Part-time Fundraiser

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company is seeking an excellent, experienced and dedicated fundraiser to join the company for a fixed-term contract.

Responsible to: Artistic Director and Executive Director

Hours: Part time 2 days per week equivalent (18 months)

Salary: £30k pro rata

Deadline: 8am, Monday 25th July

Main Purpose of the Job

BOP is entering its 30th year and is seeking to build on its success over the past three decades by securing greater capacity and resources. Our goal is to use such capacity to meet our mission of putting the stories of disabled people on stage and developing the next generation of disabled artists.  We are seeking to bring a fundraiser into the core of the company to learn about our work, develop our fundraising strategy with us and secure funding from new routes and partners.

This is a new role within the company and we are excited to appoint someone who will join our small and highly committed team.  We want the successful post holder to work closely with us so they build a strong understanding of the company and are able to contribute to the company and its work.   This post-holder will be a core staff member during their contact and not in an arms-length role, tasked purely with writing funding applications. 

About BOP

BOP (Birds of Paradise Theatre Company) is a disabled-led professional theatre company based in Scotland, working across three main areas: BOP Theatre; BOP Development; BOP Strategic.

BOP Theatre focuses on putting the stories of disabled people on stage and creates a space in the professional theatre sector for disabled to people to work as writers, directors and actors.  

BOP Development focuses on developing future disabled artists and sector professionals through dedicated projects such as our BOP Young Artists programme.  

BOP Strategic is the umbrella for our work that impacts on the wider arts world, from our income strand of training and consultation through to our production of Access Scottish Theatre.

The company was originally established in 1993 with the aim of creating opportunities for disabled people to act on stage, and it now makes professional theatre productions that tour Scotland, the UK and abroad. 

Starting as a small grassroots organisation on the periphery of the professional theatre sector, BOP is now recognised as a professional theatre company and a leader in international disabled-led, accessible theatre work. 


BOP understands that Disabled people may experience barriers in the course of completing their work.

Upon appointing someone to this position, we will ask the successful candidate to complete an Access Requirements Form, so we know how to best facilitate an environment that is accessible to them.

BOP operates budget lines within the company, and will cover any costs related to someone’s access requirements. Where there are higher or more regular costs related to someone’s access requirements, we will undertake an Access to Work claim with them.

Key Tasks

  • Participating in the planning and further development of BOP Fundraising strategy
  • Setting realistic fundraising targets and moving towards these
  • Communicating clearly with the wider team about delegated tasks and work
  • Attending team meetings and building a strong working relationship with the rest of the BOP team and an understanding of the current and future activities of the company
  • Coordinating the completion of funding applications in collaboration with the wider BOP team
  • Identifying, researching and targeting new sources of income and support 
  • Developing relationships with future and existing funders and partners
  • Writing funding applications and accompanying budgets
  • Evaluation and reporting to funders and stakeholders
  • Supporting the development of donation based fundraising models, such as the BOP Friends scheme – The Bird Hoose, and a legacy donations plan
  • Any other duties appropriate to the post and in accordance with the fundraising activities of the company

Essential Skills

  • Minimum two years’ experience in similar roles
  • Knowledge of UK trusts and foundations landscape as applicable to BOP
  • Proven knowledge and experience of successful fundraising within any transferable context
  • Ability to work independently 
  • High proficiency in reading, writing, numeracy and IT
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentational skills 
  • Experience of working as part of a team and pulling together to complete tasks
  • The flexibility to work irregular and sometimes unsociable hours

Desirable Skills

  • Proven knowledge/experience in successful fundraising within and arts and/or disability context
  • Knowledge/experience of working in the arts and/or disability sectors
  • Knowledge/experience of accessible arts practice, disability equality and a commitment to equality of opportunity
  • Full working knowledge of online systems/Office/etc
  • Excellent organisational, administration and documentation skills
  • A track record of reliability and trustworthiness

How to Apply

Please complete the application form by 8am, Monday 25th July

We understand that some people may experience access barriers while undertaking our application process, so we are providing three different ways that people can apply. Please use the process that is the most accessible to you.

You only need to complete one of these processes.

1 - Digital Application Form

If you would prefer to complete the Digital Application Form in a different window, you can do so by clicking here.

2 - Word Document Application Form

If the Digital Application Form is not accessible to you, please download and complete the Word document version of the form, found below.

Please send the completed form into Callum Madge via

3 - Video Submission Applications

If you would like to send in a video application, please use the Word Document Application Form (above) as a guide to the questions you should answer. Please make sure you answer all of the questions outlined in the Word Document Application Form.

Please send your video and any supporting material in to Callum Madge via

When you have completed the application form, please also complete our Equal Opportunties Form

Any further enquiries please contact our Engagement Manager, Callum Madge via