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Spike Island is recruiting for a Development Manager (Maternity cover)

Spike Island is recruiting for a Development Manager (Maternity cover)

Ofelia Rodriguez, Talking Dreams (2023). Installation view at Spike Island. Photograph by Dan Weill



We are looking for an individual with creativity, experience and commitment to join our team as Development Manager (Maternity cover) and help us build new funding relationships for our artistic programme, core revenue and special projects.

The Development Manager will have a good overview of all of Spike Island’s philanthropic fundraising – public funding, individual giving and corporate sponsorship – but will have a particular focus on securing and managing grants from trusts and foundations.

We are seeking someone who has a passion for the arts, great research and organisational skills, and a proven track record of fundraising from various sources. You will manage our fundraising programme with flair, be a good team player and with an ability to work independently. Your keen eye for detail and excellent writing and communication skills will ensure your success.

In one of our most visible roles, you will enjoy engaging with donors and sponsors at all levels. This is a great opportunity for you to build on the success of Spike Island’s new fundraising strategy for this internationally respected organisation.


  • Role: Development Manager
  • Start date: April 2024
  • Term: Fixed term maternity cover contract for a minimum of 11 months and a maximum of 12 months.
  • Hours: Part-time, 28 hours a week, some evening and weekend work is required
  • Salary: £33,650 per annum (pro rata), subject to salaries review due from April 2024.
  • Location: Must be based in Bristol or nearby
  • Holiday entitlement: 23 days holiday a year, excluding public and bank holidays, (pro rata).
  • Pension arrangement:  If eligible, employees are automatically enrolled in to our workplace pension scheme after three month’s employment.  The employer contribution is offered at an amount equal to 5% of qualifying earnings.
  • Employee Benefits include: Cyclescheme; access to Employee Assistance Programme; staff discount in the café; free membership to our Spike Island Associates programme.

If you have any access needs, please list any requirements or reasonable adjustment requests in the submission form below, and we will work with you to see they are met at the interview stage and in the event of the offer of employment. This includes Access to Work and other reasonable adjustments, for example if you need a BSL interpreter at interview, or if you would need an adapted workstation. If you’re not sure or have any questions, please get in touch by emailing or by phoning 0117 929 2266. If you would rather submit a video or audio file application, please download the guidelines for submitting an audio or video application from this page.

Spike Island is a Disability Confident Committed employer, who values equity, diversity and inclusion, and is committed to anti-racism and to addressing inequality in the arts sector. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and/or people of the Global Majority.

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We employ anonymous shortlisting, so please make sure that your application does not contain your name, address or other personal data.

Application: Development Manager (Maternity cover)

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