Vacancy: Development Manager (0.7 FTE)

The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is seeking to appoint a Development Manager to manage the formulation and implementation of BCB’s fundraising strategy to support the delivery of existing programmes as well as new initiatives.

The Development Manager will work with the close-knit BCB team to identify and take forward funding opportunities and analyse data to inform fundraising decision-making in support of BCB’s vision and mission.

Our vision: Making change through clay.

Our mission: To develop, sustain and expand innovative ceramics practice and improve lives together with artists and creative communities.



About the role

The Development Manager will be joining the team of one of the UK’s leading ceramics organisations. This is an excellent opportunity for ambitious, dynamic and attentive individuals, seeking to use their skills and experience to support BCB in delivering its values of being bold, accountable, welcoming, significant, grounded, inclusive, connected and collaborative.

You will work closely with the Head of Business Services to pursue relevant funding streams, foster and build funder relationships, manage reporting requirements and ensure BCB is responsive to new opportunities. You will have a proven track record of successfully identifying and pursuing income-generation opportunities. Working on a local, national and international level, you will have a committed interest in contemporary visual arts and ceramics and experience in contributing to and supporting the implementation of strategic plans.



Role breakdown

Title: Development Manager

Reports to: Head of Business Services

Salary: £33,950 p/a pro rata (at 0.7 FTE is £23,765 p/a)

Contract: Permanent contract for 0.7 FTE (Average of 24.5 hours per week. This can be worked over 7 full days (7 hours) per fortnight – i.e. recurring pattern of 4 days in a week, followed by 3 days in a week or an alternative mutually agreeable format.)

Location: Based at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

Vacancy Closing Date: 12 noon, Thursday 27 June 2024

Please download the job description for full details of responsibilities and person specifications.



Summary terms and conditions

Annual leave is 35 days per annum pro rata including public holidays. This equates to 24.5 days per annum including public holidays for 0.7 FTE. The probationary period is six months and the period of notice is three months in writing.




We are committed to ensuring our recruitment process is transparent and accessible. If you have any questions or you require the application pack in an alternative format, please let us know. You can do this by emailing Alternative formats are made available upon request to ensure they are suitably tailored to support an applicant’s access requirements.

BCB will make every reasonable adjustment to the office or to working arrangements to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. You are welcome to discuss your access needs with us at any stage in the application process by emailing



How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit the following by 12 noon, Thursday 27 June 2024:

  • A letter of application explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role and directly addressing the person specification.
  • A CV summarising your professional experience and any other relevant information.
  • Names and contact details of two employment/professional referees. We will only contact referees upon offer of employment.
  • Applicants must also complete the online Diversity and Equality Monitoring Form.

Address your application to Natalie Armitage, Head of Business Services, and send via email to with ‘BCB Development Manager’ in the subject line.

Should you wish to have an informal conversation regarding this opportunity, please contact Natalie Armitage on Natalie will be available to arrange short conversations with potential candidates Monday to Wednesday up to Wednesday 26 June 2024.




Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon, Thursday 27 June 2024

Notification of applicants called to interview: Monday 1 July 2024

Interviews: Likely to take place on Thursday 4 July 2024



Equality and Diversity

We strive to ensure that opportunities to work for BCB are open to all. All job applications are treated equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, relationship status, pregnancy or any other equality characteristic.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as being Black, Asian, LGBTQIA+, d/Deaf, disabled, neurodiverse, from a lower socio-economic background or those with long-term heath conditions as people from these groups are currently underrepresented in the cultural sector.

We understand the paragraph above isn’t holistically reflective of the rich community in which we live and work and if you don’t feel this speaks to you and you would like to support how we communicate this in future please get in touch with us: