Vacancy | Development Assistant

Tuesday, 27 April, 2021
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Irish National Opera is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual to join its growing team and play a key role in the growth and development of the company. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who wish to pursue a career in fundraising for the arts and related sectors.

Reporting to the Development Manager, the primary functions of the Development Assistant are: (1) assist the Development Manager in rolling out and administering the company’s membership scheme; (2) assist the Development Manager in managing relationships with Corporate Partners; (3) Lead and assist with the delivery of the development department’s data and digital donations strategy; (4) Support the Development Manager in the delivery of Trust and Foundation research and applications; and (5) Lead and assist with the development delivery of fundraising events, both digital and in person.



  • Assist in delivery of the company’s membership scheme
  • Administer the membership scheme in conjunction with the development manager
  • Maintain and develop INO’s database of individual donors
  • Serve as first point of contact for specific individual donors
  • Manage group communications with individual donors
  • Provide support in evaluating and developing the company’s membership scheme
  • Analysis of INO’s audience data to advance INO’s digital fundraising efforts
  • Research Trust and Foundation funding avenues and assist the Development Manager in the applications, relationship management and reporting
  • Lead and assist in identifying and cultivating donor prospects
  • Support the Development Manager in developing and implementing plans to secure wide portfolio of individual donors
  • Lead and assist in devising and managing fundraising events and special events for donors and sponsors
  • Contribute ideas to the development of the company’s fundraising strategy
  • Contribute ideas for fundraising initiatives
  • Send invitations and maintain RSVP list for opening nights and special events
  • Support the company’s Corporate Partnership strategy
  • Support the Development Manager in maintaining relationships with Corporate Partners
  • Assist in the compiling and proofing of fundraising literature
  • Maintain and update the list of current donors in programmes and the INO website
  • Attend and minute Development Committee meetings


  • As appropriate, support the company’s activities in other departments
  • As appropriate, support the company’s outreach initiatives
  • Attend performances, press conferences and other events as necessary
  • Contribute ideas and analysis for the overall development of the company
  • Perform other duties that may be required by the company from time to time

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be a great communicator, with listening, interpersonal and networking skills. They will have the ability to clearly articulate the company’s purpose and priorities and effectively engage stakeholders. They will have a keen eye for detail and will demonstrate an efficient approach to data management. They will show talent and capacity for building and maintaining relationships with individual donors, corporate supporters, foundations and other funding bodies.

The candidate will have some experience in the arts, non-profit or related sector. They will have a passion for the arts and a desire to contribute to the growth, development and success of Irish National Opera. A knowledge of opera or the willingness to learn about the opera sector is essential.

Experience and Skills:

  • 3 years experience working in the arts, non-profit or related sector
  • Impeccable written and oral communications skills including correspondence, reports and proposals
  • Experience in managing databases
  • Good storyteller
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills
  • Ability to research and prepare funding applications
  • Creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Personal accountability, high level of integrity, ability to work under pressure
  • Focused self-starter with ability to work collaboratively with teams
  • Strategic mindset

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please email your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and experience to Executive Director Diego Fasciati at All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Closing Date: Friday 21 May 2021. Interviews will held the week of 31 May. It is envisaged that interviews will be held in person where possible. Interviews are also possible by video for candidates not currently based in Ireland or if required by public health guidelines.