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Development and Communications Director

As the organisation looks to the future and embarks on a major project which will shape its direction, this new role marks a new chapter for iniva and we are seeking a versatile fundraising and communications professional to join the organisation as it embarks on an exciting new chapter.

Central to the next phase for iniva is ensuring its future resilience and development. The Development and Communications Director role has been established to lead and implement an ethical and strategic approach to communications and income generation to enable sustainable growth in the organisation’s business model. Key responsibilities will include setting and managing the organisation’s communication’s strategy to tell the story and impact of iniva, manage relationships with key funders and embed a culture of fundraising across our activities.


Role Purpose

The Development and Communications Director is a new role at iniva which will take responsibility for iniva’s income generation and communications strategies. The postholder will contribute to the organisation’s strategic plan and will take the lead on communications, public relations, marketing, fundraising and other income generating activities, as well as acting as the lead contact for major statutory and trust funders. You will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running and growth of the organisation through successful and experienced communications and relationship management.

As outlined in our introduction this is a new role for the organisation. The Development and Communications Director will report to the Chair of Trustees. The role will be supported by (and will line manage) the Campaign Manager (fixed term until March 2025), the Communications Co-ordinator (fixed term until March 2025), Editor & Content Producer.

Crucially, as the role represents a refreshed structure for the organisation, the new Development and Communications Director will have the opportunity to shape the role around their strengths and working style. The main duties of the role provide a framework for the position.


Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with a proactive, self-starting leadership and working style who would enjoy the opportunity to shape the future of the organisation through income generation and strategic communications. You will be someone with a passion for the work of iniva and a belief in the work that we do. You will be someone who can lead by example through the
highest level of relationship and stakeholder management and a clear ability to tell iniva’s story to a wide and diverse audience base.

You will be someone who can build trust, lead and inspire others through your communication skills and who can develop clear and compelling narratives to generate income.

Your experience and knowledge will include successful fundraising and/or income generation within the cultural or charity sector, and experience of developing clear and compelling storytelling to communicate an organisation’s impact. You will have a working knowledge of the cultural sector funding landscape. You do not need to have held an equivalent Director role already – your understanding of the work of iniva, your capacity for the duties of the role, and your ability to create and deliver an income generation strategy are the foremost considerations.

A full job description can be found here.


How to Apply

To apply for the Development and Communications Director at iniva, please send a supporting statement (of no more than 2 pages) outlining why you want to work for iniva and how you meet the person specification, and your CV (no more than 2 pages) to recruits@achates.org.uk. Supporting Statements and CVs should be submitted as attachments in either PDF or Word formatting. Your application will be initially reviewed by a member of the Achates team and then sent directly to the iniva team for final shortlisting and interview management.

As part of your application please also provide the names of two referees who can be contacted upon receipt of a conditional job offer. Please also complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form which can be downloaded here.

We guarantee first round interviews to candidates who self-identify as having a disability and have demonstrable senior fundraising experience. If you see yourself as someone who meets these criteria, please say so in your supporting statement.

If you would like an informal conversation about this role whilst considering your application, please contact Vicki Grace at
Achates Recruits, who are supporting us with this process. You can reach Vicki by email on vicki@achates.org.uk. These conversations will not influence our selection process.


Deadline: The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 15th July. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Interviews: First round interviews will take place during week commencing 22 July. A second-round interview may then place take during week commencing 29 July for successful candidates.

If you require any of this information in an alternative format, then please email vicki@achates.org.uk.