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Empowering people with memory loss through artistic stimulation

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NOW SEEKING Development and Administration Manager

An exciting new opportunity is available to join the team at Arts 4 Dementia at a transformative phase in the charity’s development.  

We are looking for an individual with excellent fundraising and administrative skills, who will enjoy doing both to benefit a small charity that punches above its weight, and more importantly for its beneficiaries.

Enhancing the quality of life through artistic engagement for people in the early stages of dementia for whom provision is poor, the charity's aims and activities meet the criteria for support of a number of Trusts and Foundations.  A4D has an existing record of successful awards from high profile examples. 

You will be based at the inspirational Music Base arts hub at Kings Place.

Job Description

To fulfil the fundraising requirement and provide administrative support to the Chief Executive and the small Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) team in the delivery of our arts workshops, website signposting and training to help develop nationwide artistic opportunities to re-energise and inspire people affected by early stage dementia and their carers.  It is envisaged that your time will be split equally between the two roles. 

Your Responsibilities will include:


  • Assisting in the day-to-day running of the charity, point of contact for public enquiries, artists, arts organisations, volunteers, families affected by dementia, carers and memory and care services
  • Maintaining A4D workshop and events calendar and appointments diaries
    Providing support, responding to enquiries and taking event bookings for A4D training and fundraising events, arts workshops and seminars
  • Contacting memory services to spread awareness of A4D London workshop programmes
  • Managing volunteers assisting at London workshop programmes
  • Attending trustees' meetings, preparing and taking minutes
  • Maintaining office systems and charity filing records; keeping accurate and timely records of income and expenditure; keeping accounts updated weekly, assisting the Treasurer in producing monthly accounts reports and assisting on bank reconciliations and annual accounts
  • Producing schedules for grant expenditure and evaluation
  • Ensuring efficient purchase of supplies
  • Updating the charity website with A4D workshops and nationwide arts events; contacting arts organisations to encourage signposting of their events
  • Raising public awareness through social media, public noticeboards and newsletters


Primary responsibilities

  • Researching and applying for funding from private trusts and foundations
  • Researching and applying for funding from statutory bodies such as Arts Council England
  • Identifying potential funding streams and ensuring deadlines are met to secure project funding
  • Maintaining and building relationships with trust and foundation representatives to maximise opportunities of success

Secondary responsibilities

  • To collate data for evaluation purposes and to ensure reports are submitted to a high standard and on time
  • To support the Chief Executive in the delivery of the fundraising strategy
  • To collate up to date information for the Chief Executive to report to Trustees
  • To support the Chief Executive in researching potential major donors
  • To deputise for the Chief Executive at meetings when necessary

Your Skills and Experience will include:

  • Experience as a proactive, hands-on administrator, able to deal with all demands calmly, with a flexible and adaptable attitude
  • Demonstrable working knowledge of fundraising techniques, processes and strategies to secure grants from trusts and foundations and a proven track record of writing bespoke and successful applications to secure 4-5 figure sum grants from trusts and foundations and statutory bodies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, to build excellent relationships with a variety of people and organisations and with an ability to articulate A4D’s case for support in an inspiring and impact-driven way
  • Experience of writing evaluation reports to grant making bodies and of monitoring and reporting project expenditure in accordance with the terms of the grant
  • Good IT skills , adept at Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint, social media platforms, web literacy including website updating.
  • Highly motivated with a proven track record of excellent organisational skills, working on their own and under pressure to prioritise workload, meet deadlines and targets.
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Relevant experience such as a charity or organisation in the arts and health sectors
  • Book-keeping
  • Familiarity with Eventbrite, MailChimp, Donorfy, SharePoint
  • Experience of working with and maintaining a CRM database
  • Experience of managing relationships
    Empathy with and understanding of arts and/or dementia
  • Welcoming, helpful, friendly and professional manner
  • Flexible, creative and ability to take initiative

Education: to degree level or equivalent

Terms and Conditions

Salary: approx £30,000 pa dependent on experience.   

Reporting to
: Chief Executive

: The Music Base arts hub at Kings Place, approximately 5 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross. 

Monday to Friday, normally 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Flexibility with working hours will be required, including occasional evening and weekend working, for which TOIL will be offered.

Holiday entitlement
: 20 days per year plus public holidays.

Closing date for applications: Monday 16 January 2017.

If you think you can make a real contribution to Arts 4 Dementia, please email your CV to

Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive, Arts 4 Dementia

If you have any questions, call during office hours on 020 7520 1492 (not between 23 and 29 December).


About Arts 4 Dementia

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) is a small charity that punches above its weight.  We offer challenging and stimulating arts programmes for people in the early stages of dementia and their loved ones, to help them to live better for longer at home. The website provides the only national listing of arts events for people living with dementia and we train arts facilitators from around the country in early stage dementia awareness. A4D focuses on what people can achieve, often very much more than they imagine. The workshops invigorate and restore confidence, energy and sense of purpose.

Awards include

  • NIACE Adult Learners Week 2015 – Highly commended for Outstanding Learning Achievements
  • National Positive Breakthrough in Mental Health Dementia Award 2013.
  • London 2012 Inspire Mark

Funders to date include

  • Arts Council England
  • Baring Foundation

  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

  • Garfield Weston Foundation

  • Headley Trust (Sainsbury family Trust)

  • Mackintosh Foundation

  • Mercers Company

  • Network for Social Change

  • Rayne Foundation

  • Utley Foundation

  • Worshipful Company of Grocers

Our Mission and Aim

We help people in the early stages of dementia and their carers discover the opportunity to reawaken their mind, through access to arts venues, working with talented artists, musicians, actors, dancers or practitioners of other art forms throughout the UK.

We do this by facilitating dialogue between experts in dementia, the arts and the professional caring community to improve understanding, and achieve recognition of the effectiveness of regular artistic stimulation in overriding symptoms of dementia, and so influencing the National Dementia Strategy.

Our aim is to achieve nationwide access for people with dementia and their carers to arts opportunities close to where they live, through partnerships and signposting workshops and events, on the A4D website.


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Arts 4 Dementia
Phoenix Yard
65 King's Cross Road

Telephone: 020 7239 4954

Registered Company No: 7511427
Registered Charity No: 1140842

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