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We Are Hiring: Development Officer

We Are Hiring: Development Officer

Homotopia is searching for a new freelance member of staff to join its small but ambitious team.

Development Officer

Freelance, 22.5 hours per week for 6 months

We are seeking to recruit an experienced arts/third sector development consultant to build and begin to implement Homotopia’s long-term fundraising strategy.

Homotopia is the UK’s longest running LGBT arts festival, taking place in November every year for the last 15 years in Liverpool. Each year we programme the most cutting edge and high profile international, national and local LGBT artists, performers, writers and producers at our combined-arts festival.

The Development Officer is responsible for defining and leading Homotopia’s fundraising strategy with the next 3- 5 years in mind. This will involve providing major sources of income from trusts and foundations and corporate sponsorship. This includes maintaining and developing existing relationships at the same time as strategically seeking out and cultivating new supporters to provide long term and sustainable sources of funds.

The Development Officer will work closely with Homotopia’s Interim Director and Board of Trustees to research, develop and secure corporate sponsorship for the 2019 festival and beyond.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:

  • A record of success in raising funds for third sector or arts organisations;
  • Experience of researching and applying for trusts and grants;
  • A strategic thinker able to develop a sustainable, long-term plan for the financial viability of the organisation;
  • Experience of developing and managing relationships with key stakeholders and corporate sponsors.

Key deliverables:

  • Creating a fundraising strategy for the next 3 – 5 years;
  • Contributing to the organisation’s income generation targets;
  • To support, maintain and extend existing funding relationships with corporate sponsors and public sector organisations;
  • To identify and deliver new fundraising opportunities and initiatives;
  • To write successful funding applications;
  • Develop and maintain a database of current and potential key stakeholders and sponsors.

The initial role is for 6 months but if successful, it could lead to a longer-term position.

Renumeration is £18.50 per hour (22.5 hours per week maximum) and is offered on a freelance basis. The successful candidate must be registered as self-employed and is responsible for paying their own income tax.

We are an equal opportunities employer and are particularly keen to encourage applicants from groups currently underrepresented in the arts. It is not necessary for applicants to identify as LGBT but all applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the LGBT arts sector and/or LGBT concerns.

While it would be advantageous for the Development Officer to be based from our Liverpool office, home-based working with regular travel to Liverpool for meetings may be possible.

How to apply

Send a CV (maximum 2-sides of A4) and cover letter (maximum 800 words) as one document explaining clearly why you are interested in this role and are the best candidate for the job. Please refer closely to the description above.

Send applications as one document to

The application deadline Monday 6 May, 5pm.

Interviews will take place in the week 20 May.

We are not able to accept applications received after the deadline.

OPEN CALL: New Digital Artwork Commission

OPEN CALL: New Digital Artwork Commission

We are looking for an established digital artist or artists collective to create and deliver a new project as part of Homotopia Festival 2019.

The artwork could involve elements of new film, archive footage, light design, audio and/or new digital technologies.

The artwork will be displayed either as a single performance or a week-long installation (as befitting of the finished artwork) during Homotopia Festival in November 2019. We will also consider opportunities for site specific presentation in Liverpool or Wirral.

The artist/s must identify as LGBTQ+ or the work must be closely inspired by queer themes and concerns.

There is a project budget of £5,000 to cover fee, production and display.


Deadline: Wednesday 1 May 2019
This project is supported by Arts Council England.