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Head of Development & Operations

English Touring Opera is recruiting a dynamic fundraiser, strategist, team-builder and opera lover.

This new role will work closely with ETO’s new General Director, leading on all fundraising, on strategic communications and on building and supporting a high-achieving and happy staff team. We are seeking a creative, innovative, and self-motivated individual with the experience and passion to sustain and increase ETO’s fundraised income and maintain and develop our crucial relationship with Arts Council England. The role will also oversee HR for the organisation, so we want to hear from managers who can demonstrate their commitment to nurturing and developing staff.

ETO is part of ACE’s National Portfolio, receiving £1.74M annually in the 2018-2022 funding period.

The Head of Development and Operations will hold a key position within ETO’s senior management team working closely with the General Director and will lead the work of the Development department, managing a Development Manager who focuses on Trusts and Foundations and a Philanthropy Officer who works with our individual supporters.

The role will also work closely with the Marketing and Communications Manager to deliver all ETO’s public facing and strategic communications.

The Head of Development & Operations will be the HR lead for the organisation, including delivering ETO’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity action plan. We have an ambition for ETO to become an example of best practice for recruitment, employee development and well-being of employees and freelancers, and this new role is crucial to enabling us to deliver this.

ETO is an equal opportunities employer. We particularly encourage applications from disabled people and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in the cultural sector.

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 use the subject heading: HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS APPLICATION.

If you would like to submit your cover letter & submission of interest in a nonwritten format, please submit a video or voice recording (or link to one). Please ensure these are no longer than 5 minutes.

Please also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form at the link below (information will be anonymised and separated from your application and will not be considered as part of the application process).

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please email Robin Norton-Hale on to arrange a conversation.


Monday 29th August 2022, 10am. (Applications sent after the deadline cannot be considered.)


Interviews will take place in the week of the 29th August. Please indicate any constraints around your availability that week on the application form.