Contemporary Art Society, 59 Central Street, London EC1V 3AF. Photo: Joe Plommer
Contemporary Art Society, 59 Central Street, London EC1V 3AF. Photo: Joe Plommer

Senior Manager, Development

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 7 August 2020

The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) is an independent charity that champions the collecting of outstanding contemporary art and craft for UK museum collections. Since its founding in 1910 the organisation has donated over 12,000 works to museums across the UK. Each year, the charity donates works of modern and contemporary art to 70 museums and public galleries in the UK.  These have included the first works by Paul Gauguin, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon, Sir Anthony Caro, Sir Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst to enter UK public collections. More recent acquisitions have included works by 2019 Turner Prize winners Helen Cammock and Oscar Murillo. Our Great Works fund has supported acquisitions by Glenn Brown, Cerith Wyn Evans and Steve McQueen, while the Collections Fund has enabled works by John Akomfrah, Kader Attia, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Zanele Muholi, Kahinde Wiley, and Zadie Xa to enter UK museum collections.

Working to the Head of Development and External Relations you will be responsible for overall management of our Patron and VIP relations including recruitment, retention and alignment of patrons to strategic goals. There will be some international travel to art fairs and biennials in addition to our partnership with Frieze.

This will include overseeing and planning effective strategies for all Patron groups, including Legacies and the Future Fund. You will manage individual relationships and oversee the patron marketing strategy online, in print and through social media. The role also includes overseeing the Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund Committee.

A successful track record in fundraising or donor development is essential (including face to face), as is experience of maintaining outstanding levels of donor stewardship. An interest in and knowledge of contemporary art is critical.  Excellent interpersonal skills will be necessary and will help you bring new prospects to the organisation, as well as stewarding our existing group of Patrons.

Based near Old Street in architect-designed offices, the successful applicant will form a vital part of a dynamic team of visual arts leaders and professionals.

For more information please download our General Information and Job Description.

To apply, please complete an Application Form and return to us by email to


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