Head of Development

Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich, London
£55,000 - £65,000 per annum

The Old Royal Naval College was established in 1997 as a charity to conserve the magnificent Baroque buildings and grounds for present and future generations and to provide opportunities for wide and diverse audiences to enjoy and share its significance. The site is of recognised significance locally, nationally and internationally due to the nature of its architecture, above and below ground, and its position within the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The site is an intrinsic part of the townscape for local people and operates as a significant tourist destination; 1.2 million people visit the site each year.


Our award-wining £8.5m Painted Hall conservation project, completed in 2019, is the template for our future ambitions to conserve and protect this historical site and unlock more of the Old Royal Naval College’s hidden spaces.

As our Head of Development, you will lead on developing and delivering our new fundraising strategy. We are seeking an experienced fundraiser who will grow and diversify our income from a blend of supporters, including Trusts and Foundations, individuals, legacies, corporate sponsors and through our established Patron scheme and American Friends.

You will be creative and strategic; an experienced self-starter with a successful track-record of growing sustainable income and securing four to five figure gifts and the skills to lead and develop a high performing team. With strong financial acumen and interpersonal skills, you will be as comfortable writing compelling funding applications as you will communicating in person. Working closely with senior colleagues and the Board of Trustees, you will also ensure excellent supporter stewardship and embrace our mission and values of a collaborative approach. 

As a cultural heritage and educational destination based in a truly global city, we are looking to reflect its diversity at all levels across our organisation and actively welcome applications from underrepresented communities for this role. 

If you offer the skills and qualities we are seeking and align with our vision and values, we very much look forward to hearing from you. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.