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VACANCY: Development Manager

Development Manager (Trusts, Public and High Value Funders)

Permanent contract

£30,000 – £34,000 per annum, dependent on experience | 1.0 (40 hours per week)

Ideal start date: January 2022

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About the role

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 fundraising strategy and provide leadership and support to the Development Coordinator.

We have a motivated senior leadership team and are overseen by an engaged and active board of trustees who have invested in a team of two fundraisers for three years, helping us to realise income growth, new opportunities and to bring a unique creativity to our fundraising.

We are in a great position to be recruiting permanently to both fundraising roles at the same time and will be looking to bring in a combination of skills and specialisms across the team.

Who we’re looking for

This is the perfect role for an experienced and highly skilled trusts, foundation or public fundraiser with well-honed communication skills, a proven track record of personally soliciting significant grants from these sources. You will be able to initiate, build and sustain excellent relationships and be great at listening, researching and writing. You will bring strong organisational skills, ambition and an ability to deliver strong results and will be motivated by our commitment to help young people to write a brighter future for themselves.

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?

This vacancy is being managed by Emma Adams at Charity People and we aim to interview on a rolling-basis.

For more information, please contact Emma on 020 7939 7436 or send your CV to

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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