Fundraising Manager (part-time, freelance and commission-based role)
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In your letter please outline why you are interested in the role and your key qualifications, skills and successes that are relevant to the role. There is no application deadline, please apply as soon as possible, the role will be filled as soon as the right candidate is available.
The Fundraising Manager manages all sponsorships of local, national, and international concerts and events, as well as all foundation and governments grants in support of the IMO’s artistic, education, and community engagement programming. This position manages the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of all prospective donors, along with the stewardship of all current donors.
Recent major sponsorships included 'The Vision Symphony' project with blind/vision-impaired musicians (funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Clare Arts Office and Creative Ireland) and the IMO's London debut at Cadogan Hall (funded by Culture Ireland and IMDL). The Fundraising Manager is expected to identify and manage similar future funding opportunities.
In 2020 the Fundraising Manager will work on fundraising strategies to match the artistic ambitions of the orchestra, with a particular focus on the orchestra's 10th anniversary season in 2021/2022.
Key Qualifications and Qualities:
- Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree in a related field beneficial
- Demonstrated experience and success in sponsorships and grant writing
- Solid understanding of standard non-profit accounting standards and practices and ability to analyse revenue and expense budgets
- Computer literacy is required
- Working knowledge of the performing arts, traditional Irish music and orchestral music is preferred
- Extensive knowledge of arts fundraising opportunities in Ireland is essential
- Knowledge of arts fundraising opportunities outside of Ireland is desirable
- Fluent written and spoken English is essential
- Fluency in the Irish language and/or other languages is a decided bonus
Who You Are:
- You have the ability to foresee long-term corporate support opportunities.
- You have a clear understanding of philanthropic sponsorship, marketing, and grant management strategies, practices and trends, as well as foundation and government philanthropic priorities.
- You have very high levels of interpersonal, organisational, and written and oral communications skills.
- You have the ability to face difficult and complicated situations and react with diplomacy, sensitivity, and a clear understanding of the broader issues.
- You have the ability to relate well in a professional and easy manner to donors of all levels.
- You have excellent management skills, including time management of support staff.
- You have the ability and confidence to work without close supervision, including the ability to foresee development needs.
- You have the capacity to work with donor databases to manage event and solicitation information.
- You live in Ireland and have enough free time and desire to fulfil this role on a part-time basis.
- You are able to passionately advocate for the work Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra does.
Hours and Benefits:
- Working initially on a part-time, freelance and commission-only basis, the successful candidate may have the option of becoming a full-time employee if major fundraising targets are met.
- Reasonable expenses will be covered for the duration of the freelance contract if they are agreed in advance by both parties to be essential to fundraising activities.
- Commission rate and expenses are negotiable depending on fundraising targets.
- The Fundraising Manager will work on their own initiative, in their own work space.
- Attendance at IMO events and meetings is desirable, though not essential.
- Irish Memory Orchestra Limited is an equal opportunities employer.
About Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra:
"A bold, visionary undertaking" - The Irish Times
"Flynn’s craft in combining traditional and contemporary music elements is always something to appreciate" - Journal of Music
"20 young musicians who play entirely from memory. Amazing energy, innovative sounds" - The Irish World (UK)
Founded by Dave Flynn as a vehicle for his acclaimed "genre-jumping" music, the IMO features a core group of 20 of Ireland's finest classical, trad and jazz musicians. IMO guest artists have included Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Mary Bergin and Máirtín O'Connor. Bjorn Bantock is the IMO's esteemed principal conductor.
Celebrating 10 years in 2022, the IMO journey began in glór at Clare's Culture Night in 2012. This led to international success in London, Moscow and Korea and at many festivals and venues in Ireland, including the National Concert Hall and Cork Folk Festival. The IMO won an Allianz Business to Arts Award with ESB/Electric Ireland in 2015 and made national headlines, including the main RTÉ News, with the Arts Council/Clare Arts Office-supported 'Vision Symphony' project with blind/vision-impaired musicians in 2019.
Irish Memory Orchestra projects have been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Clare Arts Office, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, Aer Lingus, Hyland's Hotel, glór Theatre, Music Generation Clare, the JP MacManus Foundation, Bill Whelan, various event promoters & private donors.
The Irish Memory Orchestra is a non-profit Company Limited by Shares. Company Number 656735.