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Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

The Role:

Our Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement will play a key role in delivering RADA’s future fundraising growth by developing and stewarding relationships with major donors and supporting on a new strategy for alumni engagement. The role will engage our existing pool of supporters as well as developing new approaches to philanthropists and patrons.

As part of our recent fundraising strategy development, this role has been reshaped to include both a focus on our major donors and a focus on our international alumni community and to recognise their importance to RADA’s future. The new Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement will play a significant part in our plans towards engaging, inspiring and encouraging continued involvement of alumni with RADA, particularly during the pivotal moment presented by RADA’s 120th anniversary year.

Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Development, the postholder will be an experienced major gifts professional who will work closely with the RADA Development Board, RADA Council, and the new cross- organisational Alumni Working Group. The postholder will have the ability to work at both a strategic and operational level.

The Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement will be able to deal confidently and professionally with some of the most senior and successful creative people and philanthropists. You will take a creative and collaborative approach to individual giving and be able to work with Development colleagues to successfully deliver the new multi-year fundraising campaign strategy.

The Team

The Development team is supported by the RADA Development Board and RADA Council who actively engage with the fundraising work. Recently RADA embarked on a Theory of Change exercise which has fed into a new organisational Case for Support, and this will be implemented from the new academic year. Currently the Development team raises c. £1 million per annum, and after recent change in the Development team leadership, there is a growth strategy in place with a focus on trusts and foundations, major donor engagement, and corporate partnerships.

The current team of five includes Development Director, Head of Trusts & Foundations, Head of Supporter Engagement (interim), Senior Events Producer/Corporate Partnerships Manager, and Development Manager – Trusts and Individual Giving.

About Us

RADA is a progressive and inclusive community of practice that inspires innovation and encourages bold action. Our world-leading training in the dramatic and production arts nurtures creative expression, empowers individuals and seeks to influence positive change in the creative industries and wider community.

For over a century, RADA has been a centre of excellence. Now in our 120th year, we are working together as a community to create an academy for the future which develops the potential of the most talented people, and nurtures curious socially-conscious practitioners who will be change makers and future leaders. Ours is an impressive history on which we are building an innovative future.

This is an exciting time to join us as we develop a new vision and strategy for RADA, focusing on inclusion in our work, creating equitable practice and empowering artists while developing our growth strategy, industry partners and international offering. We are working from our foundational strengths to grow our income streams through life-changing work, aligned with our core pedagogy and ethos co-created with industry and partners.

RADA training is not only informed by the industry but also produces graduates who take their place at the vanguard of their profession working at the cutting edge of the dramatic arts.

We aim to be fair and equitable, foregrounding equity, anti-racism and wellbeing in our teaching, learning and wider social engagement to ensure sustainable practice in a way that is inclusive and sets high standards for fair and considerate behaviour both in RADA and beyond.

We have an ambitious strategy to ensure students from all circumstances and backgrounds can experience our training. Our access and participation programme aims to remove barriers that underrepresented groups may encounter, so the widest pool of talent can come to RADA and progress into the industry as successful alumni, ensuring we continue to play a key part in positively impacting the cultural sector and the future of storytelling.

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To apply for the Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement at RADA, please send a supporting statement (of no more than 2 pages) outlining why you want to work for RADA 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. Please note CV and Supporting Statements will be shared with the RADA team for shortlisting and next steps.

We are very interested in hearing from Black, Asian, and Global Majority candidates as well as candidates who identify as disabled. RADA is embarking on a journey to become an anti-racist institution and is committed to supporting candidates in their positions, ensuring that the workplace is safe and inclusive for all. If you require any support to be able to take part in the interview process, please let us know when you apply, and we will ensure our interview process is accessible for you.

We will guarantee first round interviews to candidates who self-identify as D/deaf or Disabled, or as being from a Global Majority background, who are currently under- represented in our organisation and in the cultural sector, and have demonstrable experience as an individual giving lead or deputy lead in the arts, Higher Education and/ or wider charity sector. If you regard yourself as someone who meets these criteria, please indicate this in your supporting statement.

Closing date for applicationsThe deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 1 July 2024 - the RADA team will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis but all received by the deadline will be considered for the role.

If you wish to discuss this role before submitting an application please reach out to Vicki Grace, Director of Recruitment and Organisational Change at Achates who are supporting us with this position. Vicki can be reached by emailing vicki@achates.org.uk

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is dedicated to Equal Opportunities in employment and seeks to achieve diversity amongst its staff to reflect the community it serves.

Location: London
Salary: £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th June 2024
Closes: 1st July 2024
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