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VACANCY: Development Manager

Development Manager (Trusts, Public and High Value Funders)

Permanent contract

£30,000 – £34,000 pro-rata, dependent on experience

Full / part time (4-5 days per week), open to proposals

Deadline for applications: 9am Friday 8 September 2023

Interviews: Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2023

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About the role

Our Development Manager (Trusts, Public and High Value Funders) is a senior role in our fundraising and operations team. The role is responsible for the delivery of our multi-year fundraising strategy and the planning and direct delivery of our work with trusts, foundations and public funders. The role will also grow and support our relationships with high value donors.

We are looking to appoint an experienced, driven and ambitious fundraising manager to lead our strategy by identifying opportunities, securing and nurturing new and existing trust and public funder relationships.

Through the management of the part-time Administrator (Fundraising), you will also oversee excellent donor care, website development, community fundraising and the development of our case studies.

Who we’re looking for

This is the perfect role for an experienced, enthusiastic and skilled trusts, foundation or public fundraiser with well-honed communication skills and a proven track record of soliciting significant grants. You will be able to initiate, build and sustain excellent relationships and be great at finding out what a funder is looking for and showing how we match. Your written applications will bring our work to life. You will be organised, ambitious and motivated by our commitment to help young people to write a brighter future for themselves. We are ideally looking for someone who would like to work four days per week, but are open to your proposals.

Why join our team?

Ministry of Stories is growing. We are expanding our team of passionate, skilled and motivated individuals who share our ambition to champion the writer in every child.

It’s an exciting time to join Ministry of Stories as we enter our second decade and embark on an ambitious new strategy. We’re expanding our Community Writing Labs to support more children to access free writing programmes at our dedicated writing centre in east London, and developing a new offer to support schools meet their needs through creative writing. Our attention-grabbing shop, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, is growling and growing to expand our monster customer base through new products and marketing.

Our approach to recruitment

We have a flexible and welcoming team culture and are open to exploring your needs and preferences as part of the recruitment process. We may also be able to consider flexible or part-time working so please raise requests at interview.

Our programmes and shop proudly serve a wonderfully diverse east London community. We particularly welcome candidates who define themselves as:

  • Black, Black British Caribbean and Black British African
  • Asian and Asian British
  • Turkish
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • From our local area (Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington)
  • Working class
  • Disabled
Ready to take the next step?

To apply for this role, please download the Job Description (pdf) and return your completed application and diversity form to by 9am Friday 8 September 2023.

We ask that you do not submit a CV.

Ministry of Stories Application Form

Ministry of Stories Diversity Form

Interviews will take place on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2023, in person if possible at Ministry of Stories.

If you have any access requirements please drop us a line to and we will do our best to support you to apply. If you wish to apply by video, please contact

We look forward to hearing from you.

About us

Ministry of Stories champions the writer in every child. Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, we help young people discover their confidence, imagination and potential through the power of their writing. We develop self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and small group mentoring for children living in under-resourced communities, working in schools, and at our dedicated writing centre in east London.

We empower young people to write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas, creativity and imagination. Inspired by San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, you’ll find us hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which has been serving London’s monster population (and the occasional human) since 1818.  All proceeds from our monstrous offerings such as Cubed Earwax and Thickest Human Snot go back to support our work with young people.

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