WE'RE HIRING - Development Officer

27th June, 2019
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Development Officer - Job Description

History of the Guild

Launched in 2016 to enhance the visibility, resilience and sustainability of the region’s creative communities, Sheffield Creative Guild is a membership cooperative for any individual, business or organisation working in the creative sector. We aim to:

  • connect creatives and improve networking and collaboration
  • provide support and advice to creatives in the region
  • promote and shout about our members and their work
  • represent and advocate for our members and on behalf of the sector
  • provide routes to market

Over the past 3 years we have expanded our membership to over 800 whilst at the same time growing our small staff team. We have worked consistently with a range of partners including Museums Sheffield, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. We sit on the Sheffield Culture Consortium and act as a powerful lobbying voice for our members in the region and beyond. 

We host a varied and busy annual events programme from workshops and showcases to socials and parties, last year alone we hosted over 30 events across the city. Our timebank platform enables members to share knowledge and skills, reinterpreting traditional economic perceptions of value. So far over 300 hours of skills have been traded which has enabled members to collaborate and grow new projects, learn new skills and generally just get stuff done.

We are a young organisation with a big ambition to develop and grow. We are about to embark on developing a physical city centre space for both the organisation and our members, we’re at an exciting stage in our evolution and we’re looking for an energetic, organised and driven person to join the team and, with support, work to see the Guild continues to grow and flourish.

The Guild is currently run by Development Manager, Jane Shields, Digital Producer, Brett Chapman and Events Coordinator, Oriana Franceschi alongside a voluntary Board of Directors. Find out more about the Guild here.

Purpose of the role

This is a new role and a unique opportunity to shape the future of the organisation. The focus of the role is the development of revenue streams, through a blend of membership fees, fundraising and partners and sponsors, to enable us to grow our work, profile and reach. You’ll be responsible for both bringing new members into the Guild and helping to keep the current, diverse membership engaged, happy and supported. As such, you’ll play a key role in developing our successful membership offer, expanding our partnership programme and developing new projects and income streams for the organisation that further support our members and attract new ones. You’ll also be identifying and accessing new streams of funding to allow us to grow our offer, the Guild team and our strength and reach as an organisation. 

You will play a key role in enabling the organisation to grow, meeting ambitious targets for the next year. You will join our small, supportive and friendly staff team working closely with a dedicated board director to develop new prospects and strategic income opportunities. You will help to foster a culture of collaborative fundraising across the organisation, working with the team to identify development opportunities and secure funding from a range of sources. You will work with our new city centre space, hiring it out to members and the wider community and developing it as an income stream for the Guild.

Hours: 15 hours a week, flexible

Contract: Fixed term - until 27th September 2020 (extension subject to funding)

Salary: £20,000 pro rata

Benefits: 6 weeks paid holiday per year pro rata and a flexible pension scheme

Location: Union St Coworking Space, Sheffield, S1 2JP (with view to move to our own city centre location Sept 2019)

Responsible to: Programme Manager

Main duties and responsibilities

Income generation

  • With support from the board, develop and implement the Guild’s income generation strategy
  • Identify funding opportunities and lead on the writing of any bid applications
  • Identify new commissions, partnerships or sponsorship opportunities and lead on developing and securing them for the Guild
  • Build a good network and relationships with the local sector and city in order to gain support and partners for the organisation


  • Implement the Guild’s income strategy through the continuous development and sale of the individual membership offer and our new organisation membership
  • Be a point of contact for existing and potential members and deal with membership enquiries
  • Manage member subscriptions and renewals
  • Maintain membership records ensuring they are kept accurate and up to date
  • Monitor membership happiness and satisfaction by undertaking regular membership surveys

Space hire

  • With support from the staff team, develop, sell and programme the Guild’s new space to members and the wider community

This is a guide to the role of Development Officer. As this is a new role responsibilities are likely to evolve with the post-holder and with the needs of the organisation.

Desired skills

  • Experience of successful fundraising within a creative context and of researching trusts and grant-making organisations
  • Experience of devising, delivering, and monitoring income generation strategies
  • Experience of managing and developing high profile relationships, partnerships and/or sponsorships
  • Negotiation and sales skills
  • Excellent planning skills and time management with the ability to prioritise workload – both individually and within a team
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders
  • Skilled in solving problems creatively
  • Strong writing skills and grasp of grammar and spelling
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft and Google suites
  • Knowledge of Sheffield and the surrounding region
  • An interest in, and understanding of the creative sector
  • Knowledge of The Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice and fundraising ethics

Working style and interests  

  • An energetic and self-motivated approach to work, with an ability to organise and prioritise a demanding workload, working effectively with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to work flexibly with changing business needs
  • Ability to learn quickly and on the job
  • A willingness to contribute wholeheartedly to the efforts of the team

How to apply

Please send your CV and an A4 cover letter outlining your enthusiasm and suitability for the role to jane@sheffieldcreativeguild.com

For an informal chat about the role please contact Jane Shields on the above email to arrange a phone call.

Deadline: Monday 29th July, 9am

Interviews: Week commencing 12th August

Download this job description here.