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Role: Development Manager

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours

Location: Watlington House, Reading – this role is office-based with some regional travel

Salary: £25,000 – £27,500 depending on experience

Contract: Permanent, subject to satisfactory performance.

About the role

The Development Manager will be responsible for growing income to cover the Trust’s core costs, to enable sustainable growth of the organisation.

A passionate advocate for heritage, you will be interested in driving charity development and nurturing relationships. You will be experienced in successfully designing and delivering fundraising activities.

You will bring creative thinking, an innovative approach and a fresh perspective to help us develop the Trust so that it will continue to safeguard the world’s milling heritage for many years to come

The key activities for the post-holder will be:

  • To create, review and deliver the Trust’s development strategy.
  • To work with the Director to identify and increase income by agreed targets. This includes applying for grants and increasing financial support from corporate sources and individual supporters.
  • To set and manage the budget for all development activities.
  • To develop appropriate and timely advertising, marketing and communication plans, and to deliver these to identified audiences using the full range of contact media.
  • To develop and maintain contract relationship management databases.

Ultimately, your work will allow for sustainable growth to enable the Trust to share this rich milling heritage with more people and encourage a revival in preservation and participation in history.

If all of the above sounds like you, and you would relish the opportunity to make a demonstrable impact on the evolution of a small and ambitious organisation, with no day the same, then we would love to hear from you.

About you

As the ideal candidate, you will have:

  • A good degree.
  • A strong fundraising track record, with experience in shaping, delivering and monitoring fundraising plans.
  • Passion for heritage issues and a clear vision of the Trust’s role and current activities.
  • The skills to identify areas of opportunity within existing activities, as well as untapped opportunities, and to communicate these effectively.
  • Flexibility and adaptability suited to working at a senior level in a small charity.
  • High-level competence in IT, including databases and standard Office applications.
  • Experience in setting and managing budgets.
  • Highly-developed communication skills, with strong skills in building relationships with different audiences, using a variety of media.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and maturity, working well in a team, with the ability to maintain professionalism with donors, supporters, staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent organisational skills, and able to operate independently and methodically.
  • Hold a current clean driving licence.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Relevant experience in archives or heritage.
  • Relevant advertising or marketing experience.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience in using contact relationship management databases.

About us

Established in 2002, the Mills Archive Trust is an independent charity that is the world’s only archive dedicated to preserving the history of mills and milling. It curates and relates the story of how milling has played a central role in humanity’s development, from our ancient origins and up to the present day. The Trust has achieved ‘Accredited Archive’ status from the National Archives and, in 2019, we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Trust has generated almost £2 million to support its valuable work, and has grown to be a team of five professional staff, assisted by more than 20 volunteers. Our team maintains an archive of more than 3 million images, documents and artefacts.

We’re now at a stage where we need to build on the strong foundation of the past eighteen years, to ensure that the Trust is sustainable and can deliver its mission for many years to come. It is for this reason that we are now appointing a Development Manager to facilitate this important next step.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter demonstrating your suitability to the Director, Liz Bartram, at Liz.Bartram@millsarchive.org

Closing date: Midnight on 31st October.

Interviews will begin during late October.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert at any time.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a Zoom interview. If you perform well, you will be invited to a second on-site interview in which you will make and deliver a presentation to an interview panel. You will meet senior members of the team and have a tour of our (now Covid-secure) offices, library and archive.

If you are selected for the role – congratulations! We would like you to start as soon as possible, although we can be flexible about the start date.

The Mills Archive Trust is an equal opportunities employer.

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.