We are recruiting! Development Director (maternity cover) 

14 November 2023

Cathedral Music Trust is recruiting an Interim Development Director to join the Development Team.

Reports to: Chair of Trustees
Contract: 1 year fixed term, commencing early 2024 (a freelance contract may also be considered)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, flexible, with core hours agreed on appointment
Remuneration: £40k to £45k p.a., depending on experience
Location: Home working, with some UK travel required
Closing date: Wednesday 6 December 2023, 10am

About the role

With a new 5-year strategic plan recently approved by the Board of Trustees, Cathedral Music Trust has reached an exciting point in its journey, as we begin the next stage of development and growth. In this role you can depend on a strong fundraising case for support (informed by our strategy), commitment to fundraising from of our Board of Trustees (with dedicated time from the Chair and others) and a strong foundation of fundraising on which to build. 

In your role as Interim Development Director, covering for the current Director while she is on maternity leave, your key focus will be to drive fundraising at Cathedral Music Trust, working closely with the Chair of Trustees and the Chair of Development to achieve the financial targets set out in our strategic plan. 

You will have management responsibility for the Trust’s Development Office, overseeing the work of our Digital and Communications Manager and our Development Officer and line managing these two roles whilst also working to inspire our volunteer team across the UK in delivering a vibrant programme of events and recruitment activities. 

As Interim Director of Development, you will be responsible for generating income for Cathedral Music Trust at a national level, including oversight of our regular giving and legacy programmes and targeting major donors, trusts and foundations.  The Trust’s efforts to engage major donors is a relatively new area of fundraising, and you will play a vital role in building momentum in this area.

The successful candidate will have a background and experience in fundraising, possessing strong interpersonal, communication, planning and organisational skills. They will demonstrate confidence in building and nurturing relationships. Given the role is home based, self-motivation, strong time management and initiative will be essential.


About Cathedral Music Trust

The Cathedral Music Trust is a national charity which campaigns on behalf of cathedral music, supports choirs in need and encourages the pursuit of excellence in choral and organ music. We seek innovative and sector-leading ways to support high quality musicianship in cathedrals and churches, through grant funding programmes, training, advocacy and research.

Harry Christophers CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen is our President. Actor, comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong works alongside organist, conductor and broadcaster Anna Lapwood as our Ambassadors to promote our work and raise the profile of sacred choral and organ music.


To apply

Download the Application Pack for further information and to access the full job description

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to [email protected] clearly outlining your suitability for the role, and how your skills and experience match the person specification and job description.

The deadline for applications is 10.00am on Wednesday 6 December 2023.  Interviews will take place during the week commencing 11th December 2023.

Cathedral Music Trust is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in recruitment and employment and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We are an inclusive employer and actively encourage applications from people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

If you would value a confidential conversation about this role, please contact Natasha Morris, our current Development Director, at [email protected]. These conversations will not inform our selection process.


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