Also known as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, NYJO is an organisation dedicated to making jazz and creative music-making more accessible to early-career musicians, young people, and audiences across the country. Throughout our activity, we seek to create a meeting ground between the established and the experimental – the past, present, and future – to build bespoke programmes which cater to lifelong and new jazz fans.
Our main focus is the professional development of emerging artists and our Learning programme for Under 18s. We work in close collaboration with likeminded partners to deliver projects that respond to local community needs and create an inclusive learning environment which centres the voices of young people.
NYJO is looking for an energetic and dedicated Head of Development to lead its fundraising and build on the achievements of the current team. If successful, you will be responsible for driving forward our fundraising by building on strong existing relationships with individual donors, corporates, trusts and Arts Council England. You will inherit an excellent, strategically developed portfolio of relationships and income streams, including ACE NPO funding, confirmed until 2026.
The Head of Development is a member of NYJO’s Senior Leadership Team, playing a key role in supporting the wider staff team, establishing a positive organisational culture, prioritising our inclusion strategy and improving project delivery. Opportunities for you to contribute to our organisational leadership will be developed in response to your strengths, experience and areas of interest.
If you are an experienced fundraiser with a love for creative music-making, we would love to hear from you. We realise this is a broad role and do not expect candidates to necessarily meet all items of the person specification, but welcome applications from applicants with transferrable skills who would be keen to develop in other areas. We work flexibly and support our colleagues to balance work with caring or other responsibilities, or those returning to work after a break.