Senior Patrons Manager

Discipline: Development (Fundraising)
Job type: Permanent
Salary: circa £42,000
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Job ref: 006522
Published: 20 days ago
Expiry date: 28 Feb 2024 12:00

We are looking for a Senior Patrons Manager to join our Development team.


The Development Department is the fundraising function of the National Theatre. Its aim is to raise essential funds from individuals, corporations and charitable trusts and foundations to enable the theatre to carry out its mission and plan for future years.


The Major Gift and Individual Giving teams work particularly closely together to raise money from individuals with a passion for the work of the National Theatre on stage and with young people, communities, audiences and theatre-makers. Meanwhile, the Trusts & Foundations team seek funding from charitable trusts, livery companies and other institutional funders. The Corporate Development team work to encourage sponsorship from businesses. The Development Operations team help maximise all fundraised income through the efficient delivery of events, prospect research, stewardship, compliance, reporting and office management.


This role is responsible for leading the Patrons team to raise more than £2m p.a. from donors giving £1,000 - £12,000 to the National Theatre each year. This includes Young Patron Ambassadors, Patrons, Premier Patrons, Benefactors and Olivier Circle.


The post-holder personally leads on the cultivation and stewardship of the two highest levels  (Benefactor and Olivier Circle). They also manage the Patrons Manager, who looks after the other Patron levels and the Individual Giving Officer, who provides support across the team. Together the Patrons team ensure members enjoy year-round engagement with the NT and provide the maximum financial contribution by return.


The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Proven track record of personally soliciting 4- and 5-figure gifts from individuals.

  • Experience of dealing with high net worth individuals and senior volunteers.

  • Excellent personal presentation and communication skills, including experience of writing copy in line with organisational messaging.

  • Experience of working with a fundraising database or customer relationship management system

  • Experience of event organisation.

  • Experience of line management.

If that sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you!


Download the Job Description here.


The closing date for the receipt of a completed application is Wednesday 28th February 2024 at 12 noon.


For further queries please email


We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies.

People Department 2023