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Head of Development & Communications

English Touring Opera are recruiting a dynamic communicator, fundraiser and opera lover to lead on all fundraising, on its relationship with Arts Council England, and on strategic communications. We are seeking a creative, innovative, and self-motivated fundraising and communications professional to sustain and increase ETO’s fundraised income, advance ETO’s media presence via the press and critics and craft compelling stories about the Company and its work for its key audiences and stakeholders.

In 2022, English Touring Opera are entering an exciting period when we will be applying for our next Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation grant. The Head of Development and Communications will support this application to secure a future three years of core funding (2023-2026).

This role will hold a key position within ETO’s senior management team working closely with the Director and Producer and will lead the work of the Development department, managing two Development Officers whose primary focuses are on private donor cultivation and Trusts and Foundations respectively. With upcoming investment within the Development function, this role will lead the department towards ambitious income targets.

To apply, please send your CV (max. two pages), a covering letter (max. two pages), outlining in detail why you are applying for the role and how your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate, and a completed equal opportunities monitoring form to Please highlight any previous successes or challenges in increasing fundraised income. Applications without a covering letter will not be assessed.

If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please email to arrange a conversation.


Mon 8 Nov, 10am. (Applications sent after the deadline cannot be considered.)


Interviews will take place by 12th November. Please indicate any constraints around your availability that week on the application form.