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Head of Major Gifts

Location. London, UK

Salary. Competitive salary & benefits

Closing Date. Tuesday 19th November

Since our establishment in 1904, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) has been a world-leading training centre in acting and theatre production disciplines and inspired students of all ages to fully experience the transformative possibilities of stage and screen. As award-winners and leaders in their fields; actors, directors, writers, producers, lighting, sound and costume designers, prop makers, scenic artists, stage managers, production managers, our diverse student and alumni body make a significant contribution to the creative industries globally.

Our Development Department exists to ensure that the most talented students can access our pioneering and practice-led training in the dramatic arts, regardless of their personal or financial circumstances.  The department secures philanthropic and in-kind support to provide vital funding for scholarships, bursaries and our widening participation programme, and soon will be embarking on the RADA Attenborough Campaign that will bring our facilities up-to-date, in line with our world-class training.  We are therefore investing in the team with new roles, to further drive our fundraising activities.

Reporting to the Head of Development, the Head of Major Gifts will be responsible for developing and implementing the Academy’s major gifts strategy, increasing levels of supporter engagement, and implementing a robust stewardship programme.  You will have experience of securing donations at the five figure level or more, and understand the principles of successful fundraising from individuals, across major gifts, legacies and regular giving programmes. Your ability to build relationships quickly and your demonstrably excellent interpersonal, influencing and networking skills will be key to your success in this role.

If you believe you have the skills, aptitude and commitment we are seeking, and are looking to make a significant impact in your next career step, then we would love to hear from you.




The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is a drama school in London, England that provides training for film, television and theatre. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.




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