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Job Description: Fundraising Consultant

Role: Fundraising Consultant
Reports to: Executive Director Nicole Vivien Watson
Salary: £18,000 (pro rata for 16 hours per week)
Location: North East England and home working

About the Role

We need a Fundraising Consultant to help us raise money through grants and awards. You’ll manage grants, build donor relationships, and secure funding. You’ll work with a small team to meet our fundraising goals.

About Surface Area Dance Theatre CIO

Surface Area Dance Theatre is a UK-based charity and an equal opportunities employer, accredited as a Disability Confident Leader. We are dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where all team members are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. We aim to reflect the many communities we serve and provide equal opportunities for everyone. We celebrate our diverse voices! Please let us know if you need any adjustments during the application or interview process.

We work on live and digital performances, interdisciplinary collaborations, and international cultural exchanges. Founded in 2007, we are based at Dance City, the North East’s leading dance development organisation. We promote equality and diversity in all our activities. Our commitment is recognised by our status as a Disability Confident Leader by the Department of Work and Pensions.


    • This role is fully BSL accessible.
    • Accessible parking: In Newcastle, it is located on the ground level of the Grainger Town Multi-storey car park.
    • Level access to the Dance City building
    • Lift access between all levels
    • Accessible toilets, showers and changing rooms

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategy: Create and implement fundraising plans.
  • Fundraising: Organise community events, corporate donations, and online fundraising.
  • Relationships: Build and maintain donor relationships.
  • Research: Find new funding opportunities.
  • Reporting: Write impact reports for funders and trustees.
  • Promotion: Attend events to promote our charity.
  • Admin Support: Assist with fundraising admin tasks.

Person Specification

  • Experience: Preferably in Grants and Awards fundraising.
  • Skills: Strong organisation, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Attributes: Self-motivated, creative, and independent worker.
  • Technical Skills: Good with MS Office and databases.
  • Flexibility: Able to work some evenings and weekends.

Essential Skills

  • Proven success in raising funds.
  • Experience in building funding pipelines and growing supporter base.
  • Ability to write compelling fundraising stories.
  • Skilled in presenting to donors and funders.
  • Good at managing budgets and financial reports.

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of UK funding sources.
  • Project management experience.
  • Website and content management skills.
  • Experience in mentoring and managing teams.

This job is perfect for someone who loves fundraising and wants to make a difference in the community.


To apply, please send your CV and cover letter or audio or video cover links and Equal Opportunities Form to

Closing Date: 19:00 on the 15.09.2024

Interviews: In person at Dance City, Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4BR and via Zoom where appropriate.