The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist College in Godstone, Surrey. We focus on developing independence skills through performing and visual arts and make dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives. 

Set up by musician and songwriter Sir Richard Stilgoe, Orpheus offers learning, supported housing and personal care all on the same site in Godstone, Surrey.  We showcase what Orpheus students can offer in the workplace and we challenge the barriers to employment faced by some disabled people.

We are currently seeking an experienced Corporate Development Officer to work closely with the Corporate Partnerships Manager to implement the corporate strategy and significantly grow corporate income over the coming years, in line with our upcoming capital build plans.

This role is pivotal to help Orpheus grow and develop its corporate partnerships and its main focus will be researching and approaching new potential corporate partners to support the work of the Orpheus Centre. 

The individual should be an energetic, organised and charismatic individual, with corporate fundraising, business development or cold acquisition experience who is confident building, winning new business and maintaining long-term relationships.  

35 hours per week / 52 weeks per year [9:00am – 5:00pm]
(hours may be altered on occasions according to the needs of the curriculum and organisation) – Hybrid working will be considered but there would be an expectation to be in the office (Godstone, Surrey) some of the time.

Salary: £27,000 to 30,000 per annum 

Excellent benefits include (but not limited to) 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, enhanced pension contributions, Employment Assistant Program (EAP) paid days off for dependants, bereavement leave, death in service, free staff lunches and training and development opportunities.

Essential qualifications, knowledge, and experience:

  • 5 GCSEs (Grade C or above) or equivalent including Maths and English
  • At least 1 year experience in fundraising or B2B development
  • Has worked as part of a team
  • Has set and worked to budgets, targets and plans
  • Demonstrable experience of winning new business, especially in the charity sector
  • Evidence of managing prospect/sales pipelines to achieve income targets
  • Experience of using a CRM database to monitor and manage contacts, applications, and success against a range of KPIs
  • Basic awareness of marketing and social media
  • Excellent oral and written communications including proposals, reports and pitches
  • High levels of accuracy in written materials and data entry
  • Ability to work on own initiative and without direct supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Able to build and maintain good working relationships with people
  • Able to prioritise, plan and organise own workload including demonstrable experience of managing a diverse workload and working to strict deadlines under pressure
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft Office. 
  • Able and willing to work occasional unsocial hours

Orpheus is a charity that delivers high quality services for young disabled adults. We have jobs for support workers, teachers, fundraisers, administrators and many more. We train, nurture and support our staff and offer a welcoming and friendly working environment. If you share our passion for changing the lives of disabled people, then we would love to hear from you.

Orpheus is committed to safeguarding and promotes the welfare of all service users. As part of our safer recruitment process and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, online searches will form part of this process. We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities.

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. It is therefore subject to an Enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure Barring Service.

In order to be considered you must be eligible to work in the UK.

Click here for a full job description, person specification and to apply.

The Orpheus Centre is proud to be a disability confident employer.

We have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people. Reasonable adjustments will be made to the recruitment procedure as required in consultation with the applicant to ensure no-one is disadvantaged because of their disability. If a disabled person is selected for a position, reasonable adjustments will be made to the workplace, including premises and equipment, work duties and practices or policies, as appropriate. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role as set out in the role profile and person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are:

  • Challenging attitudes towards disability
  • Increasing understanding of disability
  • Removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • Ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspiration

Applications will be reviewed as we receive them and if a suitable candidate is identified, we reserve the right to close our advert sooner.

No agencies please.