Association for Art History – Development Manager

Reports to: CEO

Part time, permanent

c. 40% FTE pro-rata, based on a salary of £35,000-£40,000 per annum

About us
The Association for Art History leads the collective effort in the UK to advance the study and professional practice of art history. Since 1974 the Association for Art History has championed art history and visual culture and supported those engaged with those subjects. Through our programmes, networks, membership, grants and publications, we celebrate and promote the value of art history and visual culture today.  We bring people together to share knowledge and inspire new ideas, supporting a broad and diverse art history community. Together, we shape the future for art history.

Central to our objective is to deliver a series of programmes that serves the needs and interests of our communities and helps to encourage further engagement with the Association.  We strive to increase our utility to our key constituents and continue to raise the profile of our subject, stressing its value in helping us to better understand the world around us and advocating for its importance in a well-rounded education. 

About the role

The Development Manager will be responsible for increasing raised income to help further the mission of the Association for Art History.  This will include having an overview of and implementing all aspects of fundraising from researching and identifying individual and organisational prospects, contacting relevant organisational representatives, writing grant proposals, cultivating and stewarding donors and helping to create a fundraising strategy and related campaigns.

The Development Manager will work closely with and support the CEO on fundraising initiatives as well as coordinate with others on the small staff in the programming and communications/marketing areas. All activities will focus on project and core funding and, in the first year of the appointment, support the lead up to the Association’s 50th anniversary in 2024.

This is a new post and offers the successful candidate the opportunity to help build a fundraising programme and make a significant impact on the operations and ambitions of the Association. 

Who should apply

Candidates for this post should have proven experience in one or more of the aspects of a fundraising programme listed above.  They should have contributed to successful fundraising initiatives and have an understanding of best practice in philanthropy and of pertinent legislation that applies to fundraising in the UK. The ability to collect and analyse data to inform fundraising campaigns and strategies is important as is a good facility with CRM systems, donor relations and grant writing. 

Candidates should be able to work effectively within a small, dedicated team, have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as an interest in the mission and aspirations of the Association.

Job and application particulars

The post will comprise a two-day, 14-hour work week, though additional hours could be considered.  We work mostly from home with monthly in-person meetings in London.  We offer a defined contribution pension plan and nine days annual leave based on a FTE of 23 days per annum.  A full job description is available here.

To apply for this post please send a CV and cover letter outlining your interest and pertinent skills and experience to We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and personal circumstances. As part of our organisational efforts to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in our Association and subject field, may we also encourage you to please fill out a voluntary and anonymised equalities monitoring form  when submitting your application.

Application deadline: 29 September 2023

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