Job Description

We’re seeking an ambitious, dynamic fundraiser to join our Development team to manage and grow Individual Giving at the Unicorn Theatre.

The role of Development Manager, Individual Giving is newly created and they will work closely with the Development Director to manage and deliver the annual target for Individual Giving. The role will manage and nurture the Unicorn’s relationships with Individual supporters at every level with a strong focus on developing our portfolio of Major Donors, working in collaboration with the Development Director, Executive Team and Board of Trustees to find and engage supporters for the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences.

Unicorn supporters are very special. We have a loyal community of donors who share our values of curiosity, courage and respect and our belief that theatre has the power to transform young lives. Working with them is really rewarding and this role would suit a fundraiser who is passionate about building a bridge between transformational art and socially engaged philanthropists. This is also a role for an energetic, focused fundraiser with the drive to take on ambitious but achievable targets, a proven track record in developing compelling cases for support and the tenacity to secure game-changing gifts.

The team currently comprises a Development Director, a Trusts & Foundations Manager and a Development Officer. The department is responsible for raising an overall target of between £500,000 - 600,000 each year and Individual Giving often contributes up to 50% of this amount. Over the next three years, we intend to grow our fundraised income and as part of this we are looking to increase support across income streams with a particular focus on Individual Giving.

The Development Department is strongly supported by the Unicorn’s Executive Team and Board of Trustees. In 2022, a new sub-committee was formed to lead and support on Development and Strategy for the charity. We are also developing a group of Creative Champions – a newly formed cohort of inspirational, talented and dynamic individuals who support the Unicorn’s mission and use their platform and networks to champion and advocate for the theatre. The Creative Champions also support some fundraising events and activities, and the Development Manager, Individual Giving would be a key point of contact for this important group of ambassadors moving forwards.

The commencement of this role coincides with a very exciting time for the Unicorn as our 2023/24 season will see the arrival of a new Artistic Director and the marking of our 75th Anniversary – both significant events which will bring plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Unicorn’s history, recognise the impact of our work and fundraise for our future.

To apply for this post, please fill in the Application Form, which includes an Equal Opportunities monitoring form, and email it to