Manchester International Festival seeks Development Deputy

Closing Date: 22 May 2018

Manchester International Festival

Location: Manchester

Remuneration: £35,000 PA (negotiable commensurate with experience)


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For more details and to apply for this role please see our website.

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years. From 2020, as well as producing a biennial festival, we will also run The Factory, a new state of the art building and producing organisation in the heart of Manchester.

We are seeking to appoint the perfect strategist, negotiator and communicator to join our team as Development Deputy. In 2017 MIF raised over £2.5 million in sponsorship and had over 140 supporters, we want you to continue this work and support the team in raising money and support from the commercial sector and individuals for future Festivals and The Factory.

Job Description:
To work closely with the Development Director to deliver the organisation’s overall sponsorship strategy and oversee the day-to-day line management of the wider Development team.


• Supporting the engagement of the commercial market through a defined strategy developed in liaison with the Development Director and Managing Director

• Working with the Development Director to agree sponsorship proposals in line with commercial objectives and financial constraints

• Developing and maintaining excellent relationships with key sponsors and ensuring that they derive maximum commercial benefit from the partnership

• To develop a deep understanding of the strategic and economic factors behind brands’ sponsorship

• Supporting the servicing of public sector partners (eg MCC, Salford City Council, ACE, GMCA) where they require benefits commensurate with commercial sponsorship

• Supporting and maintaining the Festival’s academic partnerships with the city’s three universities

• Supporting the development of an overall individual giving strategy for the Festival and Factory for HNWI Patrons including Members schemes, on-line donations legacies etc

• To work closely with the Development Director to scope and recruit the development team for both future Festivals and The Factory. To line manage key members of the Development team


• Actively engaging with the organisation’s vision and policies regarding equal opportunities and diversity, artistic ambition, participation and engagement, health and safety, evaluation and monitoring

• Training and talent development will be central to the organisation as we approach The Factory. All job roles are expected to engage with our training and development activity, be willing to support our training programmes

• Any other duties that are commensurate with the post