Experience of funder research, stewardship and reporting and familiarity with fundraising database(s)
  • Commitment and flexibility to carry out varied responsibilities within a small team
  • A passion for music and/or arts with a social purpose, commitment to opening up access and ensuring diversity across the sector


Founded over a decade ago, World Heart Beat Music Academy (WHB) provides excellence in music education and performance. World Heart Beat is fast becoming one of the most prominent music charities in the country for providing grassroots, non-selective, richly diverse, music education programmes for children from a vast array of backgrounds. We are proud that in 2018, we were awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England.

World Heart Beat Music Academy provides music tuition and personal development opportunities after school, in the evenings, on weekends and school holidays. 350 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years, who are based in Wandsworth and the surrounding London boroughs, come to us every week (many of them more than once). Wandsworth is one of inner London’s largest boroughs and it suffers from extreme social polarisation. We remove barriers by providing bursaries and free instruments and work closely with partners to engage those most in need.

Opening a vibrant new music education centre and venue

Selected by London Borough of Wandsworth and developers Eco-World Ballymore from a competitive field of 42 cultural organisations, World Heart Beat has been awarded a 750 m2 building in Embassy Gardens in the heart of Nine Elms, on London’s south bank (part of the largest regeneration area in Europe). The facilities will comprise 110-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art recording studios, 3 x teaching / rehearsal spaces and a community café and will enable us to provide a world-class music-led education and performance centre that promotes a global music programme, extends our reach to audiences and promotes social cohesion.

We plan to commence operation in May 2022, and will formally launch in September.


Please provide a copy of your current CV together with a covering letter and EO Monitoring form explaining why you are interested in the position and how your skills and experience aligns with the person specification. Please include the names of two referees, one of which must be your most recent employer. References won’t be taken up without your consent.

Application Deadline: Monday 21 February 2022 (midday)

Interviews: Tuesday 1 March 2022






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Refreshed on: 10 February 2022
Closed date: 21 February 2022 at 00:00
Tags: Fundraising, Senior Management