*Updated on 05/05/2022*

Vacancy: Development Officer

Reports to: Mills Archive Trust Director

Works with: Chairman, Trustees, staff and volunteers at all levels

Location: The Mills Archive Trust, Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, RG1 4RJ *Some flexible hybrid working is possible, by agreement, after completing induction and training period* + some regional travel

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours

Salary: £22,000 – £26,000 depending on experience, with opportunity for career progression

Contract: Permanent

Benefits: Pension scheme; training opportunities; long-term career advancement opportunities; a beautiful working environment in an historic building in a central location

Is this you?

Are you a history fan? Are you looking to apply your creative problem-solving skills and drive to empower a small, growing educational charity? If so, read on!

We are looking for our new Development Officer, who will be responsible for income generation that is sympathetic to our culture and ethos as an innovative, family-feel accredited archive service.

Although the subject of milling has been considered niche, its increasingly recognised place at the centre of global food and energy supplies is changing that perception. This creates so many opportunities waiting for us to seize them, we just need more of the right people to join us and to help propel us forward.

We are looking for someone who is a team player, someone who is motivated to make the most out of any situation in a pragmatic, positive way, and who would take pride in helping the charity to grow.

You will be a passionate advocate for history and heritage, who can convince others of the role of history in understanding and improving our present and our future. Experienced in successfully delivering fundraising activities, your dedication will ensure sustainable growth, so that we can share our rich milling heritage with more people and encourage a revival in preservation and participation in history.

While we require grants to grow, we are keen to find someone who is capable of maximising income to cover core costs, not just projects. This is vital for us as an independent organisation without a parent body.

If all of the above sounds like you, and you are looking for the opportunity to make a demonstrable impact on the evolution of an ambitious, start-up style organisation, with no day the same, then we would love to hear from you.

Read more about the role and view the person specification by clicking the download button:

How to apply

Please send your CV to the Director, Liz Bartram, along with a covering letter that demonstrates why you are suitable for the role. Interviews will take place during May and June. Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert at any time.

We will get in touch with you soon after to let you know whether you have been shortlisted.

Email your CV and covering letter to Liz Bartram at

Other opportunities

We run paid internships from time to time, as well as offer a range of volunteering opportunities. Opportunities may include cataloguing, digitisation, repackaging, library support and fundraising and development assistance. To find out whether we have any opportunities like this, we encourage you to get in touch via our contact form.

We can also give advice on the sort of work experience that may be beneficial when considering a future career in archives.